Profile of a Natural Disaster in Ancient Sanskrit Literature

R. N. Iyengar


This paper explores memories of a natural disaster scattered in ancient Sanskrit literature — in particular in the Skanda Purana and the two Epics — and builds a coherent picture of the fall of a meteorite in the region between Mount Abu and Kachchh.

Dr. R. N. Iyengar is a Raja Ramanna Fellow and teaches at the Dept. of Civil Engineering, Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore. He is also an Indologist with expertise in archaeoastronomy.

This paper, published in the Indian Journal of History of Science (39:1, 2004, pp. 11-49), is reproduced with his permission and is available for download as a PDF file (380 kB) so as to preserve its diacritics.

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