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Reference Books for Vedic Astrology

Even after several years of being associated with Astrology, I still consider myself a mere student. Here is the list of books I refer to in my pursuit of knowledge. All these authors are my Gurus and I have benefited from their teaching immensely. I would suggest you to get hold of these books if you too wish to learn.



Name of the book Brihat Parashara Hora Shashtra (वृहत पराशर होरा शास्त्र) Volume 1 and 2
Author Maharshi Parashara with translation, commentary and editing by R. Santhanam

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Brihat Parashara Hora Shashtra is one of the classics of Indian ... [more]

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Name of the book Chamatkar Chintamani (चमत्कार चिंतामणि)
Author Narayan Bhatt, translation and commentary by Brijbihari Lal Sharma

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In the book Chamatkar Chintamani, one chapter ... [more]

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Name of the book The Astrology of the Seers, A comprehensive guide to Vedic Astrology
Author Dr. David Frawley

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This book really is comprehensive and as the ... [more]

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Name of the book Uttara Kalamrita (उत्तर कालामृत)
Author Kavi Kalidasa, commentary by Jagannath Bhasin

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I purchased this book recently and will always ... [more]

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Name of the book Astronomy and Mathematical Astrology
Author Deepak Kapoor

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Mathematical Astrology was the first book on ... [more]

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Name of the book Astro Sutras
Author J N Bhasin

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In 16 chapters, this short book covers ... [more]

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Name of the book Notable Horoscopes
Author Dr. B. V. Raman

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Dr. Raman selected horoscopes of ... [more]

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Name of the book Medical Astrology
Author J N Bhasin
Publisher Sagar Publications, New Delhi, India

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This book on astrology presents a ... [more]

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Name of the book Varshaphal
Author Dr B. V. Raman
Publisher UBS Publishers Distributors Ltd, New Delhi, India

Description:
To quote Dr Raman from the preface to the first edition of the book, he was “impelled to make an exposition based on the Tajaka system, which would enable annual results to be predicted from using progressed horoscopes accurately”. In my own limited knowledge, I have not managed to follow this system, although I must change it in coming days.

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Name of the book Muhurta - Electional Astrology
Author Dr. B. V. Raman
Publisher UBS Publishers Distributors Ltd, New Delhi, India

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In this book, Dr. Raman covers not ... [more]

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Name of the book Graha and Bhava Balas
Author Dr. B. V. Raman
Publisher UBS Publishers Distributors Ltd, New Delhi, India

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The books by ... [more]

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Name of the book Gems and Astrology
Author Dr. Gauri Shankar Kapoor
Publisher Ranjan Publication, New Delhi, India

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Gems should be used to further increase the strength of strong beneficial planets in a horoscope and to strengthen the weak ones to bring about an overall balance in the chart. This books explains the qualities of various gemstones and their suitability for people belonging to twelve ascendants. It also explains what rituals need to be followed for wearing the gem stones. I read this book along with the boon on Medical astrology to understand the “cure” - as it can be for the cure of a disease or just some distress caused by powerful malefics in the chart.

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Name of the book A Manual of Hindu Astrology
Author Dr. B. V. Raman
Publisher UBS Publishers Distributors Ltd, New Delhi, India

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The BVR Astrology series by UBPSD is ... [more]

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Name of the book Art of Prediction
Author J N Bhasin
Publisher Sagar Publications, New Delhi, India

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I have read “Art of Prediction” ... [more]

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Name of the book Three Hundred Important Combinations
Author Dr. B. V. Raman

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Dr. Raman presents three hundred combinations ... [more]

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Name of the book Bhrigu Samhita Falit Prakash (भृगु संहिता फलित प्रकाश)
Author Bhrigu Rishi, translation and editing by Rajesh Dikshit
Publisher Pustak Mahal, New Delhi, India

Description:
The need for this book is at early stages of learning astrology. It explains positive and negative behavior as a result of position of planet within a particular house of bhava in a horoscope. Basic traits are explained and again, the student should not take the statements made in the book at face value and instead try to understand the reasoning and logic in the matter presented in the book.

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Name of the book The Stars and your Profession, An Astrological guide to choosing your career
Author Prem Kumar Sharma
Publisher Rupa and Co.

