Namaskar! This is Muthu Kumaar Narayanan from just_ambi_things making my very first blog for Daddyoda. just_ambi_things is my artist account in Instagram and Twitter in which I write poems and puns (Thamizh and English) and also have a plan to do something with my mic in future 😉
As a reader, I’ve encountered a variety of books and blogs. My favorite categories have always been personal finance & investment, yoga & spirituality, Sanatan Dharma (Hinduism) & the science behind it, etc. It’s my pleasure to decode Sanskrit shlokas and find meaning for them. Our ancestors were too brilliant and no words could serve their intelligence.
Today, I am writing about the distance between the Earth and the Sun. What’s interesting about it? We can Google it right? Wait dude! You are having modern technologies today to find it. But, is it not interesting if I say that our ancestors predicted it way back? Stay tuned!
One such amusing discovery is attributed to Hanuman Chalisa in which the distance between the Earth and the Sun was mentioned. Basically, Hanuman Chalisa consists of 40 verses praising Lord Hanuman written by Goswami Tulsidas, a Saint and a Poet. Thus the name “Chalisa” as Chalis means 40 in Hindi. It was written during the 15th century AD, if I am not wrong.
Here’s the 18th verse of Hanuman Chalisa:
Yuga Sahasra Yojana Para Bhaanuu |
Liilyo Taahi Madhura Phala Jaanuu ||
It means “You flew towards the sun who is thousands of years of Yojanas away, thinking of him as a sweet fruit”.
Look at the first line carefully. Let’s get the meaning for it.
Yuga means year;
Sahasra is thousand;
Yojana is distance of about 8 miles approximately;
Para refers to the word “away”; The Sun is referred to as Bhaanuu.
If you want to learn the meaning of the second line, here are the keywords:
All the measurements are in the first line. As I’ve mentioned earlier, yuga means a year. But it is not to be construed as one year. In Hinduism, we have read about years for humans and Gods. Say, one year for God amounts to “x” number of years for humans. It’s a big topic, so I’m keeping it away as of now. One yuga amounts to 12000 years here. Sahasra refers to 1000 or 1000 times. As said, yojana is a distance of 8 miles approximately.
Here’s the computation:
When you multiply all these 3 numbers, that is 12000*1000*8, you get 96 million miles. When you convert that to Kilometers, you get 153.6 Million KMs (1 mile = 1.6 KM approx).
The Google result shows 152 million KMs approx! Isn’t that amazing? It is a too-close call even without any modern technologies!
But wait! Though it’s understood as a minor error, there may be 3 reasons attached to it as follows:
1. Conversion difference between miles and KMs.
2. There’s no standard or fixed measure for Yojana. Though it’s understood as 8 miles, it’s also referred to distance of 8 to 15 kilometers. There are also references citing different metrics. Once again, there are some conversion issues.
3. This is purely out of my thoughts and I don’t have any idea about it. But it can also be the reason. I think there will be some planetary movements as far as the arrangement factors are concerned. So, there can be a little displacement of the Earth and Sun today in comparison to the period during which Hanuman Chalisa or the original reference (if so) was written.
Well, I guess you are happy with what I’ve written. Hope I’ve kindled a sense of inquisitiveness in your minds about the ancient science of Bharat. This is Muthu Kumaar Narayanan signing off! Happy reading!
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Disclaimer: I am no expert in Sanskrit. This post is made out of my research and curiosity. Please do your own research.