Brihat Samhita

by N. Chidambaram Iyer | 1884 | 135,584 words | ISBN-13: 9788171104215

This page describes digdaha (glow at the horizon) which is the thirty-first Chapter of the English translation of the Brihat-samhita. This work, written by Varahamihira in the 6th century, is classified as jyotisha literature, also known as Indian astronomy. It contains however, also content regarding astrology, palmistry, agriculture, gardening, perfumes, medicines and various other encyclopedic topics.

Chapter 31 - On Digdāha (glow at the horizon)

Note: Digdāha refers to the pre-natural redness of the horizon as if on fire.

1. If the appearance of Digdāha should be of yellow colour, rulers will suffer; if it should be of the colour of fire, the country will suffer; if red and the wind should blow from right to left, crops will suffer.

2. If the appearance should be very bright and cast shadows, the rulers will suffer; if it be of blood colour, there will be wars in the land.

3. If the appearance should be seen about the eastern horizon, rulers and Kṣatriyas will suffer; if it should be seen about the south-eastern horizon, painters, sculptors and children will suffer; if in the south, wicked men, the Vaiśyas and messengers will suffer; if in the south-west, re-married virgin widows will suffer.

4. If the appearance should be seen about the western horizon, Śūdras and farmers will suffer; if in the north-western horizon, thieves and horses will suffer; if in the north, the Brāhmaṇas will suffer; and if in the north-east, heretics and merchants will suffer. 1

5. If when the sky is clear, the stars bright, and the wind blows from left to right, the appearance of Digdāha should be of the colour of gold, rulers as well as the country will prosper.