Important Astrology Books Recommended
Vedic astrology is ancient old science coming from the Satyug. There were a lot ancient literature written on the topic from our sages and great scholars. Some or part of these literature is either lost or destroyed by the time.
However, still, there is a great treasure of astrological reference still available for astrology enthusiast to read on.
Here we are discussing some of the important astrology books which are considered a must read in the field of astrology.
Bhrigu Saṃhitā (भ्रिगु संहिता)
The Bhrigu Saṃhitā (भ्रिगु संहिता) is an astrological classic conceived by Maharishi Bhrigu (महरषि भ्रिगु ), eldest Manas Putra” (मानस पुत्र) of Lord Brahma (ब्रह्मा), during the Vedic period, Treta Yuga (त्रेता युग). In this astrological epic about 500,000 birth charts were recorded with the life details and events of various persons. It was written in such a way that it opens up layers upon layers of the past, present and future lives of mankind. It is said that it was originally written on “Bhoj Patras” (भोज पत्र) (Barks of trees) in Pali later translated in Prakrit and then in Sanskrit by the help of various Sanskrit scholars. However, with the passage of time and later during foreign invasions of India by various rulers of various communities, major parts of the Bhṛgu Saṃhitā were lost or destroyed.
Bhrugu Sanhita is masterpiece of the art of preparing the birth chart scientifically with mathematical precision, based upon the exact time and place of birth. It provides amazing accuracy of the predictions taking into account all planets and their influences on human lives. Everybody is curious about his past, present, and future. The theory of “Karma” is the base of Bhrigu Samhita that whatever one had done in the past will be paid in future.
Brihat Parashar Horashastra (बृहत्पाराशरहोराशास्त्र)
The Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, created by Great Sage Parashara (पाराशर), is the most comprehensive work on Vedic astrology on the earth till date. It was believed to be written in 7th and early 8th centuries. It is not easy to understand as it is written in a way of dialogue between Rishi Parashara and his disciple Rishi Maitreya (मैत्रेय). Parashara was the father of Great Rishi Vyasa (व्यास )the composer of the Mahabharata (महाभारत), Srimad Bhagavatam (श्रीमद भागवतम), Bhagavad Gita (भगवद गीता), and Vedas (वेद ).
However, the origin of this epic book is controversial and there is no such proof of its existence. Many scholars think that book is rather belongs to more modern era post 600 AD and it is compilation of earlier and unknown work on astrology. This view is supported by the fact that the Sanskrit language and style of writing does not belong to Mahabharata era. At the same time there are also scholars who believe in its ancient existence as it mentions the birth planetary details of the King Yudhishthir (युधिष्ठिर) of Pandava (पांडव). So we may conclude that its existence is not proved, and if it existed, it was lost for many hundred years, some says for 900-1700 years. One of the great astrological writers of 10th century, Bhattotpala (भट्टोत्पला), has mentioned in his work that he never saw any such book.
It is also said that originally it had 100 chapters; however; only 71 chapters are known, printed and translated. It was translated in 19th century by scraping the text together. However, it is very hard to know that which part is original and which is added from writer itself. Hence, translated version may not be that accurate as its original predecessor. So, one should understand it carefully.
The Brihat Parashar Horashastra is a treasure of ancient astrological wisdom used in the era of Mahabharata. However, with its utmost detailing of the subject, Sage Parashara does not clearly state how and when to use this wisdom. It will be great deal of effort to put it all together to make any conclusion in any of the calculations.
Jataka Parijat (जातक पारिजात)
Jataka Parijata (जातक पारिजात) is classical famous astrological work and one of the very popular Indian astrological reference books used by many astrologers and scholars that hardly need any introduction. It is written by Vaidyanath Dikshit (वैद्यनाथ दीक्षित ) born c.1425-1450, a devotee of Ranganatha (Lord Viṣṇu) and lived in South India. It is considered very reliable text-book to consult the astrological queries in all parts of the country for nearly eight centuries. It is written in Sanskrit in Shloka format. Nowadays many translated version and commentaries of its content are available in many regional languages written by notable authors.
