About SJC

Sri Jagannath Center (SJC) was established in 1998 (1997 started informally) in India with the objective of teaching jyotish in the tradition of maharishis like Parasara and Jaimini. Jyotish or Vedic astrology is taught by a panel of jyotish gurus in the traditional jyotish parampara of Sri Achyuta Dasa of Jagannath, Puri. SJC attempts to infuse the highest standards of integrity through the strict discipline of yogic practices of Vedic tradition including training in remedial measures. Meditation including dhyana, dharana, and pranayama is taught to ensure spiritual discipline while classes on scriptures and Sanskrit ensure a balanced spiritual growth along with the knowledge of astrology. SJC aims at continuing the time honoured guru-shishya tradition and is dedicated to the propagation of Vedic and Vedic Astrology learning covering the gamut of allied subjects including astrology, scriptural studies and mantra shastra, numerology, vastu shastra, shakuna Shastra, swapna shastra and yoga. It concentrates on propagating research in the highest scholastic tradition in the different areas of jyotish and aims at demystifying the subject by rescuing it from the hands of quacks, while restoring its dignity and prestige that it enjoyed previously. SJC has numerous students around the world who are connected through e-lists (Achyuta Gurukulam, Varahamihira, Vedic Astrology) and free online classes where there are intense discussions on a variety of issues. In more recent times, numerous study circles and centers have started around the world.

Mission

The Sri Jagannath Center (SJC) was formed in 1998 with the aim and objective of sharing the knowledge of the Maharishi’s in the Guru-sisya parampara of Orissa (state in the eastern coast of India). The teacher student relationship ensures personalized attention and the student learns the most. It also has the additional benefit of a life time relationship as the subject cannot be learnt in a short time. The teacher becomes a friend, philosopher and guide and the learning process is natural and evenly paced as there are no time limits to learning something. The pace is automatically set to the natural learning pace of the student. More about SJC & Jyotish Gurus can be learnt from the gurus pages and the SJC Website.
SJC is registered as a non-profit society under the Societies Registration Act at New Delhi, India since May 2003.

SJC Logo

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The SJC Logo comprises an eight petal lotus yantra of crimson red (satva guna) petals in the eight karmic directions with each petal being an offering made of pure devotion (bhakti – devotional ecstatic love) to the digpala (deities of the directions), so that we may be released on the karmic bondage. The deities are –
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Direction Paper Devatä Sun/Soul
East Top/Up Indra Sürya
South-East Top Right Agni Ravi
South Right Yama Vivasvan
South-West Bottom Right Raksasa Bhaga
West Bottom/Down Varuna Varuna
North-West Bottom Left Mitra Mitra
North Left Kubera Äditya
North-East Top Left Siva Vishnu

This is the inner pedestal of the inner heart chakra (anahata chakra) while the outward is the twelve petal lotus comprising the twelve sun signs.

Sri Jagannath, the lord of the Universe is the paramatma in the center witnessing all the little games and frolic (lila) going on with each of the creation. May we have His sight to witness all the events of the universe as they unfold.

Little Facts

Why and What is SJC?
Sri Jagannath Center (SJC) was established in 1998 in India with the objective of teaching jyotish in the time honored tradition of maharishi Parasara and Jaimini and sages of yore. The tradition traces its lineage to Mahapurush Achyuta Dasa, the disciple of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu. Jyotish or Vedic astrology is taught by a panel of jyotish gurus in the traditional jyotish parampara of Sri Achyuta Dasa of Jagannath, Puri.
What does SJC do?
SJC attempts to infuse the highest standards of integrity through the strict discipline of yogic practices of Vedic tradition including training in remedial measures. Meditation including dhyana, dharana, and pranayama is taught to ensure spiritual discipline while classes on scriptures and Sanskrit ensure a balanced spiritual growth along with the knowledge of astrology.
SJC aims at continuing the time honoured guru-shishya tradition and is dedicated to the propagation of Vedic and Vedic Astrology learning covering the gamut of allied subjects including astrology, scriptural studies and mantra shastra, numerology, vastu shastra, shakuna Shastra, swapna shastra and yoga.
It concentrates on propagating research in the highest scholastic tradition in the different areas of jyotish and aims at demystifying the subject by rescuing it from the hands of quacks, while restoring its dignity and prestige that it enjoyed previously.
SJC has numerous students around the world who are connected through e-lists (Achyuta Gurukulam, Varahamihira, Vedic Astrology) and free online classes where there are intense discussions on a variety of issues. In more recent times, numerous study circles and centers have started around the world.
We believe that Sri Jagannath Mahaprabhu (Krishna in the form of the Universal Teacher as adored and worshipped in Puri, India) will always guide our intellect in this holy mission.

