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Muhurta selection – Naksatras, Tithis and Yogas etc.

While selecting a Muhurta – a suitable day and time for any undertaking – the Tithi (Lunar day), Nakshatra (Star constellation in which the moon is placed at that time) and the Yoga, Karana (auspiciousness) and Vara (weekday) are taken into consideration. Apart from that certain good times and bad times in a day, combinations of certain weekdays with Nakshatra & Tithis are taken into consideration and certain doshas like Panchaka Doshas ans Ekavimshati Doshas are also considered. If you don’t have an astrologer to guide you, the  information on this page will help you to select a muhurta for marriage or entering a new house etc.. Please note that in Vedic Astrology everything has its functional use. Some days may be auspicious for some things, but inauspicious for other things.

Vara or Week
Week day in the Hindu Panchanga system is from Sunrise to next day Sunrise and NOT MIDNIGHT 12 O’clock.
The 7 weekdays are:
Sunday – Adivaram. Ruled by the Aditya or Sun God. A day of life, of integrity day of pure consciousness. Enjoy life, the Sun; pay attention to yourself and your inner Self. Good for enjoying work related to Nature, work related to gold, copper, trees, silk, fire, coronation. Control your anger and ego. Don’t be lazy, rude or violent.
Monday –Somavaram. Ruled by the Chandra or Moon. Day of creativity, original thinking and intuitive things. Good for buying new things like clothes, accessories and jewelry, marriage, intuitive decisions and actions, approval from ladies, make changes and things related to mother, water, milk. Don’t be rigid or tough, Avoid haircutting and manicure.
Tuesday – Mangalavaram. Ruled by Mangal or Mars. Day of material things. Good for work related to minerals and metals, medicine, fire, electricity, sporting activities. Not suitable to begin new things. Avoid traveling, be extra careful if you have to travel, beware of injuries, quarrel, falls and accidents. Take care of your health.
Wednesday – Budhavaram. Ruled by Budha or Mercury. Day of wisdom, knowledge, happiness. A favourable day for all types of refined work, shopping, sales, business, logic, starting new projects, communication; meeting friends, gain knowledge, marriage, preparing and taking medicines; publishing and printing, media work and press release. Avoid lies, cruelty and violence, don’t bet.
Thursday – Guruvaram. Ruled by Brihaspati or Jupiter. Day of Guru and higher officials, worship, wisdom, knowledge, devotion, children and money. A very favourable day for activities like getting married, giving gifts, doing charity, buying, shopping for important things, selling, planning finances, for charity, learning scriptures and new things, meditation, meeting your guru or boss, teaching and spending time with children, for banking, financial planning, beginning new education. Don’t get angry, don’t be greedy, fickle minded or violent or lazy or ungrateful. Don’t tell lies.

 

Friday – Shukravaram. Ruled by Shukra or Venus. A day of love, pleasures, fine arts, harmony, luck and happiness. Good for buying jewelry, accessories, clothes, flowers and any fine art or decorative things,  marriage, courting the opposite sex, visiting or inviting friends, all types of pleasures, eating good food and sweets, money matters, travel and tourism. Avoid selling important things, being lonely.

Saturday – Shanivaram. Ruled by Shani or Saturn. Day of rest and recover, patience, service, work and charity. Take rest as resting on Saturday is good for longevity. Do things related to iron, land, farming and housing, yoga, meditation. Avoid fuss, doing anything important, don’t begin anything new. Behave yourself take care about your health. Don’t argue. Avoid haircut or manicure.

The 27 Nakshatras:

Rohini, Uttaraphalguni, Uttarasadha, and Uttarabhadrapada are FIXED constellations and are favourable for digging wells, laying foundations or cities, expiatory rituals, planting trees, coronations, buying lands, meritorious deeds, sowing of seeds, installation of Deities, the building of a temple, or any other activity desirous of a lasting or permanent effect.

Mrgasira, Citra, Anuradha, and Revati are SOFT or GENTLE constellations good for fine arts, learning, making friendships, sensual pleasures, decorations, sexual union, wearing new apparel, marriage, singing and dancing, processions, auspicious ceremonies, festivities, dealings of agriculture, and journeys.

Ashvini, Pusya, and Hasta are LIGHT or SWIFT constellations and are good for sports, enjoying items of luxury, starting industries, skilled labour, medical treatments, starting education, starting journeys, seeing friends, buying and selling, the performance of spiritual activities, decorations, fine arts, exercise, and for giving or receiving loans.
Arudra, Aslesa, Jyestha, and Mula are DREADFUL stars and are suitable for success in warfare, invocation of elementals and other spirits, imprisonment, separations, acts of destruction, and the breaking of alliances with superiors.

Purnavasu, Swati, Shravana, Dhanistha and Satabhisa are TEMPORARY, MOVABLE, or QUICK stars favourable for undertaking travel, acquiring conveyances, gardening, going on processions, visiting friends, and anything of a temporary nature.

Bharani, Magha, Purvaphalguni, Purvasadha, and Purvabhadrapada are FIERCE or CRUEL, constellations and are suitable for acts of evil, deceit, and conflict, destruction of enemies, incarceration, poisoning, arson, battle, setting fire, acts of destruction, ill-repute, and cruelty.
Krtttika and Visakha are MIXED constellations and good for routine duties, one’s professional responsibilities, and any activities of day-to-day importance.

How to apply this:

FIXED (steady) stars, this is a favourable nakshatra to perform such things as laying foundations, for building, careers, relationships, things that you want to be permanent.

SOFT (gentle) stars, favourable for art, dance, music, marital union, ceremonies.

LIGHT (excellent) stars, which give pleasure, sports, giving medicine, starting industries or travel.

SHARP (harsh) stars, tantric incantations, imprisonment, causing separation of friends, assasinations.

MOVABLE stars, acquiring vehicles, going on procession, gardening.

DREADFUL (cruel) stars, evil schemes, evil deeds, planting ghosts in people, deceit, imprisonment, setting fires – arson.

MIXED stars, works of every day, day to day importance.

The 27 Nakshatras

Nakshatras:
Formula is, Moon Long/13.333 (13*20’) = Nakshatra(s) Over

1.Ashwini. (Castor and Pullox). From 00.00 to 13.20 in Mesha or Aries. Devata for Ashwini Nakshatra is Ashwi or the duality known as Ashwini Kumar Twins, the physician of the Gods.  Ruler Ketu.
Suitable for journeys, healing, jewelry making, beginning of studying, journey; buying/selling vehicles. Nakshatra’s character is light and swift. Good for activities like sports, decoration and fine arts, trade, shopping, short journeys, physical exercising, wearing and manufacturing jewels, business start, education and teaching, taking medications, giving and taking loans, religious activities, enjoying luxury items.

2.Bharani. (Arietis or a Muscae) Devata Yama. Lord Venus. It extends from 13:20 to 26:40 in Aries. Immediate actions, cruel deeds, competition, activities, related to fire, poison, digging wells, agricultural activities. Nakshatra is of a fierce and cruel nature. Suitable for poisoning, destruction, fires and cheating. Don’t start a journey, don’t lend money. Good for work with fire or weapons, poison or chemicals, cutting trees, competition. Not suitable for auspicious undertakings.

3. Krittika. (Tauri or Alcyone) It extends from Mesa 26:40 to 10* in Vrishabha. The Devata is Agni; Ruling planet is Sun. Good for immediate actions, competition, hot arguments, work with metals. Nakshatra is of a mixed quality. It’s suitable to perform the routine activities, day-to-day duties, but it’s not recommended to start new important deeds.

4.Rohini. (Aldebaran) It extends in the Vrishabha Rasi from 10 degree to 23:20. The ruling planet is Moon. The Devata is Brahma. It is a fixed and steady constellation and is favourable for digging wells, laying foundations or cities, expiatory rituals, planting trees, coronations, buying lands, meritorious deeds, sowing of seeds, installation of Deities, the building of a temple, or any other activity desirous of a lasting or permanent effect.

5.Mrigasira. (Orionis) Mrigasira Nakshatra extends from after 23:20 in Vrishabha Rasi up to 6:40 in Mithuna. Presiding deity Chandra. Ruling planet Mars. Good for wedding, accepting initiation, journeys, construction of the buildings, fundament. Nakshatra has a soft and gentle nature. good for fine arts, learning, making friendships, sensual pleasures, decorations, sexual union, wearing new apparel, marriage, singing and dancing, processions, auspicious ceremonies, festivities, dealings of agriculture, and journeys.

6.Arudra. (Betelgeuse) In Mithuna from 6:40 to 20:00. The presiding deity the Rudra. The ruling planet is Rahu. Fight with the enemies; activities with poison, fire; ghost hunting. It is of a dreadful nature and is suitable for success in warfare, invocation of elementals and other spirits, imprisonment, separations, acts of destruction, and the breaking of alliances with superiors. Avoid journeys and shopping.

7.Punarvasu. (Geminorium) Spread from 20:00 degrees Mithuna up to 3:20 Karkata. Presiding deity Aditi, the ruling planet is Jupiter. Good for buying and repairing vehicles, Journeys, Pujas. It is a temporary, quick and movable nature star. Favourable for undertaking travel, acquiring conveyances, gardening, going on processions, visiting friends.

8.Pushyami. (Cancri) It is regarded as the best of the nakshatras for any auspicious undertaking. Spread from 3:20 to 16:40 Karka. Ruling planet is Saturn. The presiding deity is Brihaspati. A highly auspicious Nakshatra. Good for all auspicious activities. It is a light and swift constellation and is good for sports, enjoying items of luxury, starting industries, skilled labour, medical treatments, starting education, starting journeys, seeing friends, buying and selling, the performance of spiritual activities, decorations, fine arts, exercise, and for giving or receiving loans.

9.Ashlesha. (Hydarae) Spread from 16:40’ to 30: degree Karka. Ruling planet is Mercury. Ruling deity is Sarpa. It is a star of dreadful nature and is suitable for success in warfare, invocation of elementals and other spirits, imprisonment, separations, acts of destruction, and the breaking of alliances with superiors. Not suitable for auspicious undertakings.

10.Makha. (Regulas or Leonis) Spread from 0 degree to 13:20’ Simha. The ruling planet is Ketu, the deity is Pitrigan. It is a fierce and cruel natured constellations and are suitable for acts of evil, deceit, and conflict, destruction of enemies, incarceration, poisoning, arson, battle, setting fire, acts of destruction, ill-repute, and cruelty. Not suitable for auspicious activities. Do not start journeys and do not give or take loans.

11. Poorva Phalguni. (Leonis) Spread from 13:20’ to 26:40’ Simha. Ruling planet is Venus, deity Lord Shiva. It is a cruel and fierce constellations and is suitable for acts of fighting, forcing, evil, deceit, and conflict, destruction of enemies, incarceration, poisoning, arson, battle, setting fire, acts of destruction, ill-repute, and cruelty. Not suitable for auspicious undertakings.

12. Uttara Phalguni nakshatra (Lionis) Spread from 26:40 Simha to 10: degree Kanya. The ruling planet is Sun, deity is Aryaman. It is a fixed and steady nature constellation and is favourable for digging wells, laying foundations, expiatory rituals, planting trees, coronations, buying lands, meritorious deeds, sowing of seeds, installation of Deities, the building of a temple, or any other activity desirous of a lasting or permanent effect.

13. Hasta. (Corvi) Spread from 10: to 23:20’ Kanya. Deity Surya, ruling planet is Moon. It is a light or swift constellation and is good for sports, enjoying items of luxury, starting industries, skilled labour, medical treatments, starting education, starting journeys, seeing friends, buying and selling, the performance of spiritual activities, decorations, fine arts, exercise, and for giving or receiving loans.

