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Calendrical Calculations, Third Edition by Edward M. Reingold, Nachum Dershowitz

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        Twelfth-century black stone slab from Andhra Pradesh, India, depicting the 12 signs of the zodiac surrounding a lotus in full bloom representing the sun. (Courtesy of the Prince of Wales Museum of Western India, Bombay.)

18The Modern Hindu Calendars

From a chronological point of view the substitution for the mean calendric system of one based on the true movements of the sun and moon, was anything but an improvement, as it destabilized the foundations of the time reckoning. Indeed, the system may have had the charm of adapting daily life as nearly as the astronomical knowledge permitted to the movement of the heavenly bodies, but on ...

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