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The author describes characteristics of ... [more]

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Name of the book Mahadeva’s Jaataka Tatva
Author S.S. Sareen
Publisher Sagar Publications, New Delhi, India

Description:
Jatak tatva is a set of short shlokas divided into five parts: dealing with basic principles of astrology, place and condition at the time of birth, each of the twelve houses of horoscope, female astrology and vimshottari dasha considerations. Although the shlokas are short, they are not that easy to commit to memory due to a lack of pattern in them. Unlike the presentation of matter in “Three Hundred Important Combinations” or “Uttara Kalamrita”, no attempt is made to elucidate the shloka or to simplify its meaning. For this reason alone, this book is not a very easy read, unless you have patience to do research on the shlokas and discover the hidden meaning if the meaning is not readily obvious.

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Name of the book The Nakshatras: The Lunar Mansions of Vedic Astrology
Author Dennis M. Harness
Publisher Lotus Press, Wisconsin, USA

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Each of the twenty seven ... [more]

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Name of the book Determining profession and ups and downs in career
Author Sumeet Chugh
Publisher Sagar Publications, New Delhi, India

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As explained in this book ... [more]

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Name of the book The Art of Matching Charts
Author Gayatri Devi Vasudeva
Publisher Motilal Banarsidass Publishers, New Delhi, India

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Over the years, The Astrology Magazine has carried ... [more]

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Name of the book Marriage-matching Astrologically
Author T.M. Rao
Publisher Pustak Mahal, New Delhi, India

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This book on horoscope compatibility ... [more]

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Name of the book Dashaphal Darpan (दशाफल दर्पण)
Author Shrinivas Mahadevphatak, translation and editing by Dr. Suresh Chandra Mishra
Publisher Ranjan Publication, New Delhi, India

Description:
This astrological work is dedicated to Vimshottari Dasha. The chapters of this book are dedicated to effects to effects to dasha and antardasha of various planets and explains what the effect the planet gives in various states - when the planet is exalted, debilitated, in moola trikona sign etc, associated with other planets that are malefic of benefic in nature. For various divisions of dashas, the author explains how mahadasha lord and inner dasha lord work together some time adding to the result and sometimes negating each other’s effect to give fairly ordinary result even when they are both yogakarakas in the horoscope. Apart from the parts of the book where the mechanism of the lords working together is explained, the book should be read along with BPHS and more importance should be given to the matter explained in BPHS.

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Name of the book Jyotish and diseases (ज्योतिष और रोग)
Author Pt. Kishanlal Sharma
Publisher Manoj Pocket Books, New Delhi, India

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Planets, signs and houses need to be looked at to ascertain disease causing factors, as they belong to an element - air, water, fire and earth. This book describes these elements affecting one body part of other. E.g. a strong Sun ensures that the bones in the body are strong, weak Mercury and Sun cause skin diseases. To ascertain the strength of the planet, the usual tools of shadbala should be used.

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Name of the book How to judge a horoscope - Volume I and II
Author Dr. B. V. Raman

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This book is a classic from Dr. Raman and is a ... [more]

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Name of the book Ashtakavarga system of prediction
Author Dr. B. V. Raman
Publisher UBS Publishers Distributors Ltd, New Delhi, India
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Ashtakavarga is a mathematical tool of ... [more]

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Name of the book Brihat Jatakam (वृहत जातक)
Author Acharya Varahamihara, translation and editing Dr. Suresh chandra Mishra
Publisher Ranjan Publication, New Delhi, India

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This classic if Indian astrology, authored by Acharya Varahamihira is ... [more]

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Name of the book Hora Sara
Author Prithuyasas, translation and commentary by R Santhanam
Publisher Ranjan Publication, New Delhi, India

Description:
The author of this book is Prithuyasas, son of Varahamihira, who wrote Brihat Jatakam. The work is comparable to Brihat Jatakam not just because of the father/son relationship of the authors, but in the way the matter is presented as well. Hora Sara also deals with the effects of planets, signs, bhava, rajyoga, chandra nabhas yoga but the treatment is a little different in the two books. There are no obvious inconsistencies in the two works, or it may be due to the fact that I am not competent enough to research such inconsistencies.

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