Varanasi is a center of education and learning for
centuries and is aptly called as the cultural capital of India.
Scholars, intellectuals, philosophers, mystics and saints from all over
the world have been coming to Varanasi, the capital of education. In
earlier times, Varanasi was more famous for Vedic education and
astrology (jyotish). Students and scholars from different parts came to
the holy city to study and learn philosophy and astrology.
Thus, there developed a great tradition of learning of Vedic astrology
or "jyotish shastra" at Varanasi. The system of Vedic
astrology continues to even this day in Varanasi. It is very much
evident in the "Guru Shishya parampara" of Kashi. In ancient
and medieval period, jyotish was taught at "Ashrams" and "Gurukuls"
and it continues to be taught at many of the present educational
institutions at Varanasi. There are separate faculties Meditation and
Astrology in B.H.U. and Sampurnanand Sanskrit University. Following are
main center for meditation and astrology.