Three Purāṇic Statements on the Shape of the Earth

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  • Toke Lindegaard Knudsen State University of New York at Oneonta

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https://doi.org/10.18732/hssa55

Abstract

The article analyses an argument given in Jñānarāja's Siddhāntasundara (ca. 1500) on the shape of the earth according to the Purāṇas. The argument involves the use of the word gola, 'ball, globe,' in the Purāṇas, a Purāṇic statement about the mountain Meru being north of everywhere, and a Purāṇic comparison of the earth to a mirror. The article concludes that Jñānarāja breaks with the Purāṇas as well as the traditional commentaries on these texts, and further suggests that we might have to rethink the dictionary definition of gola.

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Author Biography

Toke Lindegaard Knudsen, State University of New York at Oneonta

Associate Professor of Mathematics

Department of Mathematics, Computer Science, and Statistics

Bhāskara's construction of the cardinal directions

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Published

2021-05-08 — Updated on 2021-05-09

How to Cite

Knudsen, Toke Lindegaard. 2021. “Three Purāṇic Statements on the Shape of the Earth”. History of Science in South Asia 9 (May). Edmonton, Canada:128-66. https://doi.org/10.18732/hssa55.

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