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The following narration is from the episode of regaining of ear rings by Utanka from Mahabharata (Kisari Mohan Ganguli version).

148 तस्मिंश च तन्त्रे कृष्णाः सिताश च तन्तवः चक्रं चापश्यत षड्भिः कुमारैः परिवर्त्यमानम पुरुषं चापश्यद दर्शनीयम

149 स तान सर्वास तुष्टावैभिर मन्त्रवादश्लॊकैः

150 तरीण्य अर्पितान्य अत्र शतानि मध्ये; षष्टिश च नित्यं चरति धरुवे ऽसमिन चक्रे चतुर्विंशतिपर्व यॊगे षड; यत कुमाराः परिवर्तयन्ति

148 tasmiṃś ca tantre kṛṣṇāḥ sitāś ca tantavaḥ cakraṃ cāpaśyat ṣaḍbhiḥ kumāraiḥ parivartyamānam puruṣaṃ cāpaśyad darśanīyam

149 sa tān sarvās tuṣṭāvaibhir mantravādaślokaiḥ

150 trīṇy arpitāny atra śatāni madhye; ṣaṣṭiś ca nityaṃ carati dhruve 'smin cakre caturviṃśatiparva yoge ṣaḍ; yat kumārāḥ parivartayanti

Translation

and in the loom were black and white threads. And he likewise saw a wheel, with twelve spokes, turned by six boys. And he also saw a man with a handsome horse. And he began to address them the following mantras:

"This wheel whose circumference is marked by twenty-four divisions representing as many lunar changes is furnished with three hundred spokes! It is set in continual motion by six boys (the seasons)!


My question is why was it mentioned about the wheel whose circumference is marked by twenty-four divisions representing as many lunar changes is furnished with three hundred spokes?

Do the words three hundred spokes indicate 300 days or something else?

  • where does the word three hundred come in Sanskrit text ? I see Trini (3), shatani (100), shashti (60), chaturvimshati(24), shad(6) .. most likely it is 360 spokes/days, which is the lunar calendar. shashti(60) could also refer to nazhikai - in one day there are 30+30 = 60 nazhikai, where 1 nazhikai = 24 minutes.. modern clocks do 24hr*60min, ancient clocks did 60nazh*24min – ram Dec 3 at 9:27
  • @ram: ṣaṣṭiś ca nityaṃ, might have been translated as 6 boys – srimannarayana k v Dec 3 at 9:30
  • how can shashti be translated as 6 ? shashti is 60. shad is 6. also shashtis c NITYAM (daily) most likely refers to 60 nazhikais in 1 day – ram Dec 3 at 9:31
  • @ram: I am not commenting anything. That was why I gave translated version as well as original text. You can throw light – srimannarayana k v Dec 3 at 9:32
  • unfortunately, even the "original" sanskrit text has wrong spellings.. like Trini is spelt as Tarinya – ram Dec 3 at 9:34

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