VARAHAMIHIRA’S BRIHAT SAMHITA If^rftrTT With an English Translation and Notes B Y Panditabhushana V. Subrahmanya Sastri,.B. a. Asst «Secretary to the . Page 1. Page 2. Page 3. Page 4. Page 5. Page 6. Page 7. Page 8. Page 9. Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Page Brihat Samhita has 6 ratings and 2 reviews. This is a reproduction of a book published before This book may have occasional imperfections such as m.. .

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Brhat Samhita of Varahamihira. It was written by Varahamihira in Sanskrit. These notes offer valuable insights on not just the technical points of gemology, but also their uses in astrology and the samhitz trade practices in that industry.

In his unique book, Sandalwood and Carrion: The Brihat Samhita lists 20 types of temples ranging from varajamihira to twelve storeys high Maddhu marked it as to-read Mar 06, Such observations are very important for early year planning.

It covers wide ranging subjects of human interest, including astronomy, planetary movements, eclipses, rainfall, clouds, architecture, growth of crops, manufacture of perfume, matrimony, domestic relations, gems, pearls, and rituals. Part of a series on. Shivohum tomar marked it as to-read Jul 12, Jewels were used not just for ornamentation, but also for astrological reasons like protection against evil. Indian National Science Academy. Log In Sign Up. Miscellaneous subjects in the Brihat Samhita This last category includes a lot of varied subjects, ranging from trade commodities chapter 41to pimples chapter 52from umbrellas chapter 73 to spermatic drugs chapter 76and from ‘Cots and Seats’ chapter 79 to perfume mixtures chapter 80!


Gopinath marked it as to-read Dec 27, Manu Pratap Singh rated it it was amazing Jul 13, On the foundation of these five systems, he devised three branches or skandhas6. Lists with This Book. Gemology in the Brihat Samhita Gems and jewels are first mentioned in the Brihat Samhita in the astrological context Saturn Sadesati For Life.

Brihat Samhita

He also recommends the kinds of gems to be worn by people of different castes. He learned the Greek language, and praised the Greeks Yavanas in his text for being “well trained in the sciences”.

There are similar detailed prescriptions about the central and ancillary icons in a temple — whether Hindu or Buddhist — as well as sacred rules pertaining to their installation. Views Read Edit View history. According to one of his own works, he was educated at Kapitthaka.

Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

He writes several verses describing the colours of the sky, shapes of clouds, the positions of nakshatrasthe growth of vegetation, behaviour of animals, the nature of lightening and thunder and associated rainfall patterns. Background Brijat Gupta Age is verily called India’s Golden Age because of the tremendous growth the nation — particularly the north of India — witnessed in all respects.

The Chapters 61 through 67 describe briefly the features of animals like dogs, roosters, turtles, goats, horses and elephants.

The common manner of practice of Hindu astrology as we know it today, owes a great deal to Varahamihira’s masterful treatise. Hrihat Samhita is a text which explains the classification of different types of meteors, comets etc. In his chapter on Undercurrents see iihe lists a number of positive and negative bio indicators that point to ssamhita negate the existence of groundwater at that point.


He mentions different kinds of plants, reptiles, insects and other creatures as well as soil markers for groundwater sources.

Brihat Samhita of Varaha Mihira

It forms the interesting non-technical content in the text, which appeals to the lay reader. Want to Read Currently Reading Read. Varahamihira is also credited with writing several authoritative texts on astronomy and astrology.

Skip to main content. Parth added it Feb 18, His son Prithuyasas also contributed to Hindu astrology; his book Hora Sara is a famous book on horoscopy.

Varāhamihira – Wikipedia

Bribat a grand astrologer chooses to include lamps and toothbrushes in his magnum opus, it comes across as strange, but there is a lot to be read between the lines regarding the society that Varahamihira lived in. In three seemingly disconnected passages, Varahamihira tells us a man’s fortunes depending on the smell of his semen 11!

These miscellaneous subjects open a window to the social life of the period, pointing especially at the opulence of the Golden Age. It is to this third branch that the Brihat Samhita belongs. Discuss With Our Astrologers.