Brihat Samhita

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

This page describes note on the thirty muhurtas which is the ninth Appendix 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.

Appendix 9 - Note on the thirty Muhūrtas

Note: This appendix is extracted at the end from chapter 99 of the Bṛhat-saṃhita.

A Muhūrta is 48 minutes. The 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night are each divided into 15 Muhūrtas.

The 15 day-Muhūrtas are sacred respectively to—

  1. Rudra,
  2. Sarpa,
  3. Mitra,
  4. Pitṛ,
  5. Vasu.
  6. Vara,
  7. Viśvedevu.
  8. Vidhi,
  9. Brahmā,
  10. Indra,
  11. Indrāgni,
  12. Daitya,
  13. Varuṇa,
  14. Aryaman
  15. and Bhaga.

The 15 night-Muhūrtas are sacred respectively to—

  1. Īśvara,
  2. Ajapada,
  3. Ahirbhudhnya,
  4. Puṣya,
  5. Nasatya,
  6. Yama,
  7. Vahni,
  8. Dhālā,
  9. Śaśi,
  10. Āditya,
  11. Guru,
  12. Acyuta,
  13. Arka,
  14. Tvaṣṭā
  15. and Vāyu.

Of the 15 night-Muhūrtas, the lst, 2nd, 6th and 7th shall be rejected for all auspicious purposes.