Vasishtha Siddhanta

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Vasishtha Siddhanta is one of the earliest astronomical systems in use in India, which is summarized in Varahamihira's Pancha-Siddhantika (6th century). It is attributed to sage Vasishtha and claims a date of composition of 1,299,101 BCE.[1] The original text probably dated to the 4th century, but it has been lost and our knowledge of it is restricted to Varahamira's account. Alberuni ascribes the work to Vishnuchandra.

Vasishtha-siddhānta, so called from one of the stars of the Great Bear, composed by Vishnucandra,

There is a modern work bearing the title Vasishtha Siddhantika.[2]


  1. ^ History of Astronomy (1834), ISBN 0-543-94987-7, p. 117
  2. ^ Albrecht Weber, The History of Indian Literature, p. 258; Romesh Chunder Dutt, A History of Civilization in Ancient India, p. 209