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Acharya Varahamihira's Brihat Jatak: An Immortal Source Book of Hindu Predictive Astrology

Acharya Varahamihira's Brihat Jatak: An Immortal Source Book of Hindu Predictive Astrology
Item Code: NAD283
Author: Prof. P. S. Sastri
Publisher: Ranjan Publications
Edition: 2007
ISBN: 8188230812
Pages: 227
Cover: Paperback
Other Details: 8.5 inch x 5.5 inch
weight of the book: 331 gms
Back of the Book

One can safely say that Hindu astrology took its birth through the teachings of Parasara, the sage of sages. The sage laid down the various principles in his Hora Sastra through his divine knowledge while instructing his disciple, the illustrious Maitreya. All later authors like Varaha Mihira, Prithu Yasas, Kalyana Varma etc. thoroughly digested the sage’s principles before they compiled their works.

The present translation in English is the first ever attempt in the press. To speak briefly of the work: - it deals with all the required basic aphorisms of Predictive astrology and advanced principles as well. Some highlights of the work are: Sixteen Vargas of Rasis, their use, Aspects of Rasis, Infant evils, Results of 12 bhavas, Longevity, Results of Bhava Lord’s positions in other Bhavas, Effects of Upagrahas, padas, Karakamsa, Rajayogas, combinations causing poverty. Effects of various Planetary Avasthas, Chara Dasa, Sookshma Dasa, detailed effects of Nakshatra Dasa, Kala Chakra Dasa etc. Ashtaka Varga Scheme, Female Horoscopy, Lost Horoscopy, Planetary Rays and various afflictions like Solar Ingression, Eclipses, Mole Nakshatra etc.

The present English translation is fully supported by enlightening explanations and quotations from various rare authoritative classic texts so that even an average student can usefully and clearly understand the principles to be applied to a practical horoscope.


About the Author

A unique work by India’s greatest astronomer-astrologer Vcirahamihirci: The author has materials from various authorities of India, Egypt, and Greece. More than PARASARA’S treatises, this work aid the solid foundations of Indian astrology.

It is the source book that shows the parting of ways from the earlier Yavona (Sphujidhvaja) teachers by nationalizing the theories of Satyakirfi and others. The author has awarded the earlier theories on the basis of his own vast experience.

The translation of this greatest work is by a scholar who has done research in Indian and western astrology for nearby six decades, No one can be a good student or practitioner of astrology without mastering this great work.



Varahamihira was born in Kapittha in the region of modem Ujjain. The town Ujjain was made famous by Vikrarnaditya and by Kalidasa’s reference to Mahakalanatha. cording to some scholars Varahamihira belonged to the first :ntury before Christ, while others place his time in fifth century A.D.

Grantha Samuchchaya, Yatra Patala, and Vivaha Patala were his last works. Pancha Siddhantika, Laghu Jataka, Bri hat Jataka and Brihat Samhita are his most famous works. Written in a highly cryptic style, Brihat Jataka is a difficult text, although commentary by Bhatta Utpala has made these works distinct to us.

Varahamihira refers to Maya, Yavana, Manittha, Parasara, Satyakirti, Saktipurva, Jivantha, Vishnugupta, Devaswamai and others referred to their texts.

Satyakirti is referred to many times. He is called Bhadanta in 7.12. This is a word applied to a Buddhist monk. Manittha is an Egyptian astrologer. The Yavanas are the natives of and settlers in the Greek island of Ion. The lonians were taught Astronomy and Astrology by Indian Scholars. The famous ones were Sphujidhvaja and Mina Raja whose works are Vridhayavana Jataka, and Yavana Jataka. They were Saura Brahamanas.

In Brihat Sarnhita he calls the Yavanas (natives of Ion) Mlechchhas and states that this science of Astrology was well preserved by them. Here they are being worshipped as our Rishis. The Greek words appearing in the text and the references to the Egyptian Manatha (Manittha) show that Varahamihfra traveled widely and collected his material from various sources. He was truly eclectic.

Parasara’s text refers to various dasa systems of which Vimshottari and Ashtottari have become popular. There is no mention of these dasas in Varahamihira’s text. His emphasis on the dasa obtained through the calculation of Amsa and Paida Ayurdayas. This is a departure from Parasara. In many ways Varahamihira has given a new direction to Predictive Astrology. He has set aside Yavana Jataka a crucial problem. Indirectly he has at some places set aside even Parasara. Rahu and Ketu do not figure here.

Brihat Jataka has over 407 Shiokas. The text, as per the author, is in twenty five chapters. Bhattotpala split the sixteenth chapter into three. We have followed this division since it is more convenient.

The first chapter explains the technical terms and concepts. The second explains the characteristics, positions, relations, metals, qualities, places and natures of the planets. The third chapter deals with the births of birds, animals, insects and trees. This deserves an elaborate treatment and long research.

The fourth chapter dealing with Nisheka refers to women’s conception, and other factors. Peculiarities of birth and Balarishta are taken up in the next two chapters.

The seventh and eighth chapters explain Amsa and Pinda Ayurdayas. These have greater validity than the popularly used dasa systems in determining longevity.

