Rao, Bangalore Suryanarain (1856–1937)
Indian astrologer, born in Srikakulam, India, on February
12, 1856. Rao graduated from Central College in Bangalore
and practiced law at Bellary, India, for a decade. He also became
interested in astrology and pioneered the introduction
of Vedic astrology from the several Indian languages into the
dominant English-speaking culture then existing in India. He
published his first book in 1882 and his Astrological SelfInstructor
in 1892. In 1895 he began an English-language periodical,
The Astrological Magazine. The magazine continued until
1923, when it was suspended for seven years because of Rao’s
ill health. It was revived with Rao and his grandson B. V.
Raman serving as coeditors. Over the next few years Raman
gradually assumed control of the family business.
Rao wrote some of the first English-language books on Indian
astrology, and his books introduced the topic to the West.
Through his grandson’s books, Vedic astrology has found a
large following.
Rao died in March 1937.
Sources
Holden, James H., and Robert A. Hughes. Astrological Pioneers
of America. Tempe, Ariz. American Federation of Astrologers,
1988.
Rao, B. Suryanarain. Compendium of Astrology. Bagalore
Raman Publications, n.d.
———. Strijataka, or Female Horoscopy. Bangalore Raman
Publications, 1933.