varahamihira Archive

ANNA MANI: A Great Women Meteorologist of India

India has always been a land rich in culture, traditions, customs, religions etc. It is a land with unity in diversity. This diverse nation is also famous worldwide for the vast knowledge in all the fields that India has. Not only in art, has architecture and literature, India had people who are brainiac in the fields of mathematics, science, astrology, cosmology etc. India is mostly a male dominated society where the male members are considered as head of everything whereas females were expected to get married and take care of the home. Since ancient times, scientists like Varahamihira, Aryabhatta, etc.

The Ancient secret of rust-proof Mehrauli Pillar

Shloka: Gomahisajavisanaih khuraromna Mahisacarmagavyaisca | Nimbakapittharasaih saha vajiratalo nama Kalko nyah || Meaning: With the horn, hoof and mane of cow, buffaloes and goat with the hide of buffaloes and cow along with the juice of neem and wood apple another paste called Vajra tala (is produced). Shloka: Prasadaharmyavalabhilingapratimasu Kudyakupesa | Santapto datavyo varsasahasrayutasthayi Meaning: The ten thousand year enduring heated (paste) should be given in (the construction of) palaces, mansions, roofs, lingas, idols, walls and wells. Shloka: Astau sisakabhagah kamsasya dvau tu ritikabhagah | Mayakanthito yogosyam vijneyo Vajrasanghatah || Meaning: Taking 8 parts of lead, 2 parts of bell

What Ancient Indian’s Knew About Optics, Lens and Rainbow Formation

Shloka: Aprapyagrahanam Kayabhrapatalasphatikantaritopalabdheh || Meaning: That which cannot be perceived (with naked eye) can be perceived with (lens made of) glass, mica or crystal. Shloka: Suryasya vividhavarnah pavanena vighaitah Karah sabhre | Viyati dhanuh samsthanah ye drsyante Tadindradhanuh || Meaning: The multi coloured rays of the sun being dispersed by wind in a cloudy sky are seen in the form of a bow which is rainbow. Source: Nyaya-darsanam, Adhyayah 3, Sutram 46, Kanadah (800 BCE), Brhat-samhita, Slokah 35, Varahamihirah (6th century AD) Ancient Theory According to ancient Indian theories the optics came into light in the early 5th – 6th

Newton’s Rediscovery of Gravity!!

Shloka-Akrsta saktisca mahi taya yat svastham guru svabhimukham svasaktya I Akrsyate tatpatativa bhati same samantat kva patatviyam khe II Meaning- The attracting (gravitational) force (is) the earth. That (earth) with that gravitational force of hers attracts towards herself the large objects in the sky. It seems as though she is falling. In space, with matching forces where will she (earth) fall. Source: Siddhanta- siromanih, Bhuvankosha 6, Bhaskarah II (1150 AD) Shloka- Tatha prthivyamabhimanini ya devata prasiddha saisa purusasya   Apanavrttimavastabhyakrsya vasikrtyadha evapakarsenanugraham   Kurvati vartata ityarthah II   Anyatha hi sariram gurutvat patet savakase vodgacchet II Meaning : Similarly, the deity that is