Parampara (Oral Tradition)

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Śrī Vedavyāsa: vyāṁ vedavyāsāya nāmaḥ
Vedic Astrology has always been taught in the Guru-Sisya parampara and most of these traditions of jyotish draw their lineage from Maharishi Parasara. This makes the Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra (BPHS: a compendium on astrology) as the basic text book for learning Jyotish. However, BPHS teaches Hora shartra or Astrology. The term Hora is derived from two words ‘Aho’ meaning ‘Day” and ‘Ratra’ meaning ‘Night’. Thus, this is the knowledge of the effect of time (Qualitatively) on the lives and times of peoples and nations etc. However, the full scope of jyotish is very vast and depending on the time the students at SJC are to be taught as much as possible. There is no fixed syllabus, as such for Jyotish and one life time is, perhaps inadequate to do full justice to it. Yet, we have attempted a Syllabus with a broad range of the areas that will be covered under each discipline.
The classes and teaching is free in the web but students have to cover costs for direct coaching and also pay for taking tests that will need to be corrected.
As regards studies in study circles, for the present, outstation students have to make their own arrangements for boarding and lodging.

Living Tradition

Vedic Astrology has always been taught in the Guru-Sisya parampara and most of these traditions of jyotish draw their lineage from Maharishi Parasara. This makes the Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra (BPHS: a compendium on astrology) as the basic text book for learning Jyotish. However, BPHS teaches Hora shartra or Astrology. The term Hora is derived from two words ‘Aho’ meaning ‘Day” and ‘Ratra’ meaning ‘Night’. Thus, this is the knowledge of the effect of time (Qualitatively) on the lives and times of peoples and nations etc. However, the full scope of jyotish is very vast and depending on the time the students at SJC are to be taught as much as possible. There is no fixed syllabus, as such for Jyotish and one life time is, perhaps inadequate to do full justice to it. Yet, we have attempted a Syllabus with a broad range of the areas that will be covered under each discipline. The classes and teaching is fully free of cost. However, for the present, outstation students have to make their own arrangements for boarding and lodging.
Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu >> Achyutananda Dasa >> Ramachandra Dasa ….. Jagannath Rath >> Kashinath Rath >> Sanjay Rath …the lineage continues. Yes we are the living tradition, we the Jyotishi associated with SJC are the tradition.

5Blessed with two beautiful children – elder daughter Aditi and son Somanath.

Aditi Rath

b. 21 Dec 1992 (under construction)

Somanath Rath

b. 1 June 1995 (under construction)

Mother: Manju Rath

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Mrs. Manju Rath

b. 29 Oct. 1943 at 4.55 am IST at Jajpur, India 86 E 25?, 20 N 51? Born Suprabha Tripathi her name was changed to Manjoo Rath at the time of marriage on 23 Feb. 1961. She is the eldest daughter of Dr. Kailash Tripathi and has three brothers and three sisters. An elder sibling was stillborn.

