Hindu new years day
bmisra at FAS.HARVARD.EDU
Sat Jan 23 14:59:49 EST 1999
On Sat, 23 Jan 1999, Martin Gansten wrote:
> Tropical calculations were certainly known to Balabhadra, as he refers to
> them explicitly. In fact, accepting the conservative view that horoscopy and
> the zodiac entered India from Greece (which in my opinion is questionable,
> but hardly disprovable), the tropical/sidereal difference ought to have been
> known to Indian astrologers from the very beginning, as it was known to
> Greek authors. And in any case it is a simple matter of observation: the
> very concept of ayanas is based on the observation that the sun travels
> northward half of the year and southward the other half. The tropics are
> simply the limits of these northern and southern courses, respectively. In
> fact, knowledge of the actual solstices and equinoxes does not require as
> sophisticated an astronomy as confusing them with zodiacal ingresses does!
> >I wish to check. Which text to look?
> A guess would be the Suryasiddhanta, though I haven't studied it in any
> detail myself.
I will check and get back (month?)
- Bijoy Misra
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