Sanjay Rath

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Sanjay Rath
Sanjay Rath.jpg
Native name ସଞୟ ରଥ
Born 1963
Residence New Delhi, India
Nationality India
Known for Jyotiṣa (Vedic Astrology)
Spouse(s) Sarbani Rath
Children Aditi Rath, Somanath
Parent(s) Umakant Rath, Manjoo Rath

Sanjay Rath (Odia: ସଞୟ ରଥ; born 7 August 1963 at Sambalpur, Odisha) is an Indian astrologer.[1] He comes from a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan village in Puri, which trace their lineage back to Shri Achyuta Das (Acyutananda).[citation needed] Sanjay Rath studied under his uncle, the late Pandit Kasinath Rath. His grandfather, the late Pandit Jagannath Rath, was the Jyotish Ratna of Odisha and authored many books on Jyotisha.

Sanjay Rath became a graduate of mechanical engineering and joined the Government of India[2] in July 1991. He was promoted to Under Secretary in the Ministry of Defence in October 1997. After the encouraging reception of his translation of Maharshi Jaimini's Upadesha Sutras and the growing number of students, Sanjay Rath resigned from government service in September 2000 to devote himself completely to Jyotisha.[citation needed]

Teaching Jyotish[edit]

Sanjay Rath uses Bṛhat Parāśara Horāśāstra, Jaimini Upadeśa Sūtra, Bṛhat Jātaka and Kalyāṇavarmā's Sārāvalī as the foundations of Jyotiṣa and teaches from various other Jyotiṣa scripture and sacred literature such as the Bhagavadgītā, Upaniṣad, Purāṇa, etc. His holistic teaching and writings span across various schools of thought, although not creating his own brand of astrology.[citation needed] He is a strict follower of the teachings of the ancient seers and is also a keen promoter for research and further development of the subject.[citation needed]


To promote the teachings of his paramparā Sanjay Rath has formed a non-profit organisation called Śrī Jagannāth Center where his advanced students are helping to spread Jyotiṣa in a way that keeps its spiritual roots. Students learn not only about Jyotiṣa, but also Mantra Śāstra, mudra, prāṇayāma, meditation, and the Sanātana Dharma.

Present work[edit]

Sanjay Rath is presently working on translating the ancient Jyotish scriptures Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra (Sanskrit: बृहत्पराशर होराशास्त्र) and Maharṣi Jaimini kṛta Upadeśa Sūtra (Sanskrit: महर्षिजैमिनि कृत उपदेशसूत्र) also popularly called Jaimini Sūtra and teaching them through courses like the Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course (PJC) and Jaimini Scholar Program (JSP)

He is the Chairman of SJC Education & Research Center (SJCERC), Nagpur that is managed by Dewavrata Buit which offers Bachelors' Degrees and Masters' Degrees in Vedic Astrology under MOU with Kavikulaguru Kalidas Sanskrit University. SJCERC has organised a conference at Nagpur in January, 2005 (see adjoining picture).

He has a paid astrological study course offered through SoHamsa and various workshops available through the Devaguru Brihaspati Center.

After the completion of the Jaimini Scholar Program, he has started teaching JSPA and other Advanced Courses for professional astrologers.

Sri Jagannath Center[edit]

Sanjay Rath originally founded the Sri Jagannath Center(SJC) in 1998 as a platform for open discussion about Vedic Astrology and Spirituality. Various books and publications are available through Sagittarius Publications. The Jyotish Digest a quarterly journal on Vedic Astrology is also edited by Pt. Sanjay Rath.

The Sri Jagannath Center was established with the objective of teaching Jyotish according to the ancient Sanskrit classics written in India by maharishis like Parasara and Jaimini. SJC has created a revival of people working to understand classical Indian astrology.

Sanjay Rath has trained students in the approach taught through the Jyotish parampara of Sri Achyuta Dasa of Jagannath, Puri. His teachers from non-profit SJC have study circles which now exist in many countries around the world. SJC uses internet services such as yahoo groups to create forums for international discussion between various astrologers.

