Prithucchidra, Pṛthucchidra, Prithu-chidra: 1 definition


Prithucchidra 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.

The Sanskrit term Pṛthucchidra can be transliterated into English as Prthucchidra or Prithucchidra, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).

Alternative spellings of this word include Prithuchchhidra.

In Hinduism

Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)

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Source: Google Books: Studies in the History of the Exact Sciences (Astronomy)

Pṛthucchidra (पृथुच्छिद्र) or simply Pṛthu (also Mahārandhra) refers to a “large aperture” at the bottom of a bowl, used in the creation of a water-clock.—(Cf. Astronomical instruments in Bhāskarācārya’s Siddhāntaśiromaṇi).—According to Munīśvara (1603 A.D.) in his Marīci commentary on Bhāskara II: “The bowl should be so made that it has a large hole (pṛthucchidra = mahārandhra) at the bottom. Through this statement it is indicated that the hole should be made in such a manner that, when the bowl is placed on the water of the basin and when water enters [the bowl], the hole is not blocked by any dirt that may be in the water of the basin. Because of the possibiliy of a small hole getting blocked by dirt an the like, assuming here a coalescene of the vowel a (akāra-praśleṣa) [by reading apṛthu] is not proper”.

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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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