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1712. 4. Ibid, Nos. 1195, 1196. 5. It occurs on the Nr-Varäha image of the Gupta period found at Bran, now in Sagar University Museum. I owe this information to Prof. D. ,' 6. Bhandarkar's List, No. 13. 7. For a deteiled analysis of Dr. Upadhye's theory see my paper in the G. H. Bhatt Memorial Number of J O / . *AR1HAMIHIÄA: HIS AGE, LIJME AND WORKS III. 23' Legends and Myths In the absence of necessary biographical details, many legends and stories have gathered round Varähamihira, some of which may be recorded here.

D. 1030 observed that the Paflcasiddhäntikä was composed 526 years before his own time1 and that Varähamihira preceded his (Alberuni's) own time by 525* or about 526 years3. Thus the internal evidence, the tradition and Alberuni's statement are all unanimous in regarding A. D. * But a dissenting voice against this view is raised by such •high authorities as Drs. Bhau Daji, Kern and Thibaut. e. A. D . 587 {Nav-ädhika-panca-iata-sankhya-Säke Varähamihirä- •cäryo divarh gatah), Dr. Bhau Daji regards A.

8 of the 3rd Pratisargaparvan of the Bhavisyapuräna1 narrates a story which is summarised below : ; The astrologer of Satyadatta, king of Känci, had a son, Püsan by name, who, on his death, went to the abode of the Sun. The Sun predicted that he would incarnate himself as ;Mihiräcärya in the house of Rudrapasu at Ujjayini. He was born in the Mülagandänta-visaya and Abhijid-yoga and was, therefore, thrown away in a river; he reached Lanka where he was brought up by demonesses and studied astronomy; he was sent back to Ujjain by Vibhlsana; there he remodelled into three divisions the Jyotisa veddnga, which had been destroyed by the Mlecchas.

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