The brevity employed in its composition is noteworthy. Because of its many ancient commentaries by Bhattotpala and others especially the Dasadhyayi of Talakkulathur Govindam Bhattathiri Commentaries[ edit ] The following information is derived from "On the Authenticity of the Modern Brhat Parasara Hora Sastra" by Vedic Astrologer Shyamasundara Dasa:  Kalyanraman refers to twenty commentaries on Brihat Jataka of Varahamihira  and Alberuni in his memoirs has mentioned that Balabhadra, who lived before Bhattotpala , had written a commentary on Brihat Jataka. His commentary of more than eight thousand verses on Brihat Jataka includes numerous illustrations. There are also three lesser known commentaries on Brihat Jataka considered to be one of the best works on Hindu astrology, they are - Subodhini, Muraksari and Sripatyam. A disciplined body, mind and spirit makes one adept in Jyotisa which feature emerges prominently in Brihat Jataka as a basic work on this science and which feature is also brought out with remarkable clearness and force in various commentaries on this text including that of A.
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Buy now! It highlights the characteristics of Rasis and Bhavas, longevity, planetary alignments and their various effects, as well as treating on Horoscopy Introduction index Varahamihira was born in Kapittha in the region of modem Ujjain.
Written in a highly cryptic style, Brihat Jataka is a difficult text, although commentary by Bhatta Utpala has made these works distinct to us. Satyakirti is referred to many times. He is called Bhadanta in 7. 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.
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. 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 Shlokas. 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. 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 conjunctions 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. The 25th chapter is about death. 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. 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. Last Updated: 11 December, wisdomlib - the greatest source of ancient and modern knowledge;.
The work is a treatise on mathematical astronomy and it summarises five earlier astronomical treatises, namely the Surya Siddhanta , Romaka Siddhanta , Paulisa Siddhanta , Vasishtha Siddhanta and Paitamaha Siddhanta. Brihat-Samhita[ edit ] Another important contribution of Varahamihira is the encyclopedic Brihat-Samhita. Although the book is mostly about divination, it also includes a wide range of subjects other than divination. It covers wide-ranging subjects of human interest, including astronomy, planetary movements, eclipses, rainfall, clouds, architecture, growth of crops, manufacture of perfume, matrimony, domestic relations, gems, pearls, and rituals.
Brihat Jataka (varahamihira)