Hora sara

February 22, 2018 | Author: Dvs Ramesh | Category: Planets In Astrology, Astrological Sign, Star Symbols, Hindu Astrology, Ancient Astronomy
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by !L SANTHANAM t r a n s l a t o r of Nashta Jatakam of M u k u n d a Daivajna, Saravali of Kalyana V a r m a , Garga Hora of Gargacharya a n d Brihat Parasara-Hora Sastra of Maharashi Parasara)

R A N J A N PUBLICATIONS . 16, A n s a r i R o a d , NEW


D E L H I - 1 1 0 0 0 2 (INDIA)

FOREWORD Horasara is a great classic o n astrology. The author Prithu Yasas, as he acknowledges at the end of each chapter of this book, is no other than the son of the immortal Varahamihira - Sri Varahamihira Sutha. The w o r k , perhaps one of the best classics, as the name implies, gives the essence of H o r a or Astrology. In fact H o r a is generally equated w i t h Mihira's Brihat Jataka and the implication is clear that the author gives the essence of Brithat Jataka i n his o w n inimitable style. The English translation presented by M r . R. Santhanam, is not verbtaim but it conveys the spirit of the original author i n simple and easily understandable English language. I must say that i n this arduous task of translating a technical w o r k f r o m a highly developed language like Sanskrit into a m o d e m developing language like English M r . Santhanam has aquitted himself well. Clarity and brevity have been w e l l preserved. This is not just a translation. Copious notes have been given to elucidate doubtful or difficult stanzas so that the reader can imderstand the subject without m u c h difficulty. The late M r . V . Subrahmanya Sastri, an esteemed friend of mine, has no doubt brought out a translation of Horasara as early as 1949. But the presentation of M r . Santhanam is more appealing for t w o reasons \4Jz, th^ translation is to the point and the English terms are nearer to the original. For instance the w o r d Kalala (Ch. 4 St. 14) is translated by M r . Sastry as foetus, whereas M r . Santhanam has used the w o r d embryo w h i c h is more appropriate. The Pancha Mahapurusha yogas have also been explained elaborately. liorasara is a classic of importance and more or less a c o m plete text-book i n itself meriting a place i n a l l astrological librarT ies. M r . Santhanam is planning to bring out English translations of some other ancient classics. I w i s h h i m a l l success a n d increasing usefulness to the cause of astrology. Bangalore 20-9-1982

B.V. R A M A N Editor, The Astrological Magazine.



The blessings of L o r d Ganesa have enabled us to place w i t h out any hindrance this monumental classic w i t h m y English translation before the intelligentzia. The author, Prithuyasas, was b o m to the great and illustrious Varaha M i h i r a . The astrological w o r l d has sufficient acquiantance of Acharya Varaha M i h i r a and his yeomen service in the fields of astrology and astronomy. Prithuyasas w h o dates back to approximately 1400 years f r o m n o w conceived that the B R I H A T J A T A K A , though beautifully compiled w i t h 409 slokas needed m u c h more addition so that a fuller text was available to the students and the savants. H e grasped the quintessence of the B R I H A T J A T A K A a n d other works a n d deviced his o w n p r i n ciples galore. H e then compiled his present w o r k i n a n enviably scientific manner. There are 1209 slokas in the text, which number, it seems to me, has a great inner meaning. There are 12 Rasis and 9 planets which form the basis of astrology. Without this '12' and without this '9', the light on Human Life is zero. Thus, these 1209 slokas throw adequate astrological splendour on the life of a native. Prithuyasas justified his birth of Varaha M i h i r a ' s loins a n d d i s p r o v e d a w i t t y , notorious a n d i l l - f o r m e d adage that a scholar's son is a stupid. H i s w o r k , H O R A S A R A , is a brilliant enlightenment and intelligent development of the ideas of the famous B R I H A T J A T A K A a n d is considered a conshtuent of Pustaka Panchaka i n Jyotisha (Big Five), remaining i n between Parasara Hora and Brihat Jataka on one side and Saravali a n d Jataka Parijata, o n the other side, i n terms of chronology. O f course there is n o denial of equal supremacy of other famous w o r k s . The Ashtaka Varga chapter i n the present w o r k is quite voluminous and deals vylth clues to time events a n d methods to w o r k out the mechanism fully a n d ably. Various routes are shown to us to unfold the secrets of longevity. The nodes have been e l a b o r a t e l y a n a l y s e d a n d t h e u s e o f N a v a m s a i n



