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

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



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184                        ALBERUNTS INDIA.

they make fire on places lower than those on which
they make it on the festival cdmdha, and they throw
the fire out of the village.

i6thPhai-         On the following night, i.e. that of the i6tb, called

Sivardtri, they worship Mahadeva during the whole
night; they remain awake, and do not lie down to
sleep, and offer to him perfumes and flowers.

23rd Phai- On the 23rd, which is caMed piXyci,ttdn (?), they eat
rice with butter and sugar.

A festival iu      The Hindus of Multan have a festival which is called

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Sctmbapuraycttrct; they celebrate it m honour ot the
sun, and worship him. It is determined in this way :
They first take the cthargana, according to the rules of
Khandakhadyaka, and subtract 98,040 therefrom. They
divide the remainder by 365, and disregard the quotient.
If the division does not give a remainder, the quotient
is the date of the festival in question. If there is a
remainder, it represents the days which have elapsed
since the festival,, and by subtracting these days from
365 you find the date of the same festival in the next
following year.
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