Shripati


Shripati

(flourished c. 1045, Rohinikhanda, India) Indian astronomer-astrologer and mathematician. He wrote Ganitatilaka (“The Ornament of Mathematics”) and the astronomical works Siddhantashekhara (“The Crest of Established Doctrines”), Dhikotidakarana (“Procedure Giving Intellectual Climax”), and Dhruvamanasa (“Permanent Mind”). Siddhantashekhara includes two chapters on mathematics; as one of the few surviving documents from this period, it sheds important light on the state of Indian algebra between Brahmagupta and Bhaskara II. For horoscopic astrology, Shripati wrote Jatakakarmapaddhati (“Way to the Computation of Nativity”) and Jyotisharatnamala (“A Jewel Necklace of Astral Science”), which were highly influential on the development of astrology in India.

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