Astrology and Astronomy (Jyotiṣa)
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Jyotiḥśāstra (or jyotiṣa, jyautiṣa) is the “science of [celestial] lights.” Like its traditional European counterpart, it encompasses both astronomy and astrology – two terms which were largely interchangeable in Europe until the 17th century, and occasionally beyond that ti…

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Martin Gansten, “Astrology and Astronomy (Jyotiṣa)”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Edited by: Knut A. Jacobsen, Helene Basu, Angelika Malinar, Vasudha Narayanan. Consulted online on 16 February 2019 <>
First published online: 2012

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