[INDOLOGY] Query (Olivelle, J P)

Mark McClish mark.mcclish at northwestern.edu
Mon Sep 12 15:15:22 UTC 2016


A detailed overview of measurement units is given in Srinivasan’s Mensuration in Ancient India (1979 Ajanta Publications). I believe it is on DLI. He draws from a variety of sources and gives conversions.


From: "Olivelle, J P" <jpo at austin.utexas.edu<mailto:jpo at austin.utexas.edu>>
Subject: [INDOLOGY] Query
Date: September 9, 2016 at 1:55:20 PM CDT
To: indology <indology at list.indology.info<mailto:indology at list.indology.info>>

Dear All:

I hope some of you may be able to refer me to a reliable source for ancient Indian units of volume. Dictionaries and other sources generally give units of length and weight, but not volume. For example, one says an “añjali” is the same as a “prastha”, and under prastha simply says that it is a unit of volume!! I would like to convert some of these into current measurements, such as liter. Thanks.


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