It is now being increasingly recognized that ancient Sanskrit Literature contains profound wisdom of
physical and social sciences. The scientific knowledge base presented by our Rishis and perceptive
thinkers covers a wide convas of subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Mathematics, Astronomy,
Metallurgy, Bio-Technology and Environmental Science etc.
Unfortunately, due to a very long period of intellectual domination of the forces from
outside the region, we have lost our awareness about the profound contributions made by our ancestors
that are hidden in the vast Sanskrit literature. Our continued apathy towards Sanskrit language over the
recent centuries has also contributed to our lack of awareness about rich scientific heritage. Our
ignorance about the richness of our heritage has made us to lose our sense of pride for what is ours. As
a result of all this, our sense of confidence in our own capabilities has also been shaken.
Knowledge of Sanskrit and perceptive analysis of contents of our ancient Sanskrit literature
would be of great help in getting a good insight into our rich scientific heritage. It is the responsibility
of Sanskrit institutions to arouse the interests of the modern world in Sanskrit by unraveling the
profound scientific wisdom that is contained in the Sanskrit literature and by demonstrating its
relevance to the modern world. It is only when a link between the Sanskrit world and the modern world
is established that the acceptability of Sanskrit as a relevant subject for dealing with the contemporary
challenges of life would be enhanced. It is with this object in view that the Rashtriya Sanskrit
Vidyapeetha, Tirupati, launched a series of publication of small book-lets which cover wide convass of
subjects such as Physics, Chemistry, Astronomy and Ayurveda etc. for the enlightenment of younger
generations of India.
Dr. Srinivas Madabhushi, who is profound scholar of Geology, Philosophy and
Sanskrit has prepared this booklet with his vast experience of teaching of Geology, Seismology and
Computers. I congratulate him for preparing such a wonderful booklet.
I hope that this booklet would be found useful by students and scholars alike and inspire many
students of modern and ancient Seismology.
We feel immensely happy and proud to present this small booklet entitled “Seismological Traditions
with particular reference to ancient Indian seismology” to the young readers who have a longing to have
a glimpse of the wisdom of ancient India.
There is a general belief that contribution of ancient India is limited to the field of humanities
particularly that of religion and philosophy. Of course, no other civilization can claim superiority over
what India has achieved in that area. Still if we go through the pages of this small booklet, we will realize
that in the area of Geology India’s contribution was amazing. Now India has already lost much of its
ancient lore due to the impact of foreign invasion. What remains also is largely unknown as most of it is
in Sanskrit. Hence, we feel that there is an urgent need to save the remaining knowledge and build up
awareness in all concerned especially among younger generations who are not aware of our ancient
scientific heritage contained in Sanskrit.
Shouldering this responsibility i.e. creating the interests among the younger generations in
Sanskrit by unraveling the profound scientific wisdom that is contained in the Sanskrit literature and
demonstrating its relevance to the modern world, Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha took the initiative of
organizing the Sanskrit Science exhibitions, publishing and propagating the Scientific literature of
Sanskrit throughout India.
I should mention at the outset that the inspirations to publish such booklets came from our
Hon’ble Chancellor Dr. V.R. Panchamukhi, Economist of International fame, and versatile scholar in
I would like to express my sincere thanks to Dr. Srinivas Madabhushi, for preparing this
If this small booklet kindles a tiny flame of desire in the hearts of young readers for studying
the storehouse of past glory of India, we feel we would have been rewarded for our efforts.
About the Author
Dr. Srinivas MADABHUSHI did his B.Sc in 1970 with Sanskrit and stood first among his fellow
students. He completed his MSc., (Tech) in Applied Geology from Andhra University in 1974 securing
a record of 79% of Marks which fetched him the All Tech first prize. He was awarded Ph. D. in Geology
on “Structure, Lithofacies, Sedimentary Tectonics and Coal potentialities of Raj Mahal Coalfield, Bihar
in 1986 by the Andhra University.
He secured first class in MA (Sanskrit) with Alamkara Darshana and Vyakarana as the
specializations. He completed Ph. D. in Sanskrit on “Geo Scientific Traditions in Sanskrit literature”
from Andhra University.
Dr. Madabhushi is presently working as the Director of Geodata Division of AMSE Wing,
Besides publishing nearly 50 papers in National and International publications and forums,
Dr. Madabhushi has been editor of Journals in Hindi as part of the implementation Official Language in
Hyderabad and Bangalore offices of GSI.
Dr. Madabhushi has authored a book on “Mineralogical Traditions in Sanskrit Literature”
which was published by Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha, Tirupati.
He is a member of Advisory Board of Sanskrit – Science Project of Rashtriya Sanskrit
Back of the Book
All the regions of human society beyond geographical limitations accept that Sanskrit is the main spring
of a grand series of scientific disciplines in the ancient world and in the Indian peninsular. The
disciplines like Mathematics, Physics,. Chemistry, Botany, Metallurgy, Meteorology Management etc.,
have their clean traces back in the ancient Sanskrit literature. Hence emerged the new branch “Sanskrit –
Science” with millennia’s strength as a result of the incessant efforts of modern knowledge seekers all
over the world.
Knowledge of Sanskrit and perceptive anlaysis of scientific knowledge base presented by our
Rishis and perceptive thinkers would be of great help in getting a good insight into our rich scientific
It is the responsibility of our institutions to arouse the interest of younger generations in
Sanskrit by unraveling the profound scientific wisdom that is contained in the Sanskrit literature by
demonstrating its glory and relevance to the modern world. It is with this objective in view the Sanskrit
– Science Study Centre of Rashtriya Sanskrit Vidyapeetha has take initiative to launch a series of
publication of small booklets which would cover a wide canvass of a foresaid discipline of Sanskrit –
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