American Institute of Vedic Studies

Vedic Origins of the Zodiac: Hymns of Dirghatamas in the Rig Veda

Jun 13,16

Some scholars have claimed that the Babylonians invented the zodiac of 360 degrees around 700 BCE, perhaps even earlier. Many claim that India received the knowledge of the zodiac from Babylonia or even later from Greece. However, as old as the Rig Veda, the oldest Vedic text, there are clear references to a chakra or wheel of 360 spokes placed in the sky. The number 360 and its related numbers like 12, 24, 36, 48, 60, 72, 108, 432 and 720 occur commonly in Vedic symbolism. It is in the hymns of the great Rishi Dirghatamas (RV I.140 - 164) that we have the clearest such references.

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Nakshatras and Upanakshatras

Jun 13,16

Dr David Frawley (Pandit Vamadeva Shastri) The Vedas show a division of the zodiac into 27 Nakshatras or lunar mansions. …

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Special Planetary Mantras, Name and Shakti Mantras

Jun 13,16

The following is one of several articles by David Frawley on Vedic and Tantric Mantras and their applications. The following …

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Secrets of the Yugas or World-Ages

Jun 13,16

The Yugas or World-ages are an important part of Hindu thought and Vedic Astrology. Here I examine the view of …

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The Secret of the Soma Plant

Jun 13,16

Soma is a great deity, cosmic power and spiritual principle in Vedic thought. It also had its counterpart in the …

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Relating to Spiritual Experiences

Jun 13,16

If we take up any form of higher Yoga practice, pranayama, mantra or meditation, we are likely to have various …

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