Father: Umakant Rath

b. 12 Nov. 1934 at 6.30 pm IST at Cuttack, India 85 E 50′, 20 N 30′

Childhood

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He was the youngest child of Pt. Jagannath Rath and Chandra Devi. He had four elder brothers and three elder sisters i.e. he was the astama garbha (8th pregnancy – Moon). The two eldest brothers had died before his birth from a natural cause and snake bite respectively. His father had mourned the death of the second brilliant son very much and had worshipped Lord Shiva by keeping a 21 day fast for his birth.
His early education was in the free village pathsala (school of sorts) and later in the neighboring village school where the headmaster paid his fees as his father had lost his job on account of the freedom movement – he held the Puri collectors horse by the reins (Parasara style!).
His favorite childhood hang out was the village Somanath (Shiva) temple where he enjoyed the fruits and swimming in the adjoining Bhargavi (Venus) River. Every other year the river would flood and the inhabitants had to swim for their lives and he has fine accounts of survival. On one occasion he swam neck to neck with a huge cobra and got the floating tree trunk before the cobra!
His first experience with black magic was when he was barely 12 years old in Moon dasa Ketu antardasa when his eldest sister was possessed by an evil soul and the local tantrik had to be called to remove the same. He was the only one (bachelor required) who volunteered (after his father’s coaxing) to be the tantriks assistant, visit the local cremation ground on amavasya and retrieve a bone after a rite, bring it near his sister and then carry it to the river and throw it – she recovered!!! He remembers that he ws frightened and would hold his sacred thread and recited the gayatri mantra before going and the name of Lord Somanath throughout. That’s how his faith in Lord Shiva was built.
He and his mother went to stay with his father at Puri. Poverty was natural to all the people of Orissa and it did not matter. He would swim a mile into the sea and the captains of the foreign ships coming to Orissa always fed him well. The sea adventures are many and shows daring and the ability to survive – the zeal of Venus is strong. At the fag end of the Moon dasa he had a life threatening small-pox attack. His survival was nothing short of a miracle and it happened exactly on the date and time his father had foretold. At this juncture he was advised by almost everyone to skip the matriculation examination as he was not prepared due to his illness. His father sat overnight doing his astrology calculations on a slate and chalk (paper was too expensive to afford) and in the morning said, “Do you have faith in me and Lord Shiva? If so, then take the examination. Your Mars dasa has just started and you will top the examination and get a scholarship for your engineering. You know that we have been dispossessed of our home and lands and I have no wealth left for your education.” He took the examination as his headmaster paid the exam fees and went on stand first in the Orissa State matriculation examination winning the scholarship for college.
His middle brother bought his one-way general class ticket to Pilani, Rajasthan and his uncle gifted him his first pair of shoes – after all he was going to be an electrical engineer from BITS Pilani. With two half pants and this shoe he took the tedious five day journey to Pilani. The scholarship was always late due to red-tape and after his marvelous performance in the first year, he became the pet of an industrialist, the founder of BITS Pilani – Shri Ghanshyam Das Birla. He was gifted a badminton racket and went on to be the Rajasthan champion and India No.2 with it. They gave him swimming trunks and he went on to hold the national endurance swimming record in it spending 72 hours in water – he can sleep in water! The Rajputs of Rajasthan turned out to be very large hearted and brave friends like Mr.Talwar who gifted him his first pair of trousers and he could debate in all forum in them making his college very proud. That was Mars dasa causing nicabhanga of the Sun. After graduation Shri G.D.Birla offered to fund his Masters degree at Harvard, USA but he had a responsibility towards his family who were poor and he had to return home and take up a job with the Orissa State Electricity department and maintain them.

