Bīrūnī, Muḥammad ibn Aḥmad, Alberuni's India (v. 2)

(London :  Kegan Paul, Trench, Trübner & Co.,  1910.)



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How much
time has
elapsed be¬
fore o of the

cording to
Pulisa and

Page 205.

How much
time has
elapsed of
the current

Hindus, but I for my part have not been able to ascer¬
tain it.

Twenty "three caturyugas are 99,360,000 years,
and, together with the time from the beginning of a
caturyuga till the end of the tretdyuga, 102,384,000

If we subtract this number of years from the number
of years of the seventh manvantara that have elapsed
before our gauge-year, viz. 120,532,132 (v. p. 3), we get
the remainder of 18,148,132 years, i.e. so many years
before our gauge-year at the conjectural date of Rama ;
and this may suffice, as long as it is not supported
by a trustworthy tradition. The here-mentioned year
corresponds to the 3,892,132d year of the 28th catur¬

All these computations rest on the measures adopted
by Brahmagupta. He and Pulisa agree in this, that
the number of kalpas which have elapsed of the life of
Brahman before the present kalpa is 6068 (equal to 8
years, 5 months, 4 days of Brahman). But they differ
from each other in converting this number into catur¬
yugas. According to Pulisa, it is equal to 6,116,544;
according to Brahmagupta, only to 6,068,000 catur¬
yugas. Therefore, if we adopt the system of Pulisa,
reckoning i manvantara as 'J2 caturyugas without
samdhi, i kalpa as 1008 caturyugas, and each yuga as
the fourth part of a caturyuga, that which has elapsed
of the life of Brahman before our gauge-year is the
sum of 26,425,456,204,132 (!) years, and of the kalpa
there have elapsed 1,986,124,132 years, of the manvan¬
tara 119,884,132 years, and of the caturyuga 3,244,132

Regarding the time which has elapsed since the
beginning of the kcdiyuga, there exists no difference
amounting to whole years. According to both Brahma¬
gupta and Pulisa, of the kaliyuga there have elapsed
before our gauge-year 4132 years, and between the
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