The ninth gives a brief account of Ashtakavarga. The tenth is about Profession. This has to be amended to suit modern conditions. This is followed by Rajayogas, Nabhasa yogas, and Bhandra yogas. The results of the conjuncitions of planets are explained in chapter 14th.

The next one is about Renunciation. Influences of the constellations, lunar effects in the different signs, results of the planets in various signs, effects of the planetary aspects, and effects of the planets in various Bhavas (houses) are dealt with in the next five chapters.

Some special combinations are given in the twenty first chapters. Miscellaneous items are taken up in the next chapter. T1 23rd chapter deals with misfortune. 24th chapter is about Female Horoscopy which finds elbow-age treatment in Caravel. The 25th chapter is about death. -:w to erect lost or unknown horoscopes is given a fairly good treatment in chapter 26. The 27th is about Decimates. The last: numerates the contents of the text.

The text is of great value to the scholars and students of Astrology. Many rare insights are offered. Parasara’s work moves in one valuable direction, and Varahamihira’s in an:cher important direction.

Brihat Jataka is a classic and one who does not master this at can never grasp the fundamentals of the science of Astral. There are many translations of this text, and we have try to offer a useful and valuable commentary.




1 On Signs 9
  Explanation of technical terms. Definition of Astrology.Hora, Signs and organs. Ownerships. Vargas. Hora, Drekkana. Exaltation and Debilitation. House and signs, colours.  
2 Planets 27
  Nature of the Planets. Divisions. Caste and sex. Aspects. Friends, foes and neutrals. Temporary relationships. Shadbala.  
3 Non Human Births 41
  Different kinds of births. Animal births. Birth of birds and plants.  
4 On Conception 45
  Consumation of Marriage. Mars and Moon and Menstruation. When conception occurs. Effect the births have. Abortion. Easy delivery. Birth of eunuchs, triplets, Sex determined. Multiple Births. Duration of pregnancy.  
5 Birth Conditions Indications from the time of 57
  Birth. Where abouts of the father. Illegitimate births. Nature of the birth place. forsaken child. Birth rectification. Birth chamber. Divisions of the body. Evil conjunctions.  
6 : Factors for Early Death Early 69
  death. Contrivations for early death. Importance of Jupiter. Antidotes.  
7 Span of Life 74
  Number of years given by the planets. Reductions. Yers given by lagna. chakrapata Krurodaya reductions. Astangata and other reductions. Longevity of animals. Full longivity. Canflicting theories.School of Jivasararna. Satyacharya’s views.  
8 Ruling & Sub Ruling periods 80
  Periods and subperiods. The sequence of dasas. Results of the various dasas. Naisargika dasas.The nature and results of the dasas.  
9 Ashtaka Varga 92
  Its relation to transits. Contributions of Bindus. Their interpretation.  
10 Nature of Profession 97
  Profession. Source of livelihood. Inherited wealth. Legacies, Various combinations. Varied means.  
11 Rajayoga 99
  Combinations for power and authority. Kingship. Political power. Weak Raja yogas. Bandits.  
12 Nabhas Yogas 107
  Varieties of Asraya and Akritiyogas, Sankhya yogas. Comparison with other yogas.  
13 Yogas for Moon 115
  Lunar positions and conjunctions Adhiyoga. Sunapha etc. Kemadurma. Navamsa. upachayas.  
14 Combination of Planets 120
  Results of the conjunction of two planets. Conjunc tions referring to the Sun, Moon and planets.  
15 . Renunciation 123
  Renunciation. Various kinds of Sanyasa or asceti cism. Time of Renunciation.  
16 Traits of Asterisms 127
  Influence of constellations. Mental and physical characteristics.  
17 Moon in Different Signs 131
  Effects of the Moon in the various signs.  
18 Planets in Signs 137
  Effects of the planets in the different signs.  
19 Aspects on Moon 145
  Results of the aspects of the planets. Significance of the special aspect from various positions. Different kinds of aspects on Hora, Dekkana, Navamsa, Dwadasamsa etc.  
20 Planets in Houses 152
  Planets in various houses. Bhava defined. Various planets in different Bhavas. When do they give full or no results?  
21 Planets in Vargas 176
  Special combinations. Results of own houses. Exaltation and debilitation. Kumbha lagna. Planets in Horas. Moon in Drekkanas. Navamshas in various signs. Vargothama. Dwadasamsa. Trimsamasa etc.  
22 Miscellaneous Miscellaneous. Karaka planets. Natural aspects. 186
  Planets in the beginning, middle and end of a sign.  
23 Anishta or Misfortunes Misfortunes. 195
  Prosperity of Bhavas. Children and wife. Deformity in wife. Late marriage. Adultery. Diseases. Blindness, Insanity, Slavery, Boldness, Hysteria, imprisonment.  
24 Female Horoscopy 157
  Female horoscopy. Houses 7 and 8. Trimsamsa. Adultery, Divorce, widowhood. Sex compatibility. Death before that of the husband.  
25 Death 163
  Kinds of diseases. Place of death. Unnatural death. Papakartari. Time of death. Fate of the dead body. Post and future lives.  
26 Unknown Horoscopes Unknown Horoscopes. How to cast them. How to 166
  fit the date and time of birth.  
27 Drekkana 207
  Decanates. Their nature.  
28 Concluding chapter 216

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