Where does this shloka about epidemic appear in Narada, Vashishtha or Vrahta Samhita?

भूपाव हो महारोगो मध्य स्यार्धवृष्ट य। दुखिनो जंत्व सर्वे वत्स रे परी धाविनी

There are lot of videos and articles (for example, this one or this video snapshot (3.48)) relating this Shloka with currently going on epidemic (Corona Virus / COVID-19).


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I have just gone through Narada Samhita, Sanskrit text with Hindi translation book available on Internet Archive but I have not found the mentioned verse in it.

All the sites/articles citing this shloka are saying that (interpretation of the mentioned verse) "In the Samvatsar called PariDhawi, there will be war between the kings and an epidemic will spread. Rain will be unusual and all beings will be sad.

There are total 55 Adhayayas (chapters) in Narada Sanhita. 3rd chapter deals with Samvatsara. And here is a description of Paridhavi Samvatsara in verse 62 (which is quite different than what's claimed):

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Transliterating and Translating:

anarghyāmayarogebhyo bhītirītirniraṃtaram ॥
paridhāvīvatsare tu nṛṇāṃ vṛṣṭistu madhyamā॥62॥

In the year named Paridhavi, there be expensive food etc., continuous fear of diseases and moderate rain.

Here there is no mention of "महारोगो" or epidemic. Although diseases are mentioned in general but that is not a special case of Paridhavi Samvatsara, diseases are mentioned for few other Samvatsaras also.

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    I also got a video in WhatsApp group and in the video snapshot (3.48), the shloka is visible - m.facebook.com/…
    – Lakhi
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 10:17
  • @Lakhi I see the book which was in his hand was "Vashishtha Sanhita"
    – Pandya
    Commented Mar 24, 2020 at 10:47
  • can u pls provide references from Vashishtha Sanhita then?
    – Lakhi
    Commented Mar 27, 2020 at 15:54

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