Kiranagra, Kiraṇāgra, Kirana-agra: 1 definition


Kiranagra means something in Hinduism, Sanskrit. If you want to know the exact meaning, history, etymology or English translation of this term then check out the descriptions on this page. Add your comment or reference to a book if you want to contribute to this summary article.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

[«previous next»] — Kiranagra in Jyotisha glossary
Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira

Kiraṇāgra (किरणाग्र) refers to a “brilliant (appearance of stars)” [?], according to the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 12), an encyclopedic Sanskrit work written by Varāhamihira mainly focusing on the science of ancient Indian astronomy astronomy (Jyotiṣa).—Accordingly, “If Canopus (Agastya) should appear of the colour of silver or crystal, or brilliant [i.e., kiraṇāgraiva mahīṃ kiraṇāgraiḥ], there will be prosperity in the land and mankind will be free from fear and disease. If Canopus should be crossed by meteoric falls or by comets, mankind will suffer from hunger and death. When the sun enters the constellation of Hasta, Canopus reappears, and when he enters the constellation of Rohiṇī, Canopus disappears”.

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Jyotisha (ज्योतिष, jyotiṣa or jyotish) refers to ‘astronomy’ or “Vedic astrology” and represents the fifth of the six Vedangas (additional sciences to be studied along with the Vedas). Jyotisha concerns itself with the study and prediction of the movements of celestial bodies, in order to calculate the auspicious time for rituals and ceremonies.

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