VARIOUS BOOKS ON KUNDS
Hundereds of Sanskrit works on Kunds were composed by various authors but only a few of them were printed.

Below are few of the books on Kunds available :

1.

New Catalogus Catalogorum (Vol. 4 Chennai, 1968),

2.

Census of the Exact Sciences in Sanskrit, Series A (Vol. 5 Philadelphia, 1994),

3.

Science and Technology in Medieval India – A Bibliography (A. Raman),

4.

Agni Puran Chapter 24 (edited by Baldev Upadhyay, Chowkambha, Varanasi),

5.

Ajit Agama which is the 5th Agama of the 10 Saiva Agama (Published by France Institute of Indology, Pondicherry, 1964),

6.

Chaturvarg Chintamani of Hemadri (13th Century A.D.). Kunds are treated in Dankhand (of this encyclopedic work) which is printed as Vol. 1 by Asiatic Soc., Calcutta, 1971.

7.

Grihyaagnisar (1640) of Narayan Bhatt, Kund portion is found in manuscript (no. 8613) at Oriental Instution, Baroda.

8.

Karmakand Karmavali (1073 A.D.) of Somsambhu, Published in Kashmir Series of Texts and Studies, No. 73, 1947,

9.

Kund-camatkara of Trayambak Bhairav, Ms. no. 1300 in Oriantal Institute, Baroda,

10.

Kundchitra, Bhanuvidha, Indian Museum, Calcutta, Ms. 2925 A.,

11.

Kund-darpan (1724) of Mallesvara Aradhye, CESS (A), V, P. 286 for manuscript and extract,

12.

Kund-dipa of Maji with autocommentary (1600 A.D.) CESS (A), V, P. 269 for manuscripts and extracts,

13.

Kund-ganit with commentry (anonymous), cf. ms. No. 203 in Bhandakar Oriental Research Institute, Pune, (NCC, Vol. 4, P. 178),

14.

Kundgrant-vimshati (=KGV) A collection of 20 Kund text published by H.  Venkatraman, Aryasevak Printer, Mumbai, 1887. Works included in KGV are Kund Siddhi, Kundark, Kund Mandap Darpan, Kund Martand, Kund Kumudi, Kund Karika, Kund Sulab Karika, Kundpradip, Kundodadhi, Kund Ratnakar, Kundarnava,

Kundodyota, Kundprakaran, Kund Tatva Pradip, Kund Kalpadrum, Kund Rachna, Kund Mandap Nirnay Lakshan, Kund Akruti, Kund Maricimala,

15.

Kund Kadambari (1741) of Gokulanatha, ed. by D. Jha and K. Jha, Sanskrit Univ., Darbhanga, 1982.

16.

Kundkalpadrum (1655) of Madhava Shukla (who also Wrote a commentary on it). It is printed as 16th work in KGV.

17.

Kund-kalplata of Dhundhiraja Saiva (16th cent) see CESS (A), V, 126 for manuscripts and extract.

18.

Kund-Karika of Laksmidhara. It is 6th work in KGV.

19.

Kundakruti (1449) of Ramacandra Vajapeyi. It is an early and well known work on the subject. Author himself wrote two commentaries on it. Printed as 19th work in KGV.

20.

Kund-lakshan as the 25th parisista of Atharv-ved see NCC, IV, 185 for manuscriptsand printed version.

21.

Kundloka is the name of author’s own commentary on Kund-mandap-kaumudi (q.v.).

22.

Kunda-mandana of Gokulanatha frequently quoted by him in his Kund-kadambari.

23.

Kund-mandana of Narhari Saptarshi with auto-commentary. See CESS (A), V, 164-165 for mss. and abstract.

24.

Kund-mandap-darpan (1578) of Narayan (son of Ananta). It is 3rd work in KGV.

25.

Kund-mandapadi-lakshan, an anonymous compendium of quotations. Ms. no. 4616 (a) at Oriental Inst., Baroda.

26.

Kund-mandap-kaumudi (16th cent.) of Visvanath Deva. It is the 5th work in KGV.

27.

Kund-mandap-nirnay-laksan from Rudra-paddhati or Parasurdma—paddhati attributed to Parashuram. It is the 18th work in KGV.

