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# YOJANA

## (Suryasiddhānta and the Great

Pyramid)
by Petko Nikolic Vidusa

## The oldest sanskrit astronomical texts to survive were written

around 600 AD. One of the most notable of these is the
Suryasiddhānta survives in a much revised version. In 1858
Ebenezer Burgess published an annotated English translation of
this text, available now as Surya-Siddhanta, a text-book of Hindy
astronomy*

## Surya (Sanskrit) the Sun, its regent or informing divinity; in the

Vedas Surya is the the Sun-God. Surya presiding over the space of
the solar system.

The Mount Meru may actually refer to the “center of the world”.
In Indian mythology Meru is a sacred mountain which is usually
identified as the golden mountain, the great central mountain of
the world and the naval of the earth.

## A yojana is Vedic measure of distance used in ancient India. The

exact measurement is disputed amongst scholar with distances
being given between 6 to 15 km (4 and 9 miles).

## Verse 1.59 of the Suryasiddhānta gives the diameter of the

Earth as 1600 yojanas.
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*Ebenezer Burgess, Surya-Siddhanta: A Text Book of Hindu
Astronomy,
Kessinger Publishing Company, 1998.
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## Figure 1. Earth globe. Verse 1.59 of the Suryasiddhānta gives the

diameter of the
Earth as 1600 yojanas.

## Height of the Great Pyramid = 147.6505019 m

Circumference of the Circle A = 147.6505019 m
d = 46.99865415 m

## Area of the Circle A = 1734.843719 m² = Area of the Square B

c = 41.65145518 m

## Width of the Pyramid’s King Chamber = 206.0658189 inches = 10 Royal Cubits =

= 523.40718 cm = 5.2340718 m
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c = 41.65145518 m

## 41.65145518 : 5.2340718 = 7.957753881

Verse 1.59 of the Suryasiddhānta gives the diameter of the Earth as 1600
yojanas:

the Earth.

the Earth.

## Area of the Square B = 63.32584683 km² = Area of the Circle A

d = 8.979367488 km

## Figure 4. Geometry is the source of the yojana

c = 88.62265518 km

d = 100

## In Indian mythology Meru is a sacred mountain which is usually indentified as

the golden mountain, the great central mountain of the world and the naval of the
Earth.
Figure 5. The Great Pyramid is the central point of the Earth’s
land mass

## Suryasiddhānta mentions that Mt Meru lies in the middle of the

Burgess translates "bhoogola-madhya" as "the centre of the
earth-globe" and not as “bhoo-madhya” which is used for
equator in sanskrit and Hindi texts.

## Suryasidhhānta explicitly mention that Mt Meru lies at the

middle of the Earth