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Samvatsaras – The Vedic Years

Dr (Pundit) Roshan Singh DEha/DEmp

Registration No: EHA210901443 : Traditional Health Practitioner

Just see how each year is named and what influence it has upon us.

Take a look at the following and you will be surprised to learn of the preciseness of Jyotish Astrology

The years            Name of Samvatsara / Year         It’s influence based upon its name

2019 – 2020         Vikari                                                     A year of illness (Covid-19)

2020 – 2021         Sharvari                                                Darkness – (The entire world was in darkness)

2021 – 2022         Plava                                                     Ferries one from Darkness to Light

2022 – 2023         Shubakrit                                             That which creates auspiciousness.

Samvatsara is a Sanskrit term for a “year” in Vedic literature such as the Rigveda and other ancient texts. In the medieval era literature, a samvatsara refers to the “Jovian year”, that is a year based on the relative position of the planet Jupiter, while the solar year is called varsha.

Lord Prajapati or Brahma is known to be the embodiment of Samvatsara that is widely used to explore a different segment of time like day, ritus (seasons), Ayana, and Month (masa).

The term “Samvatsara” is a Sanskrit word for ‘year’ in the Vedic literature. It roughly means a period of one full year sidereal when the Sun enters the sign of Aries. Some astrologers define it as the time in which Brihaspati (planet Jupiter) with its average speed crosses the journey of one zodiac sign and moves on to the next. According to this definition, when Jupiter completes the entire circle of traversing all 12 zodiac signs, it comprises 12 Samvatsaras. During the entire journey, Jupiter is either close by or far from planet Earth based on which it creates positive or negative influences for an individual.

The Hindu calendar has a cycle of 60 years and is named from Prabhava to Kshaya. Generally, the new Hindu year begins at the end of April every year. In the current cycle, the year Prabhava coincides with the Christian year 1987.

These 60 Samvatsaras repeats in a cycle of 12 years. The significator of the year is Shani, Saturn, which takes approximately 30 years to complete the entire twelve signs of the zodiac. The yugas of periods began when both Jupiter and Saturn were at 0-degree of Aries. So, if we take the lowest common multiple between the motion of Jupiter and Saturn (approximately 12 years and 30 years), we get the count of 60.

Therefore, every 60 years, both Jupiter and Saturn reach the 0-degree of Aries, and this interplay between both the planets, the angles formed, the influences that arise due to the combination, significantly affect the Samvatsaras and the individuals.

The sixty Samvatsaras (Prabhava to Kshaya) are divided into three groups of 20 Samvatsaras each wherein the first group of 20 Samvatsaras (Prabhava to Vyaya) is assigned to Lord Brahma, the next group of 20 Samvatsaras (Sarvajit to Parabhava) to Lord Vishnu, and the last 20 (Plavanga to Kshaya) to Lord Shiva.

The Samvatsara for 2020 – 2021 is known as Sharvari (also called Zarvari or Sarvari). Each Samvatsara carries a particular essence that is correlated with its Sanskrit name along with its group ruler which brought darkness to the entire earth planet. The Samvatsara for this 2020-2021 year is the fourth in a group of five years ruled by the Manes.

The Manes are of two types: and are the children of Lord Brahma, also known as the Prajatis, who’re great rishis, progenitors, and protectors of the planet Earth, the animal kingdom, and the entire human race. Often called “Ancestors”, they inhabit their region between the realms of the human race (mankind) and the Gods, a place known as “Pitraloka”.

The word Sharvari means “night or twilight” or “pernicious or murderous” depending on the context with which we look at it. However, if we go by the ancestral predictions, this year is known to bring famine and trouble and that we are already seeing in the form of COVID – 19 virus outbreak across the globe or in the form of locust plague spread out in parts of Africa. So, it won’t be wrong to say that the current five-year cycle ruled by the Manes (2017 – 2022) is challenging and a period of calamity for the human race.

Even in the last Sharvari cycle (during 1960) the human race experienced a similar case without the outbreak of the Great Chinese famine from 1959 – 1961.

2021 – 2022         Plava                                                     Ferries one from Darkness to Light

During this period everyone will be ferried from darkness to light.

2022 – 2023         Shubakrit                                             That which creates auspiciousness.

We will now see the light at the end of the tunnel as auspiciousness will prevail on the planet once again.

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