Which one is original Lal Kitab?

Lal Kitab is not a name of one single book. There are five books published during year 1939 to 1952 written by Pt. Roop Chand Joshi. Written in ancient Urdu language, first time in the history of astrology, Lal Kitab introduced a new style of horoscope analysis with quick and affordable remedies. Authorship of the books seems to be disputed. Most ppl think that Pandit Roop Chand Joshi wrote all parts.

Its difficult to tell why Pandit jee wrote five different books and all the books have different no o pages and names as well as follow.
1. 1939 edition (Lal Kitab ke Farmaan):
2. 1940 edition (Lal Kitab ke Armaan):
3. 1941 edition (Lal Kitab – Teesra Hissa, also known as Gutka):
4. 1942 edition (Lal Kitab – Tarmeem Shuda):
5. 1952 edition (Lal Kitab

Details about these books is as following

1.LAL KITAB KE FARMAAN (The Edicts of Lal Kitab)

Authored By: Pandit Roop Chand Joshi (Anonymously)

Year of Publication: 1939

Printed by: Jahaazee Press, Lahore (Now in Pakistan)

Language: Urdu

It (was) Available from: Calcutta Photo House, Kangra and Hall Bazaar, Amritsar

Published by: Sharma, Girdhari Lal (Pandit Roop Chand’s cousin)

Published from : (Pandit Roop Chand’s native village)

Farwala, P O NoorMahal, Distt Jullunder, Punjab

This is the first published volume of Lal Kitab.

Each major topic has been presented as a “farmaan” or an edict, a pronouncement. A total of one hundred eighty one (181) farmaans are contained in this book of over 383 pages (plus a sixteen page index.) Although the contents of this volume set a foundation for Lal Kitab astrology, yet the dominant topic is palmistry and Samudrik Shastra. The knowledge of astrology is thought to have originated from the oceans (samudra) so this knowledge is termed as Samudrik, of oceanic origin. The shape and size of the nails, fingers, palms, toes and other details such as physiognomy, the shape of skull, feet, forehead and the lines on these parts are discussed in detail. These signs and symbols are connected to the planets that form the basis of astrology. Thus the interpretation of palmistry contained in this book is quite different from classical Indian and the Western palmistry books. Many (Lal Kitab based) astrological concepts are discussed but there are hardly any remedial measures given. This volume is thoroughly illustrated. Pandit Roop Chand personally sketched a vast majority of illustrations himself.

2. Lal Kitab Ke Farman (1940)
ILM SAMUDRIK KEE LAL KITAB KE ARMAAN (The “Aspirations” of Lal Kitab)
Authored By: Pandit Roop Chand Joshi (Anonymously)
Year of Publication: 1940
Printed by: Jahaazee Press, Lahore (Now in Pakistan)
Language: Urdu
Number of copies printed: 1000
Price : One Rupee 10 Annas
(Was) Available from: Calcutta Photo House, Dharamsala and Hall Bazaar,
Amritsar

Published by: Sharma, Girdhari Lal (Pandit Roop Chand¡¦s cousin)

Qatib: (Calligrapher) Pt Atma Ram Sharma

Published from : (Pandit Roop Chand¡¦s native village)

Pharwala, P O NoorMahal, Distt Jullunder, Punjab

This is the Second published volume of Lal Kitab and is perhaps the rarest of all the volumes.

This is written as a companion volume to the 1939 “Farmaan” edition. The readers are clearly warned that without the 1939 edition, reading this volume may prove to be very confusing.

While the first volume emphasizes palmistry and some Samudrik Shastra, this book emphasizes astrology. The basics of a horoscope and Lal Kitab astrology are introduced. By reading the two books together, one can start to see the close relationship between one’s palm and one’s horoscope.
There are numerous corrections and amplifications to the first volume through this compilation. Page and line numbers from the first volume are constantly referred to.

