The books play a significant role in our life starting from academic to outward knowledge. The books make us knowledgeable, wise and intelligent. The books help us learn and earn. You can never be an intellectual when your personal library is devoid of books. Today, there are thousands of books on ancient astrology available in the market for astrologers. There are certain best seller books those are extremely important for the students of astrology. It is impossible to become a successful astrologer without going through these books.
You may be a professional astrologer or an amateur astrologer, it is very important to buy most famous ancient and medieval astrological books to become successful not only in the mathematical astrology but also predictive astrology.
I am going to write an article on the books on ancient astrology that will certainly help you to grow intellectually and professionally.
Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra
When we talk of Hindu Predictive Astrology, Maharishi Parashar comes to mind in the first place. There are many books have been written by Rishi Parashar the father of Vyasadev. The Laghu Parashari, Madhya Parashari and Brihat Parashar Hora Shastra are classic books on ancient astrology, that can enrich your knowledge in the field of astrology to a great extent.
Brihat Parashar Hora Shastra is the most imperative and comprehensive compendium on Hindu predictive science. The book contains the most basic technique to high-end predictive theory. We must unanimously agree that without studying Brihat Prashar Hora shastra, our astrological knowledge is half.
There are many controversies about the origin of Brihat Parashar Hora Shastra. The original version of this epitome is said to be unavailable.
The book contains many important features of astrology such as description of the planets, zodiac signs, House and divisional charts etc.
The mathematical calculation is described quite meticulously that every astrologer requires to know. The calculation of Shad Bal, auspicious and inauspicious result, Vimshopak, Ishta and Kasta have been described comprehensively.
Hundreds of astrological Yogas have been given by which you can easily assess the powerful horoscopes such as doctors, politicians, artists and business tycoons etc.
The remedial measures for inauspicious births are one of the most important features of the book.
Sarvarth Chintamani is one of the most popular books on ancient astrology, specially on vedic astrology that describe everything all about planets, zodiac and constellation. The specialty of the book is that it has given the description about the health, wealth and prosperity and social standing etc. It also has described apparently about the difference between the benefic and malefic planets.
The book is believed to be written by Venkatesh Sharma during 13 century AD. This book on astrology is particularly very popular among the astrologers as it has lucidly described various planetary combinations (Yogas) and its result.
The first chapter of the book contains various descriptions and basic rules of astrology. The 2nd chapter has prediction all about ascendant and its result such as physical appearance, happiness, grief and scar.
The books also has the predictive techniques such as Vishottari Dasha system, life span, siblings, marriage, journeys, trade and partnerships etc.
Sarvarth Chintamany is extensively tells all about parents, kings, ruling power and battles etc.
It is also quite popular for the prognostication about diseases, debts and enemies etc. The calculation of progeny, intelligence, knowledge, memory have been given in a meticulous manner. The Dasha of the Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu have been given in a scientific approach. It is a must have book for every astrologer and lovers of astrology.
Phaladeepika is an astrological treatise on the Hindu predictive science written in Sanskrit by prolific author Mantreswar. This epitome work on Vedic astrology has 865 sanskrit couplets (Slokas) and 28 chapters.
Phaladeepika is one of the most popular works on Indian Vedic astrology that we should pay similar important as Brihat parashar Hora Shastra, Brihat Jataka, Jatak Parijata, Saravali etc. This astrological book is one of the most comprehensive books on astrology that covers almost every areas of human life.
The book has given the most basic theories to the advance technique on Vedic astrological science. Mantreswar has given utmost significance on the retrograde planets and tells that planet brings result of the exalted planets when retrograde. However, the most famous compendium Saravali on Indian astrology differs with the opinion described in Phaladeepika.
The book is widely studied among the South Indian astrologers as author Mantreswar is believed to be born in South India. Some are of opinion that Mantreswar was born in Tamil Nadu, while some others are of opinion that the prolific author had taken birth in Kerala.
The year of birth is still in the dark. Some says he was born in 13 century, while some believes he took birth in 16th century.
Almost everyone is aware of the fact that the astrological prediction can go in vain without Rahu and Ketu. However, the most popular compendium on Vedic astrology Brihat Jataka is an exception. This book has ignored the presence and prediction by Rahu and Ketu. The noted author Varah Mihir and minister during the reign of emperor Vikramaditya has ignored the prediction through the Rahu and Ketu.
The prolific writer has authored many books on both astrology and astronomy. His most popular works are Brihat Samhita, Laghu Jataka, Panchasiddhantika and Yogayatra.
Brihat Jatak is such a book anybody can read with great comfort. The works on astrology has been described in scientific and precise manner. The book has 28 chapters and 407 Slokas.
Though the books has given the prediction in a precise manner, it deals with complex ranges of Hindu predictive astrology. The books is considered as the foremost astrological books among the modern astrologers.
The book describes the complex issues such as marriage, conception, child birth, longevity, effect of the birth time, twin and triplets etc. It is such a book, you should never forget to read and commit to memory to become a notable astrologer in the modern era.
Jatak Parijata is a most popular work on Vedic astrology that is considered as significant as Brihat Jataka by Varahmihir, Brihat Parashar Hora Shastra by Parashar Muni, Phaladeepika by Mantreswar and Sharvarth Chintamani by Venkatesh.
