Raining Blood: rudhiravar ṣa

Bill Mak bill.m.mak at GMAIL.COM
Tue Nov 16 17:05:50 UTC 2010

For portents, your best source would be a jyotiṣa text like  
Bṛhatsaṃhīta. I recall reading something about strange rain and  
bloody water. Try Ch.45 utpātādhyāyaḥ and you may find something  

Good luck!

Bill M. Mak

University of Kyoto
Graduate School of Humanities, Faculty of Letters
Department of Indological Studies
Yoshida-Honmachi, Sakyo-ku,
Kyoto, 606-8501, Japan

bill.m.mak at gmail.com

On 2010/11/16, at 21:15, James Hegarty wrote:

> Dear Colleagues,
> Has anyone come across this term (rudhiravarṣa) outside of the war  
> books of the Mahābhārata?
> I am especially interested where it occurs as a portent of future  
> violence etc. I am aware of its use in Buddhist accounts of the  
> birth of Ajātaśatru, but that is about it!
> I have the wörterbuch entry, but the information here is somewhat  
> lacking in context, by its very nature.
> Can anyone help me?
> With All Best Wishes,
> James Hegarty
> Cardiff University

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