14. Chitta (Virginis or Spica) Spread from 23:20’ Kanya to 6:40’ Tula Rashi. The lord is Mars, Deity Viswakarma. It is a soft or gentle natured constellation and is good for fine arts, learning, making friendships, sensual pleasures, decorations, sexual union, wearing new apparel, marriage, singing and dancing, processions, auspicious ceremonies, festivities, dealings of agriculture, and journeys.

15.Swati. (Bootis or Arcturus) Spread from 6:40’ to 20: Tula. Ruling planet is Rahu, the deity is Vayu. It is of a temporary, movable and quick nature star favourable for undertaking travel, acquiring conveyances, gardening, going on processions, shopping, visiting friends, and anything of a temporary nature.

16. Vishakha. (Librae) Spread from 20 Tula up to 3:20’ Vrischika Rashi. The ruling planet is Jupiter, Deity is Satragni – also called Indragni. It is mixed nature constellation and good for routine duties, one’s professional responsibilities, household work and any activities of day-to-day importance.

17. Anuradha nakshatra (Scorpionis) Spread from 3:20’ to 16”40’ Vrischika Rashi. Ruling planet is Saturn. Deity is Mitra, one of the Adities. It is a soft and gentle natured constellation and good for fine arts, learning, making friendships, sensual pleasures, decorations, sexual union, wearing new apparel, marriage, singing and dancing, processions, auspicious ceremonies, festivities, dealings of agriculture, and journeys.

18. Jyeshtha. (Antares) Spread from 16:40’ up to 30: degree Vrischika Rashi, ruling planet is Mercury, the deity is Indra. It is of a dreadful nature star and is suitable for success in warfare, invocation of elementals and other spirits, imprisonment, separations, acts of destruction, and the breaking of alliances with superiors, fighting and arguments etc. Not suitable for auspicious undertakings.

19. Moola. (Scorpionis) Spread from 0: to 13:20’ Dhanu Rashi, the ruling planet is Ketu. Symbol – a bunch of roots tied together, deity is Nirithi or Alakshmi. It is not suitable for any auspicious works. DREADFUL stars and are suitable for success in warfare, invocation of elementals and other spirits, imprisonment, separations, acts of destruction, and the breaking of alliances with superiors.

20. Poorvashadha. (Sagittari). Spread from 13:20’ up to 26”40’ Dhanu Rashi, the ruling planet is Venus, the deity is Varuna. It is a cruel and fierce constellations and is suitable for acts of fighting, forcing, evil, deceit, and conflict, destruction of enemies, incarceration, poisoning, arson, battle, setting fire, acts of destruction, ill-repute, and cruelty. Not suitable for auspicious undertakings.

21. Uttarashadha (Sagigtarii). Spread from 26:40’ Dhanu to 10: of Makarathe, ruling planet is Sun. It is a fixed nature constellation and is favourable for digging wells, laying foundations or cities, expiatory rituals, planting trees, coronations, buying lands, meritorious deeds, sowing of seeds, installation of Deities, the building of a temple, marriage, or any other activity desirous of a lasting or permanent effect.

22. Shravana (Aquarii). Spread after 10: degree up to 23:20’ in Makara, the ruling planet is Moon, symbol 3 footprints, deity Hari. It is temporary, quick and movable star which is favourable for undertaking travel, acquiring conveyances, gardening, going on processions, visiting friends, shopping, and anything of a temporary nature.

23. Dhanishtha nakshatra (Capricorni or Delphini). Spread from after 23:20 in Makara up to 6:40’ in Kumbha, the ruling planet is Mars. Ruling deity is Asthavasu. . It is temporary, quick and movable star which is favourable for undertaking travel, acquiring conveyances, gardening, going on processions, visiting friends, shopping, and anything of a temporary nature.

24. Shatabhistha (Aquarii) Spread from after 6:40 up to 20: in Kumbha, the ruling planet is Rahu and the ruling deity is Varuna. . It is temporary, quick and movable star which is favourable for undertaking travel, acquiring conveyances, gardening, going on processions, visiting friends, shopping, and anything of a temporary nature.

25. Purvabhadra nakshatra (Pegasi). Spread from after 20: in Kumbha up to 3:20’ in Meena, the ruling planet is Jupiter, deity is Ajopada (Rudra). It is a cruel and fierce constellations and is suitable for acts of fighting, forcing, evil, deceit, and conflict, destruction of enemies, incarceration, poisoning, arson, battle, setting fire, acts of destruction, ill-repute, and cruelty. Not suitable for auspicious undertakings.

26. Uttarabhadrapada nakshatra (Andromedae). Spread from after 3:20′ up to 16:40 in Meen, the ruling planet is Saturn, deity is Ahirbudhyana. It is a fixed nature constellation and is favourable for digging wells, laying foundations or cities, expiatory rituals, planting trees, coronations, buying lands, meritorious deeds, sowing of seeds, installation of Deities, the building of a temple, marriage, or any other activity desirous of a lasting or permanent effect.

27. Revati nakshatra (Piscium). Spread from after 16:40′ up to 30 degree in Meena Rashi, the ruling planet is Mercury. Deity is Pusan. It is a soft and gentle natured constellation and good for fine arts, learning, making friendships, sensual pleasures, decorations, sexual union, wearing new apparel, marriage, singing and dancing, processions, auspicious ceremonies, festivities, dealings of agriculture, and journeys.

The 15 Tithis

Vridhi Tithi : The tithi which is present at the time of Sunrise on first day and also on the second day sunrise is called Vridhi Tithi.
Kshya Tithi : The tithi which starts after first sunrise and ends before second sun rise is called Kshaya Tithi.
1.Pratipada or Padyami. The Chandra Kala is Amrita. The presiding deity of the 1st Tithi is Brahma. It is a Nanda tithi which bestows happiness. It is auspicious for all types of religious and auspicious ceremonies, festivals, journeys, wedding, installation, observing a vow, accepting honors or a position, activities related to real estate and hair cutting.

2.Dwitiya. The Chandra Kala is Manada. Vidhata rules this 2nd Tithi. It is a Bhadra tithi which is good for starting any new work. Good for laying the foundation of house, factory, and other things of a permanent nature. Good for wedding, starting a job or any duty or the beginning of any work and wearing jewelry.

3.Tritiya. The Chandra Kala is Poosha. Vishnu is the lord of this Tithi. It is a Jaya Tithi and bestows victory. Auspicious day to start important businesses, wedding, the first music lesson, the first feeding of a child, construction. Good for the cuttings of one’s hair and nails and shaving.

4.Chaturthi. The Chandra Kala is Tusthi. Yama is lord of the 4th Tithi. It is a Rikta Tithi and not good for auspicious works. Good for the destruction of one’s enemies, the removal of obstacles, acts of combat, cleaning of the house, polishing, arguments, fight with the enemies, use of weapons and fire. Inauspicious day to start any important businesses.

5.Panchami. The Chandra Kala is Pusthi. The Moon rules this 5th Tithi. It is a Poorna Tithi and good for completing any work. Favourable for administering medicine, the purging of poisons and surgery. Auspicious day to start important businesses, wedding and healing.

6.Shasthi. Chandra Kala is Rati. Karttikeya presides over this 6th Tithi. It is a Nanda tithi which bestows happiness. Favourable for Coronation, Construction, activities related to the houses and real estate, jewelery making, starting friendship and starting war. Not very auspicious for marriage.
7.Saptami. The Chandra Kala is Dhruti. The 7th Tithi is ruled by Indra . It is a Bhadra Tithi which is good for starting any new work. Activities, related to transportation; Buying conveyances, wedding, music, dance, debate, decoration and ornaments; the beginning of a journey, starting a war and physical exercise.

8.Ashthami. The Chandra Kala is Sasichini. The Vasus rule this 8th Tithi. It is a Jaya Tithi and bestows victory. Good for taking up arms, building of one’s defenses, and fortification, architecture, debate, dance . Auspicious day to start important businesses, sport, studying arts, activities related to houses and estates, studying and construction.

9.Navami. The Chandra Kala is Chandrika. The Serpent rules this 9th Tithi. It is a Rikta Tithi and not good for auspicious works. Suitable for killing enemies, acts of destruction, and violence. Inauspicious day for important businesses. Good for arguments, competition, physical exercising, shooting etc.  marksmanship and work with tools.

10.Dasami. The Chandra Kala is Kanta. This 10th Tithi is ruled by Dharma. It is a Poorna Tithi and good for completing any work. Good for acts of virtue, religious functions, spiritual practices, and other pious activities, entering a home, to start important businesses, wedding, wearing jewels, journeys, activities, related to transportation, vehicles, houses and meeting important people.

11.Ekadasi. The Chandra Kala is Jyostna. Rudra rules this 11th Tithi. It is a Nanda tithi which bestows happiness. Fasting, worship, fulfilling promises, wedding, arguments, physical exercises, construction, pilgrimage, spiritual holidays, festivities, observing vows, decorating, arrival and departure.

12.Dwadasi. The Chandra Kala is Shree. The Sun rules this 12th Tithi. It is a Bhadra Tithi which is good for starting any new work. Auspicious for all religious ceremonies, the lighting of the sacred fire, and the performance of one’s duties. Fulfillment of promises, other auspicious activities. Avoiding taking oil bath and journeys. Wedding is not very auspicious.

13.Trayodasi. The Chandra Kala is Priti. The 13th Tithi is ruled by Cupid. Also called Pradosham and very good for Pooja of Lord Shiva. It is a Jaya Tithi and bestows victory. Auspicious day to start important businesses, wearing new clothes and jewels, struggle, fulfillment of promises, starting a war, observing vows and sensual pleasures.

14.Chaturdasi. The Chandra Kala is Angada. Kali rules this 14th. It is a Rikta Tithi and not good for auspicious works. Suitable for administering poison and calling of elements and spirits. Inauspicious day for any important businesses. Only do routine work and read scriptures. Avoid journeys, hair cutting and manicure.

15.Amavasya. The Chandra Kala is Poorna. The Viswadevas rule this 15th Tithi. It is a Poorna Tithi but not good for any work except religious ceremonies and worship. Inauspicious day for any work except religious ceremonies, charity and performing rites for the departed.

15.Poornima. The Chandra Kala is Poorna. The Viswadevas rule this 15th Tithi. It is a Poorna Tithi and good for completing any work. Auspicious day to start important businesses, constructions, accepting a position, the beginning of work, spiritual ceremonies, household work and physical activities.

The 27 Yogas
Yoga is a derivative from the Sun and Moon. Formula is, Long Sun + long Moon)/13.333 = Yogas over.
1.    Viṣhakumbha. Meaning a poison pot. Inauspicious yoga. Not good for auspicious undertakings.
2.    Preeti. Meaning gratification, love. Auspicious yoga. Good for auspicious undertakings.
3.    Ayushman. Shubha yoga meaning logevity. Good for auspicious undertakings.
4.    Saubhagya. Shubha yoga meaning good fortune. Good for auspicious undertakings.
5.    Shobhana. Shubha yoga meaning splendid. Good for auspicious undertakings.
6.    Atigaṇḍa. Bad yoga meaning many obstacles/dangers. Not good for auspicious undertakings.
7.    Sukarma. Meaning good work. Good for auspicious undertakings.
8.    Dhṛti. Meaning steadiness. Good for auspicious undertakings.
9.    Shoola. Meaning spear. Not good for auspicious undertakings.
10.    Gaṇḍa. Meaning danger. Not good for auspicious undertakings.
11.    Vṛiddhi. Meaning growth. Good for auspicious undertakings.
12.    Dhruva. Meaning permanent/steady. Good for auspicious undertakings.
13.    Vyaghata. Meaning slaughter. Not good for auspicious undertakings.
14.    Harṣhaṇa. Meaning rejoicing. Good for auspicious undertakings.
15.    Vajra. Meaning Thunderbolt. Not good for auspicious undertakings.
16.    Siddhi. Meaning attainment. Good for auspicious undertakings.
17.    Vyatipata. Meaning calamity. Not good for auspicious undertakings.
18.    Variyan. Meaning better. Good for all auspicious undertakings.
19.    Parigha. Meaning iron club. Not good for auspicious undertakings.
20.    Shiva. Meaning a great God. Good for all Auspicious Deeds.
21.    Siddha. Meaning Accomplishment, completion, Perfection. Good for all Auspicious Deeds.
22.    Sadhya. Meaning attainable, accomplishable. Good for all Auspicious Deeds.
23.    Shubha. Meaning auspicious. Good for all Auspicious Deeds.
24.    Shukla. Meaning bright. Good for all Auspicious Deeds.
25.    Brahma. Meaning divine or excellent. Good for all Auspicious Deeds.
26.    Indra. Meaning God of heavens. Good for all Auspicious Deeds.
27.    Vaidhṛti. Meaning stopping, arresting. Inauspicious yoga. Not good for auspicious undertakings.

