Friday, August 05, 2005

Time to Get Back to Work…

Yes, Aadi 18 is over and it is time to get back to work.
Wondering what I mean??
According to our calendar, the year is split into two halves, Uttarayanam and Dakshinayanam. Uttara-ayanam [Northern Path] is when the relative position of the sun moves towards the north[mid jan to mid jul]. Dakshina refers to south. Dakshinayana is from mid jul to mid jan.

As discussed here, the agriculture and productive season is the Dakshinayanam. This is because the rivers in TN have their catchment in Western ghats and have water from the monsoon, starting from Aadi. The farmers get busy in sowing and till January are busy with the crops.

The aadi ammavasai, the new moon day of aadi, is considered auspicious for prayers to forefathers. Though this day is common to everybody, the kshatriyas, and the defence community pay homage and respect to all those who lost their lives earlier and start a fresh round of weapon making, culminating with aayudha pooja.

This is followed by Aavani avittam, where the vaishya and brahmana people get themselves rejuvenated for a new work cycle. The brahmanas have this ritual called Vedarambam. [veda aarambam], when they change the sacred thread[Rethreading and Multithreading ;)]. Learning of new Vedic lessons start from aavani avittam and continues to start of Uttarayanam in January. From then on it is just the revision, till the next dakshinayanam.

So, this half of the year is when highly productive specialized functions are accomplished. The conditions are also conducive for this work. Unlike uttarayanam, the climate in TN during this time, is moderate. Rain and shine compete with each other. The extreme temperatures are gone.

The festivals of this period are fully domestic in nature. Starting from aadi, the jenmashtami, chaturthi, navaratri, deepavali, karthikai, all are domestic festivals, unlike uttarayanam, where public festivals like, brahmotsavams, teppams, poochoridhals fall. [of course exceptions are there..]

The uttarayanam on the other hand is when all public events like building of temples, fairs, public festivities, travelling to nearby towns and cities are undertaken. The temperatures and climate reach extremities. And it is when people are out vacationing, since concentrating on the job is difficult.

Is this the similar reason, why Christmas is celebrated in the western world, when climate reaches extremities and productivity falls to the lowest!!


At Fri Aug 05, 03:13:00 PM CDT, Blogger Arjuna_Speaks said...

tj - ippadiya poneengana - innum konja nallula sithar swamikalaka aida poreenga - jakirathai :)

At Fri Aug 05, 05:24:00 PM CDT, Blogger Kasthuri Srinivasan said...

Hmmm...US'la enga aavani avittam. Two years back it was full of comedy of errors. We had a tape for mantra's and unknowingly we started with B side of the tape. Immly it asked us to change the poonal and be obediently followed it :-). More than this one of the guys brought mustard thinking it was sesame. We had to use it...

At Fri Aug 05, 06:05:00 PM CDT, Blogger ranganathan said...

ஆடிக்கு பின் ஆவணி....
என் தாடிக்குப் பின் அவள் தாவணி...!

போஸ்ட்டுக்கும் இதுக்கும் என்ன சம்பந்தம்?!
ஆராயக்கூடாது! அனுபவிக்கணும்!

At Fri Aug 05, 09:51:00 PM CDT, Blogger RS said...

Interesting, lots of new information for me to absorb and learn from here :)

At Fri Aug 05, 10:35:00 PM CDT, Blogger Tony Grant said...

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At Fri Aug 05, 11:31:00 PM CDT, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Dear TJ;

I must say this is a fresh perspective on the Uttaraayana/Dakshinaayana concept. I had always focussed on the fact that the Uttaraayanam is known to be beneficial to Yogins aspiring for liberation( as Bhishma waited for the celebrated Uttarayanam and attained Moksha on an Ashtami tithi with Rohini nakshathram). again in several temples you have the two entrance system of UTTARAAYANA VAASAL AND DAKSHINAAYANA VAASAL. ESP SRIRANGAM IF I'M NOT WRONG. great post.

At Sat Aug 06, 05:38:00 AM CDT, Blogger ioiio said...

En college HOD pesara maadhiri irukku...

Aana oru difference.. Avar Gyaani :)


At Sat Aug 06, 10:49:00 AM CDT, Anonymous Vidya said...

whew.. so much info.. it was an interesting piece.

At Sat Aug 06, 10:28:00 PM CDT, Blogger Random Access said...

