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Maharshi Parashar

Maharshi Parashara Father of Vedic Astrology

The credit for systematically explaining the entire theory of Hindu predictive astrology goes to Rishi Parashara, in his magnum opus Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra. According to legend he is the grandson of Rishi Vasistha (son of Vasistha'son Shakti).He was the father of the legendary Rishi Veda Vyasa (who wrote 18 Puranas including the great epic Mahabharata, which includes the famous Bhagavt Geeta, the Brahma Sutras and the Uttara Mimansa).

The depth of his astrological knowledge was so great that, one day while crossing a river in a boat, he casually looked at his favorite stars in heaven, and suddenly realized that it was an exceptionally auspicious moment and if a child is conceived at that moment, he will be an expert in the shastras. So he told this to the lady rowing the boat and requested her to marry him. She agreed and the son born was Veda Vyasa! He also authored Parashara Samhita and Parashara Smriti.

Parashar Mandir at Ganganani enroute Gangotri way

On my Chardham trip in 2006 I had an unexpected glimpse into the ancient Vedic astrology tradition when I was on a pilgrimage in the Himalayas at Parashara Ashram in Ganganani (Hot spings) en route to Gangotri, the source of India ;A holiest river ; the Ganges. Maharshi Parashara, the father of Vedic astrology, had lived the last 30 years of his life, many thousands of years ago! The little temple had a stone that was said to have been the one he sat on during meditation and a small statue of the sage.

Parasar Asram hot spings Ganganani

Hot Spring ( Hot water Kund ) at Parashar Ashram Ganganani

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