It is based on the essential and valuable references from Garga Horā (गर्ग होरा), Bṛhat Parāśara Horāśāstra (बृहत पाराशर होराशास्त्र), Śrīpati-Paddhati (श्रीपति पद्धति), Sārāvalī (सारावली), Bṛhat Jātaka (बृहत़ जातक), many of which are not available completely now. It brings together the complete intelligence of these books. None can excel Jatak Parijat in providing a detailed knowledge about all the essential aspects like Yogas (योगा), Ayurdaya (आयुरदाया), Bhavaphala (भावफल), Kalachakra Dasa (कालचक्र दशा ), vimshottari (विंषोत्तरी), ashtakavarga (अष्टकवर्ग) and many more which no student or scholar of astrology should miss.
Maan Sagari (मानसागरी)
Maan Sagari is very distinguishing astrological classic which was written in 16th century. It is another favorite to astrologer for its unique and special treatment of complex topics of astrology. It is written an easy to understand manner for all the original and fundamental principles of astrology. Astrologers mention its content as MaanSagari Paddhiti.
This book provides a comprehensive text on many doubts by using the lesser known tools of astrology. It is published in two volumes. It takes the predictive astrology on a new level providing detailed discussion on Birth Ascendant, the Moon, Navamansa Ascendant, Chakras, Yogas, and different Dasa systems as an integral part of the astrology.
Sarvarth Chintamani (सर्वार्थ चिंतामणि)
Sarvartha Chintamani, means Gem of superior desires or thoughts, belongs to ancient India written by Venkatesha Sharma (वेंकटेश शर्मा) in the 13th Century A.D. It talks about the effects of each house in the natal chart, yoga-formation of planets and the results of those yogas in far greater detail like no other book. Description about the planets, their effects, lifespan and prosperity has been discussed in a length. It makes a clear distinction between benefic and malefic nature of the chart.
Laghu Parashari (लघु पाराशरी)
This is the most important astrology book that a student of astrology is supposed to learn if he wants to master the Parasara system of Astrology. It is very popular among astrologers for its vimshottari dasha system based on Bṛhat Parāśara Horāśāstra. It is very helpful in predictive techniques. It consists of five chapters discussing all the fundamental principles on which the Parashari system of vimshottari dasha is based. Laghu Parasari contains all the fundamental principles of Astrology on which the Parasara system is based. It is also known as “Uddudayapradipa” and “Jataka Chandrika” in different parts of India. The “Mantreswara“, the author of Phaladeepika, himself quotes about ten verses from this book.
The book contains about 78 slokas in Anushtup metre and can be roughly divided into five chapters. Careful study of the book will give great insight into the subject of Astrology and skill in prediction. The slokas are easy to comprehend and understand. It is undoubtedly one of the best, briefest and lucid book on the subject of Astrology and there is no book which can rival this primer.
Madhya Parashari (मध्य पाराशरी)
Madhya Parashari also belongs to the same writers as Laghu Parashari discussing the topics of vimshottari dasha system, marak planets, rajyoga, dhanyoga elaborately.
The Laghu Jatakam is another highly authentic work on Vedic astrology written by Varaha Mihira (वराह मिहिर). It is an easy to comprehend book and must read for any practitioner of Vedic astrology. Varaha Mihira is considered one of the great astrological figures. He belonged to the sixth century AD. His other popular works are the Brihat Jatakam (बृहत् जातकम् )and Brihat Samhita (बृहत् संहिता). Some of its main feature is the calculation of longevity, Varaha Mihira’s special dash system, special features of female horoscopes, and the fate of the native after exit from this world. There is one chapter on the method of constructing a horoscope when birth details are not known.
Jataka Bharnam (जातक भरणम्)
Jataka Bharanam is an old Hindu astrology classic dealing in the (फलित ज्योतिष ). It was written by Dhundiraja during the 15th Century A.D. The author has shared a very detailed and simple text on various topics such as sarvotbhadra chakra (सर्वोत्भर्द्रा चक्र), shani chakra (शनि चक्र), Chandra kaalanal (चन्द्र कालानल), surya kaalanal (सूर्य कालानल), ashtakvarga (अष्टकवर्ग) and many more.
