Who named the Days of the week? (Post No.11,929)


Post No. 11,929

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Egyptians ? Wrong

Babylonians ? Wrong

Greeks ? Wrong

Romans ? Wrong

Ango-saxons ? Wrong

Half baked people mentioned all the above people as the one who invented seven days of the week. Today we use Sunday as the first day of the week or last day of the week. The expression weekend shows that Saturday and Sunday are the weekends.

No other community except Hindus named seven heavenly bodies for the days, particularly in the present order. Since many ‘so called scholars’ did not know Tamil literature they kept on bluffing.

Tuesday belongs to Tyr, a Norse god.

Wednesday honours Odin or Wodan.

Thursday is Thor’s day, and is called Torsdag in the Norse languages

Friday salutes Frigg, the Norse goddess.

No encyclopaedia can give you the exact dates for these corruptions. It is clear they are not planet names.

Oldest reference for seven -day week may be in Egyptian and Babylonian. But none used seven heavenly bodies for the week. First evidence comes from Thevaram, anthology of Tamil Hymns.

First of all the word Graha means, a body with gravity. Grahanam means catching, holding, gripping. It is in the Sanskrit words Surya Grahana, Chandra Grahana (where the shadow catches or grips sun or moon. Paani Grahana for wedding is gripping the hands. English words Grip, Grab, Gravity – all derived from ‘Grah’ that which attracts. Graha is not planet; that is wrong translation.

Let us start with the Egyptians.

Scholars have evidence only from second century  BCE in Egypt. I am talking about the names of the days. They say Egyptians got it from Greece.

Now let us go to Greece?

Did they start the week from Sunday? No.

The evidence shows that Saturday was their first day. The order of the planets in Greek literature is Saturn Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon. They even named the hours of the day in the same order. Saturn was the Lord of the first hour, Jupiter was the Lord of the second hour and so on. Egypt followed it. Saturn was the Lord of first, eighth, fifteenth and twenty second hour of the day.

Then how come we have Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday today and illogically call Saturday and Sunday as week- end. People may say because we have no work on those days in schools or office. That is not right. Because Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are not planet names. How did they enter the English calendar? They are the names of Gods in different cultures.

Scholars say the Romans introduced it in second century CE. But note that four of the days are not planet names. Tir, Woden, Thor, Frigg are the gods for those days. Again no logic in naming after those Gods resulting in Tiv day= tuesday, Woden day= Wednesday, Thor day = Thursday and Frigg day= Friday.

But Hindus are the one who have Sunday to Saturday in the present order in hymns in Tamil and Sanskrit. Tiru Jnana Sambanda, , a great boy saint of Tamil Nadu, who died at the age of 16 sung in a hymn, the days in the same order. He added also Rahu and Ketu at the end as Two Snakes. Hindu legends say the shadows make eclipse and it looks like snakes devouring Sun or Moon, (The hymn is called Kolaru Tirup pathikam in Thevaaram). But he was a contemporary of Mahendra Pallavan of 600 CE.

We have earlier evidence in inscriptions and Friday (Vellik Kizamai= Venus Day) mentioned in Silappadikaram, Tamil Epic of second century CE.

Unless Hindus are familiar with these days neither Ilango nor Sambandar would have used them. And Tamils would not have used imported/borrowed stuff.

Moreover Aryadeva, who cannot be dated later than the third century CE , knew all these planetary names. If the date of Silappadikaram is correct, then Tamil reference (of Friday)  is the oldest reference.All the seven days in present order in Thevaaram.

Now let us look at the logic behind it.

Hindus placed Sun because it was the brightest object in the sky. Moon follows it in brightness. Then they placed Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.

The conclusion is that Hindus named the days of the week in the present order and the world accepted it after seeing the reason behind it. We did not borrow it from Greeks because they followed Saturday , Jupiter day, Mars day, Sunday etc. We did not borrow it from Romans because they named four days after Norse Gods . Even in old French Sunday is Dimanche not SUN day but Day of God! Other days are after planets in Hindu order. Utter confusion in the West!

One big question may come up. Why then Hindus refereed it only a few times in the past 2000 years. The reason is in the absence of written materials, mechanical clocks, MOON was the best natural clock. So they divided month into two halves and started from New moon and Full moon. Even today Hindu calendars follow mostly, lunar calendar for all the festivals (raama Navami, krishna Ashtami, naraka Chaturdasi/Diwali, nag Panchami etc). So we used TITHI more than DAY of the planet. All the major Hindu festivals are on the Full moon (Poornima) days.


 Tags- Days of the week, Names of Days, Hindu invention, Sambandar, Thevaram, Silappadikaram

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