Monday, May 25, 2009

An Introduction To Jataka Sara Sangarha

Om Namah Sivaya

Namaste All,

I have promised to introduce the classical works on Jaimini Astrology on this personal blog and of course it is theme of the blog. I am fortunate to study this text, of course not extensively. People can appreciate the genius of the work by reading “Jaimini Sutramritam”, by Sri Rangacharya, who has done an excellent research on this work. Keeping to my promise, I am writing a small introduction below, on “Jataka Sara Sangraha” by Raghava Bhatta.

“Jataka Sara Sangahra”, an important classical work on Jaimini, was written by Gottimukkula Raghava Bhatta, s/o Ramachandra Diskshita. . It is believed that he lived in around 1650 AD since the example horoscope given by him was worked out by the scribe gives the year as 1604 AD. It was told by the Guru of the scribe, Sri Iranganti Rangacharya, that Raghava Bhatta is a Telugu speaking scholar, and might have hailed from Telangana area of Andhra Pradesh State. The above work was written in Sanskrit language and this scribe is fortunate to have a look at text in a manuscript from though, written in Telugu script. It was printed with Telugu script an hundred years ago, and since then nobody tried to bring it to astrological fraternity.

Most of us are in a view that the delineation of Rasi Dasas is not indicated in the classical works. This text obviates the above notion and gives many clues about interpreting them. It goes to the extent of giving the results specific and unique to each Rasi Dasa.

For example, it indicates, by the authority of a Vriddha Karika, that the results of Drik Dasa shall be studied from

Dasa Sign
Dasa Sign in Navamsa
Dasa Sign in Dwadasamsa. (This is very special and specific to this Dasa)
Sign Arudha of Dasa Sign

Raghava Bhatta indicates that aspect of the planets on the Dasa sign and their respective Aspect Arudhas play an important role in Drik Dasa. Probably this is the reason for this Dasa be called as Drik Dasa. This again obviates the calculation of Drik Dasa based on aspect of signs as is currently being done by most of the scholars.

The example horoscope given by him in this work is given below, generated using JHora Software and of course the degrees of the planets do change a bit. Since, we never know the Ayanamsa used then, this is quite understandable. It was mentioned that Sakabdah 1526 Krodhi Samvatsara Jyeshta Suddha Shashti Guruvaram 50 Ghadiya 45 Vighadiya, Lagna Meena 23⁰ 46′ 41″.

This comes to June 03, 1604, TOB: 1:58 Hrs (Early morning)

Date: June 3, 1604
Time: 1:58:00
Time Zone: 5:30:00 (East of GMT)
Place: 78 E 30' 00", 17 N 27' 00"
Altitude: 0.00 meters

Lunar Yr-Mo: Krodhi - Jyeshtha
Tithi: Sukla Shashthi (Ve) (94.28% left)
Vedic Weekday: Saturday (Sa)
Nakshatra: Aasresha (Me) (39.95% left)
Yoga: Vyaghata (Ve) (35.04% left)
Karana: Kaulava (Ma) (88.56% left)

Sunrise: 5:43:37 (June 2)
Sunset: 18:42:46 (June 2)
Janma Ghatis: 50.5994

Ayanamsa: 18-20-10.57
Sidereal Time: 18:28:07

Body Longitude Nakshatra Pada Rasi Navamsa

Lagna 20 Pi 31' 25.85" Reva 2 Pi Cp
Sun - AmK 23 Ta 59' 14.12" Mrig 1 Ta Le
Moon - AK 24 Cn 40' 24.78" Asre 3 Cn Aq
Mars - MK 21 Vi 47' 44.68" Hast 4 Vi Cn
Mercury - GK 1 Ge 57' 12.00" Mrig 3 Ge Li
Jupiter (R) - DK 1 Sg 38' 47.20" Mool 1 Sg Ar
Venus - PK 3 Cn 51' 12.67" Push 1 Cn Le
Saturn (R) - BK 23 Sc 14' 12.74" Jye 2 Sc Cp
Rahu 17 Li 38' 27.14" Swat 4 Li Pi
Ketu 17 Ar 38' 27.14" Bhar 2 Ar Vi
Maandi 5 Aq 20' 59.02" Dhan 4 Aq Sc
Gulika 23 Cp 38' 18.49" Dhan 1 Cp Le

According to Graha Sputa given by the author Moon changes to Leo 4⁰ 9′ 5″, of course there is some variance at the longitudes of other planets as well. The software gives a day as Saturday, where as it was mentioned to be Thursday by the author. Nevertheless it gives correct year as 1604 AD which is actual difference from Saka Samvatsara to the modern calendar of 78 years

Sri Raghava Bhatta divided his work broadly into two categories one Ayurdaya (Longevity) and other Phalita (Predictive part). The first part deals with the calculation of longevity and various AyurDasas. Next he dealt various phalita Dasas for normal and raja yoga natives. And then lastly, he dealt with the Raja Yogas from Jaimini Angle. He always makes a point in quoting the relevant Vriddha Karika verse supporting this interpretation. This is very important for us for the very reason this system has been a secret and nowadays new theories are cropping up without any solid reference.