Marriage & Middle life

He married into the leading family of the Tripathi’s from Cuttack on 23 Feb 1961 (Rahu-Sat-Rahu: astrology pundits check this out!). His father-in-law Dr. Kailash Chandra Tripathi was a leading doctor. Most of the elders of the family had taken diksha from Ma lakshmi Devi (Ramakrishna Paramhamsa’s niece) and had built the R.K.Mission at Cuttack. Almost everyone was either a leading judge, lawyer, doctor or IAS officer. He had three sons. Just as predicted by his father – being the blessings of marrying a girl born on amavasya (dark Moon) and performing pooja: Brahma, Vishnu & Maheswara in the reverse order would bless the couple.
His eldest son was born on 28 March during Rah-Mer-Ven on a Wednesday (Mer antar) with vargottama Venus in exaltation in Pisces lagna and Sun (Shiva) closely conjunct lagna. The second son Sushant (later changed to Sanjay) was born on 7 August 1963 during Rah-Mer-Jup on on a Wednesday (Mer antar) with Jupiter in Simhasanamsa in Pisces lagna showing the protection of Chakradhara Vishnu (Saravali) and the third son Sumant was born on 16 Feb 1965 in Rahu-Ketu-Sat on a Tuesday (Ketu antar) in Cancer Lagna. Brahma is the deity of Saturn (Parasara). His wife wanted a daughter very much but heeding his fathers warning (see Parasara – daughter after three sons), he went and had an operation preventing further childbirth. He joined NMDC a Government of India enterprise and got the Prseident of India’s gold medal for his outstanding service in developing the Kiriburu mines on 12 Nov 1964 (Rahu-Ketu-Jup).
In 1966 anti-sikh riots started in the mining areas as a sikh truck driver raped a tribal girl. He played a pivotal role in pacifying the tribal people (more so as he was a Brahmin from Puri). One time his driver Sardar Gurbaksh Singh, was chased by tribals carrying bows and arrows and he came running home. Mrs. Manju Rath hid him in the huge trunk and 3-year old baby Sanjay was placed on top to guard! The tribals stopped short of the baby and hearing the calming words of the lady and name of Jagannath gave up the blood thirsty chase. He later joined Larsen & Toubro Limited (now L&T) in 1969 (Rahu dasa Moon antar) building a personal friendship with Mr. Hoc Larsen of Denmark. He had his first private car – a black sedan in the same year (ORO 710 – number 8 repeats often). The nationalist movement had gripped India when everything from banks to foreign companies were being taken over by Government.
He left L&T to start his own business in March 1973 (Jup-Jup) and also built his huge house modeled in a German design in Bhubaneswar in the same year. He got the design from friends in Düsseldorf, Germany in 1971 during a visit. Very soon Mr.Larsen also left India when he was forcibly divested of his ownership of L&T due to changed laws. Mrs.Indira Gandhi He admired Mrs. Indira Gandhi and was an ardent follower of hers. When his license for building the fastener plant was withheld by the cental government, he requested Sri G.D.Birla to intervene (basically the industry planned would manufacture bolts and nuts for the Calcutta based Hindustan motors of Sri Birla). In his second meeting with Mrs.Gandhi he flatly told her, “Ma’am your dictator of a secretary is neither giving me the license nor is giving me a plausible cause for withholding”. To this the most charismatic leader India ever had, Mrs. Gandhi explained the policy clearly and deftly in a few words and smilingly replied, “now that you understand, tomorrow the same dictator of a secretary will give you the license”. Later when the Piss-Cola culture grabbed India and Morarji Desai* put her in jail, he was among the few who visited Mrs. Gandhi to give her moral support. Remembering him from an earlier meeting, she enquired as to why he had risked this visit and could be prosecuted, he replied, “At good times, there are many who will vie for your attention, and it is at such times that those who admire you will stand up against this atrocity. I agree with father – this jailing for political vendetta is a pathetic development in democratic India.
    *Believe-it-or-not: Morarji Desai actually drank a glass of his own urine every morning for good health and even expected the nation to follow him in this.

Lord Somanath

Somjyotir He built a modern fastener manufacturing industry in 1982 in Jup dasa Venus antardasa called SN Corporation Limited with a technical and financial collaboration with the Sakamura Group of Japan and Mr. Sakamura was a personal friend who was very spiritual, steadfast and of impeccable character. SN stands for SomaNath? – just as his house is named SomaNath? Villa after Lord Someshwara Shiva. In April 1984 in the fag end of Jupiter dasa Moon antardasa, the Government of Orissa took over the management of the company and successfully managed to make it completely sick after corrupt bureaucrats looted it for several years just as the temple of Lord Somanath was looted by the Ghaznavi plunderers. He fought the cases in courts believing that justice would come and he did win all of the cases showing that the action was illegal and malafide, but it was too late. The industry was destroyed beyond redemption and with it his dreams. He still nourishes a dream of building a temple for Lord Somanath in Bhubaneswar.

A Confession

In 1987 when I returned to Orissa after mechanical engineering graduation, I got involved in the court cases and was very angry with the way my father had been betrayed by his closest and trusted lawyer friend Mr. Mohanty. I started learning tantra and in the winter of 1987-88 started learning the Bagalamukhi tantra (Sat-Ven period) for the complete annihilation of enemies with the prime objective of destroying my fathers terrible enemies. Sri Bhagavan Mishra the great tantrik of Orissa was a teacher and I also visited Calcutta and had a Bagalamukhi kavacha prepared by the son of the greatest tantra master of Bengal – Pt. Ramesh Chandra Bhattacharya. Thereafter I was able to convince my father (after a lot of arguments) to have a Bagalamukhi puja done. When Sri Bhagavan Mishra asked him to take the names of his enemies at the time of breaking of the coconut, father refused and said that there are no enemies! So, the Puja had to end with prayers for destroying bad karma. I was very angry with father and called him a coward for not fighting his enemies, especially Mr.Mohanty the criminal lawyer. Mr. Mohanty had suddenly developed Cancer in 1987 and had wasted away all his money in fighting the disease at Bombay since then. Father said that he was suffering for his sins and that was the will of Shiva and that he would not fight an old friend.