Karana
Karanas are from Bava to Catushpada and are dependent on Tithi and Paksha as shown in the chart below the data.

1. Bava – Incantation, attack, improving health and power.
2. Balava- Good for all auspicious. Coronation, spiritual, brahminical and noble deeds.
3. Kaulava- Shubha yoga. Good for wedding, choosing the bride, making friends, love, decoration.
4. Taitila – Shubha yoga. Coronation, becoming famous, activities related to the home.
5. Gara – Good for the cultivation of the soil, sowing the seeds, constructing the house.
6. Vanija – Auspicious yoga. Good for trade, cooperation, travel and business purposes.
7. Visthi – Inauspicious deeds, destruction, annihilation, tricks, attacking the enemies.
8. Shakuni Attack, competition, taking medications, herbs, incantation.
9. Chatushpada Coronation, political and brahminical deeds, activities with the cattle.
10. Naga – Inauspicious. Work with immovable objects, using the power, competition, cruel deeds.
11. Kimstughna – Shubha yoga for noble deeds, offerings, nutrition, auspicious rites like weddings etc.

Months

There are two month counting systems prevalant in India.
1.Amanta or mukhya mana system – a month begins after a new moon, mostly followed in the southern states.
2.Purnimanta or gauna mana system – a month begins after  full moon, Panchanga, followed more in the North.
Quite understandably, no matter which of the above systems are used, the Festival dates should be same – ie, Diwali date is same.

The 12 months are:
Chaitra
Vishaka
Jyeshta
Ashada
Shravana
Bhadrapadha
Aswija
Kartika
Margashira
Pushya
Magha
Phalguna

Adhika Masam
An adhika masa occurs once every two or three years (meaning, with a gap of one or two years without adhika masas). Since the tithi calendar is based on the phases of the moon, the twelve lunar months take 354 days, 8 hours and 34.28 seconds. This creates a difference of 10 days, 21 hours and 35.16 seconds from the actual solar year (365 days, 6 hours, 9.54 seconds)
When the accumulated difference exceeds 29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.865 seconds, an adjustment is made with a extra month (Adhika Maas), which carries the name of the previous or the next month, depending on the proximity of the month. Normally, seven extra months occur in 19 years.
When there is no solar ingress in a lunar month, ie, the sun does not at all transit into any new rashi but simply keeps moving within a rashi in a lunar month (i.e. before a new moon), then that lunar month will be named according to the first upcoming transit. It will also take the epithet of adhika or “extra”. For example, if a lunar month elapsed without a solar transit and the next transit is into Mesha, then this month without transit is labeled adhika Chaitra. The next month will be labeled according to its transit as usual and will get the epithet nija (“original”) or shuddha (“clean”).

Kshaya Masam
If the sun transits into two rashis within a lunar month, then the month will have to be labeled by both transits and will take the epithet kshaya or “loss”. There is considered to be a “loss” because: if the sun had transited into only one raashi in a lunar month as is usual, there would have been two separate months labeled by the two transits in question; but now there is only one month labeled by both transits!
For example, if the sun transits into Mesha and Vrishabha in a lunar month, then it will be called Chaitra-Vaishaakha kshaya. There will be no separate months labeled Chaitra and Vaishakha.
A kshaya masa occurs very rarely. Known gaps between occurrence of kshaya masas are 19 and 141 years. The last was in 1983. Jan-15 through Feb-12 were Pausha-Magha kshaya. Feb-13 onwards was (adhika) Phalguna.

Chandrabalam

From your natal moon, ie Rasi, if the moon is in the 6th, 8th, or 12th sign then it is bad and on that day your chandra balam is bad. All other placee moon has chandrabaam.

Tarabalam Tarabalam – Strength of Constellation. – The constellation ruling at the time of birth is one’s Janmanakshatra or birth star and the zodiacal sign in which the Moon is situated at the time of one’s birth is one’s Janma Rasi or Birth Moon. These are highly important. Count from the birth constellation to the one ruling on the particular day on which a new work is to be done or a journey undertaken and divide the number by 9 if divisible. Otherwise keep it as it is. If the remainder is 1 (janma) it indicates danger to body; if 2 (sampat) wealth and prosperity; if 3 (vipat) dangers, losses and accidents; if 4 (kshema) prosperity; if 5 (pratyak) obstacles; if 6 (sadhana) realisation of ambitions; if 7 (naidhana) dangers; if 8 (mitra) good; and if 9 (parama mitra) very favourable.
1.    Janma Tara: Causes  Worry
2.    Sampat Tara : Gain of wealth
3.    Vipat Tara : Disputes
4.    Kshema Tara: Gains in Business etc
5.    Pratyak Tara : Harm to the work
6.    Sadhana Tara : Happiness
7.    Naidhana Tara : Monetary Loss
8.    Mitra  Tara : Good happiness
9.    Parama Mitra Tara: Very good happiness
Tarabalam details bellow for your information only.
To calculate tarabalam one must calculate position of daily nakshatra from your Janma nakshatra (both nakshatra inclusive). Divide that by 9. If the reminder is 2,4,6,8,9 or 0 then it’s good otherwise it’s bad, ie, 3,5,7 to be avoided.
1.Janma (Birth) Tara – The Janma (birth star) Nakshatra, the 10th from Janma nakshatra also known as Karna nakshatra and the 19th from Janma nakshatra known as Adhana nakshatra constitute this Tara.
2.Sampat Tara – The 2nd the 11th and the 20th Nakshatras counted from Janma nakshatra constitute this Tara.
3.Vipat Tara – The 3rd, the 12th and the 21st stars counted from Janma nakshatra constitute this Tara.
4.Kshema Tara – The 4th, the 13th and the 22nd Nakshatras counted from the janama nakshatra constitute this Tara.
5.Pratyak Tara – The 5t, the 14th, and the 23rd nakshatras from Janma nakshatra constitutes this Tara.
6.Sadhaka Tara – The 6th, the 15th, and the 24th nakshatras from Janma nakshatra constitutes this tara.
7.Nidhana Tara – The 7th, the 16th, and the 25th nakshatras from the Janma nakshatra constitutes this tara.
8.Mitra Tara – The 8th, the 17th and the 26th nakshatras from Janma nakshatra constitute this tara.
9.Ati or Parama Mitra Tara – The 9th, the 18th and the 27th nakshatras from Janma nakshatra constitutes this tara.

When the day’s nakshatra falls in the first Paryaya or cycle(1st nine), that is-within the first nine stars, the evil suggested above, viz. 3rd star Vipat. 5th star Pratyak. etc., holds good in full.
In the Second Paryaya or cycle, e.g. Janma Nakshatra, etc., falling from the 10th to 18th, the evil is said to be only fifty per cent. In fact the evil is centred only in the first quarter of the 3rd (Vipat), the 4th quarter of the 5th (Pratyak) and the 3rd quarter of the 7th (Naidhana) of the second cycle.
In the third cycle or Paryaya, the Janma, Vipat, etc., falling from the 19th to 27th the evil is said to be almost negligible. Suppose the birth star is Rohini and the day’s star is Satabhisha. The day’s star counted from birth star comes to 21. or the 3rd in the third cycle. The 3rd is Vipat. But it is said to carry little or no evil.
It is better to avoid Vipat and Naidhana stars for all important undertakings – long journeys, marriage, starting of an enterprise, etc., even if such a star happens to fall in the 3rd-cycle, unless there are other counteracting factors.
When choice is limited – if the day is otherwise favourable, only the negative parts of these unfavourable constellations may be avoided. Thus, in the Janma, Vipat, Pratyak and Naidhana constellations, the first 7, 3, 8 and 6 ghatis respectively may be  avoided.The Rishis go to the extent of saying that even if unfavourable combinations are present – the ruling constellation and the position of the Moon are all adverse, Pushya has the power of neutralising these evil forces and asserting its benefic nature. BUT Pushya, it is inauspicious for purposes of marriage.

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Panchaka (Five-Source Energy). – For matters of ordinary importance such as interviewing superiors or going on short journeys, a favourable Tarabala will do and there is no need to consider the panchaka. But in regard to very important ceremonies such as marriage, nuptials, entry into new houses, etc., this should be carefully looked into. There are several methods by which panchaka is determined. I shall give the most common method. In the panchaka determination apparently, five sources of planetary, stellar and zodiacal energies are involved. Take the number of the lunar day (from the 1st of the month), the number of the weekday, Sunday I. etc.), the number of the constellation (from Aswini) and the number of the Lagna (from Aries). Add these together and divide the total by 9. If the remainder is 1 (mrityu panchakam), it indicates danger; if 2 (agni panchakam), risk from fire; if 4 (raja panchakam), bad results; if 6 (chora panchakam), evil happenings and if 8 (roga panchakam), disease. If the remainder is 3, 5, 7 or zero then it is good.
EXCEPTIONS The general rule of avoiding unfavourable panchaka has certain exceptions. When an election is to do with occupation, avoid Raja Panchaka. In elections bearing on house building avoid both Raja and Agni Panchakas. In regard to travel, Chora Panchaka should be rejected. In marriage and upanayanam, Roga and Mrityu Panchakas should be avoided. Conversely it also means that a panchaka declared unsuitable for a particular type of election could be used for a different kind of election. No astrological authority has specifically approved this step but by implication, we can assume that there is no objection if, for instance, we ignore raja panchaka for travelling or marriage or roga panchaka for house-building. As far as possible, it is advisable to avoid the evil of panchaka in general irrespective of its definite bearing on an election. But when a more auspicious day cannot be secured, we can resort to the lesser of the two evils.
The general rule of avoiding unfavourable panchaka has certain exceptions.

When an election is to do with occupation, avoid Raja Panchaka.

In elections bearing on house building avoid both Raja and Agni Panchakas.

In regard to travel, Chora Panchaka should be rejected.

In marriage and upanayanam, Roga and Mrityu Panchakas should be avoided.

Conversely it also means that a panchaka declared unsuitable for a particular type of election could be used for a different kind of election. No astrological authority has specifically approved this step but by implication, we can assume that there is no objection if, for instance, we ignore raja panchaka for travelling or marriage or roga panchaka for house-building. As far as possible, it is advisable to avoid the evil of panchaka in general irrespective of its definite bearing on an election. But when a more auspicious day cannot be secured, we can resort to the lesser of the two evils.
A day ruled by one’s Janma Nakshatra is ordinarily held to be unfavourable for an election. But in regard to nuptials, sacrifices, first feeding, agriculture, upanayanam, coronation, buying lands, learning the alphabet, Janma Nakshatra is favourable without exception. But it is inauspicious for war, sexual union, shaving, taking medical treatment, travel and marriage. For a woman, Janma Nakshatra would be quite favourable for marriage.

