Monday, June 1, 2015

How the week days got their names?

courtesy:Sri.PK.Ramakrishnan

aryabahtiyam
bhaanaam-adhas-sanaischara-guru-bhowm-arka-sukra-budha-chandraah.  /theshaam adhascha bhumihmedhiibhuutaa kha madhyasthaa //
 
Bhanaamadhah = under the starssanaischara = saturnguru = jupiterbhauma = marsarka = sunsukra = venusbudha = mercurychandra = moon
theshaam adhascha bhumih = under them the earthmedhiibhuthaa = acting like an axlekhamadhyasthaa = remains in space.
saptaite horesaahsanaischaraadyaa yathaakramam siighraah /siighrakramaat chathurthaahbhavanthi suuryodayaat dinapaah //
saptaite = these sevenhoresaah = are the lords of the (24) hoursprogessively faster from Saturnsighramaat chaturthaah = the fourth speedier onesbhavanthi suryodyaat dinapaah = become the lord of the day from sunrise.
(Explanation = The lords of the hours are - saturn, jupiter, mars, sun, venus, mercury and moon - and again in the same order.  In three rounds they are the lords of 21 hours.Again when there are 24 hours the next three are saturn, jupiter and mars.So for the first hour of the next day sun becomes the lord. He is also declared the lordof the day. So we get Saturday, Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.Sanivar, Ravivar, Somvar, Mangalvar, Budhavar, Guruvar, and Sukravar.
The division of the day into 24 hours is a Greek method. Hora is a greek word for hour.The Hindus still divide the day into 60 nadikas.
There is no mention of the week day both In Ramayana and Mahabharata. (Originally Saturday was the frist day of the week.  The Chirstians made Sundayas the first day. It appears thar Jesus Christ was cruisified on a Friday and hecame back to life on the next Sunday.)