ASHVASHASTRA

 

  1. Ashvashastra (ಅಶ್ವಶಾಸ್ತ್ರ)
  2. ashvashAstra
  3. Abhinavachandra (aBinavacandra)
  4. 1400 A.D. (approximately) 1200 A.D. (B.S.Sannaiah)
  5. The science of breeding and maintaining horses
  6. Books on veterinary sciences are very rare in ancient Kannada. Ashvashastra by Abhinavachandra is one such work dealing exclusively with horses. This work is also called ‘Chandramatha’ and ‘Turagagama’. The author has acknowledged his indebtedness to works on the same topic by Sanskrit writers such as Chandrakavi, Revantha and Simhadatta.                                                                                              ‘Ashvashastra’ contains sixteen chapters constituting about 900 poems. Most of them are ‘Kanda Padyas’. The book delineates the art of clinically examining various parts of a horse’s body. Lots of information about the positive and negative aspects of a horse’s complexion, inauspicious and auspicious marks,(Suli) and determination of its age by looking at its teeth are dealt with in detail. Various diseases that are specific to horses and the treatment to be meted out to them are described. This work renders great help in determining the meaning of many technical words dealing with horses that occur in literary texts. All in all, it is a simple and straight forward narration of technical matters. 
  7. Edited by H.Shesha Iyyengar and P.Srinivasa Rao in 1950, published  by the University of Madras. The second edition was edited by G.G.Manjunathan and published by The University of Mysore.
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  9. G.G. Manjunathan has prepared his edition based on five more incomplete manuscripts
  10. The Science of Horses

 

 

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