Suresh Kolichala suresh.kolichala at gmail.com
Wed Mar 6 23:52:28 UTC 2013

By devavarṣa, they are probably referring to the Divine Year. The standard
description in the Sūrya Siddhānta and the Purāṇas  is that an year for
human beings is one ahorātra (day+night) for the gods.  Three hundred
ahoratras of gods make one *devavatsara, **divyavatsara *or *devavarṣa*.

On the other hand, the Jupiter Year, according to the data given in the
Sūrya Siddhānta, is 361days, 0h 38mins.


On Wed, Mar 6, 2013 at 5:40 PM, Patrick Olivelle <jpo at uts.cc.utexas.edu>wrote:

> The Smṛticandrikā at one place explains the need to put down the "varṣa"
> in a document as "devavarṣamityādi". I do not know what "devavarṣa" could
> be. It is not one of the 60 names of the Jupiter Cycle. Any help will be
> deeply appreciated. Thanks.
> Patrick
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