Monday, October 4, 2010


It is an accepted fact that Rishi Bhrigu was the first compiler of predictive  Astrology. His famous compilation, Bhrigu Samhita, which contains the  predictions for thousands of combinations, is popular even today. There is a very  interesting story behind Rishi Bhrigu's involvement with astrology.

The Brahmin community, in spite of their scriptural knowledge, intellect and  honesty, were economically deprived, as their duty was to give knowledge and  perform the rituals without seeking anything in return. They had to live entirely on  the alms given by others. They requested Rishi Bhrigu to find an amicable solution  to end their poverty.

Maharishi Bhrigu worshipped Goddess Lakshmi. After a long Tapasya, She  appeared before him and granted his wish. She advised him to create an  astrological treatise with the help of which the Brahmin community can predict the  past, present and future of people, and this will ward off their poverty.  Bhrigu, with help of Lord Ganesha, compiled the famous Bhrigu Samhita. It  consists of several lackhs of horoscopes with different planetary combinations,  their results and the remedial measures for prosperity and to ward off the evils. The  Brahmin community gratefully learned to interpret it and prospered.  The ‘Bhrigu Samhita’ is reported to be existing even today, though there are a lot of  fakes and frauds.  Rishi Bhrigu also wrote the Bhrigu Sutras, which contain several important  predictive clues.

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