Vedanga Jyotisham - The Most Ancient Compendium of Vedic Astrology (A Full Fledged Treatise:  An Adjunct to the Vedas)
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Vedanga Jyotisham - The Most Ancient Compendium of Vedic Astrology (A Full Fledged Treatise: An Adjunct to the Vedas)

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Item Code: NAP569
Author: Dr. Suresh Chandra Mishra
Publisher: Ranjan Publications
Language: English
Edition: 2005
ISBN: 8188230502
Pages: 232
Cover: Hardcover
Other Details: 9.0 inch X 6.0 inch
Weight 430 gm
Preface

Vedanga Jyotisham', the most ancient, systematic and authentic treatise available on the subject was sermonized by the sage Lagadha in a very rational form and crowned as the Vedanga.

Several clues are inherent in this classic, which make us believe that this work was handed down by the sage about 3500 years ago, somewhere in the Kashmir State of India, then known as `Sharada Desha' i.e., the inheritance of Goddess Saraswati.

In this work the sage outlines some basic essential aphorisms with their highly practical application, which were very useful for computation of the Vedic calendar of daily use in those days. The same later offered an ample pavement for the younger generations to move forth on in the realm of Vedic Astrology. Some of the rules contained herein are highly useful and give precise results. This work is of utmost significance for those, who strongly desire to delve into the ancient discipline of the Vedic astrology.

The Vedanga Jyotisham enjoys a highly respectable position in the history of astrology and has offered a fertile ground to work on for those considerate scholars of merit who are not deterred by painstaking analysis. Even a cursory examination of this petite composition, a scrupulous student of this pious subject would feel delighted and realize its excellence in the domain of the Vedic wisdom.

This work has been earlier dealt with by many far superior scholars, but generally in a piecemeal manner. This handy treatise has not yet been presented in a full-fledged and self-contained style, exposing the true sense of all verses in order to provide its true meaning in an easily understandable and illustrated form.

Another very natural reason is that after my `Upanayana Samskara', when I was eight years old, my father was the first man, who gave me a hand written script of the VJ for daily chanting. Even after chanting the text, the work for years remained to me like Greek and Latin.

Later somehow it prompted me to deep inclination towards the Vedic literature and sincere reverence to the astrology of our sages. It is, therefore, having finished the present commentary (Bhashyam), that I obviously named it as `Akhilanandam Bhashyam' after the name of my late father, my first Guru.

Finally, having translated almost all astrological classics, dressed with their exhaustive commentaries, I deeply intended to do something sincere with this monograph of the Vedic astrology, which for centuries, has been necessarily considered an adjunct to the Vedas and the most ancient and powerful signature on the subject. The work would not have been completed without the help received from various scholarly, though scattered writings in the nineteenth century A.D. Hence, I obviously feel indebted to those scholars.

During the course of writing, Dr. K.S. Charak, Honorary Editor to the Vedic Astrology magazine, rendered several valuable and scholarly suggestions to make the Bhashyam equally useful for one and all. He has a natural deep reverent rather intellectual outlook towards the Vedas and their allied fields. He thus, is above all formal thanks, but naturally deserves the vest of my wishes. Many God grant him unhampered strength to work for mankind.

As usual very special blessings of my revered paramgure and the grace of gods as well as the benediction of learned Brahmins have always been with me, I believe.

I earnestly urge my scholarly readers to make suggestions in order to improve upon my likely lapses in the treatment of this ancient work. I shall remain beholden to them for this, and humbly dedicate the Vedanga Jyotisham with its Akhilanandam Bhashyam to them.

Contents

  (I)  
1 Preface  
2 Vedanga Jyotish : An Annotation 11
3 Contents at a Glance 27
4 Accuracy of the VJ 37
  (II)  
5 Mangalacharanam (The commentator beseeches 43
6 stematic Text of The VJ :Preamble 45
  Jyotisha : The Vedanga 49
  Glory of Astrology 52
  Fixation of the Samvatsara 54
  when does the Yuga Commence? 56
  In which Magha the Yuga begins? 63
  Uttarayana and Dakshinayana 68
  Tithi at the commencement of Ayanas 74
  akshatra at Ayanadi 76
  Quotes from the Garga Samhita 77
  Peculiar arrangement of the Nakshatras 84
  Commencement of the Ritu and Month 96
  Endingof the Parva 100
  Dinamaan 104
  Where did sage Lagadha live? 108
  Vedanga Jyotisham Enumeration of Parva-rasi 112
  Parva and Tithi at Vishuva 115
  Daily Nakshatra 119
  Bhamsha : Divisions of a Nakshatra 122
  Bhamshas of the Sun and the Moon 125
  Beginning of the Nakshatra 128
  Bhamsha converted into Kala 130
  Aadaan Kala : Kala at the end of a Tithi 132
  Apparent ending Tithi 133
  Sun's Nakshatra at random 135
  Entrance of the Sun into Nakshatra 138
  Correction for the Day and Nakshatra 141
  Correction for the Tithi 143
  Elements of Kaala (time) 147
  Constants of the Yuga 153
  Ayanas of Luminaries 157
  Various months 159
  Correction for the Yuga 162
  Quotes from the Garga Samhita 166
  Other Scales of Time 169
  Correction for the Ritu 173
  Lagna in the Yuga 177
  Significance of the Vedha 183
  Nakshatras and their Ruling deities 187
  Muhurta 195
  Conventions of the Yajna 197
  Concluding statement and benediction 201
  (III)  
7 Vedanga Jyotisham : The original text 203

 

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