The New Year – April 2017 – April 2018 Hemalambi – Hevilamvi Part 1


Sai Bhaarathi Agastya Nadi World Predictions for April 2017 – April 2018

The Hindu Calendar – called Panchangam – commences with the entry of the Sun into Aries, the traditional first house of the zodiac – the Indian version by name vedic astrology. We look to important considerations of the nature of the year given, before examining specific predictions.

The following predictions for the entire planet have been cross-checked against the Agastaya Nadi by well-experienced Agastaya astrologers in Tamil Nadu, Singapore and Bali.

Account of the seriousness of the predictions, readers are urged to meditate using their favoured form of dhyana, and ishtadevata (form of Divine). Where one is afeared, one should do service unto others who are filled with fear, suffering and loss. Selfless service to the poor and needy merits grace and protection of the Lord. One has to choose to serve the Lord with love, and not serve out of fear.

The New Year

New Year and the new Panchangam commence with the entry of the Sun (Surya) into Aries (Mesha). For 2017, this occurred on 14 April.

The samvatsara for this new year is called Hemalamba. A samvatsara is a Sanskrit term for “year.” In the Vedic system, there are 60 samvatsaras and these are described in Brihat Samhita in Chapter VIII: Jupiter’s Course (Jovian years). Each samvatsara carries a particular essence that correlates with its Sanskrit name and also is related to its group ruler. The samvatsara for 2016-2017 was Durmukha, which Sage Varahamahira labeled “utterly baneful.” Many people would agree with that assessment for 2016.

The samvatsara for 2017-2018 is the fifth (or 31st) of the 60 year-cycle, called Hemalamba, which is the first of a group of five years ruled by the Manes, who are of two kinds: they are the children of Lord Brahma, known as the Prajapatis, who are great rishis, progenitors, and protectors of the earth, the animal kingdom, and the human race. The Manes are also known as the ancestors who inhabit their own loka (region or dimension) and are worshiped in many Vedic/Hindu rituals. Varahamahira says that Hemalamba will bring “stormy rains accompanied by the six-fold calamities.” This also fits with the fact that Lord Agni (fire) always rules the first in a series of five-year samvatsara cycles. Jataka Parijata says one born this year will be “ill-natured and will ardently pursue agriculture and other operations.” Jataka Bharanam by Dhundiraja says that if one is born this year, he will have comfort and convenience.


vidyā—education Bg 5.18, SB 3.12.41,
vidyā—knowledge SB 3.9.26, SB 3.20.53,
vidyā—learning SB 4.7.14, SB 6.8.11
vidyā—by education SB 6.13.16, SB 8.22.26
vidyā—devotional service SB 2.2.23
vidyā—factual knowledge SB 2.6.21
vidyā—in Divine consciousness SB 3.23.7
vidyā—the knowledge derived from Vedic scripture SB 6.4.46
vidyā—of education SB 6.9.51
vidyā—of all education Antya 20.12

Tamil Interpretation

Another viewpoint on the Hemalamba year was given by the Agasthiar Siddha Guru Parampara Siddha Lineage in Tamil Nadu, India. Their term for Hemalamba is Hevilambi and they say that 2017 has several important aspects including Surya Vidya Shakti, and that what is important in this year is that we make sure to select the right time to do anything: “During this year, there will more than the usual propensity to make time related mistakes. Just like one has to eat healthy food and follow healthy practices to maintain the physical body well, one has to follow healthy time practices if life is to be good.” Agni, God of Fire, also rules this year, and he represents the Sun/Surya/Soorya which also oversees time. This year it will be more important than ever to really listen to one’s own intuition as well as employing a skilled muhurta/elective astrologer for timing important events.

In Surya Vidya Shakti, we are urged to draw near to the Sun in devotion and service. Vidya means learning, education, factual knowledge; it also signifies wealth obtained by discipline of the mind and attending to education and input of knowledge … the resulting wealth is discrimination and detachment. We can have NO wealth if we do not possess discrimination and detachment. We may draw near with Surya Namaskar, daily; we may draw near with the Gayatri Mantra at the sandi times of the day, sunrise, midday and sunset. We may draw near the Sun by chanting or listening to Surya Ashtakam, daily. (Download text of Surya Ashtakam) Many blessings accrue from daily chanting of Surya Ashtakam.



Worship of the Sun

The Sun is Lord Surya Narayana. Gayatri Mantra is worship of the Sun; anyone who chants the Gayatri Mantra obtains clear discrimination. Those who do Surya Namaskar (Salutations to the Sun) gain health, strength and awareness. Those who listen to, chant or read Aditya Hrudayam The Hymn of the Sun, (Consolation of Lord Rama) conquer all their foes (inner and outer) as surely as Lord Rama slew Ravanna in battle.

Gayatri Mantra



Surya Gayatri Mantra



Aum Bhaskaraya Vidmahe
Mahadyutikaraya Dheemahi,
Tanno Adityah Prachodayat

Alternate Version

Aum Bhaskaraya Vidmahe
Divakaraya Dhimahi
Tanno Surya Prachodayat

Translation: “Om. Let us meditate on the shining Sun god who gives light to the whole world. May that Divakara, the radiant lord who is the cause of day, inspire and illumine our mind and understanding.”


Download Aditya Hrudayam (with English Translation) (PDF)

Download Surya Ashtakam (Prayer to Lord Surya) (by Samba, son of Krishna)

Download Surya Ashttottara Shatanamavali

Thanks and Best Regards,
Sai Bharathi
Agasthya Astrologer

Bhagawan Sri Sathya Sai Baba of Puttaparthy, Lord Suryanaryana

Aum Bhaskaraya Vidmahe
Sai Devaya Dheemahi,
Tanno Surya Prachodayat

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