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The BRIHAT JATAKA of Varaha Mihira
Translated into English by N.Chidambaram Iyer
Published by Foster Press, Madras - 1885
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Brihat Jataka or Brihat Jatakam or Brihajjatakam (Sanskrit: ??????????), is one of the five principal texts written by Varahamihira, the other four being Panchasiddhantika, Brihat Samhita, Laghu Jataka and Yogayatra. It is also one of the five major treatises on Hindu Predictive Astrology, the other four being Saravali of Kalyanverma, Sarvartha Chintamani of Venkatesh, Jataka Parijata of Vaidyanatha and Phaladeepika of Mantreswara. The study of this classic text makes one grasp the fundamentals of astrology.
Brihat Jataka is considered as the standard text-book on Vedic astrology, and sometimes described as "India's foremost astrological text".
Daivajna Var?hamihira (Devanagari: ?????????; 505 587), also called Varaha, or Mihira was an Indian astronomer, mathematician, and astrologer who lived in Ujjain. He is considered to be one of the nine jewels (Navaratnas) of the court of legendary king Vikramaditya (thought to be the Gupta emperor Chandragupta II Vikramaditya). Though little is known about his life, he supposedly hailed from South Bengal, where in the ruins of Chandraketugarh there is a mound called the mound of Khana and Mihir. Khana was the daughter-in-law of Varaha and a famous astrologer herself. Modern Shakadvipi brahmins, especially astrologers, regard Varah Mihir as their ancestor, although there is no ancient documentary proof in favour of this belief.
The Brihat Sa?hit? is a 6th century Sanskrit encyclopedia by Varahamihira of wide ranging subjects of human interest, including astrology, planetary movements, eclipses, rainfall, clouds, architecture, growth of crops, manufacture of perfume, matrimony, domestic relations, gems, pearls, and rituals. The volume expounds on gemstone evaluation criterion found in the Garuda Purana, and elaborates on the sacred Nine Pearls from the same text. It contains 106 chapters and is known as the "great compilation".
Page from the Prasnapradipa, a Hindu Astrology Text, c. 1700s
Western India, 18th century.
Source: Cleveland Museum of Art