  1. Chairman: Brendan Feeley
  2. President: Sarbani Sarkar Rath
  3. Europe Head Organizer: Zoran Radosavljevic
  4. America Head Organizer: Brendan Feeley
  5. Africa Head Organizer: Swee Chan
  6. Asia-Pacific Head Organizer: Sarajit Poddar

At present, Sanjay Rath teaches the Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course (PJC) at Devaguru Brhaspati Center and S.I.V.A (acronym for Slavic Institute for Vedic Astrology in Serbia, together with his student Zoran Radosavljevic.

Books by Sanjay Rath[edit]

Brihat Nakshatra
  1. Jaimini Maharishi's Upadesa Sutra, (1997) A translation of the original Sanskrit work of Maharishi Jaimini. This text decodes the teachings hidden within the numerical correspondence of each Sanskrit letter relative to the meaning of the verse.[3]
  2. Crux of Vedic Astrology: Timing of Events, (1998) Detailed information on the various houses in Vedic astrology and an introduction to the use of Divisional charts, Narayana Dasa, Shula Dasa and other Jyotish tools. An important text to understand Sanjay Rath's style of horoscope interpretation.[4]
  3. Vedic Remedies in Astrology(2000) This book explains various principles of remedial measures in Hindu astrology. The astrological relationship between deities, mantras, yantras, gemstones and many other tools are explained. Well known for the large section on mantras as well as many case studies.[5]
  4. Narayana Dasa, (2001) This book is a definitive explication of Narayana dasa which is a Vedic timing technique using the signs of the zodiac.[6]
  5. Varga Cakra, (2002) This book is a collected work of various students of Sanjay Rath presented at the Vyankatesha Sharma Varga workshop in 2002. Each chapter focuses on a different divisional chart with multiple case studies.[7]
  6. Vimsottari and Udu Dasa's, (2002) This book explains the multitude of conditional naksatra dasas mentioned in Brhat Parasara Hora Sastra.[8]
  7. Collected Papers in Vedic Astrology, (2006) Sanjay Rath travelled extensively between 2002 and 2006 teaching workshops through the Sri Jagannath Center. This book is a collection of revised and expanded workshop presentations given during that time period. Topics included: badhaka, ghataka chakra, hora lagna, sarvatobadra chakra, kalpadruma yoga, pancha mahapurusha yoga, naksatra techniques, nadiamsa, manduka dasa, rudramsa, longevity and dream interpretation.[9]
  8. Brihat Nakshatra, (2008).[10]


  1. ^ "Vedic astrology lessons in 'guru-sishya parampara' – Times of India". Indiatimes. 9 December 2002. Retrieved 22 September 2011. 
  2. ^ CSL No.3285
  3. ^ Rath, Sanjay (1997). Jaimini Maharishi's Upadesa Sutras. New Delhi, India: Sagar Publications. p. 421. 
  4. ^ Rath, Sanjay (1998). Crux of Vedic Astrology (Timing of Events). New Delhi, India: Sagar Publications. p. 589. 
  5. ^ Rath, Sanjay (2001). Vedic Remedies in Astrology. New Delhi, India: Sagar Publications. p. 451. 
  6. ^ Rath, Sanjay (2001). Narayana Dasa. New Delhi, India: Sagar Publications. p. 241. 
  7. ^ Rath, Sanjay (2001). Varga Cakra. New Delhi, India: Sagar Publications. p. 320. 
  8. ^ Rath, Sanjay (2002). Vimsottari and Udu Dasa's. New Delhi, India: Sagar Publications. p. 264. 
  9. ^ Rath, Sanjay. Collected Papers in Vedic Astrology. New Delhi, India: Sagittarius Publications. p. 385. 
  10. ^ Rath, Sanjay. Brihat Nakshatra. New Delhi, India: Sagar Publications. p. 241. 

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