மேற்கே வந்த சூரியன்

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3 thoughts on “மேற்கே வந்த சூரியன்

  1. விஜய்

    I think that Hinduism did not view the Earth as a sphere. Meru is situated in the centre of the earth surrounded by many mountains, islands and oceans. Perhaps, there was a ‘written’ rule in the Puranas that crossing the Meru will invert the coordinate system (north-south, east-west). Kamban should have read all Tamil and Sanskrit literature before starting Ramavatharam. Perhaps he used just what was in the literature (as he claims that these are written by scholars) that crossing Meru would change the direction of the rising sun.

    I might be wrong too.

    http://www.sacred-texts.com/hin/vp/vp059.htm

  2. Karunakaran (@kskarun)

    From the time of Aryabhata I (5th Century CE) – who has stated that the Earth is round and stands suspended in space, and has made observations regarding the POVs of people living to the north and south of Meru in his book AryabhAteeyam – these concepts were known and astronomers following him often quoted his works. So by Kamban’s time, these should’ve been common knowledge, and he has made use of them here.

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