Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet: [To determine] the appearances of the Dasavatars [Ten Avatars of Vishnu], that you can use the Precession of the Equinoxes [for], very accurately, if you base your calculations on those verses that I indicated from the Rig Veda. You cannot use it for temple purposes and for horoscopy. It is actually incorrect to do so. That is describing thousands of years. We are dealing with the yearly phenomenon and you have every verse in the Rig Veda that confirms this. There is one that says, 'Certain eternal worlds there are, their doors are closed to you, or opened, by the months and the years. It is these that Brihaspati has made manifest to knowledge.' Now it says, MONTHS and YEARS, it doesn't say days, it doesn't say hours. In the Rig Veda they say 'months and years'. Now 'the months' corresponds to the annual 365 days, those 12 spokes. 'The years' corresponds to the Precession of the Equinoxes. Many people claim that in the ancient Veda, the Vedic Rishis did not know of the Precession, but that is incorrect. This verse proves it. 'Years' pertains to the Precession of the Equinoxes. 'Months' pertains to our annual year and it is THAT that should be used for temple purposes. But I repeat, 60 temples now in Tamil Nadu have just celebrated Makar Sankranti together with the Solstice. This is extremely important. There will be a transformed
the day that this calendar problem is resolved. It is then that India will be a superpower; and this is its power, not in economics, nothing else but THIS, this Vedic science. And you are blessed all to be vidwans of this sacred art, the most sacred there is. India
Speaker: Mam, I'd just like to provide one small clarification. The function of celebration in the temples of Tamil Nadu on December 22nd, the Solstice, is Arudhra Darshan not Makar Sankranti, it is Arudhra Darshan. Arudhra Darshan is a distinct festival celebrated in the Shiva temples of Tamil Nadu, and it has only to do with the Arudhra etcetera.
Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet: Your information is not correct.
[Link HERE to read Patrizia Norelli-Bachelet's full presentation entitled 'The Importance of Makar Sankranti in Hindu Calendar Reform', and HERE to read 'A Delegate's REPORT on the First National Conference on Panchanga Ganitam', which discusses the failure of the conference as a truly open forum. The organizers of the conference were set on upholding the Nirayana Ayanamsha/Zero point for the Hindu sacred calendar, regardless of the solid arguments of the Sayana (Tropical) Zodiac adherents.]
Secrets of the Earth: Questions and Answers on the Line of Ten Avatars of Vedic Tradition (PNB, 2009)
'The Makar Sankranti' (PNB, 2008)
'The 2010 Winter Solstice/Lunar Eclipse: A Global Tuning Fork' (Lori Tompkins, 2010)