EKAVIMSHATI DOSHAS
which are to be avoided for any auspicious work. But when one finds it difficult to avoid them because of circumstantial inability, one can take advantage of the neutralising combinations which are generally supposed to act as antidotes. We may just make a passing reference to these 21 great evils for the information of the readers. They are: –

Panchanga Suddhi. – We have already said that a Panchanga consists of tithi, vara, nakshatra. yoga and karana. All these must be auspicious. In regard to lunar days, the 4th, 6th, 8th, 12th and 14th, full and new moon days should be avoided. In regard to vara, Thursday and Friday are held to be suitable for all works. Tuesday, is to be generally avoided except when it happens to be the 10th, 12th or 16th day of the child’s birth when the child’s Namakarana (baptising or giving name) may be performed. Of the several Nakshatras, Bharani and Krittika should be avoided for all auspicious works as these two are said to be presided over by the god of death (Yama) and the god of fire (Agni) respectively. In urgent cases if the Lagna could be fortified, the dosha due to nakshatra may get neutralised. The last parts of Aslesha, Jyeshta and Revati should also be avoided. Coming to the Yoga (vide page 12) the 6th (Atiganda). 9th (Soola). 10th (Ganda), 17th (Vyatipata) and 27th (Vydhruti) have deleterious effects upon events which are started or commenced under them. – The Karana chosen must be appropriate to the election in view. Thus Bava is auspicious for starting works of permanent importance while Thaithula is propitious for marriage. Bhadra is unfit for any good work but is eminently suitable for violent and cruel deeds. For getting initiation into kshudra mantras Sakuni Havana is propitious.
Therefore, Panchanga Suddhi means a good lunar day, a beneficial weekday, an auspicious constellation, a good yoga and a fertilising Karana.
2. Surya Sankramana. – The 2nd great evil is Surya Sankramana or the solar ingress into different zodiacal signs. When the Sun is about to leave one sign and enter another there seem to occur certain disturbances in the organisation of the solar forces and such times are not recommended for any good work. On the contrary, they are held to be propitious for meditation, initiation into secret mantras and performance of certain religious rites which are held to purify not only the bodily electrical discharges but also the mental currents. Sixteen ghatis (6 hours 24 minutes) both before and after the entry of the Sun into a new sign should be rejected for all new works.
3. Karthari Dosha. – Karthari means scissors. In an election, when two evil planets are placed on either side of the Lagna, the combination goes under the special name of Karthari Dosha and it should be rejected for good work particularly in regard to marriage.
4. Shashtashta Riphagatha Chandra Dosha. – The Moon should invariably be avoided in the 6th, 8th and 12th houses from the Lagna rising in an election chart.
5. Sagraha Chandra Dosha. – The Moon’s association with any other planet, benefic or malefic, should be avoided. This injunction is specially applicable in case of marriage.
6. Udayasta Suddhi. – The Lagna and the seventh should be strong. The Lagna should be occupied by its own lord and the Navamsa Lagna by its own lord or vice versa or lord of Lagna should aspect Navamsa Lagna and vice versa. Similarly the seventh and the lord of the seventh Bhava should be favourably disposed. The strength of Lagna and the seventh is necessary in all elections but especially so in regard to marriage.
7. Durmuhurtha. – Muhurtha technically means 48 minutes or 2 ghatis in terms of time. A sidereal day consists of 30 muhurthas. The 1st fifteen diurnal muhurthas named are: (1) Rudra. (2) Ahi. (3) Mitra,, (4) Pitrii, (5) Vasu, (6) Vara. (7) Vishwedeva, (8) Vidhi, (9) Sathamukhi, (10) Puruhuta, (H)Vahini, (12) Naktanchara, (13) Varuna, (14) Aryama and (15) Bhaga. The nocturnal muhurthas are: (1) Girisa, (2) Ajipada, (3) Ahirbudhnya. (4) Pusha, (5) Aswi, (6) Yama, (7) Agni. (8) Vidhatru, (9) Chanda, (10) Aditi, (11) Jeeva, (12) Vishnu. (13) Yumigadyuti, (14) Thyasthur and (15) Samdram.
In regard to the diurnal muhurtha, the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 10th, 11th, 12th and 15th are inauspicious while in nocturnai muhurthas the 1st. 2nd, 6th and 7th are inauspicious.
In calculating the muhurtha, the exact length of day and night should be ascertained. Each muhurtha is said to last for 48 minutes (2 ghatis) on the assumption that the duration of day and night is of equal proportion, viz. 30 ghatis, or 12 hours. If the length of day is 28 ghatis, then each muhurtha extends for 1 ghati and 52 vighatis (20h 20s. 8).
Apart from the above general classification of good and bad muhurthas, the following should also be deemed as unpropitious on the different weekdays. Sunday coinciding with the 14th lunar day (Aryama); Monday the 8th (Vidhi) and the 12th (Naktanchara); Tuesday the 4th (Prtru) and the 11th (Vahni); Wednesday (Abhijit); Thursday the 12th (Naktanchara) and 13th (Varuna); Fflday’the 4th (Pitru) and the 8th (Vidhi) and Saturday the 1st (Rudra) and the 2nd (Ahi).
Particularly in marriages, the muhurthas declared above as inauspicious in regard to weekdays should not be considered.
8. Gandanthara. – The last 2 ghatis (48 minutes) of the 5th, 10th and 15th (Full Moon) and the first 2 ghatis of the 6th, 11th and 1st (dark half) lunar days go under tithigandanthara and they should be rejected for all new works. Similarly, the last 2 degrees of Cancer. Scorpio and Pisces and the first 2 degrees of Leo, Sagittarius and Aries are inauspicious. The last ghatis of Aslesha, Jyeshta, Moola, Revati and Aswini and the first four ghatis of Makha should be avoided as injurious for good work.
9. Papashadvargs. – Malefics should not be strong in shadvargas in an election chart.
10. Bhrigu Shatka. – The position of Venus in the 6th is injurious. This is especially so in regard to marriage. Even when Venus is exalted and associated with benefics, such a disposition is not approved.
11. Kujasthama: – Mars should be avoided in the 8th house, as it indicates destruction of the object in view. In a marriage election chart. Mars in the 8th is unthinkable. Even if Mars is otherwise powerful, he should not occupy the 8th house.
12. Ashtama Lagna Dosha. – In selecting a time for marriage, the Lagna ascending should not happen to be the 8th from the Janma Lagna of the bride and the bridegroom. Suppose the would be husband and wife are born in Aquarius and Capricorn respectively. At the time of marriage, the ascending Lagna should be a sign other than Virgo or Leo as these two happen to be the 8th from the bridegroom and bride’s Janma Lagnas respectively.
13. Rasi Visha Ghatika. – Elsewhere has been given the negative periods of different Lagnas (Lagna Thyajya). They are to be rejected for all auspicious work.
14. Kunavamsa Dosha. – The Lagna selected for an auspicious work should not occupy the Navamsa of a malefic.
15. Varadosha. – This has already been explained on page 26. Certain weekdays are to be avoided for certain special activities.
16. Grahanothpatha Dosha. – The constellations in which the eclipses appear should be avoided, and in regard to marriage, such a constellation should be avoided for six months.
17. Ekargala Dosha. – This dosha is powerful only during the daytime. Affects matters started under certain yogas such as Vishkhambam. We need not go into details as it is not of much significance.
18. Krura Samyuta Dosha. – The constellation occupied by the Sun at a given moment, and the one immediately preceding and succeeding it have to be deemed unpropitious for all good work and they should be rejected for purposes of marriage.
19. Akalagharjitha Vrishti Dosha. – When there is rainfall and thunder, out of season, such days should be deemed unfit for all good work.
20. Mahapatha Dosha. – When the Sun and, the Moon are equally removed from the equator upon the same side of it, the aspect is known as Vyatipata, which indicates excess of evil. This is held to be unfavourable for all good work.
21. Vaidhruthi Dosha – This is also an evil aspect (yoga) and should be avoided in all favourable activities.

Certain special auspicious Yogas

When a certain weekday coincides with a certain asterism and a certain lunar day, it becomes specialty auspicious for good work. In this Chapter, I shall give a few such special combinations which go under the special distinction of Siddha Yogas.

Sunday coinciding with the 1st, 4th, 6th, 7th or 12th lunar day and ruled by the constellations Pushya, Hasta, Uttara, Uttarashadha, Moola, Sravana or Uttarabhadra gives rise to Siddha Yoga.
Monday identical with the 2nd, 7th or 12th lunar day and with the constellations Rohini, Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Chitta, Sravana, Satabhisha, Dhanishta or Poorvabhadra produces the same yoga.
Tuesday falling on a day ruled by Aswini, Mrigasira, Chitta, Anuradha, Moola, Uttara, Dhanishta or Poorvabhadra gives rise to Siddha Yoga.
Wednesday coinciding with Bhadra and Java and with the constellations Rohini, Mrigasira, Aridra, Uttara, Uttarashadha or Anuradha generates Siddha Yoga.
Thursday identical with the 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 13th or 14th lunar day and with tne asterisms Makha, Pushya, PunarvasJ, Swati. Poorvashadha, Poorvabhadra, Revati or Aswini gives rise to Siddha Yoga.
Friday ruled by Aswini, Bharani, Aridra, Uttara, Chitta, Swati, Poorvashadha or Revati coinciding with Nanda and Bhadra constitutes this beneficial yoga.
Saturday falling on a day ruled by Swati, Rohini, Visakha, Anuradha, Dhanishta or Satabhisha and with lunar days Bhadra and Riktha generates the same auspicious yoga.
A Friday coinciding with Nanda (1st, 6th and 11th lunar days), Wednesday identical with Bhadra (2nd, 7th and 12th lunar days), Tuesday coinciding with Jaya (3rd 8th and 13th lunar days), Saturday falling on a Riktha tithi (4th, 9th and 14th lunar days), and Thursday falling on 5th, 10th or 15th (Poorna) lunar days constitute Siddha Yoga.
Sunday to Saturday respectively coinciding with the constellations Hasta, Sravana, Aswini, Anuradha, Pushya, Revati and Rohini will give rise to Amita Siddha Yoga.
The above special yogas can be applied with advantage to important elections and if in addition to the general strength of the day due to a special yoga. the Lagna is also rendered strong, chances of success of the enterprise would be by far the greatest.

Years in the Panchanga
The Amavasyanta Hindu New year starts after New moon day (Ugadi festival) when Sun and Moon are in exact longitude in Meena – Vikram Samvatsar or Nava Varsha.
The 60 years names are:
1. Prabhava
2. Vibhava
3. Shukla
4. Pramoda
5. Prajapati
6. Angirasa
7. ShrImukha
8. Bhava
9. Yuvan
10. Dhatri
11. Ishvara
12. Bahudhanya
13. Pramathin
14. Vikrama
15. Vrisha
16. Chitrabhanu
17. Svabhanu
18. Tarana
19. Parthiva
20. Vyaya
21. Sarvajit
22. Sarvadharin
23. Virodhin
24. Vikrita
25. Khara
26. Nandana
27. Vijaya
28. Jaya
29. Manmatha
30. Durmukha
31. Hemalambin
32. Vilambin
33. Vikarin
34. Sharvari
35. Plava
36. Shubhakrit
37. Shobhana
38. Krodhin
39. Vishvavasu
40. Parābhava
41. Plavanga
42. Kilaka
43. Saumya
44. Sadharana
45. Virodhikrit
46. Paritapin
47. Pramadin
48. Ananda
49. Rakshasa
50. Anala
51. Pingala
52. Kalayukti
53. Siddharthin
54. Raudra
55. Durmati
56. Dundubhi
57. Rudhirodgarin
58. Raktaksha
59. Krodhana
60. Kshaya

Muhurtas guide

NISKEKHA (Consumation of marriage)
The constellations Sravana, Rohini, Anuradha, Swati, Revati, Moola, Uttara, Uttarashadha, Uttarabhadra. Satabhisha are highly favourable for nuptials. Pushyami, Dhanishta. Mrigasira, Aswini, Chitta. Punarvasu are ordinary. The rest of constellations are to be rejected.
Monday, Wednesday. Thursday and Friday are auspicious days while Saturday, Tuesday and Sunday should not be considered at all.
All lunar days-except the 4th, 8th, 9th, 14th, Full Moon and New Moon are good. The favourable signs are Taurus to Libra and Pisces. The birth star (Janma Nakshatra), the 10th star (Anu Janma) and the 19th star (Thri Janma) should be avoided.
At the time of nuptials, the 8th house should be occupied by no planet. Subject to this proviso, even Sagittarius and Aquarius may be selected as auspicious.