In 1989 I did a powerful Bagalamukhi anusthana and swore not to do Ganesh Puja again if he was not destroyed! – my guru for all pujas is Shakti Ganesha. Mr.Mohanty died the night before Ganesha Puja!!! I was shocked; mother was shocked; gurudev was mad with me. His words that had made me leave Karate and all forms of physical violence – “there are no enemies, there are only mirrors” kept ringing in my ears. Father wanted me to leave Orissa and get out of his issues. The next year he sent me to Cuttack on the pretext of some work and when I returned, a bonfire had been made with all my astrology books. I was told that an astrologer had advised that Jyotish was not good for me. I have always suffered the jealousy of scheming astrology colleagues. They could not take the reputation that a young Sanjay was getting with astounding predictions thanks to Sri Sri Shakti Ganesha. The Bagalamukhi anusthana did not go in vain and the arrow that leaves the bow of an expert archer will find its mark. It was too late to call it back. Father was grossly betrayed by three partners – Mr. Jain, Mr. Agarwal and Mr. Mohanty. Mr.Jain’s darling daughter was caught by the Calcutta police for smuggling gold and went to jail; Mr. Agarwal went to the Ranchi mental asylum after his wife died suddenly and Mr. Mohanty had Cancer and died. All this was too mcuh and in Mars antardasa (9th lord), I turned to Jagannath seeking peace within. I left for Delhi in 1991. Since then there have been many occasions or rather provocations, but gurudev’s words – “there are no enemies, there are only mirrors” keeps ringing in my ears. That was my Saturn dasa…one dark age of my life.

sarbaniSanjay and Sarbani tied the knot amidst blessings from their parents, family and friends. Sarbani has put together some of her published papers, reviews and musings from a long, public stint in environmental studies and community rights and the enriching experiences of her esoteric and hidden self as Tarotist and Vedic Astrologer at her webpage. Publicly, she worked as a social scientist specializing in environment, law, rights and the history of ideas while privately, she collects tarot decks, dabbled in I-Ching and learnt Jyotish. Today she works as the President of Sri Jagannath Center (NGO) without remuneration and is the backbone of the Jyotish Digest bringing about its revival in 2002.

She teaches Jyotish at the Atri Group of SJC and is starting classes in the Maharshi Jaimini’s Sutras. Website: http://sarbani.com

Ṛṣi Atri (family) » Rathātreya Ṛk Veda Maṇḍala 5; Pt. Sanjay Rath belongs to Atri Gotra i.e. the lineage of Brahmarṣi Atri and Anasuyā Devi.

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Pt. Sanjay Rath belongs to Atri Gotra i.e. the lineage of Brahmarṣi Atri and Anasuyā Devi. Brahmarṣi Atri is the seer of the fifth maṇḍala (book) of the Rig Veda. He had many sons including the three famous ones – Soma, Datta and Durvāsā who were the incarnations of the trimūrti – Brahma, Vishnu and Rudra respectively. The trimūrti channeled through Brahmarṣi Atri when they granted boons to his wife Devi Anasuyā for helping the Sun to rise in the east everyday. Datta is called Dattātreya i.e. Datta the son of Atri as Vishnu always respects the lineage. Similarly Soma is called Chandratreya and Durvasa is Krishnatreya. Somātreya (Chandra) established the Someśvara Jyotirliñga used to overcome all kinds of passion. Soma has the power to cause any species to continue i.e. the power of creation as he is the incarnation of Brahma.

Boons are granted after testing both parents. Just as Atri had surpassed every form of penance known including standing on one leg for a thousand years and reciting the Dakṣiṇāmūrti mantra, Devi Anasuyā was also tested by the Trimūrti. The Trimūrti tested the chastity of Anasuyā. They arrived as Brahmins and requested for food on the condition that she has to serve it in the nude. Anasuyā agreed without any hesitation and used her śaktī to convert the brahmins (actually Trimūrti) into babies and offered them food without any dress. The trimūrti reverted back to their original form only after they were fed and Anasuyā had dressed – and blessed her.

