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Bangalore Venkanta Raman

a.k.a. Shri B. V. Raman

fleshbirth 08-Aug-1912 * fleshdeath 20-Dec-1998

Eminent 20th-century writer and consulting Jyotishi

reviver of The Astrological Magazine

developer of the Raman Ayanamsha


Jyotishi, author, publisher, educator * 1912-1998 * Shri Bangalore Venkanta Raman

birth data from * tentatively rectified by BP Lama

charts, graphs, and tables produced by Shri Jyoti Star * adapted by BP Lama

Shri B.V. Raman's birth time is given by the author in The Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer , page 12.

above chart calculated using Lahiri ayanamsha


Shatataraka * Shatabishaja * Sadachbia

  • Shil-Ponde.(1939). Hindu Astrology Joytisha-Shastra. p 88.

BPL commentary: For Shata-taraka natives, the disposition of Rahu considerably affects the outcome.

"A quiet and unassuming person,

thoughtful and meditative

  • yet given to sudden outbursts of temper.

Lives in the mental world rather than in the physical.

Prefers solitude to the company of others.

  • Does not care for small talk

  • and finds social contact rather tiresome.

Many astrologers and philosophers found with Shatataraka on the Rising Point."

A light eater and moderate in most things."

Salient Features of the nativity

Surya * pitrikaraka

Chandra * matrikaraka

10th-from- Chandra - psycho-emotional need for social recognition and leadership

10th-from-Chandra = emotional need for leadership as a uniquely (Shatataraka) distinctive individual known for his scientific prowess (Kumbha). Before computers made it less important, Raman felt that he had a mission to educate a generation of computationally accurate astrologers, who would stop making the math errors which had cursed Jyotisha for millennia.

10th-from-Moon = lagna. Although 2nd pada of Rahu-ruled Zatataraka (Shatavisaka) Nakshatrais known to be a location of birth for astrologers and healers, is it also associated with gambling (Rahu). This pada often produces a proliferation of business adventures: some win; some lose. Finance = roller-coaster.

  • In The Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer, Raman describes dozens of commercial ventures, very few of which go right on the first attempt. Often he loses money. He recounts various moments where his schemes fail to earn where expected because someone does not keep a promise or Raman is unable to produce his own contribution to the deal.

  • But occasionally a project did succeed, sometimes after a very poor start, incurring debt, frustration -- but yes eventually it does succeed. The strongest material successes come with persistence and bank withdrawals from his legacy knowledge-bank in Jyotisha -- due to Rahu in bhava-2 treasuries of knowledge.

  • The signature work of his career was reviving his paternal grandfather's respected journal, the Astrological Magazine. Although ultimately successful, the revival was stressful as it performed poorly for several years before it became internationally subscribed.

Kuja * bhratru-karaka * virya-karaka

Budha * bandhava-karaka * zisya-karaka

Guru * dhavakaraka * bahuta-karaka

Zukra * svadhu-karaka * kalatra-karaka

Shani * duro-karaka * jara-karaka

  • lagnesha Shani = location of life force, natural sphere of action
  • Shani is the kharesha

Shani = systems

Lagnesha Shani in Bhava-4 shows strong physical propensity toward teaching of cultural fundamentals.

Lagnesha in bhava-4 generally indicates not so much a proclivity toward the philosophical or higher principles aspects of doctrine. Rather it is an angle of orientation toward foundational, elementary teachings. The teach-able moments can include moral advice-giving in context of counseling.

In The Autobiography of a Vedic Astrologer, B.V.Raman mentions often that he felt his Brahmin cultural legacy gave him certain moral role-modeling responsibilities, an obligation to teach by doing, by living a moral life.

Shri Raman completed almost all of his life's literary work, of writing for private clients and for publication, at home (4).

Lagnesha Shani yuti rogesha-6 Chandra not only creates a Nishturabashi Yoga which is in reality a lifelong Sade Saati, but also kept Shri Raman in poor health, impoverished and humble for most of his life.

In the end his professional reputation was grounded through his mathematical focus, rigorous research methods (relative to the pre-electronic era), and scientific testing (Kumbha).

Rahu * rajyalobha-karaka * picchala-karaka (slippery)

Rahu in bhava 2

Ketu * kavandha-karaka

Ketu in bhava 8

Graha in all three kendra of radix also Graha in four kendra of navamsha varga

Zukra + Budha-yuti-Mangala = yuvati bhava = counseling, advising, agreements, negotiations. The product best-known product of Shri Raman's thousands of consultations = his written work via dozens of books + The Astrological Magazine.

  • Mangala actions = bhratrupathi-3 (publications) + karmesha-10 (public reputation, executive responsibilities). A strong placement of Kuja for any Kumbha nativity gives talent in publishing industry. Raman's efforts were particularly assisted by politicians and royal patrons (Simha).

  • Zukra relationships bandesha-4 (homeland, folk customs and cultural norms) + dharmesha-9 (philosophy, religious writings). yogakaraka Zukra in kendra-7 gains respect for views on political (Simha) alliances (Zukra).