PUMSAVANAM The ceremony of Pumsavanam should be celebrated in the 3rd month when signs of pregnancy are evident. All lunar days except the 4th, 6th, 8th. 9th, 12th. 14th. Full Moon and New Moon days are good.
All signs except Gemini, Cancer and Virgo are auspicious. Virgo should be avoided as it is specially adverse.
Monday. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday are beneficial. The 8th house from the ascendant should be vacant. The Moon’s presence in Lagna or the 12th and the ascendant being aspected by Venus brings on prosperity. Beneficsshould be disposed in quadrants or trines.
There is another ceremony named Seemantha immediately foltowtng Pumsavansm. being performed in the 5th or 7th month of pregnancy. This is usually done only in regard to first conceptions. If the time-schedule cannot be kept up. It should not be abandoned, but the function must be performed at least before delivery. This is the view of sage Sankha.

Seemantha, Rohini, Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Pushyami, Uttara, Uttarashadha, Hasta, Sravana and Revati are auspicious. Some are of the opinion that under unavoidable circumstances, even Aswini, Anuradna and Moola maybe deemed auspicious. The 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 14th (unar days and New Moon day must be avoided. When the Moon is dignified Full Moon day is hot condemned. Sunday. Tuesday and Saturday should be avoided. The rest of the weekdays are good. All signs except Leo and Scorpio are auspicious. The 8th house from the ascendant must be free. Generally speaking, the 3rd, 8th, 7th, 10th and 22nd constellations should be avoided. The Moon should not be in the 8th house. So far as this particular ceremony is concerned, the month ranks first in importance. Hence, even if Jupiter and Venus are combust, such a circumstance may be ignored.

Namakarana or naming tha child. – The proper day for this ceremony would be the 10th, 12th or 16th day of the child’s birth. If this is not possible, then an auspicious day must be fixed for the purpose.
Anuradha, Punarvasu, Makha, Uttara, Uttarashadha, Uttarabhadra, Satabhisha, Swati, Dhanishta, Sravana, Rohini, Aswini, Mrigasira, Revati, Hasta and Pushya are auspicious.
The 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, l4th lunar days; Full Moon and New Moon should be avoided.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are good. Other weekdays are not good. As far as possible, the Lagna roust be rendered strong and the 8th house should be unoccupied. Fixed signs are preferable and common signs are good when occupied by benefics.
If Jupiter occupies a kendra or thrikona and a malefic is in the 11th the time is held to be very auspicious. Another equally propitious combination ie the time when the Lagna falls in’s benefic sign with a malefic in the 3rd, Venus in 12th and the Moon in a dignified bosrtion.
Generally the name to be given to a male child should consist of an even number of letters (e.g., Rama, Krishna, etc.), while a female child should be given a name containing uneven number of letters e.g., Parvati, Janaki, etc.). The name must also be appropriate to the ruling star.

Cradling. – The best time for this would be the 10th, 12th, 16th, or the 22nd day after its birth.

First Feeding  (Annaprasana). – Let the first feeding on rice be done in the 6th, 8th, 9th, or 12th month on days ruled by Aswini, Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Dhanishta, Pushyami, Hasta, Swati, Anuradha, Sravana, Satabhisha, Uttara, and Chitta, avoiding the usual unfavourable lunar days. The 10th house must be unoccupied. The first feeding should not be done in the constellation of Aridra, Krittika, Jyeshta, Bharani, Aslesha, Poorvashadha and Poorvabhadra.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are good. Aries. Scorpio and Pisces are inauspicious. Mercury, Mars and Venus should not occupy respectively the 7th, 8th and 9th houses. Mercury, Jupiter or Venus in Lagna is highly commendable. No malefic should occupy the ascendant.
The most important factor in this function is the month; hence one should not mind even if Jupiter and Venus are combust.

Ear Piercing (Karnavedha). – This should be done on the 12th oil 6th day of the birth of the child or in the 6th, 7th or 8th month, either in the forenoon or in the afternoon but never during night. A day ruled by two asterisms or two lunar days is not propitious as also the other lunar days usually declared as inauspicious.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are good. At the time of boring the ears, the 8th house should be unoccupied, Aquarius, Leo and Scorpio Tonsure (Chowlam) – The learned say that Chowlam is a very important karma because it involves the first cutting of hair which means discharge of electrical currents from the child for the first time. The ceremony when properly done is said to prolong the life of the child. It should not be done when the mother of the child is pregnant. Chowlam may be performed in the 3rd or 5th year when Jupiter and Venus are free from combustion and when the Sun is in the Tropic of Cancer. The bright fortnight is said to give longevity while the dark fortnight is supposed to affect the health.
The 2nd, 3rd, 6th, 7th, 10th, 11th and 13th lunar days are good. The 4th, 1st, 6th, 8th, 9th, 14th and New and Full Moon days should be rejected.
Punarvasu, Mrigasira, Dhanishta, Sravana, Revati, Pushya, Chitta, Aswini, Hasta are favourable; Swati, Rohini, Satabhisha, Uttara, Uttarabhadra, Uttarashadha are ordinary. Tonsure should always be done in the forenoon.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are good.
Cancer, Virgo, Gemini, Pisces, Libra, Taurus and Capricorn rising give rise to good results. The rest are not beneficial. But they can be employed provided benefics occupy the Lagna and the Lagna is otherwise strong. But Aquarius should be rejected at any cost, no matter how powerful it might be. Let the benefics occupy the 4th, 5th, 7th, 9th, 10th and 11th and malefics the 3rd, 6th and 11th. The 8th house must femain unoccupied. The 7th house should not be occupied by either the Sun or Mars or preferably by any malefic.

Commencing Education (Aksharabhyasa). – Alphabet is a crude translation of the word ‘Akshara’. Akshara means that which cannot be destroyed and therefore akshara simply indestructible forms of sound vibrations.
When such sound vibrations are first put into the child’s ears, they must be such as to give the child a good chance of calling out the latent energies in him or her so that the course of training may run smoothly and to his best advantage.
The most propitious period for commencing education is the 6th day in the 5th month of the 5th year. The following days constellations are good: Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday; Aswini, Punarvasu, Aridra, Hasta, Chitta, Swati, Sravana and Revati.
Movable and common signs are good.
Forenoon and noon are preferable. The 8th house should be unoccupied.
Mercury, Venus, Jupiter in the 9th counteracts all evil influences.

Wearing Sacred Thread (Upanayanam) - This is a ceremony in which spiritiual instructions are given by authorised persons to give spiritual eye to the boy by which his internal vision is brought closer to the Universal light or God. This ceremony is peculiar to the Hindus. But as the name indicates, any section of the human society, whether Hindu or not, may take advantage of these valuable precepts and begin to give their children the religious instruction most suitable to their countries, castes and traditions, Upanayanam should be performed in the 5th or the 8th year. If this is not possible, the ceremoney should be gone through before the age of 16 in case of Brahmins and 20 to 24 in regard to other sects of the Hindus.
The Sun, the Moon and Jupiter represent symbolically the father, mother and lire-force. Therefore, the three planets should be well disposed to the ascendant at the timeof Upanayanam.
The best season is when the Sun is in his northern course (between Capricorn and Gemini). The lunar months of Magha, Phalguna, Chaitra and Vaisakha are good. The 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th and 13th lunar days in the bright half and the 1st. 2nd and 3rd in the dark half are held to be auspicious. The lunar days to be avoided are 4th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th, 14th and Full and New Moon days. Some are of opinion that the 13th is good.
Exception: Even the 14th lunar day may be treated as good if the boy is above the prescribed age.
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are propitious. Wednesday must be rejected if Mercury is combust. Sunday is ordinary while Tuesday should be invariably rejected.
The following constellations are good: Anuradha, Hasta, Chitta, Swati, Sravana, Dhanishta, Satabhisha, Uttara, Uttarashadha, Uttarabhadra, Revati, Rohini, Mrigasira, Aswini, Punarvasu and Pushyami.
Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Virgo, Libra and Aquarius are good. The other signs should be avoided. According to Vasishta and Garga. the 3rd day in the bright half of the month of Chaitra and Vaisakha and the 7th day in the bright half of the lunar months Magha and Phalguna are highly favourable.
The Moon must not occupy the 6th, 8lth, or 12th house. Malefics should not be posited in quadrants. The ceremony should take place before noon. The 8th house from the Lagna must be unoccupied.
The third house should be fortified by the situation of either malefics or benefics, white the 6th should be devoid of a benefic. Mars and Saturn should be avoided in the 5th.
Let Mars and Saturn be avoided in the 2nd from the election chart; as otherwise they will make the boy’s intellect dull. Similarly their situation in the 12th should also be avoided. The Moon should always be avoided in Lagna. But, however, if Cancer is the ascendant and the Moon and Jupiter are in conjunction and malefics are in 3, 6 and 11, the evil attached to the situation of the Moon in Lagna becomes neutralised. The following malefic yogas should also be avoided:
Spoorjitham. – The Sun in kendra causes this yoga and the result is the destruction of the family.
Spuritham. – Mars occupying a kendrs generates this evil yoga and generally proves fatal to the Guru (preceptor) as well as the boy.
Rudhitham. – Saturn occupying a kendra produces this evil combination resulting in incurable diseases.
Rundhram. – Rahu in a kendra gives rise to this malefic yoga. It proves fatal to the mother.
Ugram. – This arises by Ketu’s disposition in a kendra. It adversely affects health and education.
Besides the above malefic yogas, the Moon should not be affected by Mercury as it leads to the boy’s blindness. The Moon should not be in her own Navamsa, nor in that of the Sun or Mars.
The following are of course very favourable combinations for Upanayanam:
(1) The 6th, 7th or 8th house from the Moon being occupied by a benefic.
(2) The Sun or Venus in the 12th, Mercury in the 2nd and Jupiter in a trine or a quadrant.
(3) Venus in Lagna. Mercury in the 10th, the Sun tn the 11th and the Moon in a benefic navamsa.
(4) When the Lagna is Pisces occupied by Jupiter or Venus with the Sun in the 11th and Mercury in the 10th or 12th house.
(6) Gemini rising with Mars in Aries. Venus in Taurus and the Moon in Cancer.