He gave the following very special lagans that you never find elsewhere.

(Correction: It was informed by s/shri Sun22 and Ast that these following Lagnas were mentioned in Deva Keralam. Thanks to them for the information.)

Savayava Hora Lagna (Extensively used in Ayurdaya)
Sapada Ghatika Lagna (Chaturthamsa Lagna) ( --do-- )
Ayur Lagna ( --do-- )

Owing to the nature of this blog, though complete exposition of the parameters can’t be given, but various important Dasas mentioned in the work are given below for the benefit of the readers.

AyurDasas – Longevity based Dasas.

Darpana Dasa
Niryana Sula Dasa (For Self, Fahter, Mother Etc.)
Jaya Bhava Pamsa Dasa
Atmano Bhava Pamsa Dasa
Hora Dasa
Atmanadi Dasa
Brahma Maheswara Dasa
Sthira Dasa (Start from Brahma Graha)
Varnada Dasa
Drekkana Dasa (Both Ayur Dasa and Phalita Dasa)

It must be understood that though the above list is long, yet there are very specific and distinct rules of interpretation of each Dasa. For example the “Maraka Grahas” in Darpana Dasa are different from Niryana Sura Dasa, again different from Jaya Bhava Pamsa Dasa etc.

Phalaita Dasas (Predictive Dasas)

Raghava Bhatta has given a number of Phalita Dasas and some of them are secret as well. The following are for the benefit of readers.

Some of the Sampat Dasas :

1. Chara Dasa (Male and Female) for all horoscopes
2. Chara Paryaya Dasa
3. Sthira Paryaya Dasa
4. Trikona Dasa (Gochara Dasa)
5. Drik Dasa
6. Manduka Dasa
7. Nakshatra Dasa (Tara Lagna Dasa)
8. Bhava Rahasya Dasa
9. Rasya Bheda Brahma Dasa
10. Karaka Dasa (Atma Karaka Kendradi Dasa)
11. Upagraha Karaka Dasa
12. Lagna Kendradi Dasa
13. Brahma Dasa
14. Sthira Dasa (Phalita Dasa)
15. Yogartha Dasa
16. Drekkana Dasa (Phalita Dasa)
17. Prakarantara Drekkana Dasa
18. Atmasa Bhavapamsa Dasa (Calculated in Navamsa Chart)

As usual, he indicated the rules specific and distinct to each and every Dasa in addition to the general rules to be applied in all Phalita Rasi Dasas.

Raghava Bhatta gave a very peculiar way of reckoning the Chara Dasa. His interpretation of Chara Dasa is based on Padakrama of Chara, Sthira and Ubhaya rasis. Again, the dasa years calculation is also different to all other and he gives a wonderful explanation of his interpretation. Scholars adpet in Vedantic literature, for that matter, six parts of Vedangas do appreciate his interpretation.

He indicates the Chara Paryaya, Sthira Paryaya, Trikona and Drik Dasas are Sampat dasas and be used in Rajayoga Horoscopes and the results of those four dasas are equal. Trikona dasa needs a mention here. Most of us don’t know why this is also called Gochara Dasa. This excellent work explains the Gochara in Jaimini way and its application in especially in Trikona Dasa. That’s the precise reason why it is called Gochara Dasa. If we understand the Trikona Dasa as exposed in this work, we understand what Gochara meant in Jaimini. We can learn the Paka and Bhoga Signs distinct to each and every Sampat dasa, and of course most important and least mentioned by contemporary Internet knowledge, Dasa Karakas.

Next, He moves on to the Raja Yogas in Jaimini way, quoting the authority of various Vriddha Karika Verses supporting his interpretation of Upadesa Sutras of Jaimini.

Most of the above mentioned dasas can be learnt from my Guru Sri Iranganti Rangacharya’s commentary “Jaimini Sutramritam”.

The above list may not be very comprehensive, but this scribe tried his best to bring forth the various topics discussed in the work. This scribe feels fortunate and privileged to study the manuscript of this wonderful work. He tried his best to procure the manuscripts and fortunately he could get some of them, which has been put for download at the website. Of course, since the text is in Telugu script, people who could decipher the ancient writing of Telugu and understand Sanskrit could benefit from the manuscript.

Warm Regards,


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