  • Budha"words " = vidyapathi-5 (children, celebrity) + randhresha-8 (occult, sudden changes). Budha = karaka for publications; again, political-royal (Simha) alliances especially in matters of war (Mangala) promote Shri Raman's professional standing.

  • The combination of bhratrupathi-3 + vidyapathi-5 in Karakamsha-kendra assists his reputation (7 = 10th from 10th) as a professional writer.

Gaja Kesari Yoga

double power drishti Chandra and Guru in kendra to lagna

Shri Raman was an internationally eminent and remarkably prolific 20th century Jyotishi.

  • A dedicated translator and publisher of classical Jyotisha texts, he also wrote dozens of Jyotisha books.

A disciplined journalist

Mangala-ruled Chandra-Mrigaziras * mulatrikona = a 'gad-about'

interviewing skills, sniffing out the details of a personal history = a splendid Chandra for all varieties of journalism; writing out or explaining the affairs of the day

Chandra + lagnesha Shani gives the disciplined scientific character necessary to test and examine the traditional rules of the system (Kumbha = systems)

  • Raman's revival of his grandfather's long dormant serial The Astrological Magazine was a feat of journalistic excellence (Mrigashira; Budha; Mangala L-3) bringing to scientific (Kumbha) light the vidya of Jyotisha which had languished in superstitious darkness.

Ambivalence (Ketu) toward occult knowledge and hidden resources

+ Desire (Rahu) to be recognized as a holder of treasuries of financial well-being or knowledge

Career = counselor, adviser, negotiator, alliance-maker

Zukra + Mangala-yuti-Budha in bhava-7 = advising

  • Shri Raman advised perhaps thousands of clients from many walks of life - including a predominance of politicians (Simha) and others highly ranked [karmesha-10 in 7, advising career]

  • as well, a good part of any Bharati astrologer's professional activity derives from marriage match-making

  • Rulers of bhava-3, bhava-4, bhava-5, bhava-8, bhava-9, and bhava-10 occupy the 7th sthana of advising and counseling

  • Karakamsha = bhava-7 = peer-to-peer advising

  • Thula rashi of diplomacy and negotiations upon the 10th navamsha

  • He also held a diploma in Homeopathic medicine, another consulting profession. professionalizer Surya rules-7 10th-from-10th located in satkona-6 = medicine

A visionary

Kumbha lagna = harbinger of New Age * age of Aquarius * Aquila

  • His efforts helped energize the 20th-century migration of Jyotisha knowledge toward the West.

Zukra = Career

Ruler of 10th Navamsha

Ruler of navamsha of Mangala karmapathi

Zukra Ruler of the 10th navamsha occupies radix-7, suggesting a profession of counseling and advising.

  • This is in fact the astrologer's professional reality. From early childhood, B.V. Raman studied under his paternal grandfather the famous South Indian Jyotishi Prof. B. Suryanarain Rao . He diligently attended grandfather's client sessions as a youth. When authorized by grandfather, young Raman began advising on his own.

Rahu the boundary-breaking speaker in 9th-from-Surya = paternal grandfather

L-4+dharmesha-9 Zukra

Yuvati bhava 10th-from-10th - day-to-day interactions, daily reality:

Zukra = Yogakaraka for Kumbha lagna.

Zukra gains additional strength in kendra.

  • Bhava-7 = 10th-from-10th = the partnering, peer-advising, counseling, mentoring relationships which compose the foundation of public career.

Zukra shares the counseling-advising functions with L-5+randhresha-8 Budha and L-3+karmesha-10 Kuja .

Shri Raman's career is complex, involving articulate expressions (Budha) of personal genius leading to fame (5) and secret/tantric knowledge (8); along with vigorously productive (Kuja) writings and conference presentations (3) and leadership authority in his profession.

  • Zukra receives no graha drishti.

  • Budha rules 9th-from-9th (paternal grandfather) while Kuja is dispositor of Guru who rules 9th-from-Surya . Role of the paternal grandfather is very favorable and tightly engaged with B.V. Raman's professional work.

Overall Zukra is very well positioned career-wise in the chart.

Karma Bhava


aspects to karmesha-10 - public status karmesha-10

Kuja occupies 10th-from-10th

Kuja in 7 = 10th-from-10th = energy for counseling + advising

Combine with the significance of co-tenant Zukra rules 10th-navamsha career, and radix-karmesha-10 occupying the 10th navamsha -- Raman's career auspice is excellent.

  • dhanapati-2+Vriddhipathi-11 Guru occupies karmasthana, allowing even a village astrologer - who normally subsists - to earn well through career activities.

  • Guru brings blessing wherever he travels; in Shri Raman's case Guru's blessing inhabits Bhava-10 of leadership and authority in one's professional field.

  • Bhava-10 shows good auspice - occupied by Jupiter and supported by aspects from uttama- Chandra; karmesha-10 Kuja; and a strong, determined lagnesha Shani, whose disposit or is the excellent career planet Zukra.

Mangala-Singha, Mangala in bhava-7


  • "You could be a reputed astrologer.

  • You will have only one devoted spouse, whom you will also love. ...

  • You will have mixed results. For some periods you will be at the top and for some periods at the bottom.

Gambling tendency will make your life miserable."

