The Agni Purana

by N. Gangadharan | 1954 | 360,691 words | ISBN-10: 8120803590 | ISBN-13: 9788120803596

This page describes The names of sixty years of Hindu cycle (shashti-samvatsara) which is chapter 139 of the English translation of the Agni Purana, one of the eighteen major puranas dealing with all topics concerning ancient Indian culture, tradition and sciences. Containing roughly 15,000 Sanskrit metrical verses, subjects contained in the Agni-Purana include cosmology, philosophy, architecture, iconography, economics, diplomacy, pilgrimage guides, ancient geography, gemology, ayurveda, etc.

Chapter 139 - The names of sixty years of Hindu cycle (ṣaṣṭi-saṃvatsara)

[Sanskrit text for this chapter is available]

[Full title: The names of sixty years of Hindu cycle and the good or bad results from them]

The lord said:

1. Listen! I shall describe the names of sixty years and the good or bad results from them. Sacrificial rites (would be done) in Prabhava. The people would be comfortable in Vibhava.

2. All grains (grow well) in Śukla. (People) rejoice in Pramoda (Pramodāt). There would be increase (of articles of comforts) in Prajāpati (Prajotpatti). (The year) Aṅgirā (Āṅgīrasa) would increase comforts.

3. The people (population) increase in Śrīmukha. Thoughts flourish well in Bhāva (Bhava). (In the year) Yuva the life -essence gets filled up. Dhātā makes the herbs sprout well.

4. Īśvara (gives) welfare and health. Bahudāna gives prosperity. In Pramāthī (there would be) moderate rains. There would be plenty of grains in Vikrama.

5. Vṛṣa (Viṣu) makes all things thrive. Citrabhānu sees many wonderful events. Svarbhānu (gives) prosperity and health. The clouds are favourable in Tāraṇa.

6. (There would be) abundance of rains in Pārthiva. Jaya (Vijaya) (indicates) excessive rains. Sarvajit (indicates) good showers. Sarvadhātrī gives prosperity.

7. Virodhī destroys clouds. (Vikṛti) causes panic. Men become chivalrous in Khara. The people rejoice in Nandana.

8-9. Vijaya kills enemies. (Jaya) annihilates enemies and diseases. People suffer from fever in Manmatha. People become wicked in the cruel Durmukha. There will not be prosperity in Hemalamba. O great goddess! the year Vilamba gives prosperity.

10. Vikārī causes the wrath of enemies. O Victorious one! (The year) Sarvadā (Śārvarī) gives comforts to all. Water inundates (the earth) in Plava. O Good-natured one! The people do auspicious things in Śubhakṛt[1].

11. The people (become) cruel in Rākṣasa. In Ānala (Nala) (there would be plenty of) different kinds of grains. (There would be) good showers in Piṅgala and destruction of wealth in Kālayukti.

12. All things are accomplished in Siddhārtha (Siddhārthi). Dreadful events take place in Raudra (Raudrī). (There would be) moderate rains in Durmati. Dundubhi causes welfare and (plenty of) grains.

13. It rains well in Rudhirodgārī. Raktākṣa and Krodhana (give) victory. In Kṣaya (Akṣaya) people get reduced to poverty. These are the sixty years.

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The text then omits the names of 12 years and continues from Rākṛasa, the 49th year.

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