prognastication is well-taught. Raja Yogas, Nabhasa Yogas, longevity etc. are clearly expounded. The meanings of planetary conjunctions have been conveyed effectively. Dasa Bhukti effects are touched inimitably. In short, Prithuyasas has bejewelled the astrological sky with the Moon of Horasara (while Brihat Jataka is akin to the all-important and the light-imparting Sun). O n m y part, I tried to make this English translation as true as the author's original text. A n d I have not spared any essay to give explanatory notes and examples. I have joined relevant views and aphorisms f r o m a host of other authoritative works. The author observes that K a l i days past should be k n o w n to accurately calculate various aspects of horoscopic requirements and the knowledge of the M o o n ' s position i n transit at the time of beginning of a dasa is essential to k n o w the otherwise transformed good or bad effects thereof. The reader w i l l find interesting and sumptuous additions made by me i n this regard also. I have further added a comprehensive list of indications each Bhava holds i n it, apart f r o m a m u c h less k n o w n , but authentic technique of Bhava evaluation. M y heart^felt thanks are due to D r . B.V. Raman for his k i n d and encouraging Foreword for m y present work. Messrs Rai^an Publications deserve a high praise for their missionary enthusiasm and single-minded dexterity i n the fruition of bringing dut this rare and adorable classic, w h i c h , it is hoped, w i l l a d d m o ^ riches to the extant astrological literature. In the end, it is ardently believed that the astrological fraterruty w i l l k i n d l y receive this w o r k w i t h the same spirit w i t h w h i c h it received our earlier coritributions. Howsoever carefully one attempts to be free f r o m the grip of flaws, inborn ignorance is to some extent incurable. Possibly I may have unwittingly done some injustice to m y mission w h i c h may k i n d l y be forgiven by the erudite wise. Lapses, if any, may be brought to our notice w h i c h act w i l l be gratefully acknowledged and such lapses w i l l be rectified i n the ensuing edition. N e w Delhi, N o v e m b e r 15,1982

R. S A N T H A N A M

CONTENTS AT A GLANCE 1. Divisions of Rasis


2. Planetary Character


3. Planteary Strengths


4. Conception and Birth


5. Evils at Birth


6. Longevity - Special Rules


7. Longevity - A g a i n Explained


8. Dasa Phala N i r u p a n a


9. Effects of Sun's Period


10. Effects of M o o n ' s Period


11. Effects of M a r s ' P e r i o d


12. Effects of Mercury's Period


13. Effects of Jupiter's Period


14. Effects of V e n u s ' P e r i o d


15. Effects of Saturn's Period


16. Miscellaneous Effects of Periods


17. Effects of Ashtaka Varga


18. Effects of Sub-Period


19. Chandra and NabhaSa Yogas


20. Raja Yogas


21. Planetary Effects for Bhavas


22. Livelihood




23. Effects of Two/Three Planets Being Together


24. Horoscopes H i n d e r e d


25. Astrology for the Fair Sex


26. E n d of life


27. T o Trace Lost Horoscopes


28. What the Birth Asterism Means


29. What the M o o n Sign Means


30. What the N a v a m s a Means


31. Nakshatra Jataka (Hints o n U d u Dasa)


32. Some Horoscopic Canons







There flourishes the divine Sun, the lord of the day, w h o is the sole cause and the soul of the Universe, w h o illumines all the worlds and w h o daily brings Creation, Destruction emd Protection. Notes: This praise of the Sun indicates that the author was a staunch worshipper of the Sun G o d . That apart, the S i m is the most important body of the entire solar system.

The time measured from a second (required for w i n k i n g the eye once) upto a year and the duration of each Rasi (zodiacal sign) have already been explained along w i t h astronomical calculations and planetary characteristics. Notes: A reference to works like Varaha Mihira's Brihat Jataka and Pahchasiddhantika is made by this sloka.

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In the section of Horoscopy, the various Dasa divisions have (also) been dealt with. But those w i t h lesser understanding capacity need more scientific explanation as they cannot grasp all (from Brihat Jataka). Notes: This implies that the present w o r k has simplified explanations based o n Brihat Jataka. Further additions are made by the author. So an average student can grasp more. c1Wlrtl'MlMry.|>
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