study of astronomy in India
is as ancient as its civilization.
The Indian subcontinent is one of the few culture areas in
which an unbroken tradition in astronomical research has been
maintained from prehistoric to modern times.
The earliest references to astronomy are found in the Rig Veda (an ancient Indian sacred collection of Vedic Sanskrit hymns), which are dated 2000 BC. During the next 2500 years, ancient Indian astronomy
has emerged as an important part of Indian studies and its affect is also seen in several treatises of that period.
The ancient Indian astronomers had no telescopes. Instead, they
used measuring instruments to be able to predict eclipses and
achieve quite accurate measurements of astronomical movements.
Learn more about India's contributions in the field of astronomy
which are well known and well documented!
Special Highlight in July 2009
Enjoy an exciting once-in-a-lifetime opportunity and observe
a spectacular total solar eclipse in India
. Penumbral solar
eclipses have become less important in comparison to the overwhelming
spectacle of a total solar eclipse. On Wednesday, 22nd
, a total solar eclipse will be visible
from a narrow corridor through India.
Experience this natural wonder yourself and witness the longest total solar eclipse of the twenty-first century! Both, first-time India travellers and those returning will find this total solar eclipse tour an exciting and adventurous journey.