Lal Kitab is a set of five Urdu language books on Hindu astrology and palmistry, written in the 19th century, based on the Samudrika Shastra. Lal Kitab is unique in field of vedic astrology because for the first time a book explained how certain planetary positions in one’s horoscope should also reflect in the lines of his palm. In other word the book is on astro-palmistry, that is, it has mixed the two different arts of Palmistry and Jyotisha a.k.a. Hindu astrology together. Lal Kitab is the extraordinary branch of Vedic astrology book written during the period of 1939-1952. Lal Kitab introduced a new style of horoscope analysis with many quick, easy and affordable remedies.
The names of the five set of books authored by Pt. Roop Chand Joshi, together called Lal Kitab with their years of publication, are as follows. A copy of first book published in 1939 is preserved in the Lahore Museum. —
- Lal Kitab Ke Farman (The Edicts of Lal Kitab), 1939, 383 pages
- Lal Kitab Ke Arman (Ilm Samudrik Kee Lal Kitab Ke Armaan), (The “Aspirations” of Lal Kitab), 1940, 280 pages
- Gutka (Ilm Samudrik Kee Lal Kitab) (Third Part), 1941, 428 pages
- Lal Kitab Ke Farman (Lal Kitab – Tarmeem Shuda), 1942, 384 pages
- Ilm-e Samudrik ki buniyad par ki Lalkitab (Lal Kitab), 1952, 1173 pages