Brihat Samhita

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

This page describes movement of wild animals (mriga-ceshtita) which is the ninety-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 91 - Omens (6): Movement of wild animals (mṛga-ceṣṭita)

1. If wild animals (mṛga) be found to stay, wander or to come and go within the limits of towns, present, past and future fears are indicated respectively; and if they are found to wander on all sides of the town, such town will meet with ruin.

2. If, when wild animals enter the limits of towns, their cry is responded to by the cry of country animals, villages and towns will suffer miseries; if their cry is responded to by the cry of other wild animals (mṛga), towns and villages will be besieged; but if such cry is responded to by both wild and country animals, women will be put into prison by the enemy.

3. If wild animals (mṛga) be found at the gates of towns, such towns will be besieged by the enemy; if they be found to enter the towns, such town will meet with rain; if they be found to give birth to their young, the people will suffer miseries; if the animals be found to die within towns, there will be fears of various kinds, but if they enter the houses, there will be imprisonment.