Very interesting read, though it was a kinda revision for me :) Anywayz, hinduism is full of such rich things and everything happens for a reason, though sadly, nowadays people dont know much about the reasons and they blame it as crazy stupidity. Keep it going!

Random Access
The search has just begun !!!

At Sun Aug 07, 12:34:00 AM CDT, Blogger sukhanya said...

Hi, am new to your post and this blog post is interesting and informative.

@ioiio...unga gyaani..classla nimadiya thoonga vidama ezhuppi niruthi...birth star list keppar..enakku RADAR spelling koodaa maranthuduthu avaraaala...(he is really a great HOD...)

take care

At Sun Aug 07, 01:15:00 PM CDT, Blogger Ganesh said...

Great post.
Regarding Xmas- there are different accounts why its celebrated in Dec instead of Jan or something.

PS Have blogrolled you, kind of late sorry about that.

At Sun Aug 07, 02:17:00 PM CDT, Blogger Ramana Siddharth said...

wow..fascinating details!i knew the basic stuff abt utarayanam and dakshinayanam..but ivolo matter irukene nanaikave illai!..

btw those who die in the dakshinayanam are supposed to be very fotunate or something rite?

At Sun Aug 07, 09:29:00 PM CDT, Blogger Priya said...

Very informative post Tj !! veetla sinna vayasula i have heard abt this.. but totally forgot!!!

and i was lol abt what happenned at your side kasthuri srinivasan!!!

At Sun Aug 07, 10:05:00 PM CDT, Blogger Lavanya said...

I think it is true that farmers' anywhere in the world ought to follow solar calenders.

There is a small astronomical book that circulates in the US, named as "farmers" each year. The book tells about all astrnomical happenings like solistices(the dates when uttaraayanam changes to Dakshinayanam), tides, location of planets etc. on a daily basis for the whole year. I used to wonder why farmers should be so much interested in astronomy. Your post gives a partial answer to it :)

At Mon Aug 08, 12:36:00 AM CDT, Blogger mysorean said...

Very interesting!

TJ! Nice post!

I read in a book about Introduction to Hindu Culture as in how our various castes came into being. There is a certain logic to the whole thing. In your post, it comes out very well. I hope to post something related to that in the near future. I hope you don't mind me quoting you.


At Mon Aug 08, 03:32:00 AM CDT, Blogger Paavai said...

Very informative post TJ. Hmmm, wish we could go back to days where time was measured in seasons and not by minute, seconds and nano seconds

At Mon Aug 08, 05:45:00 AM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Kaval padadheenga, seekrame sarakku theendhurum.. then no sithar, no swamigal ;)

Aavani avittam, last year was on weekend, so inga oru kovila poi, namba oor la potukaa madhiriye panniyachu. This year dhaan friday. Seekram maathindu office kku oda vendi irukkum :(

kalaki puttenga thalaiva.. Thathuvam sonna aaraya koodadhu anubavikkanum.. PKS.. sathiteenga

Vaanga! Vandhadhukku nandri!! Adikadi vandh ponga!!!

The Uttarayana Dakshinayana vaasal is famous in Tiruvellarai temple, abt 10-12 kms north of srirangam.

Avara gyani, naa agyani, ambuduthein.

Thanks for visiting and keep coming!

As you said, I strongly believe that there is a definite reasoning behind all those told and done today as mere rituals.

Welcome to the blog. Thanks for visiting.
We had a HOD who handled Network Theory. Appo naa mudivu panninein, not to pursue my career technically. ;)

Yes, i have also heard abt the controversy that jesus was infact born somewhere in spring/summer. Thereiyala, need to study somemore to comment on that.

Welcome to the blog, All who die in uttarayanam are supposed to get moksha.

Aathla appo sonnadha ellam yosichu parthale, niray vishayathuku answer kidaikkum.
Regarding the mustard/seasame mix up, paavam, pitrukal ellam thalichu kottaradhuku vasadhiya panni irukkanga. paarattukal. lol

Thats an intersting info. If a similar book is given in india, it wud have been branded as saffronizing.!

Good wishes for your new post! Eager to read it.!!

Sign of development is that, units of distance and time are measured in extreme units, nano meters for eg.

At Mon Aug 08, 06:20:00 AM CDT, Blogger Prabu Karthik said...

rombo nalla post TJ

At Mon Aug 08, 06:44:00 AM CDT, Blogger TJ said...

Thanks Prabhu Karthik,
Thanks for visiting.


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