Prasna Tantra

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Prasna Tantra
Author Neelakantha
Translator Bangalore Venkata Raman
Country India
Language Sanskrit
Subject Astrology

Prasna Tantra[1] is a famous work of Neelakantha on Horary astrology.[2] Neelakantha Daivagnya, the author of Tajika Neelakanthi was the minister and court astrologer of Mughal Emperor Jalaluddin Akbar. Prasna Tantra is based on the Tajika system of prognostication. It comprises 430 slokas divided into four chapters, and is written in the usual Sanskrit Sloka – format. It is believed that this work, which is compact and comprehensive, proven and applicable to modern conditions, is the Third Tantra or division of Neelakantha’s larger work, Tajika Neelakanthi. Prasna Tantra is divided into four chapters, viz – Prasna Vichara (preliminaries), Bhava Prasna (questions bearing on different houses), Vishesha Prasna (special questions) and Prakirnakadhyaya (concluding remarks). The aspects considered by this work are those of the Tajika system, an aspect by itself has no orb but planets have orbs of operation; Yogas in this system arise on the basis of applying and separating aspects, the closer the yoga (Ithsala etc.,), the more certain will be the results.[3] The rules and methods initiated by this text have found favour with astrologers since the time it was written and came to light around 1580 A.D. [4][5][6] Prasna Tantra by Neelakantha and Daivagya Vallabha of Varahamihira are a must to cover Prasna or Horary astrology.[7]

See also[edit]

Ashtamangala prasnam


  1. ^ Neelakantha. Prasna Tantra. Bangalore Venkata Raman. Bangalore: Raman Publications.
  2. ^ Hart De Fouw. Light on Life. Lotus Press. p. 13.
  3. ^ B.V.Raman. Prasna Tantra (Horary astrology).
  4. ^ Namita Gokhale. Gods, Graves and Grandmother. Penguin Books India. p. 143.
  5. ^ Gayatri Devi Vasudev. The Art of Matching Charts. New Delhi: Motilal Banarsidass Publishers. p. 17.
  6. ^ M.R.Bhat. Essentials of Horary Astrology. p. 29.
  7. ^ "Vedic Astrology Shastras Library".