by Das Goravani
Important Note: Over the last several years I have tried to reach the program's author but received no response. I have also been told by many potential customers that their emails were not responded to.
I am including the text of several reviews (of gradually evolving versions) of Goravani's Jyotish here.
Goravani Jyotish is the most comprehensive Vedic program reviewed here. Running on both the Macintosh and Windows PC compatible computers, it needs at least 25 megabytes of hard disk space, 8 megs of RAM, a color SVGA monitor, and a fast 386 or better processor. Although these hardware requirements are large, Goravani Jyotish includes a very powerful transit module, a large database from 17 classical and modern Vedic texts, a complete online Vedic reference book, and a research module which searches for shared attributes for the charts you choose (including 500 yogas). Since the demo version includes all of the reference materials and its cost is applicable toward the purchase of the larger versions, I highly recommend it as a resource.
The online Vedic reference describes all of the features in the program and provides a Jyotish astrology tutorial, a glossary of Vedic terms, the entire text of the Bhagavad Gita, and detailed information (in tabular form) on a large number of Vedic topics, including the nakshatras, tithis, critical degrees, 12 part meanings of each house, and planetary characteristics. Goravani Jyotish also provides astrologers with a very extensive alphabetized listing of significators (karakas), e.g., what signifies the property of the brother, or higher education. You can also look at what any planet, house, or sign governs. There are almost 200 karakas for the 5th house alone! This is an excellent resource.
Designed from its beginnings as a graphical program, Goravani Jyotish is very easy to learn and use. Customizing is simple, all of the program options can be accessed from the main screen, and clicking on most areas pops up more information. For example, clicking on a varga chart shows what that varga signifies; clicking on a planet pops up a screen full of detailed information on the planet. Goravani Jyotish produces the most beautiful and well-designed printouts of any Vedic program. The interpretive reports, derived from 17 texts, can be up to 24+ pages in length, and you have the option to omit the negative delineations (allowing you to more freely distribute them without worry).
The multi-colored Northern Yantra chart -- to be used as a mandala or meditation image -- can be shown for rasi, chandra, bhava, or any varga chart, and will print in color on color printers. For Western astrologers, Goravani's Wheel option displays the more familiar round counterclockwise signs chart for rasi, bhava, chandra, and varga charts. The Overlay feature allows any three varga charts to be placed concentrically in a triwheel. You can specify the first house for each (the ascendant, moon, or any sign), and even mix data from two different people's charts. The very useful multi-chart page lets you see the charts and data for six different people's charts at once, while the Roster allows you to view rasi charts quickly, directly from the file listing and to sort the list of charts by the ascendant or moon's sign, nakshatra, or nakshatra lord or sublord, the sun sign or house, current dasa, and other factors.
Goravani Jyotish's powerful transit module displays a square biwheel with the transiting planets moving around the birth chart. This is the only program that allows you to manually (not just continuously) step through the transits (in increments of 1 or 6 hours, 1 or 2 days or weeks, 1 month, or 1 year). It can also search for when a planet enters a specific house or degree. Goravani Jyotish offers well-written interpretations of all of the transit-to-natal aspects and house ingresses.
Additional predictive features include an ephemeris page printer with information on each planet's position, navamsa sign, nakshatra, and more (20 days/page); a screen-only ephemeris day finder displaying the same information day by day; a tertiary progressed stations report; and a printout of the Vimshottari dasas with the positions of the transiting planets listed for each date. One new feature is Dr. Robin Murphy's Lotus Medical information indicating the Lotus hours and Lotus developmental dashas.
Goravani Jyotish provides a remarkable range of calculations, interpretations, and
reference material, and is a program of great value to Vedic astrologers.
Imagine a program with the power and flexibility to print out incredibly comprehensive interpretive reports for birth charts and transits, and over 40 additional exquisitely designed charts, graphs, reports, listings, and tables for an individual's chart. Add to this the full texts of the Bhagavad Gita and David Frawley's Astrology of the Seers, and the charts of 2500 famous people and 1000 cities and countries from the Penfield Collection, and a built-in atlas of 3500 cities, with U.S. time changes after 1967, and you get a small idea of just how much Goravani's Jyotish offers.
All of the program's printed output looks outstanding. Each page is perfectly arranged, listings and tables are neatly boxed, the text fonts are easy to read, the planet and sign glyphs are beautiful, and there's page numbering for multiple pages. Several of the printouts include excellent explanations of the meanings of the portrayed chart(s). The graphs -- of sign and house strengths -- are stunning, and for those with color printers, the program can produce gorgeous multi-color mandala-quality charts. Also offered are Krisnamurti charts and data pages, a K.N. Rao format page, a page of Vimshottari, Yogini, and Chara dashas, and Lotus Medicine & Bhrigunadi Progressions listings.
