NASA and Hanuman Chalisa
According to Modern Astronomy and Science , we know that the earth’s orbit around the sun is not a circle and is slightly elliptical. Therefore, the distance between the earth and the sun varies throughout the year
At its nearest point on the ellipse that is the earth’s orbit around the sun, the earth is 91,445,000 miles (147,166,462 kms) from the sun. This point in the earth’s orbit is known as Periapsis (perihelion) and it occurs around January 3.
The earth is farthest away from the sun around July 3 when it is 94,555,000 miles (152,171,522 km) from the sun. This point in the earth’s orbit is called Apoapsis (aphelion). The average distance from the earth to the sun is 92,955,807 miles (149,597,870.691 km).
According to Records, For the first time in 1672, Jean Richer and Giovanni Domenico Cassini measured the distance between Earth and Sun as 22,000 times of Earth Radii.( Earth’s Radius is 6,371 Kms).i.e 22000 * 6371 kms = 140,162,000 kms (140 Million Kms). Two lines of Hindu Prayer ” Hanuman Chalisa” computes this distance with great simplicity. !जग ुसहèğ योजन पर भान,ु लȣãयो ताǑह मधरु फल जानू! This means that Sun (भान ु) is at a distance of Juug Sahastra Yojans (जग ुसहèğ योजन- Distance Unit in Hindi) According to following conversion practices that are in use as per Hindu Vedic Literature- 1 Juug = 12000 1 Sahastra= 1000 1 Yojan = 8 Miles Thus 12000 X 1000 X 8 = 96,000,000 miles I mile = 1.6 kms This further implies that distance is 96,000,000 * 1.6 kms = 153,600,000 Kms..
Hanuman challisa was written by Goswami Tulasidas (born 15 th century) in Awadhi language who belongs to 15th century. which means the distance between Sun and earth has been calculated much more accurately than the 17 th century scientists even before 2 centuries. The Question here is not how Tulsidas calculated this distance or how he came to know about this distance. But what we have to observe is the people of that age have more knowledge, capabilities and much more advanced that is beyond the imagination of our present day technologies. History is not presented to us in a way it should be. There are still many elements and precious jewels of information that are being kept hidden from us. Ocean of history is before you, dive in and dig the jewels out. The gleaming beam of knowledge from these jewels will not only enrich our country but will also keep bestowing direction to our future generations. We hope that this post will help you to understand the significance of our ancient principles, technology and culture.