Varaha Mihira is considered the greatest authority on Vedic astrology after the era of the
sages like Parashara. He was born in Ujjain. His exact time is perhaps not known but he is
strongly believed to have existed during the sixth century AD and to have embellished the
court of the king Vikramaditya. His most popular works are the Brihat Jatakam and the Brihat
Samhita. The Laghu Jatakam is a rather abridged version of the more detailed Jataka text.
Like the other works of Varaha Mihira, this small classic is also presented in the
Arya Chhanda. This is a highly charming meter. The plan of the four quarters of each verse
here is like this: of the odd quarters, i.e., the first and the third quarters, each
consists of 12 letter units; of the even quarters, i.e., the second and the fourth, each
comprises of 18 or 15 letter units, such that if quarter two is 18 letter units, then
quarter four is 15 letter units, and vice versa.
The Laghu Jatakam is a highly useful work on Vedic astrology composed by a master of
unparalleled astrological wisdom. Easy to comprehend and rich in substance. It is a classic
that must be studied alike by the novice and the master.
There has been some demand on us by our esteemed readers to bring out this classic
in a book form ever since we started serializing it in the bimonthly journal, the Vedic
Astrology. I remain beholden to my friend Vinay Aditya for designing the cover for this
book, and to Mr. Y S Rawat for helping us in various stages of its preparation.
About the Book
The Laghu Jatakam is a highly authentic work on Vedic astrology written by the celebrated
master Varaha Mihira. It contains rich material for any serious practitioner of Vedic
astrology. The special features of this book are as follows :
Introduction to signs and planets, and their strength. Mutual planetary
relationships, and physical and other attributes of planets. Detailed description about
matters pertaining to impregnation and childbirth. Comprehensive treatment of the
astrological principles governing Balarishta and Arishta-Bhanga. Calculation of
longevity. Varaha Mihira's special dasha system. A chapter on Ashtakavarga.
Special features of female horoscopes. Miscellaneous matters like solar and lunar yogas,
Raja-yogas, yogas giving rise to Samnyasa, matters pertaining to death, and the fate of the
native after exit from this world. One chapter on the method of constructing a horoscope
when birth details are not known. The book is profusely illustrated with horoscopic
charts to elucidate its rich content.
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