Jatak Tattva (जातक तत्व)
Jataka Tattva is astrological book based on the Parashari (पाराशरी) System written by Mahadeva (महादेव). It is written in Sanskrit in Sutra method instead of the traditional Sloka format. It is divided in five sections, namely, Samjna, Sutika, Prakirna, Strijataka, and Dasha. These five sections are further divided into 13 sub-sections. It is notable for its sutras to describe lengthy passages from other texts.
In the book, role of astrology in the medicine has been discussed significantly as the author himself was well-versed in medicine, Sanskrit and Jyotisha. Apart from reading dasha effect, it can be used to diagnose medical ailments.
Mahadeva is believed to hail from Rajasthan and have lived from 1842 to 1888. His son, Shriniwas Mahadeva Sharma translated this text into Hindi.
Chamatkar Chintamani (चमत्कार चिन्तामणी)
Chamatkara Chintamani is another predictive Hindu astrology book written by Bhatta Narayana (भट्ट नारायण). It is also known as Bhava Chintamani (भाव चिन्तामणी). It was probably written in 14th Century AD. The current version of book is translated by Brij Behari Lal Sharma (ब्रिज बिहारी लाल शर्मा).
It has one hundred and eight Sanskrit Slokas arranged in nine chapters dedicated to nine planets with effects of each planet in each one of the twelve houses.
Phaladeepika is one of the classics of Hindu Vedic astrology books written by Mantreswara (मन्त्रेश्वर). It is written in Sanskrit and comprises 865 slokas in 28 chapters. It is a popular reference book in South India for a long time, and became more popular when its Sanskrit version was published. It provides very comprehensive approach on all astrological aspects of human life. For example, it considers a retrograde planet equally powerful as an exalted planet in strength and effects.
Its writer Mantreswara is believed to born in the 13th century CE in a family of Namboodari Brahmins (नम्बूदरी ब्राहण). However, his place of birth is not confirmed. Some version says it is Panchgiri village of Tirunelveli in the state of Tamil Nadu, another belief says he was born in Shalivati in Tamil Nadu and according to another, he was born in Kerala. However, in one sholka in the book itself Mantreswara confirms that he lived in Shalivati. His date of birth and date of death are not known.
Jataka Desh Marga (जातक देश मार्ग)
Another great classic originally written by Podumanai Chomadiri (पोदुमने चोमादिरी ) from Kerala. In the book, he has discussed the important topics like Bhavavichara (भावविचारा), Gunapinda (गुणपिण्डा), Ashtakavarga (अष्टकवर्ग), Bhinnashtakavarga (भिन्नाष्टकवर्ग), Bharyavichara (भार्याविचारा ) and Anukoolya (अनुकूलय) in great detail.
Kalyan Varma (कल्याण वर्मा) written Saravali is yet another popular among astrologers. It further discusses the chapters from epic books like Brihat Parashar Horashastra, Laghujatakam etc in more detail.
Brihat Jataka (बृहत् जातक) or Brihajjatakam (बृहज्जातकम)
Brihat Jataka or Brihat Jatakam or Brihajjatakam (बृहज्जातकम), is one of the five principal texts written by Varahamihira. Other four are Panchasiddhantika (पञ्चसिद्धान्तिका), Brihat Samhita (बृहत् संहिता), Laghu Jataka (लघु जातक) and Yogayatra (योगयात्रा).
The work covers wide range of predictive astrology. It is considered one of the jewels among astrological literature. It has been commented by many esteem astrologers such as Bhattotpala, Dasadhyay, Kalyanraman, Balabhadra etc. It is believed that Jataka Parijata has mentioned some its verses exactly to explain some topics. The original text has more than 407 Shlokas in 28 chapters.
Hora Ratnam (होरा रत्नम)
Hora Ratnam deals with predictive technique of Hindu astrology. It was written by Bala Bhadra (बाल भद्र) during the era of Muhghal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is more prevailing in South India.
Apart from all above great classic, following books are also considered as a must read for the astrological enthusiasts.