Brihatsamhita, aka: Bṛhatsaṃhitā, Brihat-samhita; 2 Definition(s)


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The Sanskrit term Bṛhatsaṃhitā can be transliterated into English as Brhatsamhita or Brihatsamhita, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

In Hinduism

Chandas (prosody, study of Sanskrit metres)

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Bṛhatsaṃhitā (बृहत्संहिता) by Varāhamihira (C. 550 C.E.) incorporates many subjects of many disciplines and presents them in a unique way. The purpose of Varāhamihira is to illustrate all branches of learning and thus names his work as Bṛhatsaṃhitā: a big collection. Out of chapters, the 104th Chapter deals with the metres of Sanskrit.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature
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Chandas (छन्दस्) refers to Sanskrit prosody and represents one of the six Vedangas (auxiliary disciplines belonging to the study of the Vedas). The science of prosody (chandas-shastra) focusses on the study of the poetic meters such as the commonly known twenty-six metres mentioned by Pingalas.

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Sanskrit-English dictionary

Brihatsamhita in Sanskrit glossary... « previous · [B] · next »

Bṛhatsaṃhitā (बृहत्संहिता).—Name of a work on astrology by Varāhamihira.

Bṛhatsaṃhitā is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms bṛhat and saṃhitā (संहिता).

Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary
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Sanskrit, also spelled संस्कृतम् (saṃskṛtam), is an ancient language of India commonly seen as the grandmother of the Indo-European language family. Closely allied with Prakrit and Pali, Sanskrit is more exhaustive in both grammar and terms and has the most extensive collection of literature in the world, greatly surpassing its sister-languages Greek and Latin.

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