Re: [INDOLOGY] The compound word bhūgola

Nagaraj Paturi nagarajpaturi at
Wed Jun 27 05:27:18 UTC 2018

Pravesh Vyas on another list posted as:

जैमिनीय ब्राह्मण में वर्णन प्राप्त होता है –

*स एष प्रजापतिः अग्निष्टोमः परिमण्डलो भूत्वा अनन्तो भूत्वा शये। तदनुकृतीदम्
अपि च अन्या देवताः परिमण्डलाः। परिमण्डल आदित्यः, परिमण्डलः चन्द्रमाः,
परिमण्डला द्यौः, परिमण्डलमन्तरिक्षम्, परिमण्डला इयं पृथिवी।*

*aslo see discription of bhugola in -*

The vedic map of the universe(C.V.N.RAO), chapter IX, VII-A

On Wed, Jun 27, 2018 at 5:14 AM, Harry Spier via INDOLOGY <
indology at> wrote:

> Dear Toke,
> A search of the Muktabodha digital library shows bhūgola occurs in
> ānandatantra,, īśvarapratyabhijñavivṛtivimarśinī, tantracintāmaṇi,
> devīrahasya, puraścaryārṇava, yogavāsiṣṭha, yoginitantra,
> śaktisaṁgamatantra, saundaryalaharī, and svacchandatantra
> Harry Spier
> On Tue, Jun 26, 2018 at 4:58 AM Toke Lindegaard Knudsen via INDOLOGY <
> indology at> wrote:
>> Dear all,
>> I’m interested in the compound word bhūgola (and related terms, such as
>> bhuvo golam, dharāgola, mahīgola, etc.). The word gola means ‘ball’ or
>> ‘globe,’ and the compound word bhūgola means ‘the earth’s sphere.’
>> The compound word bhūgola is used in the sense of ‘earth-sphere,’ ‘the
>> earth’s sphere’ in astronomical texts since at least the Āryabhaṭīya
>> (composed in 499 CE).
>> I’m looking for uses of this compound word in texts and contexts other
>> than the astronomical tradition of India. So far I’m aware of these
>> instances:
>> (1) The compound word bhūgola occurs in the some purāṇas. The
>> Bhāgavatapurāṇa uses it five times; the Narasiṃhapurāṇa uses it twice; and
>> the Brahmāṇḍapurāṇa uses the equivalent term mahīgola once.
>> (2) Four philosophical texts use the compound word:
>>   (a) Mokṣopaya (10th century) has dharāgola and bhūgola (Roland Steiner
>> kindly helped me with the references from this work)
>>   (b) Tattvacintāmaṇi (12th century)
>>   (c) Nyāyasudhā (14th century)
>>   (d) Saṃkhyasūtravivaraṇa (a late commentary)
>> (3) The Gopālatāpanyupaniṣad (13th century or later) uses the compound
>> word bhūgolacakra.
>> (4) The Gītagovinda (12th century) uses the compound word once.
>> (5) The Harivaṃśa uses it in one verse (a star-verse).
>> (6) Some Bengal Vaiṣṇava works use the compound word; for example, the
>> Gopālacampū of Jīva Gosvāmin (16th century) uses bhūmigola once; Rūpa
>> Gosvāmin (16th century) uses the compound word as well.
>> Does any of you know of other instances of the compound word bhūgola
>> outside of the astronomical tradition? I’d greatly appreciate learning of
>> instances I’ve missed.
>> Many thanks in advance.
>> With all best wishes,
>> Toke
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Nagaraj Paturi

Hyderabad, Telangana, INDIA.

BoS, MIT School of Vedic Sciences, Pune, Maharashtra

BoS, Chinmaya Vishwavidyapeeth, Veliyanad, Kerala

Former Senior Professor of Cultural Studies

FLAME School of Communication and FLAME School of  Liberal Education,

(Pune, Maharashtra, INDIA )

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