Goravani's Jyotish is almost an encyclopedia of Jyotish. It's reference section contains tutorials on Jyotish basics, Vedic philosophy, Varshaphala (Jyotish Solar Returns), derived houses, lords of houses, Yogini and Mudda dasha systems, karakas, and more. There is a built-in glossary of over 280 Jyotish terms, superb tables of nakshatras, tithis, orbs for combustion, lordships, house types, avastas, aspects, planetary friendships, and more, and the complete text of the program manual explaining every feature of the software.
The incredibly comprehensive list of karakas (for example: what planets, signs, or houses signify accidents) is over 5000 terms long, plus there's a scaled-down listing for individual charts with three columns of 25 karakas each, for a planet, its sign, and its house.
The program takes up 28 megabytes of disk space, and runs best on a fast 486 or Pentium on a PC with a SVGA color monitor, or on a color Mac running system 7.0 or later. Goravani's Jyotish calculates charts from 1 A.D. to 2500 A.D. with unsurpassed accuracy.
Goravani's Jyotish can be customized in more ways than we can list. You can edit the interpretive text and add your own material. You can create custom sets of which pages to print out. You can include the outer planets (Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto) and choose which house system to use in the Western wheel display. You can add your own name and address to printouts.
The main Charts screen in Goravani Jyotish is the gateway to most of the program's functions. It shows a birth chart, which can be easily switched to a navamsha, bhava, chandra, or divisional chart, or changed to a different rising sign, or to the chart of someone you recently worked on. The program can display charts as Yantras, i.e. beautiful wheels with divisions that look like a six-pointed star. The main screen also has a listing of the charts on file, a data entry area to enter, edit, find, or delete charts, a table of the planets in the chart, with different views of their positions e.g. by sign, degree, and nakshatra; a varga summary, or a bala table. There are fifteen buttons onscreen allowing you to switch to any of the program's major modules, and a compact Vimshottari dasha table where you can change the planet used to generate the dasha, use different house cusps, set the starting date and number of subperiods (e.g. Bhuktis, Antardashas, etc.), and whether to use a 360 or 365 day year. Finally, there's a list of the yogas found in the person's chart. You can view interpretations for any of the yogas, see what famous people have the same yoga or positions, and what factors create each yoga. The Charts screen is not only incredibly functional, but easy to use as well. This has got to be the most powerful single screen in all of astrological software.
There are literally dozens of different screens within the program, from graphs of planetary and house strengths; to a grid of divisional charts factors, tables of strengths, friendships, and lordships; and detailed information screens for each of the planets. The overlay feature displays three different charts concentrically in a tri-wheel. You can place two people's charts, any divisional chart, the Chandra lagna (Moon as Ascendant), or any sign as the lagna in each of the three wheels.
Goravani Jyotish's transit module is very powerful and well thought out. You can move the transiting planets forward or backwards in time one step at a time or automatically. You can view transits over divisional charts or for any lagna (e.g. the Sun as ascendant), set the local coordinates, print out the biwheel, and view or print out well-written interpretations of the transits (even by the outer planets: Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto!) for any date, time, and place. Perhaps its most remarkable feature is the ability to search for the date when a planet reaches a specific degree of a specific sign. The program finds the date and immediately shows you the transiting positions around the natal chart, as well as the four levels of dasha operating at that time. This is a great tool.
The compatibility module allows you to compare a person's chart with any number of charts of members of the opposite sex. You can then review each comparison, or look at a list of who matches the person best. You can print out the compatibility reports for many charts at once or individually.
Goravani's Jyotish has outstanding strengths in working with your chart files. You can use the Roster to step through the charts in a file and immediately view not only a chart for each person, but also any of six different tables showing the birthdate, placement of the house lords for each of the houses; the Sun and Moon's sign and house, the Ascendant and Moon's lord and sublord or Nakshatra, and the mahadasha each person is in and its ending date. You can sort a file by any of these factors, e.g. have the list show you who has the same lunar nakshatra, or is in the same mahadasha. What a fine resource! You can import charts from the Quick*Charts format, and export charts as a backup. To save disk space, you can import charts to an archive file, and retrieve them as needed. You can print out pages with six people's charts per page, which is wonderful for preparing a notebook of charts; or generate a compact list of all of the people in your chart file, showing on one line each person's birthdate, Ascendant and Moon's sign, nakshatra, lord, and sublord; Lotus constitution, current dasha-bhukti-antardasha with the ending date of the antardasha, Sun sign, and house placement of the first, fifth, ninth, and tenth house lords, over 50 names per page.
