What is Ayanamsha ?
We saw Zodiac in the last blog. Remember there is only one Zodiac. Do not confuse the term Zodiac with Zodiac Signs.
But to locate the Zodiac Belt – there are 2 ways. A zodiac belt may be located by:
- Fixed Stars called as SIDEREAL ZODIAC or
- Based on apparent Sun position (Equinox) at about spring. (Mar-Apr) called as TROPICAL ZODIAC
We know that Tropical Zodiac is based on Sun placement and it changes by 1 degree by every 72 years.
Remember the old diagram from Last blog on Zodiac Belt:
This is simple straight forward Zodiac Belt.
Now consider – for example today i want to locate the Zodiac Belt. I would be locating Both by fixed stars (SIDEREAL) and Sun’s apparent position (TROPICAL). It would be found that THESE TWO WILL NOT COINCIDE. That is because Sidereal Zodiac is Fixed based on stars/constellation. But Tropical Zodiac Belt is based on Sun’s Position in spring (Equinox) and it changes by 1 degree every 72 years. So its not fixed. Therefore, the two cannot coincide.
In the above Diagram – Orange belt is the SIDEREAL ZODIAC and the Green belt is the TROPICAL ZODIAC. Note that Zodiac Belt is the same but since they are measured differently there is some difference in their origin. Here the difference is exaggerated in the diagram, just to show the difference.
THE DISTANCE BETWEEN THE 2 ZODIACs – SIDEREAL and TROPICAL at any given time is called as AYANAMSHA.
The Sidereal and Tropical Zodiacs coincide in some 28000 to 29000 years.
Currently there are many ayanamsha developed by different individuals. Based on dating the time when the coinciding of the Sidereal and Tropical Zodiac happened there are different AYANAMSHA. Like: According to:
- Lahiri – Chitra Ayannamsha:
- According to him – Coincidence happened in some 285 AD
- Most Commonly used for predictions
- Krishnamurti Ayanamsha:
- According to him – Coincidence happened in 291 AD
- Raman Ayanamsha:
- According to him – Coincidence happened in 397 AD
Importance of Ayanamsha:
Since planets play in Zodiac Belt wrong calculation of Ayanamsha will result in wrong placement of Planets since zodiac origin is only wrongly calculated. Thereby giving all wrong predictions.
A sidereal zodiacal position can be converted to tropical by adding ayanamsha(Distance) for the year in question to the sidereal zodiac position
Example for year 2000, Ayanamsha was 23 degree 51 minutes as per Lahiri Ayanamsha means distance between Sidereal and Tropical Zodiac was 23 degree and 52 minutes.
As per Raman Ayanamsha the distance was 22 degree 24 minutes. in the year 2000.
If you dont understand give a reading of previous blogs. This is BASIC. But now-a-days Computer does all calculations so dont worry… You just have to click on the Ayanamsha and the calculations will be done.
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