The Units of Time in Ancient and Medieval India

Takao Hayashi


This is a preliminary survey of time units used or mentioned in ancient and medieval works written in Sanskrit and other Indian languages.  The fields of the works surveyed are Jyautiṣa, Paurāṇika, Uttara-vaidika, Smārta, Bauddha, and Jaina literatures, including Chinese translations of Bauddha works. No small portion of the data presented in the following sections has already been taken up and explained in the works mentioned at the end of this section, but I newly collected the data from the original sources and arranged them in my own way according to my own interest.

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