Varaha Mihira's Birhat Jatak from time immemorial has been considered as the standard textbook on Astrology. The commentaries by Bhattotpala have made Brihat Jataka immortal and a standard work.
The English translation of Varahamihira's Brihat Jataka is a monumental work in completing which the difficulties in translating a beautiful, technical and suggestive work in Sanskrit had to surmounted by hard labour, profound research and want of adequate expressions.
There are several translations of this matchless book into English available in the market. But Prof. Rao's translation has been acclaimed not only as authentic, based mainly on the commentaries of Bhattopala but also as embodying in the notes, Prof. RaoÍs vast
practical experience in the field of astrology.
It is hoped that this translation, out of print for a long time, will supply a long-felt want to the vast number of astrological students
and savants, for an authoritative presentation of Varaha MihiraÍs treatise in simple English.
It is not mere a translation work; the ripe experience of Mr. Rao for over 60 years in the field of Astrology and his sound judgment on doubtful points have substantiated its value further.
Prof. B. Suryanarain Rao (1856-1937), grandfather of Dr. B.V. Raman, Editor, The Astrological Magazine, was the first to pioneer astrological journalism in the country in the 19th century when he started the now internationally renoned The Astrological Magazine, in 1895. Prof. Rao was the author of Never-To-Be-Forgotten Empire; Hyder Ali or Sultan of Mysore The Astrological Self Instructor; Astrological Mirror; Astrological Primer; Karma and Chemistry; An Introduction to the Study of Astrology: Royal Horoscopes; Illustrative Horoscopes; Female Horoscopy. Besides, Prof. Rao translated into English several classical works like Brihat Jataka, Jaiminisutras, Jataka Chandrika, Satayogamanjari, Jatakakalanidhi, etc.