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Know more about Solar Eclipse, What When And How

An eclipse is an astronomical event that happens when one celestial object moves into the shadow of another. Our earth experiences two types of eclipses namely solar eclipse and lunar eclipse.   When does the Solar Eclipse Occur?   Solar eclipse occurs when the moon is in between the planet and also the Sun. There are three types of solar eclipses namely total, annular and partial. Total solar eclipses occur when the Moon comes between the Sun and Earth and casts the darkest a part of its shadow, the umbra, on Earth. Annular solar eclipses occur when the Moon covers the Sun’s center, leaving the Sun’s visible outer edges to

The History Of Explosives

SHLOKA: Angarasyaiva gandhasya suvarcilavanasya ca | Silaya haritalasya tatha sisamalasya ca || Hingulasya tatha kantarajasah karpurasya ca | Jatornilyasca saralaniryasya tathaiva ca || Samanyaunadhikairamsairagnicurnanyanekasah | Meaning: Explosives are prepared in different ways by mixing in varying proportions of fire, charcoal, sulphur, red arsenic, potassium nitrate, lead oxide. Yellow arsenic, steel powder, vermilion, lac, camphor, turpentine and gum. Source: Sukra-nitih, Chapter 4, Section 7, Shlokah 194-196 Sukracaryah (8th Century AD) Etymology: Agni + curnam = fire + powder = Explosive Harita –> Haritalam = Yellow pigment = Arsenic Suvarci + lavanam = Hydrated + salt = Potassium nitrate. Ancient Theory According

13 Inventions That Showed Indians Were Extraordinarily Clever

India holds great pride of giving great scientists and their inventions have played vital role in shaping our modern world. Just not in one or two fields but India has provided impeccable contribution in all the fields like Astronomy, Medical, Mathematics, Science, Economic, Political sciences, Cartography, Architecture and many more. India boasts the history of having many famous inventions and discoveries that changed the world. Here are some of the world changing inventions and discoveries that are universally accepted but the origin of inventions still remain unaware to many. Prefabricated home and movable structures It was in 16th century during

Panchabhutas- 5 elements of life with reference to Vedic Text and Illuminati

Shloka:       Tasmadva etasmadatmana akash sambhutah |                         Akasadvayuh | Vayoragnih | Agnerapah |                         Adbhyah prithvi | Prithivya osadhayah |                         Osadhibhyosnam |Annat purusah || Meaning: From that atman (Supreme soul) space came into being from space wind, from wind fire, from fire water, from water earth, from earth plants, from plants food, from food man came into being. Source: Yajur-vedah, Taittiriyopanisad,vBrahmananda – valli, Anuvakah 1 (Vedic period) Nature is made up of 5 major elements known as Panchabutas. These five elements are supposed to be the parent elements and all the other elements are inherited from these

Why Do We Perform Agnihotra?

Shloka: Agnihotra eva tat sayam pratarvarvajram Yajamano bharatrvyaya praharti | Bhavatyatmana parasya bhratrvyo bhavati | Meaning: The one who practices Agnihotra in the morning and evening becomes strong like thunderbolt/ diamond. Destroys enemies by himself (unassassinated). His enemies remain conquered. Shloka: Yavadahoratre bhavatah | Tavadasya lokasya nartih naristih | Nanto na paryantosti | Meaning: As long as he does Agnihotra in the day and in the night, in this world for him there would no pain or misfortune. There will be no end to him. An Agnihotra practitioner will have a long life. Source: Taittirya-brahmanam, Astakam 2, Anuvakah 5, 11

