• K. V. Sarma
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Pauliśa, of Greek origin, is the originator of the Pauliśa Siddhānta, one of the five systems of astronomy of the early centuries of the Christian era. These were selectively redacted in the Pañcasiddhāntikā of Varāhamihira, the prodigious Indian astronomer-astrologer of the sixth century AD. According to a traditional verse attributed to the sage Kāśyapa, Pauliśa is one of the 18 originators of Indian astronomical systems. Al-Bīrūnī, the Persian scholar who sojourned in India from 1017 to 1030, stated that Pauliśa Siddhānta was written by Paulus-ul-Yunani, i.e., “Paulus, the Greek.” Probably the Hindus prepared an Indianized Sanskrit Pauliśa Siddhānta on the basis of the Greek work. This original Sanskrit work is no longer available, and neither is the commentary on that work by Lāṭadeva, which was referred to by Varāhamihira in Pañcasiddhāntikā I.3. However, the redaction of the Siddhānta in Pañcasiddhāntikāis fairly full and provides ample details about the nature and contents of...


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  1. 1.MadrasIndia