Sunday, November 3, 2013

How to calculate the exact Sahastra Chandra Darshan सहस्त्रचंद्रदर्शन date?

Recently we had the pleasure of celebrating the “Sahastra Chandra Darshan” सहस्त्रचंद्रदर्शन (SCD) of our uncle whom we lovingly call “Bhausaheb”. When 3M uploaded this image on Facebook, quite a few friends asked “How do you calculate the exact date for this ceremony?”. A Google search will tell you that it is celebrated sometime after a person's 80th birthday… but that’s not really helpful!

First let us understand what SCD is all about! In ancient India, life expectancy of an individual was about 30 years. Hence anybody who crosses the age of 60 years was considered “Deerghayu” – person with longevity! So at each stage of life starting from the 60th year, you have celebrations to cheer his/ her long life. One of these is SCD - a ceremony to celebrate the 1000th full moon in a person’s life. Gautam Buddha is supposed to have lived up to his 1000th full moon. Recently, this ceremony got publicity due to felicitations of Atal BihariVajpayee (2005), Satya Sai Baba (2008) & Lata Mangeshkar (2010)!

Calculating the exact date of a person’s SCD is now really easy thanks to good ol’ MS Excel. We know that a lunar month is made of 29.53 days. This means a person will complete 1000 months of his life in 29530 days. Let’s see how Bhausaheb’s SCD was calculated by 3M. On an MS Excel sheet type out the date “27-Dec-32” in a cell. In the cell right next to it type out “29530”. Add both these cells to get the date on which Bhausaheb completes 1000 months – “2-Nov-13”. Mind you, this is NOT the SCD date! Now refer any panchang like Date to find the Poornima (Full moon day) just before “2-Nov-13”. So the Sahastra Chandra Darshan in this case was on 17th Oct 2013 which happened to be Kojagiri Poornima!

21 comments:

Anonymous said...

Great Article.. Thank you

Pramod Vispute said...

good informative tnx

Shantanu Abhyankar said...
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Shantanu Abhyankar said...

Thanks, very useful information.

VIJAY said...

Good explanation

DGS said...

A very good method to know the scd date

DGS said...

A very good method to know the scd date

Anonymous said...

Great article. In Bharat, people used to live long life before the British rule where the missionries created. 100 years was avg age of person. Exceptions like Changdev, 1400 years. My grand mother was 97 and grand father was 80+. Villages, certainly better. 100 is prescribed age by vedic texts. life was all about celebrations, this darshan, then becoming great grand father was also considered auspisious. Jai Shriram..

Arvind Raje said...

This set of calculation is I simplicitor.

It must include the number of TOTAL LUNAR ECLIPSES one goes through at the place of his residence
During his life of 80 years. Such data is available on Google search.

Generally it is THREE to FOUR times and not more.



Arvind Raje

Vikash Kumar said...
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TATARAO THOOTA said...

Please inform the dates.of 1000 full moons .for the following dates of birth.


..........06-04-1934. And. 12-06-1940

"............ tataraobharathi@gmail.com

...... I could not get through excel...)

Yateen Vishnu Joshi said...

for 06-04-1934 - it is full moon before 10-feb-2015, already over.
For 12-06-1940, it is full moon before 18-apr-2021

n gajeshwar i want 1000full moon for date 14_03_1938 said...

Pl inform 1000 full moon for following date 14_03_1938

Kamalakar Agashe said...

For 14/03/1938 it will be on 22/12/2018

Anuradha Wagle said...

Please inform sahastra chandra for DOB
2/5/1936
Thanks.

chinmay kapshe said...

Can you please tell me for the date 15.03.1937

Sunil Panat said...

Excellent explanation of the ceremony ! Kudos to you for enriching the knowledge of all when such landmark events are getting reinvented.

Sunil Panat said...
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Ackshaya Varshini K.S said...

Please inform for 26-08-1937

Milind Kulkarni said...

Please inform SCD for DOB 19/05/1937
Thanks.

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