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The Demon Hiranyaksha Departs the Demon Palace (detail) / Folio from a Bhagavata Purana Series / Opaque watercolor, ink and gold on paper, ca. 1740 / The Metropolitan Museum of Art

Lord Brahma bore seven sons who were great sages. Vedic wisdom passed down through the lineages of these sages as an oral teaching and was later put into writing. Parashara belonged to the line of Angiras and wrote a treatise called Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra. This ancient treatise, written more than 5000 years ago, forms the backbone of Vedic Astrology today.