Brahma Purāṇa adds that the blessings of Durgā resulted in the birth of a daughter Śubhatreyī. Other sons were involved in various activities. Ratha, the son of Atri, was involved in receiving and recording some parts of the fifth maṇḍala of the Rig Veda. Hence he embodied the Veda and is referred to as Rathātreya i.e. Rath, the son of Atri. There are a number of famous names belonging to the lineage of Atri – Śāvāśva, Avishtir, Purvātithi, Mudgala, Uḍḍālaki, Śākalāyani, Chāndogya, to name a few. The greatest contribution of the Atreyas is the Rig Veda. There are two main brāhmaṇas (books) that are used to understand and learn the Veda of which the Atri Brāhmaṇa is considered the purest and highest.

Ṛṣi Atri finds mention in almost every list of the Ṛṣi’s drawn up for various purposes.

  • The most important list for Brahmin’s is the three who discovered AUM the cosmic sound symbolising creation or Brahma (a), preservation or Vishnu (U) and dissolution or Shiva (M). These three were Ṛṣi Gautama (A), Ṛṣi Atri (U) and Ṛṣi Bharadvaja (M). He followed his father Brahma in giving the sacred thread which has three strands symbolizing A-U-M. Together these three strands indicate the vow that a Brahmin takes to recite and adhere to AUM (also pronounced OM). The first three threads of the Brahma vrata (promise of the Brahmin) is related to Bhū loka (earth plane). The second set of three threads is given after marriage and is related to the Bhuva loka (solar system) while the third set of three threads Dīkṣa (initiation)and is related to svarga loka (heavens).
  • Then there is the list(s) of Saptarṣi or the seven seers associated with the pole star [Big Dipper] where Ṛṣi Atri always features with Ṛṣi’s Kaśyapa and Vasiṣṭha. These are the seven Mind born (Manasa Putra) of Brahma and the progenitors of the human race.
  • He is a Brahmarṣi as well indicating complete understanding of the Brahman or supreme truth.
  • He is a MahaṚṣi and the original teacher of Ayurveda, Jyotiṣa, Astronomy, Gaṇita (Mathematics), Poetry and Prose etc.
Brahmarṣi Atri

Traditional Kerala mural painting of Ṛṣi Atri patriarch of Ayurveda with his six disciples by K.R. Babu, +91-495-27640 krbabu2002@rediffmail.com

Atri Ṛṣi is one of the ten Mānas sons of Brahmā: Angira, Atri, Bhṛgu, Dakṣa, Kratu, Marīci, Nārada, Pulaha, Pulastya, Vasiṣṭha.
Devi Anasuyā one of the nine daughters of Kardama Ṛṣi and Devahūti was his wife.
Devahūti was one of the three daughters of Manu (Devhūti, Prasūti, and Ākṛti). The marriage of Kardama Ṛṣi with Devahūti produced nine daughters and one son – Ṛṣi Kapila. The lineage from the nine daughters is as follows: –
1. Kalā – married Ṛṣi Marīci
2. Anasuyā – married to Ṛṣi Atri and they had three sons Durvāsa (Shiva’s blessings), Dattātreya (Vishnu’s blessing) and Moon or Soma (Brahmā’s blessing)
3. Gati – married Ṛṣi Pulaha
4. Kriyā – married Ṛṣi Kratu
5. Khyāti – married Maharshi Bhṛgu
6. Arundhatī – married MahaṚṣi Vasiṣṭha and Ṛṣi Śaktī the father of Parāśara and grandfather of Krishna Dvaipāyana (Veda Vyāsa) was born.
7. Shānti – married to Atharvan ṛṣi whose daughter was married to Vedavyāsa Krishna Dvaipaayana.
8. Havirbhū – married Ṛṣi Pulastya and they had two sons: Ṛṣi Agastya and Ṛṣi Viśravā
9. Śraddhā – married Maharṣi Aṅgirās and they had sons of whom the most illustrious was Bṛhaspati.

Sapta-Ṛṣis given in major Hindu texts
1. The Satapatha Brahmana of Sukla Yajurveda says they are: Gautama, Bharadwaja, Viswamitra, Jamadagni, Vasishtha, Kasyapa, and Atri.
2. Krishna Yajurveda in the Sandhya-Vandana Mantras has it as: Atri, Bhrigu, Kutsa, Vasishtha, Gautama, Kasyapa, and Angirasa.
3. Mahabharata gives the Seven Ṛṣis’ names: Kutsa, Vasishtha, Atri, Agastya, etc.
4. V. S. Apte’s Sanskrit-English dictionary says: Marichi, Atri, Angirasa, Pulaha, Kratu, Pulastya, and Vasishtha.
5. The Brihadaranyaka Upanishad (2.2.4) enumerates them as: Gotama, Bharadwaja, Viswamitra, Jamadagni, Vasishtha, Kasyapa, and Atri.

