by N. Chidambaram Iyer | 1884 | 135,584 words | ISBN-13: 9788171104215
This page describes the features of the cock (kukkuta-lakshana) which is the sixty-third 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 cock (kukkuṭa) whose wings and fingers are straight, whose mouth, nail and comb are red, whose body is white, and which crows melodiously early in the morning, will bring on prosperity to the king, his kingdom and his horse.
2. The cock whose neck is of the shape of the barley, whose body is of the colour of the fruit Badarī, and one whose head is large and body of different colours, are excellent in fight. The cock (kukkuṭa) of the colour of honey or the bee will bring on success; one that is of thin body and of a weak throat and lame legs is not a good one.
3. The hen which crows softly and melodiously, whose body is fine and glossy, and whose face and eyes are beautiful, will bring to a king wealth, fame, success, health and strength.