by N. Chidambaram Iyer | 1884 | 135,584 words | ISBN-13: 9788171104215
This page describes the features of the dog (shva or shvan-lakshana) which is the sixty-second 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.
1. The dog (śvan) which has five nails in each of its hind legs, three in the left front leg, and six in the right front leg, whose lips and the tip of whose nose are red, whose gait is like that of the lion, which walks smelling the ground, and whose tail is hairy, eyes like stars, ears hanging and soft, will before long make his master exceedingly wealthy.
2. The bitch which has five nails in each of the hind legs, six in the left front leg and five in the right front leg, whose eyes are like jasmine, whose tail is curled up and whose body is of brown colour and ears hanging, will protect the kingdom of his master.