The Concept of Chemical Lab Equipment in Ancient India

Shloka: Sattvapatanakosthinca surakosthim Susobhanam | Bhumikosthim calatkostim Jaladronyospyanekasah || Meaning: Chamber for pouring molten metal, good chamber for alcohol (distillation), earthen chamber, movable chamber and many water buckets (should be arranged) Shloka: Bhastrikayugalam tadvannalike vamsalohayoh Svarnayoghosasulbasmakundyascarmakrtam Tatha || Meaning: A pair of bellows, similarly, tubes of bamboo and iron and vessels made of gold, iron, bell metal, copper, stone and leather (should be there). Shloka: Karanani vicitrani dravyanyapi samaharet || Kandani pesani khalva dronirupasca vartulah | Meaning: A variety of materials and instruments should be gathered. Mortar (wooden) for cutting, grinders and oval and circular pestles (should be gathered). Shloka:

Gavyam – The Secrets of Holy Cow Perceived by Ancient Indians

Shloka: Gavyam samadhuram kincidosaghnam Krimikusthanut | Kanduum ca samayet piitam samyag Dosadare hitam || Meaning: The cow’s urine is (slightly) sweet, it alleviates (defects in) humours, is bactericidal and cures leprosy. If drunk, it alleviates purities, is good for (defect in) humours and for the abdomen. Source: Chandogya – Samhita, chapter 1, Mantrah 10 (Vedic period) Current Relevance Cow’s urine has been patented by The United States Patent and Trade office, it has proven that cow’s urine has been declared as cure for many diseases like leprosy and is also used in the making of antibiotics, anti-fungal agents and also

Comparision of Concept of Elasticity between Robert Hook and Sridharacharyah

Shloka: Ye Ghana nibidah avayavasannivesah taih Visistesu sparsavatsu dravyesu vartamanah Sthithisthapakah svasrayamanyatha Kathamavanamitam yathavat sthapayati Kathamavanamitam yathavat sthapayati Purvavadrjuh karoti | Meaning: Elasticity is a property in the bodies having densely populated elemental parts; when sheared by (external) deforming forces, it helps the body recover its original state. Source: Nyayakandali, Sridharacharyah (991 AD) Etymology: Sthiti + sthapakah = original state + bring back= elasticity Ancient Theory According to vaisesika sutra the samskara i.e. elasticity in one of the six gunas. The concept of elasticity is explained as a property inherited in bodies which are compactly packed and when this compact

Is it right to say that Wright Brothers discovered Aircraft or Did Indians knew it before?

SHLOKA:         Atha vaimanikan lohananukramisyamah saumaka-                         Saudalika-maurtvikascaitat sammelanadusmapah                         Sodasadha bhavantiti te Meaning: Now we sequence the metals for aircrafts- Thermal (Saumaka), Acidic (Soundalika) and relating to shape (Maurtvika). The aircraft technologists say that by alloying these (three metal categories) 16 varieties of heat-conducting metals come into being. SHLOKA:         Usnambharosnaposnahanarajamlatrdviraha                         Pancafhnognitrd bharahanassitahano                         Garalaghnamlahano visambhara-visalyakrd                         Dvijamitrasca vatamitrascetityadih Meaning: These are heat bearing, heat conducting (thermal), heat proof, shining, acid-proof, toxic (weapon grade) non-malleable, fire proof, weight proof, cold-proof, poison proof (anti toxic), acid proof (alkaline), toxic (weapon grade), surgical grade, wrought metal and wind proof. Source:

Mysteries of Shinning Luna

Shloka: Ayangauh prsnirakramidasadanmataram purah I Pitaranca prayantsvah I Meaning: The moon being, a satellite of the earth, revolves around its mother planet and follows it in its revolution and self-luminous father planet( the Sun) Source- Rig Vedah, Mandalam 10, Suktam 189, Mantrah 1 (6000BCE) Shloka: Chandramā manaso jātaścakṣoḥ sūryo ajāyata | Meaning: The moon (Chandra) is born from his mind and surya (Sun) from his eyes. Source: Rig Vedha Chandra is a Sanskrit term and its popularly call it Moon. It means Illustrious. In vedic astrology the complete moon is considered to be benefic and dark moon is considered