Brahmarshi Atri is the seer of the Fifth Mandala of the Rig Veda. There are 10 mandala or books in the Rig Veda comprising 1028 hymns (or 1017 excluding the 11 valakhiya hymns 8.49 – 8.59) of which Mandala 2 to 7 belong to particular Ṛṣi lineages and were composed by the seer assisted by his children and disciples. These are the oldest as well. Ratha, the son of Atri was one such able son and composer of Mandala Five to which lineage we, the ‘Rath’ Atri’s belong – called Rathātreya.

There are two major branches of study of the Rig Veda – Śākala (Aitareya Brāhmaṇa, also known as Ashvalayana Brāhmaṇa) and Bāśkala (Kaushitaki Brāhmaṇa with the Khilani which is a latter day 98 hymn addition).

Ṛṣi Atri lived with Devi Anasuyā at Chitrakoot, near south Uttar Pradesh (about 25N Lat) where they met Lord Rama and Sita when the latter were banished for 14 years. There are many people having the title ‘Rath’ in Uttar Pradesh in India. We do not know when a branch of the Rathātreya’s went to Dwarka in Saurashtra. About seven hundred years back the family travelled from Somanāth in Dwarka to Kanyakubja (Mithila, North Bihar) and then accepting the invitation of the King of Jagannath Puri, they arrived in Orissa a few centuries back (see history of Orissa for details) and were established in Bira Balabhadra Pur Sasana.

The direct family lineage

  • Pt. Somanath Rath
  • Pt. Ramakrusna Rath
  • Pt. Jagannath Rath
  • Pt. Kashinath Rath (third son of Pt.Jagannath Rath)
  • Pt. Sanjay Rath (nephew of Pt.Kashinath Rath & son of Umakant Rath)

 

Sanjay receiving Gayatri mantra

Pandit Sanjay Rath’s childhood was spent in joy with parents and a big family, attending to various family functions and learning from the traditions. His schooling was at Stewart School, Bhubaneswar (till matriculation). Thereafter he left for Bangalore for two years (1980-82) to study at Bishop Cottons Boys School and later did his graduation in Mechanical Engineering from Anna University, Madras. He left Government service in 2000 to continue in the lineage of his forefathers.

They trace their Jyotiṣa from Sri Acyutānanda Das, one of the Pañca sakhā (five great disciples) of Sri Chaitanya Mahaprabhu who was considered the reincarnation of Sri Garuḍa, the golden eagle of Jagannāth Viṣṇu to save the light (agni) from extinguishing in the Kali Yuga which is really Jyotiṣa. Some of the astounding predictions of Mahāpuruṣa Acyutānanda continue to come true to this date showing the depth of his understanding and his proof that Jyotiṣa is really vedāñga and a very spiritual subject.

Further reading

  1. Divinizing Life: The Path of Atri Ṛṣi by R.L. Kashyap; Hardcover, Dec 2004
  2. Torch Bearers of Vedic Traditions : Brahmin Sasan Villages in Orissa by Nityananda Patnaik. New Delhi, Classical, 2002, ix, 227 p., tables, maps, sketches, ISBN 81-7054-346-0.
  3. Rig Veda Maṇḍala V translation by Dayanand Saraswati
  4. Aitereya Brāhmaṇa
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 Sanjay Rath belongs to a traditional family of astrologers from Bira Balabhadrapur Sasan village of Puri, Orissa, which trace their lineage back to Shri Achyuta Das (Sri Achyutananda). Sanjay studied under his uncle, late Pandit Kasinath Rath. His grandfather, the late Pandit Jagannath Rath, was the Jyotish Ratna of Orissa and authored many books on Jyotish. He began his studies at a tender age, and received the depth of Jyotish only found among those who have been trained in the ancient traditional way of the parampara. He later became a graduate of mechanical engineering and worked for some time with the Government of India. Leaving government service to devote himself completely to Jyotisha, he has the depth of the ancient knowledge with the ability to communicate it to the modern mind.

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