Ancient Meteorology: Weather Forecast in Vedic Times
27 August 2022
Weather Forecast in Vedic Times
Did you know that in ancient times Vedic seers have become masters of meteorological phenomena without any modern equipment?
Vedic Indians observed the impact of stars, planets and physical bodies on weather on Earth with great care. They were very cautious of their responsibility to keep the life flourishing for all living being without damaging or polluting Mother Earth.
Various rituals were performed in an attempt to influence weather conditions
They maintained 'yad pinde tad brahmande' which means 'whatever is contained in the individual physical body is also contained in the universe' and therefore the physical world is composed of five elements akasha, vayu, agni, apah and prithvi. Vedic seers meticulously studied each of these elements and analyzed how they were interconnected.
Ancient Indians developed various detailed methods to explore the meteorological conditions around them
Vedic Indians excelled in both short-range and long-range weather forecasting. But how did they do it?
Physical processes: Vedic Indians observed formation of clouds, electrical charge, thunderstorms and precipitation.
Extra-Planetary factors: Planets, comets and constellation in our solar system originated from one solar nebula (hiranyagarbha) and therefore have an impact on the developments of each other.
Astronomical impressions such as halos and rainbows were considered tools for weather predictions.
Some creatures were thought to be more sensitive and to have the power of weather premonition. Ancient seers observed the behavior of cows, birds, dogs or reptiles.
The weather conditions on the day of moon's conjunction with the star Rohini was examined to make a single day forecast for the entire monsoon season!
Ancient Indians developed various detailed methods to explore the meteorological conditions around them. With the advancement of technology we can built upon, strengthen and refine the knowledge of our glorious ancestors while keeping in mind the needs of the modern world!