Thursday, January 2, 2014

Jyotisha as a Vedanga

वेदास्तावद्यज्ञकर्मप्रवृत्ता यज्ञाः प्रोक्तास्ते तु कालाश्रयेण​ ।
शास्त्रादस्मात् कालबोधो यतस्याद्वेदाङत्वं ज्योतिषस्योक्तमस्मात् ॥

Vedas are meant for performance of yajnas. Proper performance of yajnas depends on selection of appropriate timing. The knowledge of this timing is obtained from Jyotisastra. Hence it has been accorded the status of a Vedanga.