Gone are the days when Jyotish astrologers needed hours to calculate the kundali (horoscope) along with all the variety of divisional charts, planetary periods and sub-periods, ashtakavarga, planetary strength etc. Now everything has become much simpler.
Below is a list of top Indian astrology programs. This list is updated regularly (and suggestions for the inclusion of certain programs that are missing from the list, as well as comments on this topic, are always welcome!).
Most of the programs mentioned below and how best to use them are discussed extensively in my Jyotisha courses.
Freeware (in alphabetical order)
AstroVision Life Sign
Jagannatha Hora – the best free Jyotisha program. It is constantly being improved. It has many facilities, it is excellent for research and sufficient for professional practice. It is better than many commercial programs.
Junior Jyotish – a program for beginners focused on the Parāśari style.
Jyotisha Deepika – mainly focused on Krishnamurthi Paddhati
KP Star One – specialized program in Krishnamurthi Paddhati style
Maitreya’s Dream – Jyotisha program with a western astrology module. Very interesting as a concept, unfortunately, it does not allow any ayanamsa other than Lahiri’s (which, in my opinion, is an insurmountable shortcoming). Functional in Windows, Mac and Linux.
Quick Jyotish – very limited in capabilities
Commercial software (in alphabetical order)
Astro-Kundali – an advanced program in Parāśari and Krishnamurti Paddhati systems with Tajika and Jaimini modules
Bindu – a program from Matrix Software
Goravani Jyotish Studio – one of the best western Indian astrology programs
Horosoft – the Indian company that developed it offers a wide range of astrological products and services for desktop, web as well as mobile applications.
Jyotish Tools – pretty rudimentary
Jaimini Light – a specialized program on the Jaimini system
Kala – An excellent program! Allows selection of own ayanamsa for nakshatras, separate from setting ayanamsa for rashis. It is constantly being improved.
Kalachakra – a program made by the people behind Kundli Chakra. Aspires to become a complete solution for Jyotisha astrologers (at a steep price though)
Leostar Pro – an excellent, newly released program
Parashara Light – is one of the best programs on the market (it was number 1 for a long time). It runs on both Windows and Mac.
Prashna Kundli – a program specializing in hourly astrology
Red Astro Pro – a program specialized in the Lal Kitab system, a combination of astrology and palmistry
Shri Jyoti Star – considered by many to be one of the best Indian astrology programs, perhaps the best
Shri Muhurta – a specialized program in Elective Astrology
Vedic Horoscope – an Android app developed by Smehrsoft – the same manufacturer that developed the next two apps on this list
iHoroscope Vedic – a basic iOS app, the only one – to my knowledge – that automatically performs time zone changes (daylight saving time changes, etc.);
iNew Astrology – a derivative app from the previous one with western astrology mode.
Jyotish Dashboard – an interesting app for iOS
Jyotish Tools – a good app, for Android
Parashara’s Light – the best – and most expensive – app for Android – sister to the desktop program of the same name. Excellent!
Commercial Western Astrology Programs with Jyotisha Modules
Astroapp – an excellent web application, in continuous development. It has an excellent Indian astrology module. I will write more about this application on my website.
Kepler – one of the best western astrology software, also has a Jyotisha module
Sirius – developed on the ‘skeleton’ (still very ‘alive’) of Kepler. Very good!
Free web services
Astrosage – you create an account on the site, enter your dates of birth and get access to your Jyotisha charts along with a variety of information needed in predictions.
Haydn’s Jyotish – a service that calculates your Jyotish horoscope online
Before purchasing or downloading any of the programs above, check compatibility with your operating system version. Many of the free programs are not compatible with current versions of Windows and Mac.
Don’t rush to buy or use the first Indian astrology software you see, even if it all “sounds nice” or “looks good”! Unfortunately, many are not of very good quality and are not flexible enough, they contain calculation and design errors (most are not flexible enough to be able to correct the fundamental error I am going to refer to on this website.