Agastya and modern astronomy – Podcast #81

It is possible using astronomical calculations to determine the era in which Agastya walked the earth.  In this podcast, we look at the work of K. D. Abhyankar which was published in the journal “Current Science”, volume 89, December 2005.  By looking at the time in which the star Canopus appeared above the horizon in southern India, he determined that Agastya was alive around 4,000 BC.  This theory is further validated by events mentioned in the Ramayana and Mahabharata, as well as records of the Tamil Sangams (gatherings of poets and seers).

Additionally, we take a look at Agastya Rishi’s contributions to Rig Veda, which will be presented in greater detail in the next podcast.

Chanting is Surya Suprabhatam and two short selections for Lalitha; Lalitha Shauna Prarthana and Lalitha Pratasmaranam.