Behari/Das commentary:

"This is a powerful Mars.

  • You are family conscious -- either something happens to blemish the family's reputation, or you are simply very aware of and desirous of being a part of a "dignified" family.

  • Spends a lot, runs into debt.

  • Difficulty in improving the career position.

  • Wants money to come easily, without hard work.

Prone to speculation, gambling, or get rich quick schemes."

During Guru Mahadasha 1937-1953, B.V. Raman gained worldwide attention by issuing correct Jyotisha predictions for events occurring in Europe and Africa during World War Two.

Mahadasha of Zukra and Mahadasha of Budha were also celebrity times for him, due to Zukra and Budha granting career powers in Bhava-7 yuti karmesha-10 Mangala.

In Planets in Signs and Houses , the eminent Jyotishi Bepin Behari comments upon the characteristics of Scorpio Jupiter in radix-10:

"Jupiter enables you to acquire occult wisdom and to discover hidden knowledge through extensive research, though you may experience difficulties in this pursuit.

  • As a teacher, you may be highly successful, especially because of your wisdom, religious attitude, and personal character.

  • Financially, however, you may not be affluent.

  • Your name may be long remembered for contributions to sacred science."

Arudha of Karma Bhava -"Karmaa Pada" -public imagery or associations

Bhava-4 = arudha of Bhava-10 for Shri Raman.

Shri Raman does have a strong public aura but it is mixed character due to the Nishturabashi Yoga, where uttama-Shani yuti uttama Soma occupy Bhava-4.

  • The public illusion associated with his career or the impression he gave to the public was of being a hardworking, sincere person of very modest means (Shani) - with some emotional constrictions (Shani/Soma).

  • Such a person may experience a degree of emotional insecurity. Perhaps one tries too hard, or is too attached to the Rules.

  • The Nishturabashi Yoga-4 nativity has been traumatized by emotional loss paired with a strict or scarcity-impacted upbringing, and as a result one is often anxious to establish his dignity.

Yet uttama-Chandra = also part of the aura or public impression, and uttama-Chandra may grant a deep, reliable intuition.

So there is public respect too, for one who lives consciously moral, austere life. Perhaps one is a bit arrogant regarding the virtue of practicing austerities, or rigid in respect to rules of the social order (caste, jyat, Shani) and taciturn in judgment (Shani) of others' foibles noticed by others as a certain schadenfreude...

Still, the foundational (4) self-discipline has established a channel for authentic psycho-emotional perception (uttama Soma) which privdes the power to perform exceptionally accurate Jyotisha evaluations (Vrishabha, value).

Surya - ego identification, father

environments wherein one takes a central role

Shri Raman's Karka-Surya occupies Bhava-6 = ministry of service. He originally trained in zoological sciences and homeopathy, planning for a career in medicine.

yuvatipathi-7 in Bhava-6 conflict is associated with a marital union characterized by poverty, often the spouse hails from a service-class background. One may find that the professional reputation (7th = 10th from 10th) is sullied by debt, by association with the poor and marginalized, with beggars.

Often the profession requires hard work equal to servitude, so that while one may enjoy an independent consultancy one feels as it were enslaved to the vidya.

Yuvatipathi in the roga-bhava ripa-bhava ari-bhava may also suggest a loss or draining (12th) of balanced agreements (7) in marriage, business partnerships, and advising/counseling relationships. Perhaps fees are not paid as expected, or other contractual expectations not met.

  • Dr. Raman's birth family was dogged by poverty and debt. His widowed father was disabled by blindness and after his father's remarriage Shri Raman was largely ignored by his father (Surya-6, ill father).

  • He worked tremendously long hours, and his chosen profession/obsession of traditional Jyotisha consulting is famously low-paying. Nearly every day of his life he worked long hours on his readings, lectures, books and magazines, until his death at age 86 -- on December 20, 1998. Much of the work was done at home rogesha-6 in 4.

Professor Zukra teaching in the Bhava-7 classroom tends to counteract some of the partnership imbalance, and Professor Guru teaching in Bhava-10 classroom also tends to counteract some of the low-public-dignity karma. In fact, his reputation expanded dramatically during Guru Mahadasha 1937-1953.

Yet, problems remain.

  • Periods of yuvatipathi Surya are mixed, throwing light upon the Jyotisha dynamics of relationships and opening new contractual opportunities, yet exposing underlying imbalances in expectation.

Psychologically, because Chandra = rogesha-6 , Shri Raman suffered irreversible emotional damage when his mother died in his infancy (age 20 mos.) see Shani/Chandra "Saade Sati "

Emotional expectations acquire a negative valance and there are emotional imbalances in nurturing partnerships especially marriage.

when Shani freezes Chandra., the expected nourishment does not flow. Nevertheless there are many corrections from excellent planets elsewhere in the chart.

Sun's dispositor, the uttama-Chandra-Mrigaziras , pada-1 does give superior intelligence and fame, especially political fame (gained by making accurate WorldWar-2 predictions). He had these wonderful traits in abundance. However his Moon is severely oppressed by Saturn. His business partnerships were by and large draining. His partnerships induced servitude .



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