Most Important Astrology Books On Earth As Per Astrologers
Astrology is ancient old science coming from the Satyug. There were a lot of 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 have found a list of 21 most popular and important astrology books for beginners as per astrologers and astrology experts.
These ancient books have been consulted, discussed and recommended by many astrology consultancy websites, astrology blogs, modern and western astrology books, online astrology articles, astrological discussions, and many renowned astrologers who have made great career in astrology during the birth chart interpretations. In this list there is book for everyone from expert to beginner.
1 – Bhrigu Saṃhitā by Maharishi Bhrigu
Bhrigu saṃhitā is an astrological classic conceived by Maharishi Bhrigu, eldest Manas Putra of Lord Brahma, during the Vedic period in Treta Yuga and most important book in the list of most important Vedic Hindu astrology books for beginners, 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” (Barks of trees) in Pali letters 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. However, concise version of the original Bhrigu Samhita is still available in the market or online written by different writers. You can click on above link or here to buy one on Amazon.
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 nine planets in astrology 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.
2 – Brihat Parashar Horashastra
Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, created by Great Sage Parashara 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. Parashara was the father of Great Rishi Vyasa the composer of the Mahabharata, Srimad Bhagavatam, Bhagavad Gita, and Vedas.
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 of Pandava. 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, 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. A must read book in the list of most important Vedic Hindu astrology books for beginners.
3 – Jataka Parijat
Jataka Parijata 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 born c.1425-1450, a devotee of Ranganatha (Lord Viṣṇu) and lived in South India. There is no elaborate information available regarding Vaidyanath Dikshit. 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, Bṛhat Parāśara Horāśāstra, Śrīpati-Paddhati, Sārāvalī, Bṛhat Jātaka, 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, Ayurdaya, Bhavaphala, Kalachakra Dasa, vimshottari dasha, ashtakavarga and many more which no student or scholar of astrology should miss.
4 – Maan Sagari
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.
5 – Sarvarth Chintamani
Sarvartha Chintamani, means Gem of superior desires or thoughts, belongs to ancient India written by Venkatesha Sharma 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.
6 – Laghu Parashari
Laghu Parashari is the most important astrology book in the list of most important Vedic Hindu astrology books for beginners 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.
7 – Madhya Parashari
Madhya Parashari also known as “Ududaya Dasha” belong to the same writer as Laghu Parashari discussing the topics of marak planets, rajyoga, dhanyoga, vimshottari dasha system and how vimshottari dashas should be applied elaborately to know what is likely to happen in future. Madhya Parashari has been translated in many languages with detailed commentary explaining the principles of astrology as per the text of real book.
8 – Laghujatakam
Laghu Jatakam is another highly authentic work on Vedic astrology written by Varaha Mihira. 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 and Brihat Samhita. 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.
9 – Jataka Bharnam
Jataka Bharanam is an old Hindu astrology classic dealing in the predictive astrology. 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, shani chakra, Chandra kaalanal, surya kaalanal, ashtakvarga and many more.
10 – Jatak Tattva
Jataka Tattva is astrological book based on the Parashari System written by Mahadeva. 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.
11 – Chamatkar Chintamani
Chamatkara Chintamani is another predictive Hindu astrology book written by Bhatta Narayana. It is also known as Bhava Chintamani. It was probably written in 14th Century AD. The current version of book is translated by Brij Behari Lal Sharma. 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.
12 – Phaladeepika
Phaladeepika is one of the classics of Hindu Vedic astrology books written by Mantreswara. 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. 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.
13 – Jataka Desh Marga
Another great classic originally written by Podumanai Chomadiri from Kerala. In the book, he has discussed the important topics like Bhavavichara, Gunapinda, Ashtakavarga, Bhinnashtakavarga, Bharyavichara and Anukoolya in great detail.
14 – Saravali
Kalyan Varma 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.
15 – Brihat Jataka
Brihat Jataka or Brihat Jatakam or Brihajjatakam is one of the five principal texts written by Varahamihira. Other four are Panchasiddhantika, Brihat Samhita, Laghu Jataka and Yogayatra.
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.
16 – Hora Ratnam
Hora Ratnam deals with predictive technique of Hindu astrology. It was written by Bala Bhadra during the era of Mughal Emperor Shah Jahan. It is more prevailing in South India.
Another must read classic and an important book of astrology. However, there is not much information available as who original writer was and when it was written. You can always buy its translated version available now days by different publications.
18 – Trifala Ramal Jyotish
Another rare book on astrology.