Brihat Samhita

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

This page describes signs of aerial city (gandharvanagara-lakshana) which is the thirty-sixth 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 36 - Signs of Aerial City (gandharvanagara-lakṣaṇa)

1. If the appearance of Gandharvanagara should be seen in the north, priests will suffer; if in the east, rulers will suffer; if in the south, commanders of armies will suffer, and if in the west, the first prince will suffer. If the appearance should be white, the Brāhmaṇas will suffer; if red, the Kṣatriyas; if yellow, the Vaiśyas; and if black, the Śūdras will suffer.

2. If the appearance should be seen in the north citizens and rulers will suffer; if seen in the corners, the mixed races will suffer; and if seen in the direction opposite to the Sun, rulers will triumph in war.

3. If the appearance should be seen in all directions and for a long time, princes and countries will suffer; if it should be of the colour of smoke, fire or rainbow, thieves and forest-men will suffer.

4. If the appearance should be seen a little white, there will be suffering from thunderbolts and from storms; if in the direction of the Sun, the chief ruler will perish; if seen on the left side, there will be fear from enemies, and if on the right side there will be success in war.

5. If it should appear of various hues and shapes or of the shape of a flag, banner or archway, such bloody wars will rage over the land that the earth will drink large quantities of the blood of elephants, men and horses.