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Gunaakar's disciple was Kaalakaachaarya (599-527 BC - 72 yrs)
Gunaakar, the author of "Horaa Makarand", was a Jain sage, and Kaalakaachaarya was his student. Kaalakaachaarya is the one who caused the spread of Ramal System of astrology. Their period is believed to be the 1st century BC. If so, then how can Gunaakar imitate Varaah Mihir? Because Varaah Mihir is supposed to be in Vikramaaditya's period - 6th century AD. Either Mihir's period was before 1st century BC or Gunakar and Kaalakaachaaryaa might have lived after 6th century.
The following is the ending section of "Horaa Makarand" which speaks about his tradition, village, father, and Horaa Makarand. This helps us to locate that period of Gunaakar is 11th century AD. This is the translation of the last 4 Shlok of Horaa Makarand (by courtesy of Sreenadh, Sep 19, 2012, in JR Group) ----
1. --"In the town of Kharjura, which is the only Tilakak (forehead ornament)
of Avantee, Shree Naaraayan was born in the Gotra of Kaundinya, in a house which
is a playground of virtues. That excellent Braahman was very fond of learning and
he took the Shraut Vidhi (Yagya and all) in Kali Yug to the same height where it
was in Krit Yug."
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Created on 05/18/2008 and Updated on 01/17/2013