Vedic references to Equinoxes, Solstices and Season changes?

Bill Mak bill.m.mak at GMAIL.COM
Thu Jan 26 07:09:57 UTC 2012

On 2012/01/26, at 14:14, Dean Michael Anderson wrote:

> Can anyone please point me to references in the texts from the Vedic  
> period to Equinoxes, Solstices and Season changes?

The saṃhitā does not provide explicit formulation with regard to the  
equinoxes and solstices, although there are scanty references to the  
seasons. The details are given in Vedāṅga-jyotiṣa which comes in  
rc and yajur recensions, although according to Pingree this work could  
be quite late (c 400 BC). You shall find discussion on this topic in  
the following works:

Kuppanna Sastry, T S, K V Sarma, and Lagadha. 1985. Vedāṅga  
Jyotiṣa of Lagadha in Its Rk and Yajus Recension. New Delhi: Indian  
National Science Academy.
Pingree, David. 1981. Jyotiḥśāstra : Astral and Mathematical  
Literature. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz.	8-10.
Subbarayappa, B V. 2008. The Tradition of Astronomy in India :  
Jyotiḥśāstra. New Delhi : Coronet Books Inc.	

Best regards

Dr. Bill M. Mak

Centre of Buddhist Studies
Room 205, 2/F, May Hall, The University of Hong Kong
Pokfulam Road
Hong Kong

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