Lal Kitab literally means the ‘Red Book’ and is said to be a set of five books on Hindu astrology and palmistry, written in Urdu language in the 19th Century. Lal Kitab astrology is based on the Samudrika Shastra.
The Lal Kitab contains poetic verses on philosophy; nuances etc. form the upayas or farmanns, i.e. recommended remedies. It is also believed to have origins in Persian literature and astrology. In fact, through its origins it has led to creation of a new field of Lal Kitab remedies. These remedies are simple in nature and very beneficial for planetary afflictions in one’s natal chart or horoscope. Lal Kitab is considered unique to Vedic astrology as it is a branch which explains how certain planetary positions in one’s horoscope reflects in the lines of their palm. Therefore, it is also known as astro-palmistry.