Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa

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The Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa was the first Vedic work completely devoted to astronomy. [1] Many works created before the Vedāṅga Jyotiṣa also discuss aspects of astronomy, but they are not exclusively devoted to it.[2]

It is said to have been created by Ladagha, but the text available now is believed to be edited by some later astronomer because of the classical language used[3].

It is one of the six Vedāṅga, which are works 'auxiliary' to the ancient Vedas.

It was written in the style of the sūtras.[2]

It was slowly replaced by the Siddhāntas over time. For example, the 27 constellations of the Nakṣatra were slowly replaced by the twelve Zodiac signs, or Rāśis. [3]

It has it's own names for the seasons, months, days of the month, half-days, hours, etc. [4].

See Also

  • Time (lists many VJ divisions of time)


  1. Template:Ref-indian-astronomy, pp. XIX, XX
  2. 2.0 2.1 Indian Astronomy, p XX
  3. 3.0 3.1 Indian Astronomy, p. xxii
  4. See Template:Refia section 7