It is one of the most popular regular text books on astrology and most reliable reference books. Vaidyanatha Dikshita is the author of this authoritative works on Vedic predictive astrology. Vaidyanatha is believed to be born during 14th and 15th century AD. The birth of this notable author is undecided.
The book had originally 1763 Slokas. However, the book has now 1910 or 1918 verses due to interpolations. The book deals with entire range of Hindu predictive astrology.
The book is completely based on Parasharian astrology. It is extremely important to be the part of the library of every Indian astrologer.
Saravali is one of most notable works by the prolific author Kalyan Varma. He was born during 10 century AD. He was not only an astrologer but also a king of a place named Vyaghrapada, somewhere in Madhya Pradesh.
The book Saravali is a monumental work by Kalyan Varma is as valuable as Brihat Parashar Hora Shastra, Jataka Parijat, Brihat Jataka, Sarvarth Chintamani and Uttar Kalamrit etc. From the verses of this compendium indicates that kalyan Varma had comprehensively studied and researched the books like Brihat Parashar Hora Shastra and works of Yavan and Varah Mihir as he might have felt the elaboration of these works are highly needed.
In fact, Saravali is an epitome that every serious student of astrology should go through.
Kalyan Varma the prolific writer has meticulously explained about the characteristics of the planets and zodiac signs. The benefic and malefic planets, Gandant, synonym of Bhavas have been described in a simple manner which can be understood easily even by a neophyte.
The importance of Kendra, Trikon, Upachay, Apoklima, Phanaphar and Anupachaya have been diligently explained in this compendium.
The important aspect of this monumental work is the strength of the planets such as directional strength, temporal and motional strength, Ayana, Tribhaga and Naisargika bal etc.
You must have heard about Kalidasa the great poet and minister in the administration of emperor Vikramaditya. Uttara Kalamrita has been written by this great poet in the mediaeval history. However, authenticity of the writer Kalidasa is unclear. It is impossible to say if the monumental work has been done by the same Kalidasa who was the minister during the reign of Vikramaditya .
Uttara Kalamrita is one of the most popular books in the field of sidereal astrology. The key highlights the book are as to how to calculate Gulika and Mandi.
There are different sorts of Raj yogas have been described comprehensively. The Viparita Raja yogas, fructification of yogas and cancellation of yogas have been widely explained. Muhurt astrology is also explained meticulously.
The mathematical formula on Lagnayu, Anshayu, yogas for short life and long life have been lucidly written.
The details about Karma Kanda and principle of marriage has been given in a candid approach.
Uttar Kalamrita is surely a modern treatise on Vedic astrology that can be a boon for the people who are inquisitive to learn predictive science.
Laghu parashari is one of the smallest books on Indian Vedic astrology based on Parashari system of prediction. The book is very small and the author of this popular work is not known.
However, it is believed that the book has been written by an ardent follower of Rishi Parashar. The book contains 42 verses and divided in to 5 chapters. The book especially covers the basic mathematical astrology and Vimsottari Dasha system.
One can easily have grasp over the fundamentals of Vedic astrology by reading this. It can develop the confidence of the students of astrology and can have command over predictive tricks within a short span of time.
Prasna Marg is by far the best book on Horary astrology that every eager student should have in his library. The book is an invaluable contribution to the modern astrology by Dr. B V Raman. The book was originally written in Devangari during 16 century AD in Kerala.
The prolific author Nambudari a Brahmin scholar had written the treatise in a lucid manner. The book is divided into two parts.
The first part of the book comprises of various theory on Horary astrology. It has covered not only Prasna Shastra but also has covered Muhurt astrology, predictive astrology and remedial measures as well. The science of Omen (Shakuna Shastra) also have been covered with this book.
The 2nd part of the book covers many areas of human life such as health, wealth, matrimony, progeny, diseases and its cause etc. The compendium also has covered the areas like calamity, wars, floods, rulers, deities, rainfall, dreams and its interpretation, theft cases, digging well and details about finding water underground etc.
Muhurt Shastra or electional astrology is one of the most important branch of Hindu predictive science. As we know “Well begun is half done’’, it is extremely imperative to commence any undertaking at the right time.
The nature has its own set of time. The sun rises in the morning and sets in the evening. Similarly, there is particular time for sowing seeds and harvest it. Hence, it is clear that Muhurt plays an important role in our life.
While finding a good Muhurt, the book ‘’Muhurt Chintamani’’ is a great help. Finding a Muhurt is as easy as ABC, when your library comprises this book.
The astrologer can easily find auspicious Muhurt by the help of this treatise such as marriage ceremony, naming the baby, sowing the seeds, commencing business, taking medicines, traveling, starting education, Mundan and meditation etc.
The correct Muhurt can help neutralizing the negative effects of the planets to a great extent. Hence, it is extremely imperative to have command over electional astrology. The epitome ‘’Muhurt Chintamani’’ surely a boon for every astrologer those who are eager to make their profession superior.
Although there are hundreds of ancient astrological books, these books are really helpful to have command over astrological science. These books are the most authoritative in this field. If you are a voracious reader, you can find many other astrological books. The internet is a boon to find various books on Vedic astrology.