Hindu roots of Vesak Festivals?

Rajesh Kochhar rkk at NISTADS.RES.IN
Wed Oct 25 07:47:20 UTC 2000

The Siddhantic calendar (Saka,Vikrami,or the Hindu calendar) is a twin-track
calendar. It keeps track of the sun's ingress into a zodiacal sign,as also
of lunar phases.The luni-solar year begins (at least in theory ) with  the
new moon so that the vernal equinox falls in the first lunar month.,Caitra
.I do not think the secod month Vaisakha has any particular Buddhist
connotation. In fact, Buddha Jayanti itself falls in Jyestha as a lunar

The various aspects of all  calendars  are authoritatively discussed in M N
Saha's Report of {Indian} Calendar Reform Committee,1956. For details of
religious festivities/rituals see L D S Pillai(c.1912) An Indian Ephemeris
AD 1800-AD 2000(Madras),Chaps 1 and 2.
Rajesh Kochhar
Prof Rajesh Kochhar
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-----Original Message-----
From: Jean Nielson <jneil at EZ2.NET>
Date: Wednesday, October 25, 2000 10:54 AM
Subject: Re: Hindu roots of Vesak Festivals?

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>Dave Turpie wrote:
>> Hello list members,
>>         Here's hoping someone in the know will indulge a query that
>> precariously on the edge of being inter-disciplinary. I am currently
>> researching early forms of the Theravadan Buddhist ritual known as Vesak
>> (derived from vaisakha, the second month in the Indian lunar calendar).
>> Given that in some circles, Gotama Buddha is considered to be the ninth
>> incarnation of Visnu, and the month of Vaiskha is generally associated
>> Visnu celebrations, there would seem to be a link between this buddhist
>> festival which celebrates the birth, death, and enlightenment of the
>> (all ocurring on the same full moon day in this month)and earlier (or
>> current)Visnu festivals of some sort.
>>         At the moment this all pure speculation with no textual basis to
>> such claims. Can anyone offer some guidance in the form of text or an
>> actual festival that might intimate at a connection between Vesak and a
>> Visnu festival either held in the past or currently being sponsored?
>> Any help would be greatly appreciated, David T.

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