28.

Kund—mandap-vidhi of Bodhayana. Ms. No. 10440 in Prajna Pathasala, Wai, Satara. See NCC, vol. XIV (2001), p. 104.

29.

Kund-marici-mala of Visnu as 20th work in KGV.

30.

Kunda-martand (1691) of Govinda, son of Gadadhara It is the 4th work in KGV.

31.

Kund-martand by Shankara. Ms. No. 223 in Sanskrit School, Rajapur, Ratnagiri. See NCC, IV, p. 184.

32.

Kund-nidhi (or Kund-vidhi) of Vishveswara, son of Lakshman. Ms. 9511 at Oriental Inst., Baroda.

34.

Kundanuksa of Gangadharanand, printed as the 12th work in KGV.

35.

Kund-paddhati of Nagoji Bhatta (c. 18th cent.) see CESS (A), V, 168 etc. for more on the author.

36.

Kund-prabandh (1632) of Kalidasa, son of Balbhadra. See NCC, IV, p. 180 for more information.

37.

Kund-pradip (1639) of Mahadeva who also wrote a commentary on it. Printed as the 8th work in KGV.

38.

Kund-prakaran from the Narad-prakran (a well-known work). It is printed as 14th text in KGV.

39.

Kund-praksha (c. 1700) of Rudradeva Toro. See CESS (A), V, pp. 505-506 for more on the author and the work.

40.

Kund-rachna (sutra and commentary). It is the 17th work in KGV.

41.

Kund-ratnakara (16th century?) of Vishvanath Dwivedi (who also wrote a commentary on it). It is the 10th work in KGV. Its earliest manuscript is dated 1588.

42.

Kund—ratnavali (1868) of Ramcandra Dikshit (alias Jade), with commentary Manjusha, published by Nimaya Sagar Press, Bombay, 1912.

43.

Kundark (17th century) of Shankara Bhatt, son of Nilakantha. It is the 2nd work in KGV.

44.

Kundarnava os Sridhara Agnihotri, son of Surjia. It is the 11th work in KGV.

45.

Kundsar of Vinayak Pandurang Khanapurakara (born 1858).

46.

Kund-siddhyudhrti of Ganesh, son of Sridhar. It is a prose commentary on a portion of Mandap-kund siddhi of Vitthala, ed. by Takao Hayashi in Bulletin of the National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, 12(1) (1987), 199-.

47.

Kund-siromani (1599) of Vishram, son of Purusottam See CESS (A) V, 658-659 formanuscripts and extract.

48.

Kund-sulba-karika as 7th work in KGV.

49.

Kund-tattva-pradip (1623) of Balbhadra Sukla (who also wrote a tika later on). It is 15th work in KGV.

50.

Kund-vibhushan of Ram Dev. See CESS (A), V, 426.

51.

Kundodadhi of Ramchandra as 9th work in KGV.

52.

Kundoddyota (17th cent.) of Nilkanth Bhatt as the 13th work in KGV. His son Shankara wrote two commentaries on it.

53.

Mandap-drum (1654) of Mahadev Suri, son of Manilava, Ed. By Sreekrishna Sharma in Adyar Library Bulletin Vol. 22, parts 1-2 (1958), 119-157.

54.

Mandap-kund-siddhi (1620) of Vitthal Dikshit. It is a standard and popular work and is 1st item in KGV. There is an auto-commentary.  See CESS (A), V, 638-643 for details.

55.

Shardatilak (15th cent. or earlier) of Laksamanadesi Kendra.  Raghavabhatta’s commentary on it is dated 1493.

56.

Siddhant-tattva-vivek (1658) of Kamalakar with auto-commentary. Agni-kunda are dealt with in the Chapter III. See Ganit-Bharati, vol. 20 (1998), 8-24, for a study.

57.

Vhacaspatyam, a Sanskrit encyclopedia, Vol. III (reprinted, Varanasi, 1990), deals with kunda (pp. 2076-2087).

58.

Vedi-kund-nirnay (c. 1600) of Vishvanath, son of Anant. Ms. No. 1759 in Anup Sanskrit Library, Bikaner.

