Good Times = Amrut, Chal, Laabh and Shoobh
CHOGHADIYOO, best described as a periodical table providing calculation of timing. This ‘timing’ can be a good or a bad. Follow the table through and an understanding will become apparent.
Whilst no equivalent English word or phrase exists for this table, I will attempt to explain the full meaning and reasoning of this table to the best of my ability. Anyone who feels that they have a better explanation is most welcome to communicate with me on this subject; as with any other subject within this website.Traditionally this table was only and solely used for the benefit of the travelers. To ascertain the best time for travel and the times to avoid.
However, as time moved on, people began to take this a little too personally and applied the timing to any and every occasion they felt was important to warrant an application.
Personally however, I believe (based on my research) that this – the inclusion of other events – was a calculated event determined by the Brahmins (pundits) of the day.
The rich and the well to do people used to employ the under privileged during various family functions. This was not an issue. It is called supporting the community. The problem, however, was that these employers expected the employed to work all hours simply because they were being paid for their service. Well, the powers to be – the Brahmins – thought hard on this matter and then made an inclusion as mentioned above. This created some inauspicious timings or to put it another way, the time for the under privileged to rest or do what they want to including catching up with their families.
The word Choghadiyoo is made up of two parts:
Char: ‘Four’ and
Ghadi: ‘A period of approximately 24 minutes’.
This, roughly equates to 1 hour and 36 minutes.
However, over time, in some quarters, for their own benefit, this – Choghadiyoo – was interpreted as being made up of 4 parts of the day:
Morning to Afternoon, Afternoon to Evening, Evening to Night and Night to Dawn.
Morning to Evening was between Sunrise and Sunset and
Evening to Dawn was between Sunset and Sunrise.
For centuries, the times of Sunrise and that of Sunset have been calculated accurately by the astrologers. (We note from our 100 year calendar – the Panchang – that the day of predicted Full Moon ALWAYS fall on the actual Full Moon.) The period between Sunrise and Sunset, for instance, was divided by 2 so as to give an equivalent of A.M and P.M. timing. Now divide each resultant period by 4 to give an approximate time for each section of the ‘choghadiyoo’.
Depending on the timing of Sunrise and Sunset – as previously calculated – each of the Choghadiyoo would be around one plus one half of an hour. However, here in UK or within non-tropical countries, this timing would varied considerably. Especially when we take into account winter months when the sun is hardly likely to show its face. Even if the Sun’s graceful shine were to be experienced for a period, an eighth of that day would be very short. As a matter of fact, extremely short! The night’s proportion, on the other, would be well in excess of an acceptable numbers of hours. The situation during Summer would also cause huge problems with very long days and just as short nights.
For convenience therefore, the powers to be agreed to allocate one and one half of an hour span per section.
The table above was thus prepared.