Indus seal - Hunter and Tiger


 Hunter on tree. (Indus seal depiction)

Orion and Canis Major constellations.

Hunter on the tree- tiger below

                                   This seal is the different version of the yogi seal described above. The change is that the yogi has become Hunter. Now the same constellations combine is depicted as tree, man and tiger. Tiger is the common link here. The myth of tiger and hunter on Shiv-rathri day should be recollected here. Story of Shiv-rathri is important in Hindu point of view. My mother used to say this story on every Shiva-rathri day during my child hood days. Many Hindus follow the rituals on this important day. The story goes in the following way. 

                                       A hunter goes on a hunting trip into a forest and is chased by a tiger, to escape from the animal hunter climbs a tree and waits for the animal to go away. But the tiger decides other wise and stays put on the same place; down below the tree. With no other option in his hands, the hunter decides to stay on the tree over night. To keep himself awake, the hunter plucks leaves of the tree and throws down on the tiger wishing that it will go away. The whole night passes in this way, and in the early morning light hunter notices that the tiger has disappeared but there was a Shiv-lingam on that place instead of the tiger. The hunter feels that Shiva himself had come in the form of tiger to show the importance of Shiv-lingam of that place as well as the importance of the tree; Vilvam tree (Aegle marmelos tree (or) wood apple tree).

                                      As described in other myths, there are two events in the story, one heavenly event and other earthly event. The earthly event has already been described. The heavenly event is that it is the heliacal raising of the Canis Major, which indicated the beginning of the New Year. Devote Hindus spend the whole night fasting and praying to Shiva. In ancient Egypt, a priest was assigned with special task of watching every night to spot the arising of dog-star. Even now Hindus are following the very same old custom, and carry out the special duty assigned to the priest without understanding the meaning behind the ritual.

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Whereas the "Necropolis Theory" explaining the nature of Indus excavation sites, stands on it's own legs firm to the ground. Only, passing of time will bring forth the truth. I am maintaining this website just to show the thought process through which the final success was obtained. Further, other details and statements relating various other issues are valid and correct.
(Picture courtesy --- L.Possehl, G. (2003). The Indus Civilization-A Contemporary Perspective. )
 Now it is time to attempt to  read the inscription on seal  --- The inscription should be read from right to left ---
There is a possibility that the "X" symbol indicates the --Lunar eclipse
(Refer to page --- Eclipse and Indus seals )
The second symbol , quotation mark (") indicates "Month" ---Month of Lunar eclipse
The third symbol , slash and stump (/i) indicates Cancer constellation (Cancer Day)
Fourth symbol "U" gives the meaning  the "Day" ( Day of Cancer)
Fifth symbol, looks like leaf on a stem (or) honey comb like structure --- could not be identified properly --
Sixth symbol, "Fish" as usual means "Month" ( month of honey comb?)
Seventh symbol, "I" looks like full stop sign of Hindi ("I").

First possibility ---
All these symbols put together indicates the Lunar eclipse , which occurred in the month of "Capricarnus"
 (the leaf- twig may be indicating Capricarnus ---but not sure ---to be verified)
This conclusion of Capricarnus month is arrived at on the basis of reverse engineering  ----
one fact clear so far is that ---slash and stump symbol indicates cancer ----
on the day of Lunar eclipse ---both sun and moon are at the opposite end of ecliptic circle (six months difference)
based on the six month difference ---i calculated that  ----
 sun should be at Capricarnus ---
- if the moon is located at cancer constellation.

Second possibility ---
The second possibility is that the day mentioned in this seal could be Shiva rathri day --
 Maha Shivratri is a Hindu festival celebrated every year in reverence of Lord Shiva. Shivaratri literally means the great night of Shiva or the night of Shiva. It is celebrated every year on the 
13th night/14th day of the Maagha or Phalguna month of the Hindu calendar.
 (20 th Feb in the year 2012)
(Krishna Paksha (waning moon)
(Sun in Aquarius constellation )
(and Moon in Capricorn constellation)
Both the above mentioned possibilities show that the result is close enough for a statistical significance ---because Capricarnus and Aquarius are nearby constellations and error is due to huge time gap of 3000 years. Not only that , difference in date is definitely to happen because, majority of Hindu festivals are based on moon calendar , and variation in dates are the rule in Lunar calendar. Hence, accurately determining the lunar day is a herculean task.

Solar and Lunar eclipse days of the year 2012

Eclipse                         Date                 

Annular Solar               2012 May 20    --- Bull constellation
Partial Lunar               2012 Jun 04      ----Bull constellation
Total Solar                   2012 Nov 13      ----Libra
Penumbral Lunar        2012 Nov 28     ----Scorpio

Based on these details of Lunar eclipse days ---the sun should be either at "Bull" or "Scorpio". This differs from earlier calculation of "Capricarnus". This difference is because of the huge time gap ---Indus seal data ---could be anywhere from  1000 AD to 1000 BC. The time gap 3000 years is huge and data has to be reconciled accordingly.