Other Notes and Refrences :

1.

See A.B.Keith (transl.), The Veda of the Krishna Yajurved School entitled Taittiriya Sanhita. Two parts, reprint Motilal Banarasidas, Delhi, 1967, Part II, p. 438; and D. Pingree, ”Jyotish Shashtra" (Astral and Mathematical Literature) in A History of Indian Literature, ed. by Ian. Gonda, Vol. VI, Fasc 4, Weibaden, 1981, p. 3.

2.

The form is trapezium according to Baudhayan Sulba Sutra see S.N. Sen and A.K. Bag, The Sulba-sutra, INSA., New Delhi, 1983, pp. 6 and 225. The Apastamba Sulba Sutra, 1-4.8, gives it square or circle, Ibid., pp. 49, 13. Also see A. Seidenberg, "The Ritual Origin of the Circle and Square", Archive Hist. Exact Sciences, 25.4 (1981), pp. 306, 312.

3.

Baudhdyan Sulba Sutra, 20.1, see Sen and Bag, op. cit., pp. 36, 98.

4.

R.P. Kulkarni, Engineering Geometry of Yajna-kund and Yajna-mandap, Jnana Prabodhini Samsth, Pune, 1998, p. 25.

5.

Shardatilak (15th cent. or earlier), III, 85-87; text edited and published by Jibananda Vidyasagar, Calcutta, 1892, p. 28. Some verses quoted in Vacaspatyam (Vol. III, p. 2081) and by B. Pathak in his commentary (p. 30) on Mandap-kund-siddhi (Banaras, 1926 ed.) (see ref. 12 and ref. 19 below).

6.

R.C. Gupta, Kamalakara’s Mathematics and Construction of Kunda, Ganit Bharati, 20 (1998), 8-24; Takao Hayashi, "Ritual Application of Mensuration Rules in India : An Edition of Ganesha's Kundsiddhayudahrti, Bulletin National Museum of Ethnology, Osaka, 12.1 (1987), 199-224; and R.P. Kulkarni ref. 4 above).

7.

Kulkarni, op.cit. (ref. 4), p. 1.

8.

Agnipuran, ed. by Baladev Upadhyay, Chawkhamba Varanasi, 1966; chapter 24, p. 29-31.

9.

See Seidenberg, op. cit. (under ref. 2 above), p. 271.

10.

Kulkarni (ref. 4), p. 13, mentions four type of Vedis namely Swastik, Padmini, Shridhari, and Sarvatobhadra and gives their details.

11.

See Hayashi (cited under ref. 6), p. 200; and Gupta (ref. 6), p. 11.

12.

Mandap-kund-siddhi with B. Pathak’s Sanskrit commentary and Hindi translation, ed. by his son Ganesh Datt, Benaras, 1926, p. 3.

13.

E.g. see Kulkarni (ref. 4), p.96, for Purusha measures of 120 and 125 angul’s.

14.

See Kund-Kadambari ed. by D. Jha and M. Jha, Darbhanga, 1982, p. 5

15.

As quoted by Kulkarni [ref. 4], p. 96.

16.

Seidenberg (see under Ref. 2), pp. 291 and 305.Ibid., pp. 306 and 312.

17.

T. Hayashi's review of Kulkarni’s book (ref. 4), in Ganit Bharti, 23 (2001) p. 140.

18.

See Kulkarni (ref. 4), p. 32; and Vacaspatyam compiled by Taranath Tarkavachaspati, Vol. III, reprinted Chawkhamba, Varanasi, 1990, p. 2082, and also Kundkadambari (ref. 14), p. 49

19.

Kulkani (ref. 4), p. 14.

20.

Ibid., pp. 2-3, and Kund-kadambari (ref. 14), pp. 8-9.

21.

See Gadadhar Singh, Aise The Hamare Guruji (in Hindi), Varanasi, 1976, p. 98.

22.

Mahadevsuri says, kundam khatam va citam va; See his Mandap-drum (1654) ed. by S. Sharma, Adyar Library Bulletin, 22.1-2, (1958), 154.

23.

Cf. the Vedic well known dictum atithi devo bhava.