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The earliest attested epoch of the lunar vdkyas is 1184. The vdkyas themselves, called Candravakyani237 and attributed to Vararuci, use the relation: 9 anomalistic months = 248 days. The larger cycles of the system are: 110 anomalistic months = 3031 days, and 449 anomalistic months = 12,372 days. The two 235 The most recent general treatment of South Indian astronomers, astrologers, and mathematicians is K. V. SARMA, A History of the Kerala School of Hindu Astronomy, VIS 55, Hoshiarpur 1972. 236 Edited by K.

241 The planetary vdhyas are given in an anonymous text entitled Vakyakarana,242 in which the epoch of the lunar vdhyas is 22 May 1282; the text seems to have been composed in about 1300, probably near Kancl. There is a commentary composed by Sundararaja, who was a native of Viprasadgrama (Andana-nal-lur near Trichinopoly), in the late fifteenth or early sixteenth century; Sundararaja studied under Padmagarbha during the reign of (Gopendra) Tipparaja,243 who ruled Kondavldu in the Guntur District for the Vijayanagara king, Krsnadeva Raya, from about 1515 till 1520, and he corresponded with the well-known astronomer, Gargyakerala Nilakantha Somayajin, whom we shall presently discuss in more detail.

4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 15. 16. madhyama grahaspasta triprasna candragrahana suryagrahana parilekha udayasta candrasrngonnati grahayuti naksatracchaya mahapata suksmanaksatra madhyamagraha sighraphala udayasta misrika SPS KKK 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. 1. 2. 3. 2. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. 13. 14. madhyagraha spastagraha prasnatraya candragraha suryagraha graha (= parva) candreksana astodaya khetaprabha srngonnati khetaikyata rksaprabha pata ghati madhyamagraha suryacandraspastikarana pancataraspastikarana triprasna candragrahana suryagrahana grahanadvaya udayasta grahacchaya candrasrngonnati grahayuti naksatracchaya pata granthalankara Astronomy 41 Kosthakasw Closely associated with karanas in North and West India since at least the twelfth century were astronomical tables (kosthakas or sdrants) which were intended to facilitate the computation of planetary positions and the cusps of the astrological places for those who cast horoscopes, or that of various calendaric functions such as tithis, naksatras, and yogas for the makers of almanacs (pancdngas).

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