MARRIAGE MUHURTA

The lunar months of Magha, Phalguna, Vaisakha and Jyeshta are good. Kartika and Margasira are ordinary. The rest are not auspicious. Some sages opine that marriages can be celebrated in Pushya and Chaitra provided the Sun is in Capricorn and Aries respectively.
The following lunar days, viz., from the 11th day (dark half) to New Moon, Riktha Thithis, 8th, 12th and 6th should be rejected. The best lunar days are the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 11th and 13th (of the bright half).
Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the best. Sunday and Saturday are middling. And Tuesday should be invariably rejected.
The best asterisms are Rohini, Mrigasira, Makha, Uttara, Hasta, Swati, Anuradha, Moola, Uttarashadha, Uttarabhadra and Revati. The first quarter of Makha and Moola and the last quarter of Revati are inauspicious and they should be rejected. Constellations not mentioned here are unsuitable and they should be avoided.
The following yogas should be rejected: Vyatipata, Dhruva, Mrityu, Ganda, Vajra, Soola, Vishkambha, Atiganda, Vyaghata and Parigha.
Vishtikarana must invariably be discarded.
Among the zodiacal signs Gemini, Virgo and Libra are the best. Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius are middling. The rest are inauspicious.
In the election of a Muhurtha for marriage, as many of the 21 doshas (already mentioned) as possible should be avoided. The most important considerations however are (a) The 7th house must be unoccupied by any planet, (b) Mars should not be in the 8th, (c) Venus should not be in the 6th, {d) the Lagna should not be hemmed in between malefics, (e) malefics should not occupy Lagna. and (f) the Moon in the election chart should have no association with any other planet.
Apart from the above, the usual Tarabala, Panchaka. etc., should be looked into. Elsewhere are given certain special combinations which are supposed to neutralise adverse influeces. As far as possible, such combinations should be applied to secure a really propitious moment. Jupiter, Mercury or Venus in Lagna, malefics in the 3rd or 11th, would constitute a formidable force in rendering the Lagna strong. The following are some of the special combinations which are supposed to fortify the marriage election chart: –

(1) Jupiter in the ascendant, Venus in the 8th and the Sun in the 11th – Mahendra Yoga.
(2) Venus in Lagna. Jupiter in the 10th and the Sun and Mercury in the 11th-Vishnu Priya Yoga.
(3) Venus in the 2nd, Jupiter in the 12th, the Sun in the 8th and Saturn in the 6th – Sreenatha Yoga.
(4) Venus in Lagna, Jupiter in the 4th, Mercury in the 2nd and Saturn in the 11th – Samudra Yoga.
(5) Mercury, Jupiter and Venus in Lagna – Vijaya Yoga.
(6) Venus and Jupiter in Lagna elevated or otherwise strong – Jaya Yoga.
(7) Saturn in the 3rd, Jupiter in the 6th, the Sun in the 10th and Mars in the 11th – Pushya Yoga.
(8) Mars in the 3rd, Saturn in the 6th, Venus in the 9th, Jupiter in the 12th – Maharshi Yoga.
(9) Venus in Lagna, Jupiter in the 11th – Ardhama Yoga.

Wearing New Clothes. – Aswini. Rohini, Punarvasu, Pushyami, Uttara, Hasta, Chitta, Swati, Visakha, Dhanishta and Revati are the best. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are good. Sunday is middling. Tuesday and Saturday are inauspicious. The 4th, 9th, 14th lunar days and New Moon day should be avoided. The Moon should be as far as possible in good aspect to the Sun.

Forming a Library. – Mercury should be in exaltation or occupy the Lagna. Thursday is the best. Fortify Lagna by placing a malefic in the 11th.

Employ ing Servants. – Avoid Tuesdays and Saturdays. Look to the strength of the 11th house lord. Saturn must be in the 11th free from the aspect of Mars or Rahu.
Make the lord of the sixth occupy the 11th and as far as possible, choose a fixed sign. Afflictions to Mercury should also be avoided as they bring about theft in the house.
Shaving may be had in the constellation of Pushya, Punarvasu, Revat, Haste, Sravana, Dhanishta, Mrigasira, Aswini, Chitta, Jyeshta, Satabhisha and Swati. 4th, 6th and 14th lunar days as also New Moon and Full Moon days are not desirable. Similar considerations have held good in the matter of death and birth pollution and solar and lunar eclipses. The ancients studied sciences and laid down strict injunctions so that humanity may be benefited. They did not believe in simply cataloguing facts as we in modern times do. These may be sour grapes for those who are blinded by thick prejudices but they are sweet for those who have a clear mental vision and who wish to economise the waste of spiritual energy for their own ultimate good.

Cutting Nails. - Avoid Fridays and Saturdays – the 8th, 9th, 14th lunar days as well as New and Full Moon days. Cutting nails means discharge of electricity from the human body and one should be careful to see that the reaction on the human body is not adverse.

Buying Utensils, etc. – Place Jupiter in good aspect to the Moon while buying brass vessels; to Mars when buying vessels of copper; to Saturn if steel and iron; to ascendant if of silver. Avoid the asterisms of Aslesha. Moola and Jyeshta. For buying tools, similarly avoid the 8th and 9th lunar days and New Moon.

Buying Jewellery. – The Sun and the Moon should be well situated and aspected. As usual unfavourable lunar days and asterisms should be avoided.

Landing Money. – One should not lend money on days ruled by Krittika, Makha, Moola, Satabhisha, Uttara, Punarvasu or one’s Janma Nakshatra day. One should try to receive money on these days. Tuesdays and Fridays are also inauspicious. Never lend money on a New Moon day happening to be Saturday. The lords of the ascendant and the 7th should be harmoniously disposed. The Moon’s situation in Scorpio is bad for the lender.

Borrowing Money. – Do not borrow money on days ruled by Krittika, Moola, Punarvasu, Dhanishta and Janma Nakshatra. Moon’s conjunction with Mars and Saturn shouid be avoided as otherwise there will be quarrels and litigation. If the money is intended for quick use on domestic or personal matters, the. Moon should be in good aspect to the ascendant. If the borrowed money is to be spent on business the Moon must be in a favourable situation with regard to Mercury and lord of Lagna. For any election, purity of lunar day, weekday, any constellation and Tarabala are essential and further considerations come in only later on.

Buying for Business. – Thursday, the 10th lunar day and the constellation of Pushyami are the best. Tuesday should be completely rejected. Saturday is passable. Mercury, the 2nd lord and the 2nd house should all be fortified. Avoid buying for trade when Mercury is afflicted by Mars as this will destroy stocks and cause discord and wrangling. Mercury and Jupiter in conjunction in Lagna or in mutual aspects would be highly propitious.

Buying Cattle. – Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Saturday are good. The lord of the day in question should occupy the rising sign at the time of transaction. To buy sheep the propitoius time is that on a Thursday ruled by Pushya when Aries is rising.

Selling for Profit. – Let the Moon and Mercury be free from the conjunction or aspect of Mars. The Moon’s situation in Taurus. Cancer or Pisces would greatly help the seller. Try to keep Mercury in a kendra from Lagna or at least in good aspect to Jupiter. Tuesday should be avoided. Monday, Wednesday and Thursday are the best. While Friday is unpropitious, Saturday is middling.

Shifting from Place to Place. If one is to move urgently from one place to another, then Janma Nakshatra should be avoided. Anuradha, Mrigasira and Hasta are the best. Journey on the 9th lunar day is prohibited. Yet in cases of urgency, one can move at a propitious moment. If you desire pecuniary gain conform to all the astrological requirements suggested in Chapter XIV. In any case, let there be Tarabala and Chandrabala and let the ascendant be fortified. The Moon and the ascendant should both be in fixed signs. Jupiter or Venus should be in an angle preferably in the ascendant or the 10th.

Recovering Money Due – The lord of Lagna should be strong and the election rising sign should not fall in the 8th or 9th from the radical rising sign. The lords of Lagna and the 2nd must also be well situated.

Pledging. – Articles pledged under Visakha, Krittika (Sadhana), Bharani, Makha, Pubba, Poorvashadha, Poorvabhadra (Vajra), Aridra, Aslesha, Jyeshta arid Moola (Theeshana) do not return. Jupiter and the Moon should be mutually well disposed. Tuesdays and Fridays are inauspicious as also lunar days declared generally evil.

Making a Will. – The Moon, the Lagna and the lord of the Lagna should all be in fixed signs. The constellation of Pushyami is the best as also Wednesday and Thursday – Tuesday and Friday should be avoided. For the benefit of the legatee, the rising sign should be one of Jupiter or Venus. Let Mars and Saturn be in the 3rd or 11th house. The 8th house must also be rendered strong as otherwise the testator will die.
The most beneficial constellations for commencing education are Mrigasira, Aridra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Hasta, Chitta, Swat}, Sravana, Dhanishta and Satabhisha. Aswini is held by some writers to be one of the best. Rohini, Uttara, Uttarashadha and Revati are neutral. The remaining ones are to be rejected.
Tuesday and Saturday should invariably be avoided. Sunday can be considered permissible if other atrological conditions are satisfactory. The following lunar – days are auspicious: – 1st (of dark half), 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 10th and 11th. The 4th, 8th, 9th, 14th and New and Full Moon days should be avoided.
The Lagna should not be a fixed sign. Common signs are the best and the movable ones ordinary.
In commencing education – be it of any type – one should have regard to two important Yogas given below: –

Saraswati Yoga -
(a) Wednesday coinciding with Hasta, the rising sign at the time being Gemini or Virgo with the Sun, Moon and Mercery occupying the Amsa of Mercury.
(b) Wednesday at sunrise when Mercury is in deep exaltation.
(c) Wednesday, when Mercury is in Lagna and occupies the 3rd quarter of Hasta.
(d) Jupiter in deep exaltation in Lagna on days other than Saturday and Sunday.

Vidya Yoga -

(a) Friday when Pisces is rising and Venus occupies the 27th degree of the same sign.
(b) Jupiter in deep exaltation and Cancer rising on Thursday.
(c) The day and constellation being propitious, the Sun must be placed in his own Hora.
If education were to progress satisfactorily, one must have due regard to the following considerations also.
The forenoon and the noon are the best. Malefics should be disposed in die 3rd, 6th and 11th houses. The 8th house should be clean and unoccupied by benefic or malefic planets. For starting education, Wednesday morning would be the befit provided the election chart is otherwise well disposed and strong.

Learning Vedas and Sasrras. – Pushyami, Dhanishta and Sravana are auspicious ones. Let Jupiter be as strong as possible.

Learning Astrology and Astronomy. – Aswini, Punarvasu, Pushyami, Hasta, Swati, Moola and Revati are good.

Learning Grammar. Logic and Philosophy. – Rohini, Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Pushya, Hasta, Dhanishta and Revati are favourable constellations for learning Grammar while for the other subjects Sravana, Satabhisha, Hasta, Uttara, Moola and Revati are good. The intellectual planet Mercury should be fortified as usual.

Learning Medicine. – Dhanishta is the best constellation not only for beginning the study of medicine but also for learning the use of firearms. An affliction to Mars by Saturn should be avoided. Let the rising sign or Navamsa be that of Mars or the Sun.

To Learn Music and Dancing. – Let Venus be as strongly placed as possible avoiding affliction by Rahu or Saturn, as this is said to lead to an immoral career. Hasta, Pushyami, Dhanishta, Anuradha, Jyeshta, Revati, Satabhisha, Uttarashadha and Uttarabhadra are the best. Harmonious aspects should exist between Jupiter and Venus. Place the lord of Lagna in the 5th or 9th and see that these two houses are free from affliction. Mercury-Venus conjunction in Lagna would be highly propitious.

Learning any Science. – The Study of any science can be commenced either in a Saraswati Yoga or in a Vidya Yoga under any of the special combinations mentioned above.

Learning a Trade. – The planet ruling the avocation should be well disposed in regard to the ascendant and free from affliction. The following are the occupations governed by the different planets.
The SUN denotes kings, members of political department, ministers, magistrates, lawyers and civil servants. The Sun favourably situated in relation to the 10th house bestows professions of the above nature. The MOON rules over nurses, midwives, jewellers, dealers in pearls and precious metals, and also governmental activities. MARS produces soldiers, warriors, carpenters, mechanics, surveyors, chemists, bankers, commanders, insurance agents, and butchers. MERCURY gives rise to preceptors or school masters, mathematicians, authors, printers, secretaries, book-sellers, accountants and insurance agents. JUPITER makes one a priest, a lawyer, a councillor, judge, scholar and a public man. VENUS produces artistes, musicians, actors, perfumers, jewellers, winesellers and solicitors with a keen intellect. SATURN governs different kinds of professions involving responsibility and subordination, mill hands, compositors, hawkers, factory workers, scavengers and manual workers in general.
The planet in question may also occupy the 10th house aspected by benefics. Tuesday must be avoided for learning any trade.

