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in the even asterisms, that it is distributed by his beams.1*
___ 1 According to the Vayu,t the water scattered by the ele
* युग्मर्वेषु च यत्तोयं पतत्यर्कोज्झितं दिवः ।
. तत्सर्यरश्मिभिः सर्व समादाय निरस्यते ॥ Then follows, in all my MSS., including those where the text is accompanied by the two commentaries, a stanza which Professor Wilson has left untranslated:
उभयं पुण्यमत्यर्थं नृणां पापभयापहम् ।।
आकाशगंगासलिलं दिव्यं स्नानं महामुने ॥ * Ablution of either kind in the water of the ethereal Ganges is surpassingly holy, removing the sin and the fears of men, and heavenly, great Sage.'
+ गजानां पर्वतानां च मेघानां भोगिभिः सह ।
कुलमेकं पृथग्भूतं योनिरेका जलं स्मृतम् ॥
The water which the clouds shed upon earth is, in truth, the ambrosia of living beings; for it gives fertility to the plants which are the support of their existence. * By this all vegetables grow and are matured, and become the means of maintaining life. With them, again, those men who take the law for their light perform daily sacrifices, and, through them, give nourishment to the gods. And thus sacrifices, the Vedas, the : four castes, with the Brahmans at their head, all the residences of the gods, all the tribes of animals, the whole world, all are supported by the rains by which food is produced. But the rain is evolved by the sun; the sun is sustained by Dhruva; and Dhruva is supported by the celestial porpoise-shaped sphere, which
phants of the quarters is, in summer, dew, and, in winter, snow; or the latter is brought, by the winds, from a city called Pundra, which lies between the Himavat and Hemakúta mountains, and falls down upon the former.
In like manner, also, as heat radiates from the sun, so cold radiates from the moon:
सूर्यादुष्णं निःसरते सोमाच्छीतं प्रवर्तते ।।
* All my MSS. read as follows:
यत्तु मेधैः समुत्सृष्टं वारि तत्प्राणिनां द्विज ।
पुष्णात्यौषधयः सर्वा जीवनायामृतं हि तत् ॥ *As to the water discharged by the clouds, regenerate one, it developes all annuals, for the behoof of living creatures: it is, indeed, nectar to existence.
Note the affectation of archaism in Tue: as accusative plural.
† From the Váyu-puráňa; but some pages before the passage last extracted.
is one with Náráyaňa.* Náráyaňa, the primeval existent, and eternally enduring, seated in the heart of the stellar sphere, is the supporter of all beings. +
* The reading TTTYUTOTO: is here followed. But a common reading, and one more in harmony with the context, is PITTYUT :, “upheld by Náráyana'.
। हृदि नारायणस्तस्य शिशुमारस्य संस्थितः।
बिभती सर्वभूतानामादिभूतः सनातनः ॥ *Seated in the heart of that planetary porpoise is its supporter, Náráyana, primeval being among all beings, sempiternal.'
Names of the twelve Adityas. Names of the Rishis, Gandharvas,
Apsarasas, Yakshas, Uragas, and Rákshasas, who attend the chariot of the sun in each month of the year. Their respective functions.
PARÁśARA.— Between the extreme northern and southern points, the sun has to traverse, in a year, one hundred and eighty degrees, ascending and descending. His car is presided over by divine Adityas, * Rishis, heavenly singers and nymphs, Yakshas, t serpents, and Rákshasas: (one of each being placed in it in every month). The Aditya Dhátri, the sage Pulastya, the Gandharva Tumburu, § the nymph Kratu
It might be doubted whether the text|| meant 180 in each hemisphere, or in both; but the sense is sufficiently clear in the Váyu, &c.; and the number of Mandalas travelled in the year is 360: the Mandalas, 'circles' or 'degrees’, being, in fact, the sun's diurnal revolutions, and their numbers corresponding with the days of the solar year; as in the Bhavishya Puráňa:
यशीतिमण्डलशतमियन्त्यब्देन वै हयाः।
बाह्यतोऽभ्यन्तरं चैव मण्डलं दिवसक्रमात् ॥ “The horses of the sun travel twice 180 degrees in a year, internal and external (to the equator), in the order of the days.'
* Strictly, 'divine beings, namely, Adityas.'
The Sun's attendants are said, in the Bhagavata-puráňa, V., XXI., 18, to be Rishis, Gandharvas, Apsarases, Nágas, Grámanis, Yátudhánas, and Devas. § One of my MSS. gives Tumbaru. || साशीतिमण्डलशतं काष्ठयोरन्तरं द्वयोः ।
आरोहणावरोहाभ्यां भानोरब्देन या गतिः ॥
sthalá, * the Yaksha Rathakřit, the serpent Vásuki, and the Rákshasa Heti, t always reside in the sun's car, in
* Four MSS. bave Kritasthalá; three, Křitasthali.
The mythological figments named in this sentence are not characterized in the original, Rathakřit excepted, who is there called a Grámani, i. e., Yaksha.
In the Sanskrit of our text, no uniform order is observed in registering the appellations of the Sun's attendants during each of the twelve months; these appellations being disposed, in the main, to satisfy metrical exigencies. Professor Wilson's arrangement of the Adityas, &c., according to the subordination indicated above, admits of amendment; and the Professor, as I show in other notes to this chapter, would probably, have taken a different view of some of th.m, had he scrutinized the commentaries more closely. The personages in question may be tabulated as follows: In the months Adityas. Rishis. Gandharvas. Apsarases. Madhu Dhátři Pulastya Tumburu Kratusthalá Madhava Aryaman Pulaha Nárada Punjikasthala Jyaishtha Mitra
Sahajanya Nabhas Indra
Angiras Viśwávasu Pramlochá Bhadrapada Vivaswat
Ugrasena Anumlochá Áśwayuja Púshan Gautama
Suruchi Ghřitácbi Kárttika Parjanya Bharadwaja Viśwávasu Viswachi Márgaśirsha Aṁsu
Kaśyapa Chitrasena Urvasi
Arishtanemi Karkotaka Sphúrja