The Bhrigu Saṃhitā is an astrological (Jyotish) classic attributed to Maharishi Bhrigu during the Vedic period, Treta yuga

. It is said that it was compiled by the Sage out of compassion for humanity so that humanity could cope with the pressures of its existence and move towards a more spiritual nature.[1] The Bhrigu Samhita is said to contain predictions on the current and future lives as well as information on the past life. These predictions will be accurate based on the actions (karma) of the questioner.[2]

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It was said that Mahariṣhi Bhṛigu insulted Lord Vishnu while trying to determine who amongst the Trinity of Brahma, Vishnu and Shiva is the greatest, but apologised immediately of his mistake and Lord Vishnu instead apologised to him. Upon seeing Lord Vishnu's humility Mahariṣhi Bhrigu declared him to be the greatest. But Lakshmi(the supreme goddess symbolising prosperity, wealth & fortune), wife of Lord Vishnu perceived it as an insult of her husband. She gave a curse to Maharishi Bhrigu, that he and his community (Brahmins) to which he represents will be parted away from wealth. After apologising from Goddess too, she suggested him to write Bhṛgu Saṃhitā which contains predictions. In this way, Brahmins can earn their living by telling past,present and future of people. The Ashram of Maharishi was in present day Ballia (U.P.), India. Major part of Bhṛgu Saṃhitā was destroyed during Muslim Invasions at that time. Maharishi Bhrigu was the first compiler of predictive astrology. He compiled about 500,000 horoscopes and recorded the life details and events of various persons. This formed a database for further research and study. This study culminated in the birth of the science (Śāstra) of determining the quality of time (Horā) and is the Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra. These Horoscopes were based upon the planetary positions of the Sun, Moon, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter, Saturn, Rāhu (North Node of the Moon) and Ketu (South Node of the Moon). After that, Maharishi Bhṛigu gave his predictions on different types of horoscopes compiled by him with the help of Lord Gaṇeśa in a brief and concise manner. The total permutations/possible horoscope charts that can be drawn with this is about 45 million. Maharishi taught this art of predictions to his son (Śukra) and other pupils.