A photograph taken by Thomas Zimmer has become viral and has been doing the round on September 8th, 2012 in his blog had 1.6 Million hits..
Some one called it Heavenly Trail and it is incorrect or the following information is true either.
“There’s this place in Ireland where every two years, the stars line up with this trail on June 10th to June 18th. It’s called Heaven’s Trail.””
I refreshed my memory whether Sanatana Dharma has something to say on this Heavenly Show.
Hinduism refers to Milky way in three ways.
One is that it is the Milk of Ocean where Lord Vishnu Eternally resides.
I have posted an article on this explaining that Vishnu’s Navel Galaxy is hinted here and Surya Siddhanta uses this in Astronomical calculations.
“Hindu Astronomy, which is intricately linked to Indian Philosophy(in Hinduism all these are intricately interwoven) calls the Center of our Universe,Galaxy) as Vishnu Nabhi, the navel of Lord Vishnu.’
The other reference is to Aryaman , a Vedic God.
We use this in Shanti Mantra with many not knowing who Aryaman is.
Sanno mithrah Sama Vaunah,
Sanno Bhavath Aryaman.
Aryaman is referred to in the Rig Veda as follows.
The excellently wise, protect.
2 He prospers ever, free from scathe, whom they, as with full hands, enrich,
Whom they preserve from every foe.
3 The Kings drive far away from him his troubles and his enemies,
And lead him safely o’er distress.
4 Thornless, Ādityas, is the path, easy for him who seeks the Law:
With him is naught to anger you.
5 What sacrifice, Ādityas, ye Heroes guide by the path direct,—
May that come nigh unto your thought.
6 That mortal, ever unsubdued, gains wealth and every precious thing,
And children also of his own.
7 How, my friends, shall we prepare Aryaman’s and Mitra’s laud,
Glorious food of Varuṇa?
8 I point not out to you a man who strikes the pious, or reviles:
Only with hymns I call you nigh.
9 Let him not love to speak ill words: but fear the One who holds all four
Within his hand, until they fall. -Rig Veda Hymn XLI Varuna Mitra Aryaman
Aryaman (अर्यमन्, pronounced as “aryaman”; nominative singular is aryama) is one ofthe early Vedic deities. His name signifies “bosom friend”, “play-fellow” or “companion”.He is the third son of Aditi, the mother of the Adityas. In the RigVeda Aryaman is described as the protector of mares, and the Milky Way (aryamṇáḥ pánthāḥ) is said to be his path. Aryaman is commonly invoked together with Varuna-Mitra, Bhaga, Bṛhaspati, and other Adityas and Asuras. According to Griffith, the Rig Veda also suggests that Aryaman is a supreme deity alongside Mitra and Varuna.
The Hindu marriage oaths are administered with an invocation to Aryaman being the witness to the event.
Aryaman is also known to be the friend of the Pitrus, the departed.
varuno yadasamaham |
yamah samyamatamaham |
Among cobras I am Ananta, Sesha; among aquatic beings, I am Varuna; among manes I am Aryaman and among controllers I am Yama.
* (i) “naganam”: Apte’s dictionary gives the meaning ‘cobra’, which is poisonous. Sridhara says a naga is a non-poisonous snake. Ramanuja and Madhva say just ‘many headed’.
* (ii) “yadasam”= ‘water deities’ according to Sivanada and Chidbavananda. ‘aquatic beings’ according to Srdhara and Apte’s dictionary.
* (iii) Aryaman is the foremost of the pitrus.
*(iv) “samyamatam” = ‘of those who punish’-Ramanuja;
‘of those that govern ‘- Madhva;
‘of regulators’ – Sridhara;
‘of controllers, dispensers of justice’ – Chidbavananda;
of those who maintain law & order – Dr. Radhakrishna.
The third is that it is called the Akash Ganga, Heavely Ganges (River)