The Elements of Vedic Astrology has been acclaimed as the most systematic, comprehensive and
compact work on the Parashari system of astrology. For the past over one decade, its
supremacy has remained unchallenged. It remains a standard book for those seeking initiation
into Vedic astrology while, for the more advanced and the researcher in astrology, it serves
as a reference book. This work has verily been appreciated by the student and the teacher of
astrology alike. It retains a stature against which all other similar works on Vedic
astrology are judged.
The present edition has been completely revised and enlarged. A whole new chapter on
the Sudarshana Chakra of Parashara has been added at the end. The Sudarshana Chakra method
of analysis is supposed to provide a highly accurate assessment of a chart. It is hoped that
the inclusion of this chapter in the present edition will enable the serious student of
Vedic astrology to markedly enhance his predictive ability.
Preface to the First Edition
Teaching astrology to highly educated and elite classes of students in the Bharatiya Vidya
Bhavan, New Delhi has imposed great demands on the teaching faculty here to maintain and
upgrade their quality of teaching. A direct consequence of this has been the production of
several high standard books by the faculty members. Stress has been placed on illustrating
the various astrological principles and techniques by suitable examples. The scientific
basis of astrology has been proved repeatedly by illustrating the principles which give
Study of Vedic astrology demands an elementary knowledge of astronomy and some basic
techniques concerned with the preparation of horoscopic charts. Understanding the static
promise in a horoscope, and he dynamic aspect of timing the fruition of such promise, are
areas which demand deeper study. Vedic astrology has at its disposal innumerable techniques
which can be employed for virtually infallible results. Not all techniques are to be used by
every practitioner of Vedic astrology on all horoscopes. But a knowledge of most of these is
desirable. Eventually, each astrologer develops his standard technique which suits him the
Elements of Vedic Astrology is directed towards providing the basic principles of
Vedic astrology. It highlights the scientific basis of astrology. The initial few chapters
are directed towards clarifying the fundamental principles of astrology. The basic concepts
of astronomy as the relevant to a study of astrology are described clearly. An example of
the highly evolved ancient Indian method of teaching has been taken from a celebrated
scripture; it highlights the simple yet lucid style of imparting scientific-spiritual
instruction to a disciple. Some important areas of astrology concerned with the
characteristics of rashis, houses and planets, the nature of planets, and the significations
of houses and planets, have all been described in great details. Two chapters have been
devoted to the techniques of casting a horoscopic chart. It may be pertinent to point out
here that an understanding of the manual method of casting of a horoscope has vast
advantages and must be mastered fully. Reliance may later be placed on computerized
calculations if so desired.
Subtle areas of astrology, like the planetary states (Avasthas) and the sub-planets,
have been discussed briefly and areas for further research indicated. The use of vargas, or
subtle divisions, has been explained. The Vimshottari dasha system has been dealt with in
details while the Yogini dasha has been described briefly in order to provide an additional
confirmatory tool. A vast amount of information gathered from standard classical texts of
astrology in respect of the placement of planets in different houses or rashis, and the
various planetary influences on them, has been provided.
The stature of a horoscope is reflected in the presence or absence of the
all-important planetary yogas in a horoscope. These must be recognized at the outset, and
their quality judged, in order to assess the potential inherent in a chart. Three full
chapters have been devoted to this aspect along with illustrative examples.
Determination of longevity is a tricky area in astrology. Some standard methods of
calculating the span of life along with their pitfalls have been described.
Specialised predictive areas of Vedic astrology have been touched briefly in order
to acquaint the reader of such additional predictive tools. These include medical astrology,
horary astrology, transits, annual charts and Astakavarga. One chapter has been devoted to
the Muhurta or electional aspect of astrology. Greater understanding of these areas
necessitates further study, an aspect which has been hinted at appropriately.
The book deals solely with the Parashari system which is the most prevalent system
of Vedic astrology. No attempt has been made to transgress into the other parallel system
known as the Jaimini system which is less in vogue, is less well understood, and needs a lot
of research before being universally applicable.
The work is primarily meant for those who want to learn astrology from the very
beginning, and pursue it seriously in a scientific manner. It will serve as a stepping stone
for those who want to eventually go into specialized branches of astrology. It is also aimed
to help those who intend to indulge in astrological research in hitherto unexplored areas
like the vargas, the sub-planets, or the planetary states, etc.
My efforts will be more than rewarded if this work fulfils its intended aims.
About the Book
The Elements of Vedic Astrology is an excellent and most comprehensive book on the Parashari
system of Vedic astrology written in English.
Treats astrology in a most organized and scientific manner.
Ensures an understanding of elementary astronomy which forms the basis of Vedic
Deals elaborately with the mathematical aspects of astrology for correct casting of
horoscopes and calculation of dashas, etc.
Two important dasha systems, the Vimshottari and the Yogini, have been described.
The Vimshottari dasha has been described in great details.
Enters into areas of research, like the vargas, the sub-planets, and the planetary
states or avasthas.
Three chapters are devoted to the all-important subject of the yogas which form the
basis of many an astrological prediction.
The Nabhasa yogas have been dealt with, and classified, in a most innovative
Results of planets in various houses, signs, etc., have been described in great
Several other subjects like planetary strengths, Balarishta, Arishta Bhanga,
determination of longevity, medical astrology, horary astrology, annual horoscopy, planetary
transits, Ashtakavarga, Muhurta and methods of matching charts for marital purposes, etc.,
have all been dealt with lucidly.
The book is profusely illustrated by example horoscopes.
Medical Astrology (38)
Original Texts (291)
Vedic Astrology (57)
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