Varahamihira, Varāhamihira, Varaha-mihira: 6 definitions

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Source: academia.edu: The Date of Aryabhata

Varahamihira (Saka 427 & Saka 509) [156-74 BCE].—Varahamihira mentions Aryabhata in his work “Panchasiddhantika”. Varahamihira records Saka 427 elapsed (156-155 BCE) as Karanabda for calculation of Ahargana (counting of days). Amaraja Daivajna, who wrote a commentary on “Khandakhadyaka” of Brahmagupta, mentions that Varahamihira died in Saka 509 (74 BCE). Considering the epoch of Saka era (583 BCE), Varahamihira undoubtedly lived between 156 BCE and 74 BCE.

Source: Shodhganga: a concise history of Sanskrit Chanda literature (history)

Varāhamihira (वराहमिहिर) (C. 550 C.E.), son of Ādityadāsa alias Rudrapaśu and resident of Avantī and father of Pṛthuyaśas (author of Ṣaṭpañcāśikā) is well known among scholars for his scholarship on Indian Astronomy and Mathematics. He has recorded the ancient Indian wisdom through his encyclopedic work Bṛhatsaṃhitā very crisply. The Bṛhatsaṃhitā incorporates many subjects of many disciplines and presents them in a unique way. The purpose of the author 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.

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The history of India traces the identification of countries, villages, towns and other regions of India, as well as royal dynasties, rulers, tribes, local festivities and traditions and regional languages. Ancient India enjoyed religious freedom and encourages the path of Dharma, a concept common to Buddhism, Hinduism, and Jainism.

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Source: DDSA: The practical Sanskrit-English dictionary

Varāhamihira (वराहमिहिर).—Name of a celebrated astronomer, author of बृहत्संहिता (bṛhatsaṃhitā) (supposed to be one of the 'nine gems' at the court of king Vikrama).

Derivable forms: varāhamihiraḥ (वराहमिहिरः).

Varāhamihira is a Sanskrit compound consisting of the terms varāha and mihira (मिहिर).

Source: Cologne Digital Sanskrit Dictionaries: Aufrecht Catalogus Catalogorum

1) Varāhamihira (वराहमिहिर) as mentioned in Aufrecht’s Catalogus Catalogorum:—son of Ādityadāsa, father of Pṛthuyaśas. In the Pañcasiddhāntika he takes 506 Ad. as the epoch year of his calculations: Ārūḍhajātaka. Kālacakra. Kriyākairavacandrikā (?). Mysore. 3. Jalārgala. Oppert. Ii, 3146. This is the 54th chapter of the Bṛhatsaṃhitā, entitled Dagārgala. Jātakakalānidhi. Jātakasarasī. Jātakasāra, probably the Laghujātaka. Daivajñavallabhā. Pañcasiddhāntikā. Praśnacandrikā. Prāsādalakṣaṇa. Oppert. Ii, 2959. This is the 56th chapter of the Bṛhatsaṃhitā. Bṛhajjātaka or Horāsāra q. v. Bṛhatsaṃhitā. Bṛhadaṣṭavarga. Oppert. 1287. The ninth adhyāya in the Bṛhajjātaka is called Aṣṭakavargādhyāya. Bṛhadyātrā. Mayūracitraka. Muhūrtagrantha. Yogayātrā. Yogārṇava. Laghujātaka or Sūkṣmajātaka or Svalpajātaka. Vaṭakalikā. Sārāvalī. Varāhamihirīya jy. Oppert. Ii, 5560. Some verses of his are given in Aucityavicāracarcā 26, Śp. p. 82. [Sūktikarṇāmṛta by Śrīdharadāsa] [Subhāshitāvali by Vallabhadeva]

2) Varāhamihira (वराहमिहिर):—Jātakārṇava (?). Saṃvatsaraphala.

3) Varāhamihira (वराहमिहिर):—Aṅkacūḍāmaṇi. Pratyantaradaśāsaṃgraha.

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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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