I thought of this question after reading about day-wise restrictions on shaving/haircut

These weekly day-wise restrictions must have started after a 7 day week was established.

Which is the oldest known reference to a 7 day week (or a particular day of the week) in Hindu scriptures?

(Note - This question lists some (not all) scriptures with references to the week or weekdays, but it does it mention which one is the oldest)

  • @TheDestroyer thanks for link. There are some mentions in that question's answer (hinduism.stackexchange.com/questions/15646/…) but I am looking for a slightly different question. I am asking what is the "oldest known" reference to a week. The people in that thread do not attempt dating the scriptures they are referring to. I think this is not a duplicate.
    – user13107
    Aug 24, 2017 at 3:16
  • Ok. I reopened it. You can edit the details with it. But still i think it is duplicate as dating of scriptures is never accurate as they are transmitted through oral tradition.
    – The Destroyer
    Aug 24, 2017 at 3:18
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    @TheDestroyer yes, but at least we can know the latest limit on the date (for example at least before 100 CE)
    – user13107
    Aug 24, 2017 at 3:27
  • user13107 If your question is different, make modifications in the question don't just say it is not a duplicate. I don't see any modifications after closing and before reopening. If you are looking for dating of scriptures, then it would be a different question which is already asked. When exactly were the puranas were written? cc @TheDestroyer Aug 24, 2017 at 4:09
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    @Sinister you are assuming that Puranas is the correct answer. What if there are other known ancient documents that refer to weekdays? That possibility is not covered if we treat this question as duplicate of those two questions combined. (i will later add conclusion of this discussion to main post)
    – user13107
    Aug 24, 2017 at 5:05


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