Erukku; 1 Definition(s)

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Erukku means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

The peculair custom of people placing a layer of the leaves of the plant Erukku (Calotropis gigantea), Sanskrit arka, on the head and with that bathe in rivers, deserves examination. It is believed that this plant is symbolical of decay. There is a saying current that the houses of a partial judge and a false witness are destined to be overgrown with this plant, and its flowers are said to be the favourite flowers of Shiva, the lord of destruction and of the burning-ghats. Why should people place some of the leaves of this plant of such evil repute on their heads and bathe on this occasion? The rationale is simple when properly understood. The nature of plants as well as animals is everundergoing changes with the change of influence of the planets over the objects on earth. A careful observer might notice this in men, animals and plants.

Source: archive.org: South Indian Festivities (astronomy)
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Jyotiṣa (ज्योतिष, jyotisha or jyotish) basically refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents one of the six additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas. Jyotiṣa concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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