Pandit Roop Chand wanted to include both, palmistry and astrology in one volume and he had set a personal deadline to finish and publish the first volume in 1939. For personal reasons, he could not include Lal Kitab based astrology in the first volume. So he presented the Farmaans (edicts) in the first volume and then the Armaans (aspirations) in the second volume (1940.)

Each major topic has been presented as an “Armaan.” Just like the first volume, there are exactly one hundred and eighty one (181) armaans (Chapters) in this volume. Very few remedial measures are given.

Effects of all nine planets in each house are described in brief. Effects of two or more planets in a house are also described. Numerous unique concepts specific to Lal Kitab such as “masnoohee” or artificial planets, baalig or nabaalig (the “adult” and “minor” conditions of a planet), Lal Kitab Chandra Kundali etc. are introduced. Varsh Phal (Annual progressed chart)is mentioned but not too many details are given. However, various illustrative tables are shown so that the practicing astrologer can determine the strength and nature of a planet before starting the actual predictive process. This particular part has not been repeated or amplified in any of the later volumes. It would be a boon to serious Lal Kitab students to study this portion of analytical methodology.

3. Lal Kitab – Teesra Hissa, also known as Gutka

ILM SAMUDRIK KEE LAL KITAB (Third Part)

Authored By: Pandit Roop Chand Joshi (Anonymously)

Year of Publication: 1941

Printed by: Jahaazee Press, Lahore (Now in Pakistan)

Printer: Hafiz Mohammed

Language: Urdu

Number of copies printed: 1000

Price : One Rupee six Annas

(Was) Available from: Calcutta Photo House, Kotwali Bazar, Dharamsala and

Calcutta Photo House, Hall Bazaar, Amritsar

Published by: Sharma Girdhari Lal (Pandit Roop Chand’s cousin)

Published from : (Pandit Roop Chand’s native village)

Farwala, P O NoorMahal, Distt Jullunder, Punjab

This is the Third published volume of Lal Kitab.

This volume has many unique features. Firstly, this is in a pocket book (gutka) format. Secondly, it presents LalKitab jyotish in a summarized format. So as to make it easy for its readers, Pandit Ji makes use of verse in his writing. “Because verses are much easier to remember than prose, therefore, Pandit Ji decided to incorporate verses as an aid to memorizing the basics of LalKitab,” explains Pandit Som Dutt. Numerous LalKitab practitioners have memorized the verses and frequently quote these.

Only in this volume, Pandit Roop Chand hinted towards how he got into astrology and how this knowledge was passed on to him by a ghaibee taaqat (unseen being)

“Kyaa huaa thaa, kyaa bhee hogaa,

Shounk dil mein aa gayaa

Ilm jyotish, hast rekha,

haal sab farmaa gayaa…….”

And later…

“haal sab graha khana vaare,

copy pe likhwa gayaa…”

Also for the first time, numerous important remedial measures are specified.

Also introduced is the amazingly simple Varshphal table for making annual progressed horoscopes. A method of fine-tuning the progression to months, weeks, days, hours, minutes, seconds and degrees is also described.

This book contains almost nothing about palmistry; astrology dominates this volume.

Pandit Som Dutt recalls that 1939 and 1940 volumes became somewhat of a challenge for the readers and therefore, Pandit Roop Chand put together a summarized book in a portable, pocket book fashion, a khulaasaa (a helpbook) of sorts. Pandit Ji was also very eager to share his knowledge with his readers and therefore, he published these books in quick succession.

To be continued

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3 Responses to Which one is original Lal Kitab?

  1. ali says:

    from where this book is purchase i am from lahore,

  2. Harbans Singh says:

    Great site,Rare of the rarest.Good job done on this site.Thanks ALMIGHTY that persons like you do exist in this world.we lack words and spells to say about yours vast knowledge and studies in astrology.GREAT,KEEP IT UP.

  3. i would like to know if you have lal kitab in english version all the 5 book if so please let me know the cost including vpp charges

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