Goravani's Jyotish is a world-class Vedic program. Its reference materials, stunning output, huge range of features, ease of use, and beautiful screens make it a winner for anyone interested in Jyotish.
I've discovered an interesting and amazing parallel between the two major Western astrology programs and the two top Vedic astrology programs. One of the Western programs and one of the Vedic program are both designed like a Rolls Royce: large, powerful, with lots of buttons and switches, slower to handle, and with beautiful finishings, and the other pair of Western and Vedic programs are like BMW's: excellently engineered, fast, very stable under harsh conditions, handle well, and fun to drive.
The Rolls Royce programs are the Western program Win*Star Plus and the Vedic program Goravani's Jyotish. They each consume a large amount of hard disk space, are best on a fast (Pentium 166+) computer with a large screen (15" minimum), have an encyclopedia of reference materials built-in (including a glossary), are more complex to learn (partially due to the huge range of features), have unbelievably extensive and remarkably beautiful graphical and chart printouts, and have desktop publishing quality output.
The gazelles or BMW-type programs are Solar Fire for Western astrology and Parashara's Light for Vedic work. These have a simple and elegant interface using pull-down menus, excellent tools for designing your own pages and charts, superbly easy-to-use customizing (of colors and other display and calculation factors), World-class graphical transit printouts, and an ease of use that makes reading the manual unnecessary. They work great on laptops, small screens and slower computers, and their exceptional interactivity allows you to keep changing what is being shown to you on screen in an ongoing exploration of each displayed chart.
Goravani Jyotish has recently added many, many features to the program. You can now email charts and other output from within the program to anyone in the World. Or change the color of any screen background, foreground, or element to suit your preference.
Since my last review, Das has added to the reference section the full text of David Frawley's "Astrology of the Seers", and has created a personal karakas screen showing about 25 major significations each for every planet, its sign, and its house for a person's chart. The program now analyzes charts for many more yogas, adds upagraha listings, a fine Varshaphal page, and an internal word processor for editing output.
The new version offers you a choice of four different menuing systems, all involving pull-down menus and buttons. While the level of complexity has definitely increased, so has the quality of the online help. You can view charts with actual photos of the planets shown (instead of glyphs), and see charts displayed as circular wheels in many parts of the program.
The new Daily Panchang page not only shows a large list of changing astrological factors, but interprets them for you.
You can search the included Penfield collection of famous peoples and places charts (over 2,600) -- and your own files -- for a large variety of chart factors including planets by sign, degree, house, or Nakshatra, moon phase, the program's tags, or client information such as birth data, address, phone numbers, or attached notes. The software makes it simple to choose whether to use your own client file or the Penfield one or both in your searches.
Even more powerful, in fact almost unbelievably awesome, are the program's attribute features. The attributes list allows you to view over 3,000 attributes for each chart, and search for the attributes associated with a specific point or factor (e.g. lord of the fifth, the avayogi point, aspects by a point or to a house, etc.). This is a great way to more deeply examine the influences in any specific chart.
Next, you can select any of these attributes and have the program search for the ones you specify, and show a listing or even a graph (in 3d!) of the results of your search. Lest you think this must be a difficult thing to do, I had no trouble doing each any step even without using the manual at all. The attributes you can search for include a planet's varga positions, number of bindus, Shastiamsa, lordships, Vimshopak score, Shad Bala strength, Navamsa, Nakshatra (and lots of sub-factors), dignity, aspects, and distance from other points, plus a house's aspects, lord's aspects, placement, dignity, etc. You can even search the descriptions for each person (e.g. politician, already included with the Penfield charts). This makes it easy to see a graph of the Nakshatra distribution, for example, for political figures. What an excellent research tool.
Another fine addition to the program is the new Tarabala calendar, which depicts for each day, in a monthly calendar format, the changes in lunar sign, nakshatra, tithi, and lunar and rising tara bala and chandra bala. Also new is the very nice is the multi-charts screen, where you can view up to twelve different varga and bhava charts on screen at the same time. Finally, Das has added a very useful chart rectification module, which allows entry of important life events and finds the dasha and bhuti in operation for each event.
Anyone interested in Vedic astrology would benefit from having a copy of this program. For practitioners of Jyotish, Goravani's Jyotish is an invaluable tool.
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