New Delhi: Vaishakha Purnima, a holy day for Hindus commemorated annually on May 26, coincides with the lunar eclipse this year.
Vaishakh is the second month of the Hindu calendar and is took into consideration to be one of the holiest months. On this day, devotees offer prayers to the Hindu deity Vishnu and observe a fast from sunrise to moonrise.
As a rule, devotees also bathe in a sacred river at sunrise to seek salvation.
However, with the lunar eclipse also coinciding with the start of the holy month, the day just got even more special.
A similar coincidence also occurred over 1,400 years ago in 619 CE. On that day Pulakeshin II, ruler of the Chalukya dynasty, requested a copper inscription that would praise his victory over Emperor Harshvardhana, ruler of the Vardhana dynasty.
The Chalukya dynasty ruled parts of central and southern India between the 6th and 12th centuries AD, while the Vardhana dynasty ruled parts of northern India between the 6th and 7th centuries A.D.
Today, a total lunar eclipse is occurring over Vaishakh Purnima.
1402 years ago in 619 CE, a lunar eclipse also occurred on Vaishakh Purnima.
On this day, King Chalukya Pulkeshin commissioned a copper inscription praising his victory over Emperor Harshwardhan
– Oriental Bhandarkar Research Institute, Pune (@BhandarkarI) May 26, 2021
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War between Emperor Harshvardhan and King Pulakeshin
Researchers at the Bhadharkhar Oriental Research Institute in Pune found a copper plate and were able to determine the date of Emperor Harshvardhan’s defeat to King Chalukya Pulakeshin.
The institute has a deposit from the largest collection of manuscripts and rare texts in South Asia.
The chronology of the battle has been decoded to fall somewhere between 610 CE and 634 CE.
“However, it was the discovery and study of this inscription, and the mention of a lunar eclipse on Vaishakh purnima, which made it possible to determine the exact year of the battle, i.e. 619 de our era, “the institute said in a statement. Tweeter.
Pulakeshin, who ruled from Badami, the capital of the Chalukya dynasty, disagreed with Emperor Harshvardhan. Pulakeshin saw himself as the “supreme lord” of the south, while Harshvardhan saw himself as the ruler of the north. Harshvardhan walked with his strength to defeat Pulakeshin but he was defeated.
A report in The Hindu quotes Dr Bapat, a famous coin collector from Mumbai, as saying: “The battle was believed to have taken place between AD 612 and AD 634. But now, thanks to this copper plate, it can be established with certainty that it took place during the winter of 618-619 AD.
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