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Canto 3 The Status Quo Ch.11 Calculation of Time from the Atom  Text 9

Canto 3 The Status Quo Ch.11 Calculation of Time from the Atom Text 9

Canto 3 The Status Quo Ch.11 Calculation of Time from the Atom Text 9

TEXT

dvadasardha-palonmanam
caturbhis catur-angulaih
svarna-masaih krta-cchidram
yavat prastha-jala-plutam

SYNONYMS

dvadasa-ardha--six; pala--of the scale of weight; unmanam--measuring pot; caturbhih--by weight of four; catuh-angulaih--four fingers by measure; svarna--of gold; masaih--of the weight; krta-chidram--making a hole; yavat--as long as; prastha--measuring one prastha; jala-plutam--filled by water.

TRANSLATION

The measuring pot for one nadika, or danda, can be prepared with a six-pala-weight [fourteen ounce] pot of copper, in which a hole is bored with a gold probe weighing four masa and measuring four fingers long. When the pot is placed on water, the time before the water overflows in the pot is called one danda.

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