HOUSE

The construction of a house according to astrological works involves four important stages, viz., (1) Laying the foundation, (2) Digging the well, (3) Fixing the door-frames, and (4) Entry into the new house. Of the four stages, the first and the last are very important and significant.

Laying the Foundation. – According to ancient astrological savants just as Kalapurusha personifies Time, Vastu Purusha personifies the House. The Vastu Purusha is said to sleep on his left with his head to the East during the months of Bhadrapada, Aswayuja and Kartika (August to October); with his head to the South during Margasira. Pushya and Magha (November to February); with his head to the West during.Phalguna, Chaitra and Vaisakha (February to May) and with his head to the North during Jyeshta, Ashadha and Sravana (May to August). No building should be erected on the ground covered by his head, his legs, his hands and his back. as it is said to prove fatal to the father, wife and children respectively and cause fear of thieves. The most suitable section would be the ground covered by the stomach of Vastu Purusha as it gives rise to plenty and prosperity.

No house-building should be commenced in the lunar months of Jyeshta, Ashadha, Bhadrapada, Aswayuja, Margasira, Pushya and Phalguna as they connote respectively death, destruction, disease, quarrels and misunderstandings, loss of wealth, incendiarism and physical danger

The lunar months of Chaitra, Vaisakha, Sravana, Kartika and Magha are the best. The Sun should occupy fixed signs or at least movable signs but no building work should be undertaken when the Sun is in common signs.
Rohini, Mrigasira, Chitta, Hasta, Jyeshta, Uttara, Uttarashadha and Sravana are the best constellations to lay the foundation,
Swati, Pushya, Anuradha, Aswini, Satabhisha, Uttarabhadra and Revati are ordinary or middling while the remaining twelve asterisms should invariably be avoided.
All odd tithis (lunar days) except the 9th are good. Of the even tithis the 2nd, 6th and 10th are auspicious. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the best, Even Monday should be rejected when the Moon is waning. Sunday and Saturday are approved by some but in our opinion Saturday should be rejected as it connots frequent thefts. Sunday should also be avoided unless the day is otherwise very auspicious.
Fixed signs are the best. Movable signs, should be rejected. Common signs may he preferred provided they are occupied by strong benefics. In movable signs and fixed navamsas can also be considered in cases of urgency, subject to the satisfactory disposition of other astrological factors. The rising sign, at the time of laying the foundation should be highly fortified by the disposition of malefics in 3rd, 6th and 11th houses and benefics in kendras and trines. The 8th house should be vacant and in no case should it have the aspect of malefic planet.
The following are some of the special combinations recommended as highly propitious by aincient astrological writers for laying the foundation so that the house could last long and ensure happiness and prosperity to the owner as well as the tenant.
Foundation is to be laid in Cancer, the superstructure erected in Gemini or Virgo and the roofing done in Taurus or Libra. The house becomes, fire-proof. A house built when Jupiter or Venus is in Lagna, end the Sun exactly on the meridian or at the western horizon, is supposed to last for at least one hundred years.
When the 10th house is occupied by the Moon, the 4th by Jupiter and the 11 th by Mars and Saturn, the house will remain undestroyed for at least 80 years.
Jupiter in Lagna, Mercury in the 7th, Saturn in the 3rd, the Sun and Venus in the 6th, the house will stand for a century.
Mercury occupying Lagna, Jupiter the 7th and the Moon the 10th indicate similar stability.
Varahamihira suggests that after finishing the puja, the first foundation – stone shall be laid on the north-eastern corner of the site.

Fixing the Door – Frame. – The Hindus attach special significance to the fixing of door-frames. Even today the so-called educated man publicly scoffing at astrology stealthily consults an astrologer in private, and gets an auspicious time for fixing door-frames. Probably the door-frames have the peculiarity of attracting the best electric and magnetic forces from the atmosphere. Then fixed in auspicious times – times at which the different planetary bodies would be so disposed as to concentrate the maximum of benefic influence. The door-frame should always be fixed at a time when the rising sign is a fixed one. Rohini, Mrigasira, Uttara, Chitta, Anuradha, Uttarashadha, Uttarabhadra and Revati may be elected. The tithi (lunar day), asterism, the day and the rising sign should all be carefully selected, for the moment of fixing the door-frame has an important bearing upon the prosperity of the master. The doors, etc., maybe furnished on Wednesday or Friday ruled by any beneficial lunar day, a common sign and any of the following constellations, viz., Aswini, Pushya, Nasta, Rohini, Uttara, Uttarashadha and Uttarabhadra.
The durability or duration of a dwelling house in a state of prosperity should be determined from the moment at which the foundation-stone is laid. Foundations laid under the following combinations assure prosperity and a long life for the house to be constructed.
From the Lagna, the Moon should be in the 10th; Jupiter in the 14th and Mars and Saturn in the 11th. (2) Jupiter in Lagna, Mercury in the 7th, Saturn in the 3rd, the Sun in the 6th and Venus in the 4th. (3) The rising sign should be occupied by Venus, the 10th house by Mercury, any kendra by Jupiter and the 11th by the Sun. (4) The Moon in the rising sign, Jupiter in the 7th and Mercury in the 10th. (5) Venus in the 10th, Jupiter in the 7th and Mercury in Lagna – which should be a fixed sign. (6) Jupiter in Lagna (fixed) Mercury in the 7th and the Moon in the 10th.
Any of the above planetary positions at the moment of laying the foundation will establish the building in prosperity for a long number of years.
Jupiter in combination with Rohini, Mrigasira, Aslesha, Uttara. Poorvashadha, Uttarashadha, Sravana and Uttarabhadra, on a Thursday forms what is known as Rajayoga and this is considered very fortunate for starting the construction of a house.

Digging Wells. – The object of sinking a well is to get a perpetual supply of clean and healthy drinking water. Varahamihira deals exclusively with the topic of divining the presence of water by reference to the growth of certain types of vegetation. The water falling from the clouds is soaked into the earth and according to internal conditions, runs into different channels. These channels of water are what are called under-currents. The type of vegetation present in the soil is said to give a clue to the distance of these under-currents from the ground level. For instance, Varahamihira says that if one sees a Vetasa (Calamus viminalis) plant in a waterless tract, one can find water by digging the ground at a distance of 3 cubits to the west of it, half a purusa (about 3 1/2, feet) below the earth. These can be easily tested by our water-diviners before condemning them as antiquated or superstitious. Soil conditions are influenced by climatic factors which in their turn have reference to planetary radiations. Therefore when wells are dug under favourable planetary conditions, a plentiful supply of water is expected without much expense.
Revati, Uttarabhadra, Hasta, Anuradha, Makha, Sravana, Rohini and Pushyami are favourable for digging wells. The rising sign should be Pisces, Cancer or Capricorn. Aquarius and Taurus will not give a good supply of water. Venus and the Moon should be in kepdras. If the digging operation is begun in the sign occupied by the Sun, delay will be caused on account of the presence of hard-rock. An abundant supply of sweet water is indicated when the Moon or Venus is in a quadrant identical with a full watery sign. Venus and Moon are watery planets, while Cancer, Capricorn and Pisces (full) are watery signs.

Griha pravesham Entering a New House. – If the house, which one has built, is calculated to give happiness to the family, one must take proper astrological counsel in entering it under a propitious moment. Sunday and Tuesday are not good. Avoid Shukla paksha’s 1-4-9-14, and Krishna Prathami, Chaturthi, Asthami, Navami, Dwadasi and Chaturdasi are not good and the other tithis are good. Good Nakshatras are Rohini, Mrigashirsha, Pushya, U.Phalguni, Hasta, Chitra, Swati, Anuradha, U.Shadha, Shravana, Dhanishta, Shatabhisha, U.Bhadrapada and Revati.
New houses should be entered when the Sun is in Uttarayana, and when Jupiter and Venus are strongly disposed.

AGRICULTURE

Buying Land for Agriculture. – Monday, Wednesday and Saturday are good. Let the Moon be waxing and Mars be in the 4th house. As usual, avoid the Riktha tithis. The best asterisms are: Aswini, Rohini, Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Pushyami, Uttara, Sravana, Satabhisha, Uttarabhadra, Vishitikarana may also be avoided. If due to any unavoidable circumstances, it is not possible to be present at the land to gain possession at the auspicious moment selected, then pick up and carry away a handful of earth, from that land when Cancer is rising and the last pada of Bharani, Aridra or Visakha is ruling.

Ploughing the Land. – The soil should be tilled on days ruled by benefic planets. Generally, the sign Leo, or the sign occupied by the Sun or the constellation governed by him is favourable. The benefic stars are Rohini, Punarvasu, Pushya, Uttara, Hasta, Anuradha, Moola, Uttarashadha and Uttarabhadra.
All lunar days except the 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th and 10th and New Moon days are good. At the time of ploughing, let Taurus, Gemini, Cancer, Capricorn or Pisces be rising. Avoid Scorpio and Aquarius, if the rising sign is Mesha, it proves fatal to the cattle; if it is Scorpio, then crops will be destroyed by fire. If Aquarius, there is fear from thieves. See that the Lagna is free from malefic association. It is better that the bright half of the lunar month is selected.
On the first day start ploughing eastward or northward.

Sowing and Planting. – Any seeds can be sown on a day ruled by Hasta, Chitta, Swati, Makha, Pushyami, Uttara, Uttarashadha, Uttarabhadra, Rohini, Revati, Aswini, Moola or Anuradha provided the lunar day is also propitious. Choose a Lagna, owned by the planet who is lord of the weekday in question. Beets and carrots may be sown when the Moon is in Sagittarius. Potatoes and other underground vegetables should be sown when the rising sign is an aquatic one. On Thursdays fruit trees may be planted when Sagittarius and Pisces are rising. Flower seeds and cuttings may be sown in Taurus and Libra. Ragi, gingelli and all grains of black colour may be advantageously sown in Capricorn and Aquarius.
Always choose a Lagna owned by the planet who is lord of the weekday in question. Tomato maybe planted while the Moon is waxing and is in the sign of Cancer. Capricorn rising is not favourable. For the best results the Moon should be waxing and the rising sign at the time of planting should be Cancer, Scorpio or Pisces. Generally speaking, seeds planted while the Lagna is Cancer tend towards abundance and fruitfulness. When the Lagna is Thula the yield will be smaller and the tendency is toward larger size in both fruit and flower. Aries: Garlic may be planted with success. Taurus: Peach, plum. potatoes, radishes, onion sets and turnips. Gemini: Not favourable for any planting being a barren sign. Cancer: Beans, cabbage, corn, cucumber, lettuce, melons, pumpkins, tomatoes, cauliflower, water-melons, and cereals. Leo: Not good for any planting, especially bad for underground plants such as potato. Virgo: Flowering plants. Libra: Wheat, rye, barley, rice and other field crops. Scorpio: Garlic and onion seeds. Sagittarius: Pepper and other spring crops and garlic. Capricorn: Potato, radishes and turnips. Aquarius: All black cereals and grains. Pisces: Cucumbers, pumpkins, radishes, water-melons and carrots.
All odd lunar days except the 9th are good. All even tithis except the 2nd and 4th should be avoided.
Seeds of flower plants, and fruit-bearing creepers should be sown in the asterisms of Mriyusira, Punarvasu, Hasta, Chitta, Swati, Anuradha and Revati. Solarium indicum grows under Bharani. Aswini is favourable for betal-nuts. Rohini is good for trees. Sugarcane grows welt under Punarvasu. All varieties of grain thrive well under Pushya; Swati and Sravana favour paddy. Anuradha rules sesamum; Moola is favourable for creepers and roots and black grain crops thrive well under Satabhisha.
Seedlings of coconuts may be planted in Aquarius.

