The Brhatsamhita of Varahamihira is an encyclopaedia of astrological and other subjects of human interest. This part consists of 50 chapters, from chapters 58 to 107, three Appendices and Index. In chapter 58 units of lineal measurement are given and all the limbs of an idol are described in detail with their measurements. In chapter 60 the ceremony of consecration and installation of idols is described. Physiognomy and Palmistry are treated of in chapters 68-70. In chapter 74 we find excellent erotic poetry with superb imagery. In chapter 75 the author says that a child born to a woman resembles the man whom she thinks of at the time of coitus-a statement yet to be tested by modern psychology and genetics. Chapter 77 shows the author's mathematical genius. Gemology is discussed in chapter 80. In chapter 85 principles of public health and sanitation are highlighted. Chapters 86 to 96 form one big section dealing with omens and auguries. Chapter 104 treats of the effects of planetary transits and also gives a summary of metrics. Chapter 105 deals with rituals. Divided into two parts the book contains Sanskrit text, English translation, explanatory notes and literary comments.
About the Author(s)
PROF. M.R. BHAT was a well known Samskrta scholar, teacher, poet and astrologer, who retired in 1974 as the Head of Sanskrit Department of Hindu College, Delhi University. He had served the cause of Samskrta learning and Indian culture for more than half a century. Prof. Bhat edited with translation classical works like the Brhat Samhita of Varahamihira (2 Volumes), Horasarah of Prthuyasas, Prasnajnanam of Bhattotpala. Author of Fundamentals of Astrology. Prof. Bhat had revised the translation of Uttara-kalamrtam, and Phaladipika. He was the founder-editor of the Sanskrit _English Journal Amrtavani and had contributed a large number of articles on oriental learning and culture of various journals and periodicals. In recognition of his erudition and devotion to oriental learning and culture Prof, Bhat was conferred the titles Vidyabhaskara, Vidyasagara and Kavitacatura. Prof. Bhat died in 1990.