Pambu Panchangam 2013-1436: A Tamil Almanac for the Year of Vijaya
Pambu Panchangam is a traditional Tamil calendar that has been published since 1883 by Manonmani Vilasam Press in Chennai. It is based on the Vakya system of astrology, which uses the position of the planets and stars to calculate auspicious and inauspicious times for various activities. The Pambu Panchangam also contains information on festivals, rituals, eclipses, planetary transits, and other astrological events.
The Pambu Panchangam for the year 2013-1436 corresponds to the Tamil year of Vijaya, which began on April 14, 2013 and will end on April 13, 2014. The name Vijaya means victory and signifies success and prosperity. The Pambu Panchangam for this year contains predictions and guidance for various aspects of life such as health, wealth, education, career, marriage, children, travel, and litigation. It also provides monthly horoscopes for each of the 12 zodiac signs and daily panchangam details such as tithi, nakshatra, yoga, karana, rahu kalam, yama kandam, gulika kalam, and abhijit muhurtham.
The Pambu Panchangam is widely used by Tamil people all over the world for planning their personal and professional activities according to the auspicious and inauspicious times. It is also a valuable source of cultural and religious knowledge for the Tamil community. The Pambu Panchangam is available in both print and digital formats and can be purchased from various outlets or downloaded from online sources.
The Pambu Panchangam has a long and rich history that dates back to the 19th century. It was started by Konnur Manicka Mudhaliar, a scholar and astrologer who had a keen interest in Vakya astrology. He established the Manonmani Vilasam Press in Chennai, which was dedicated to printing the Panchangam and other astrological books. The press was initially located at Seven Wells Road, but later moved to Kondithope. The press is still functioning today and is run by the descendants of Manicka Mudhaliar.
The Pambu Panchangam derives its name from the image of a snake (pambu) that adorns its cover page. The snake represents the Moon, which is an important factor in Vakya astrology. The snake has 27 small circles along its body, which correspond to the 27 lunar mansions (nakshatras) that the Moon traverses in one month. The snake also symbolizes the movement of the Moon, which is influenced by the gravitational forces of various planets and stars.
The Pambu Panchangam follows the Vakya system of astrology, which is based on ancient texts and formulas that were handed down by oral tradition. The Vakya system uses fixed values for the positions and motions of the planets and stars, which are derived from observations made centuries ago. The Vakya system is different from the Thirukanitha system, which uses modern mathematical and astronomical methods to calculate the planetary positions based on the current epoch. The Vakya system is more popular among traditional astrologers and devotees, while the Thirukanitha system is more preferred by scientific astrologers and researchers.