Prashna Marga is a unique work on astrology, natal and horary, of vital importance to every astrological scholor, practitioner and student. The author, a Nambudri Brahman of Kerala who wrote this book in 1650 A.D. was a renowned scholor and has culled valuable information from a number of ancient sources. This ancient work, an English translation of which is presented here in simple and elegant English interspersed with copious notes incorporating the author''s own experiences touches on some of the most important aspects of life - marriage, children, longevity, death, disease etc. Part 1 is an exhaustive treatise on various aspects of predictive astrology of immense practical utility, which deals not only with the various aspects of Prashna or Horary Astrology but also with almost the entire range of forecasting art - Jataka or predictive astrology, Muhurta or electional astrology and Nimittas or the sciense of indications (Omens). Part II is an encyclopaedic work on matters that affect all areas of human life, such as marriage, children, causes of disease as given in karma vipaka and the remedies, matters relating to deities, rulers, war, natural calamities, travel, rainfall, digging wells, details for finding underground water, theft cases, dreams and their interpretation as indicators for death of disease and its timings etc.
Dr. B.V.Raman was a renowned astrologer and author. He was the chief editor of the The Astrological Magazine. He had a number of titles to his credit. He held a string of titles such as Abhinava Varahamihira, Jyotish Bhanu, Jyotisha Vijnana Martanda, Jyotisha Ratna, Abhinava Bhaskara, Jyotisha Bhooshana etc. He was a fellow of the Royal Astronomical Society London, and a member of the Royal Asiatic Society. Dr. Raman had influenced the educated public and made them astrology conscious. His special fields of research were Hindu Astronomy, Astro Psychology, Weather, Political forecasts, and disease diagnosis. He was a widely travelled man