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What is the significance of astrology in Hinduism? I see many famous sages don't really talk much about it, but why Hindus give alot of importance to it?

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    Jyotisha is one of the 6 Vedangas...how u concluded it's not important... 🤔🤔🤔 – YDS Aug 1 '18 at 3:25
  • I didn't say its not important, I'm asking how important it is? Some people heavily rely on it to predict their future instead of focusing on spirituality. – Thiagz Aug 1 '18 at 3:29
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    In the vedic ages, astrological calculations were imp for vedic rituals,...and these were done by godly humans! – Uday Krishna Aug 1 '18 at 3:51
  • @Thiagz Vedas though the ultimate significance is spirituality, talk about manythings with different purpose. – Paṇḍyā Aug 1 '18 at 4:56
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    @Pandya, thanks. The explanation was wonderful on the post – Thiagz Aug 1 '18 at 6:22
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Astrology is a word related to phalita jyotisha i.e predictive astrology and there are many subdivisions in that as well.

Vedanga jyotisha is not actually astrology because it deals more with positions of stars and planets in the sky. It also deals with seasons and equinoxes and so on. So Vedanga jyotisha is more related to astronomy. It was mainly used to find appropriate time for performing bi monthly, quarterly and many other special vedic yajnas.

As such astrology is not very important as per scriptural point of view.

We dont see many examples in texts like Ramayana or mahabharata where people visit astrologers to discuss their life events and to find solutions for astrologically unfavorable time frames.

However jyotisha was important for conducting ceremonies and hence muhurtam was an important aspect.

In present society it has become more popular and many other things and customs have also gained popularity.

  • We dont see many examples in texts like Ramayana or mahabharata where people visit astrologers to discuss their life events and to find solutions for astrologically unfavorable time frames. --- That does not mean anything. Do u find descriptions of anyone of them going to doctors even? :P – Rickross Aug 4 '18 at 5:32
  • @Rickross in fact all great sages like parashara and others lived in that era. If it was so then it would be there. Regarding medicine we find in vedas itself and deities like dhanvantari and Ashwini kumaras are associated with it – Rakesh Joshi Aug 4 '18 at 12:32
  • You follow Tantras but unaware of the importance of predictive astrology?? Quite strange is that. All Tantra texts like Nityotsava and many others have at the beginning chapters have verses on "Dikshakala Nirnaya". Which will say if u take Diksha on this Vara/Nakshtra/Tithi/Yoga etc this and this will be the results. What is that other than predictive astrology? You are talking now like the crippled Vedantist :P – Rickross Aug 5 '18 at 6:05
  • @Rickross that is more of muhurtam. If fate is already decided then whats point of free will? Whats use of anushthana? – Rakesh Joshi Aug 5 '18 at 11:13

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