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Parāśaratantra: Ancient Hindu Astronomy & Natural Science-Source Book

Parāśaratantra: Ancient Hindu Astronomy & Natural Science-Source Book

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Published by Narayana Iyengar
Parāśaratantra has been cited by several classical Indian writers on astronomy. Even Al-beruni in 11th Century refers to Parāśara as an ancient astronomer. What was known to Parāśara long before the advent of Siddhantic or mathematical astronomy? For one, he had proposed a solar zodiac with six divisions starting with the winter solstice and did not know the 12 Rashis. He was the first person to observe the rise of star Agastya (Canopus) along with the eastern rise of Hasta (Corvus) and the last visibility of Agastya coinciding with the evening set of Aldebaran. This dates the origin of Parāśara's tradition to 1350-1130 BC.
Parāśaratantra has been cited by several classical Indian writers on astronomy. Even Al-beruni in 11th Century refers to Parāśara as an ancient astronomer. What was known to Parāśara long before the advent of Siddhantic or mathematical astronomy? For one, he had proposed a solar zodiac with six divisions starting with the winter solstice and did not know the 12 Rashis. He was the first person to observe the rise of star Agastya (Canopus) along with the eastern rise of Hasta (Corvus) and the last visibility of Agastya coinciding with the evening set of Aldebaran. This dates the origin of Parāśara's tradition to 1350-1130 BC.

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PARĀŚARATANTRA
ANCIENT SANSKRIT TEXT ON ASTRONOMY AND NATURAL SCIENCES
Reconstructed Text with Translation & Notes
 R. N. Iyengar 

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