Saptarshicara, Saptarṣicāra: 3 definitions
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The Sanskrit term Saptarṣicāra can be transliterated into English as Saptarsicara or Saptarshicara, using the IAST transliteration scheme (?).
Alternative spellings of this word include Saptarshichara.
Jyotisha (astronomy and astrology)Source: Wisdom Library: Brihat Samhita by Varahamihira
Saptarṣicāra (सप्तर्षिचार) or Saptamunicāra refers to the “course of the seven sages”, 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, “I shall now expound about the movements of the Seven Ṛṣis (Saptarṣi), through whom the northern region shines as though bedecked with a pearl necklace, like a maiden with a smiling countenance wearing a garland of white lotuses. Or by the direction of her lord—the Pole-Star (Seven Ṛṣis), the northern maiden (quarter) appears to dance round as the Seven Ṛṣis move in their course [i.e., saptarṣicāra]. I begin to treat of these stars adopting the views of Vṛddha Garga”.
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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Sanskrit dictionarySource: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum
1) Saptarṣicāra (सप्तर्षिचार) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—the 13th adhyāya of Varāhamihira’s Bṛhatsaṃhitā. Paris. (B 184 Ii. B 187 Ii).
2) Saptarṣicāra (सप्तर्षिचार):—jy. by Sārvabhauma. Paris. (B 184 Ii. B 187 Ii).
3) Saptarṣicāra (सप्तर्षिचार):—jy. by Sārvabhauma. As p. 213.
—from the Bṛhatsaṃhitā (chapter 13) of Varābamihira. ibid.
—from the Siddhāntatattvaviveka of Kamalākara. ibid.
Saptarṣicāra (सप्तर्षिचार):—[=sapta-rṣi-cāra] [from sapta-rṣi > sapta > saptan] m. Name of the 13th Adhyāya of [Varāha-mihira’s Bṛhat-saṃhitā] and of another [astronomy] [work]
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