Biographical Encyclopedia of Astronomers

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Śrīpati

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DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/978-1-4419-9917-7_1307

FlourishedRohinīkhanda, (Mahārāṣṭra, India), 10391056

Śrīpati was an Indian (Hindu) astronomer. His father was Nāgadeva, and his grandfather was  Keśava of the Kāśyapagotra. Śrīpati composed three astronomical works; the Siddhāntaśekhara, the Dhīkoṭidakaraṇa (1039), and the Dhruvamānasa (1056); a mathematical work, the Gaṇitatilaka; and two astrological works, the Jātakapaddhati (or Śrīpatipaddhati) and the Jyotiṣaratnamālā. Śrīpati is the only other astronomer, after  Varāhamihira and  Lalla, whose works spanned both astronomy and astrology. All other astronomers wrote exclusively on mathematical astronomy as far as extant texts are concerned.

Śrīpati’s Siddhāntaśekhara followed the Brāhma School of  Brahmagupta, one of four principal schools of astronomy active in the classical period (late fifth to twelfth centuries). The Śiddhāntaśekhara is a treatise on mathematical astronomy and consists of 19 chapters.

At the same time, Śrīpati was much influenced by the Śiṣyadhīvṛddhidatantra...

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Selected References

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Earth ScienceUniversity of Northern IowaCedar FallsUSA