Raman, Bangalore Venkata

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Raman, Bangalore Venkata Gender: M
born on 8 August 1912 at 19:43 (= 7:43 PM )
Place Bangalore, India, 12n59, 77e35
Timezone IST h5e30 (is standard time)
Data source
From memory
Rodden Rating A
Collector: Steinbrecher
Astrology data s_su.18.gif s_leocol.18.gif 15°37' s_mo.18.gif s_gemcol.18.gif 16°19 Asc.s_piscol.18.gif 03°12'


Indian astrologer of great note, a specialist in Hindu astrology. He graduated university with a degree in Homeopathy, an honorary Ph.D., a Doctorate in Literature and a Doctorate in Letters. He founded "The Astrology Magazine" in 1935 and built up his note for books (more than 20), lectures and researches, specializing in astro-psychology; weather and political forecasts and medical diagnosis. World lectured, he was the first in the world to present an astrological lecture at the U.N., 10/09/1976.

He was one of the principals behind the resurgence and foreign popularity of Jyotish, or Hindu astrology in his own words, as he wrote in English very well, better than many Hindus. Raman got quite famous with his magazine, a very technical and research oriented organ, especially by western standards, which helped him make a name for himself.

One tricky and picturesque fact is his argument with many of his colleagues, including K.N Rao, about his unusual ayanamsa. They had a falling out on this some years back. His ayanamsa was some 1deg 30 minutes off Lahiri's or Krishnamurti's, which are the most commonly used ones. K.N Rao contended, with the help of Raman's own chart, that Raman's ayanamsa makes no sense particularly when one uses the several divisional charts in Jyotish which are upset by small degree differences, and produce different divisions. They are a case in point, since they show practical considerations on children, parents, marriage etc, the traditional forte of Jyotish compared to western astrology.

Raman married Srimathi Bajeswari, a yoga specialist.

After a lifetime of perfect health, he died on12/20/1998 of a heart attack while editing the Astrological Magazine. His daughter, Gayatri Devi Vasudev, (born 1949 in New Delhi) took over as editor-in-chief of the magazine. She is very accomplished and has a strong spiritual presence. Her brother Niranjan Babu (born 1951, Bangalore) is also an astrologer. They have both been visitors to Los Angeles.

Link to Wikipedia biography


  • has other family relationship with Rao, Bangalore S. (born 12 February 1856). Notes: Grandson


  • Work : Start Business 1935 (Started "The Astrology Magazine")
  • Work : Gain social status 9 October 1976 (Astrological lecture to U.N.)
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Source Notes

Steinbrecher quotes a letter from him with a time of 7:42:44 PM IST.

(Church of Light has 7:35 PM from him; Astrology Magazine 1/1962 gives 7:15 PM: Considerations Volume XIV, No.2 gives 7:46 PM in an obit; apparently he rectified his chart several times over the years.)


  • Traits : Mind : Education extensive (Extended degrees)
  • Family : Relationship : Mate - Noted (Srimathi Bahjeswari, yoga specialist)
  • Family : Parenting : Kids - Noted (Daughter carried on his magazine)
  • Personal : Death : Long life more than 80 yrs (Age 86)
  • Vocation : Education : Researcher
  • Vocation : Occult Fields : Astrologer
  • Vocation : Writers : Publisher/ Editor (Sole editor for 62 years)
  • Vocation : Writers : Textbook/ Non-fiction
  • Notable : Famous : Top 5% of Profession