Vaidyanatha Dikshita

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Vaidyanatha Dikshita was a Brahmin belonging to the Bharadwaja Gotra. He is believed to have lived in South India either in the 14th or 15th century A.D. He was the author of Jataka Parijata, the Sanskrit treatise written in verse-format on the predictive portion of Hindu astrology. His father, Venkatadri Dikshita, was the son of Anniah Dikshita.

Not much is known about the life of Vaidyanatha Dikshita except for his own very brief statement in Jataka Parijata. According to Prof. Katva, Vaidyanatha lived in the 14th century A.D. in Mysore. But V.Subramanya Sastri, the translator and commentator of Jataka Parijata, not agreeing with the attribution of authorship of Sarvartha Chintamani to Venkatadri Dikshita, suggested that Vaidyanatha Dikshita was born between 1425 and 1450 A.D.. He cited the fact that Kesava Daivajna, the author of Muhurata Tattva, a Sanskrit treatise on Hindu astrology, and a disciple of Vaidyanatha Dikshita who was born around 1456 A.D., was the father of Ganesa Daivajna, who in 1520 A.D. wrote the Sanskrit treatise on astrology titled - Graha Laghava.[1]

Vaidyanatha also wrote Patrimargapradeepika, a textbook on calculating the birth-chart etc., and the Janamapatrika.[2]


  1. ^ V.Subramanya Sastri. Vaidyanatha Dikshita’s Jataka Parijat. New Delhi: Ranjan Publications. pp. 5–6. 
  2. ^ Vaidyanatha. Patrimargapradeepika (published in 1930). Mumbai: Sri Venkatesvara Steam Press.