Lal Kitab literally means the ‘Red Book’ and is said to be a set of five books on Hindu astrology and palmistry, written in the Urdu language in the 19th Century. Lal Kitab astrology is based on the Samudrika Shastra.
The Lal Kitab contains poetic verses on philosophy; nuances etc. form the upayas or farmanns, i.e. recommended remedies. It is also believed to have origins in Persian literature and astrology. In fact, through its origins, it has led to the creation of a new field of Lal Kitab remedies. These remedies are simple in nature and very beneficial for planetary afflictions in one’s natal chart or horoscope. Over the years, Lal Kitab astrology has become a part of the folklore of the regions of Northern Indian and Pakistan.
Lal Kitab is considered unique to Vedic astrology as it is a branch which explains how certain planetary positions in one’s horoscope reflects in the lines of their palm. Therefore, it is also known as Astro-palmistry. Check all Lal Kitab Astrology Services.
According to various thinkers, Ravana is said to be the actual or original author of Lal Kitab branch of astrology. The King of Lanka lost his powers in arrogance and in this war; he lost his Lal Kitab as well. However, this book later resurfaced in a placed call Aaad in Arabia. Here it was translated into Persian and then Urdu.
Because of its origins in the Persian language (to modern man), it is often considered a part of Islam and the Arab culture. It may have been called the Red Book of Persia. However, Hindu scholars beg to differ as this branch of astrology is very close to Vedic Jyotish, i.e. it follows the planetary positions and the names of the nine planets or Navgrahas are the same used by Vedic astrologers.
The name of the five books in the Lal Kitab Astrology set written by Pandit Roop Chand Joshi is:
a. Lal Kitab Ke Farman (The Edicts of Lal Kitab) published in 1939
b. Lal Kitab Ke Arman (Ilm Samudrk Kee Lal Kitab Ke Armaan) or The Aspirations of Lal Kitab, published in 1940
c. Gutka (Ilm Samudrik Kee Lal Kitab), published in 1941
d. Lal Kitab Ke Farmann (Lal Kitab – Tarmeen Shuda) published in 1942
e. Ilm-e Samudrik ki buniyad par ki Lal Kitab (Lal Kitab) published in 1952