Friday, December 24, 2010

First National Conference on Panchanga Ganitam (a stab at Hindu Calendar Reform)

I just caught a glimpse of the First National Conference on Panchanga Ganitam being held 24 -26 December 2010 in Tirumala, India. Apparently it is being webcast live. I have enquired as to when Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet will be scheduled to read her paper [Link HERE to read full text], and will announce it here if I find out so that others who are interested may watch.

[UPDATE: It seems Patrizia is speaking in Tirumala (India) on the morning of Dec 25th ... No specific time has been given but there is a morning session from 9 am - 11 am. That converts to 7:30-9:30 pm DECEMBER 24th for PST, and 10:30-12:30 for EST. (another session starts at 11:30 am in Tirumala).]

A Panchanga is a Hindu calendar [see Wikipedia]. There are numerous Panchangas that people follow in India and Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet is speaking to the effect that the real Vedic Year that should be adopted as the Hindu calendar is the Tropical Zodiac, based as it is on the four cardinal pillars of the equinoxes and solstices. [See Unity and the Hindu Samaj]. Ganitam, I believe means mathematics.*

It seems that much of the presentations won't be in English. Maybe they will translate the transcripts at some point.

*From the Cologne Digital Sanskrit Lexicon:

gaNita mfn. counted , numbered , reckoned , calculated;  n. reckoning , calculating , science of computation (comprising arithmetic , algebra , and geometry,  MBh. i , 293 Mr2icch. i , 4 VarBr2S. ; the astronomical or astrological part of a Jyotih2s3a1stra (with the exception of the portion treating of nativities) VarBr2S. ; the sum of a progression ; sum (in general).

[1.1.11 UPDATE: PNB has written 'A Delegate's REPORT on the First National Conference on Panchanga Ganitam', detailing her experience at and thoughts on the Conference.]

1 comment:

  1. Hi Lori,

    I just stumbled over my keyboard buttons.... so don't be surprised when you see a double message :)

    I only saw the last half hour of the conference. Lots of messages expressing thanks, but the main message was that a consensus about the objectives had been reached, which is hopefull.

    But all those men ? I could hardly spot a woman, this looked like a men's conference :)?

    Have nice holidays,