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texts, his work on arithmetic, he inscribed to his daughter in A. S. 1036, and the book was called Litavati. After this he composed a treatise of astrology, which was published in A. S. 1050, and entitled Sidhanta-Siromani, and shortly afterwards Bhas-Karachari died at Beder in the sixty-fifth year of his age.


VARAHA-MIHIRA.

Was a bramin astronomer, who lived in A S. 1050, he possessed a vigorous intellect, and his judgment has been much admired both by his contemporaries and by posterity. Although his knowledge of the Sanscrit language was not profound, yet few men had such deep insight into all the branches of physics and natural philosophy as Varaha-Mihira.

He wrote an elaborate work which he called "Varaha Mehira Sanhita," in which was comprised a dissertation on the solar system, and the phenomena of nature—he likewise compiled a treatise on astrology and entitled it Bhrihat jataka."