The following extract is from an ancient work on Muhurtha:
“Paddy should be sown on Sunday when the Sun is in Lagna; seeds of flower plants (aquatic) should be sown on Thursday when Jupiter is in Lagna. Seedlings of flower sown on Tuesday when Mars is in Lagna; Palmyra seedlings should be planted on Wednesday when Mercury is in Lagna. Seedlings of long-lived fruit trees should be planted on Thursday when Jupiter is in Lagna. Seedlings of flower trees should be planted on Friday when Venus is in Lagna. Seeds of black grains should be sown on Saturday noon when Saturn is in Lagna. While beginning all agricultural operations, see that the 8th house is unoccupied”.

Grafting and Pruning. – Saturn should be favourably placed preferably in the 6th or 11th house. Strengthen the Lagna by placing a benefic in a kendra and by rendering the 8th house vacant. Avoid Tuesdays and Riktha tithis. In all agricultural operations, the position of the Moon is very important. See – hat the Moon is strong and free from affliction by Rahu, Ketu or Saturn. The Moon should be a benefic.

Felling Trees. – Trees should be cut when the Moon is in the last quarter so that the wood may be strong, massive and durable. The Lagna must be a dry sign aspected preferably by a dry planet.

Reaping the Crop. – Bharani, Rohini, Mrigasira, Aridra, Pushyami, Makha, Uttara, Hasta, Visakha, Anuradha, Uttarashadha and Sravana are favourable constellations to start reaping the crop. Avoid 4th, 8th, 9th, 11th, 12th and 14th lunar days as also the New Moon. Taurus, Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius or Pisces should be rising.

Harvesting. – This can be commenced in Pisces Lagna on a day ruled by Bharani; Scorpio on a day ruled by Sravana; Cancer under Visakha. These pairs form special combinations and promote prosperity.

In-Gathering of Corn. – After the harvest is over. the produce has to be gathered in. This can be advantageously done under the constellations of Bharani, Rohini, Mrigasira, Pubba, Aridra, Punarvasu, Pushya, Makha, Uttdra, Hasta, Swati, Anuradha, Moola, Sravana and Revati.
Saturn may be located in the 4th house. All lunar days except the 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 12th, 14th and New Moon are auspicious. Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are good. The Amsas of Moon, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn are also auspicious. Tuesdays and Sundays should be avoided. Movable signs must be rejected as they tend to destroy the grain by pests or decomposing.
Taurus rising on days ruled by Makha and Uttara respectively in the lunar months of Magha and Phalguna goes under the distinction of Dhanya Parvatha Yoga. Grain collected under this combination is supposed to confer happiness and prosperity to the person concerned.

Buying or Selling Cows. – Buying or selling of cows or cattle can be done under the constellations of Aswini, Punarvasu, Pushya, Hasta, Swati, Visakha, Jyeshta and Revati. Let preferably Taurus be rising. Avoid Mars in the 8th house.

Buying or Selling Horses. – Let the Moon and the lord of Lagna be friendly. Avoid their Dwirdwadasa rotations. It is better that the transaction is done when Sagittarius is rising. Let the lagna be an airy sign if you wish to buy a race horse.

Buying Sheep. – Let the Lagna be Aries. Avoid Saturn in the 8th house. Let Aries or Capricorn be rising at the time of the transaction.
The Lagna and the 6th house should be strong when buying dogs or hounds. Birds should be purchased when the Lagna is an airy sign.
Any animal may be purchased on a Thursday ruled by Pushya When the Lagna is Aries. No animal should be sold on days ruled by Krittika, Aridra, Makha, Aslesha, Swati and Anuradha.

TRAVEL

Journeys. – The best lunar days are the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 11th and 13th. The 14th lunar day and Full and New Moon days should be avoided at any cost.
If a journey is undertaken in the following constellations, the person is supposed to return back early after satisfactorily completing his work: Mrigasira, Aswini, Pushya, Punarvasu, Hasta, Anuradha, Sravana, Moola, Dhanishta and Revati. It is better that the journey is commenced in the 2nd, 3rd or last quarter of the constellation. The first quarter may be avoided as far as possible.
No journey should be undertaken on days ruled by Krittika, Bharani. Aslesha. Visakha, Pubba, Poorvabhadra and Aridra. Of these, the following nakshatras may be deemed fit for travelling beyond the spheres of evil influence: – Krittika – 13 ghatis; Bharani – 7; Makha – 14; Pubba, Poorvashadha and Poorvabhadra – 16; Swati, Aslesha and Visakha – 14. In our humble experience, it is found that Bharani and Krittika should always be avoided while the other stars given in this paragraph, journeys can be undertaken in.
Bharani and Krittika should be invariably rejected.
Do not travel towards the East on Saturday and Monday; towards South on Thursday; towards West on Sunday and Friday and towards North on Wednesday and Tuesday. Provided the journey is timed to begin beyond 22 ghatis on Thursday, 12 ghatis on Tuesday and Wednesday; 15 ghatis on Friday and Sunday, 8 ghatis on Saturday and Monday, the above restriction does not hold good. In our view, Tuesday must preferably be avoided.
Aries, Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Libra and Sagittarius are favourable signs for starting on a journey.
Rising sign at the time of journey being one’s Janma Rasi is highly favoured. But it should never be the sign of one’s Janma Lagna. Journey should not also be undertaken when the Lagna is the 5th, 7th or the 9th from one’s Janma Lagna.
Let Jupiter or Venus be well placed in Lagna at the time of starting. This makes the journey successful.
Therefore, readers would do well to restrict the choice of a day to considerations already set forth above. It must be noted that strict adherence to the astrological rules is impossible at times of emergency. Supposing a friend or relative is seriously ill and he is to be visited. There is no question of finding an auspicious date and time. The best thing to do is to begin the journey at the most auspicious hora of the day. If one is to go on a pilgrimage or on a pleasure trip or on business, arrangements for Which could be made in advance, a day conforming to all astrological considerations should be fixed. The most essential factors to be remembered in selecting a suitable day for travel are (a) a good lunar day, (b) a favourable constellation, (c) a well-fortified Lagna and (d) the absence of Panchaka Dosha. If these are properly observed, that means alt astrological precautions will have been taken.
The following general combinations would be of utmost importance to the average person: –
(1) let the Moon be strong and dignified at the time of starting.
(2) Avoid days of vernal and autumnal equinox and the days on which the Sun enters a new sign every month.
(3) The Moon should be in the 3rd, 6th, 9th or 12th and Jupiter in a kendra from Lagna.
(4) Start when the Moon is in Lagna fortified by the disposition of Jupiter or Venus in a kendra.
(5) Jupiter strong in Lagna and the Moon in any place other than the 8th would be a strong combination.
(6) The journey will be easy and peaceful if the Moon be in the 7th and Venus and Mercury be in the 4th.
(7) Mercury in the 4th, Jupiter in the 2nd or 7th will neutralise all the other adverse influences.
(8) Benefics dignified in kendras of trikonas act as powerful antidotes for all evils.
(9) Jupiter in Lagna, malefics in Upachayas and Venus in any house other than the 7th would be an ideal combinations.

Short Journeys. – Render the Lagna and the Moon strong. If these two conditions cannot be fulfilled, start in the hora of the strongest planet keeping in view the Tarabala and Chandrabala factors.

Long-distance Journeys. – All the rules given in the earlier pages of this Chapter are to be observed. Let the Moon be increasing and in a favourable situation so that there might be no delay or hindrance. Pay special attention to the eighth house and see that Mars is not there. Choose a day and time in which the Yatra Lagna agrees with the Janma Rasi. Avoid malefics in the 7th. If the journey is by car or train, avoid affliction to Lagna and the 8th lord by Mars and Rahu. If the Lagna is afflicted by Mars, there will be danger of accidents; if by Rahu, there will be disappointment and disease.

Pilgrimage. – Follow the rules in the earlier pages of this Chapter. Let Jupiter be in Lagna or the 9th house. Avoid the months when Jupiter is combust.

Air Journeys. – Take due note of Tarabala. Let the Lagna be an aerial sign. Avoid Mars in Lagna, the 7th and the 8th. Let the Moon be waxing and as far away from Rahu as possible. Render the ascendant strong by a suitable disposition of Jupiter.

Sea Voyage. – Pay special attention to watery signs. Let preferably Cancer be the Lagna occupied by a watery planet. As usual, avoid Mars in Lagna, the 7th or 8th house. Venus should be favourably placed.

Business Journeys. – If you are to meet an influential person, let the rising sign fall in the 10th house in birth chart. Avoid malefics in Lagna and the 9th. Mercury is the planet of trade and business. He should therefore be either in Lagna or in the 10th or 11th but he should not be aspected by a malefic especially Saturn. Mercury in retrograde is also favourable as he will hasten the transaction to your satisfaction. Prosperity and success follow the Moon in good aspect to Mercury. If the Moon is in 8th or 12th house, the person falls ill on the way. Hence see that the Moon is in favourable position. See also that the 2nd lord is not afflicted and that he is favourably situated. In all these cases, mutual aspects between Mars, Saturn and Rahu should be invariably avoided as they indicate hitches and insurmountable obstacles.

Beginning Treatment. the treatment should begin under Aswini, Rohini, Mrigasira. Punarvasu, Pushyami, Uttara, Uttarashadha, Uttarabhadra, Hasta, Chitta, Swati, Anuradha, Sravana, Dhanishta, Satabhisha, and Revati.
In regard to long-standing diseases or recurrent fevers, the best time for taking medicine is Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, coinciding with Hasta, Aswini, Chitta and Punarvasu respectively and especially at the time when the Moon, Mercury, Jupiter and Venus occupy their own vargas and a moveable Rasi or Amsa is rising. –
Persons suffering from Typhoid or enteric should begin treatment on a Sunday coinciding with the 4th, 9th or 14th lunar day not ruled respectively by Aridra, Bharani and Visakha.
Any treatment commenced under Ugra yogas are supposed to prove successful. Ugra yogas arise when the 3rd , 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 9th, 10th, 12th  and 13th lunar days coincide respectively with Rohini, Uttara, Sravana, Mrigasira. Revats, Krittika, Pushva, Anuradha. Krittika (or Makha).

Dental Treatment. – The Ugra yoga above referred to is quite suitable for dental treatment also. See that the Moon is not afflicted and that Chandrashtama is also avoided.

Taking Injections. – Injections may be taken on Saturday or Monday. Aries, Taurus. Cancer and Virgo are auspicious. The 8th house must be unoccupied. See that Mercury’is free from affliction; as otherwise the pain wilt be severe and nervous weakness may set in.

Surgical Operations. – When possible, operate in the period of the intrease of the Moon. Never operate at the exact time of the Full Moon as the bodily fluids are running highest then. Let not the Moon at the time of the operation be in the same sign as at birth. No Operation should be done on the part of the body ruled by the sign through which the Moon is transiting at that time but wait a day or more until the Moon passes into the next sign below, and especially, if the Moon be in conjunction, or evil aspect to malefics at the time.
For surgical operations Tuesday or Saturday is recommended. Mars must be powerful. The 8th house should be unoccupied. And the ruling constellation is Aridra, Jyeshta. Aslesha or Moola coinciding with the 4th, 9th or 14th lunar day. It is very necessary to strengthen the house ruling the part of the body to be operated upon. This if the stomach is to be operated upon, the time selected should be such as to render the 5th house strong by benefic aspects. Mutual aspects between Mars and Saturn should be avoided.

Treatment for the Nose. – The ascendant must be Cancer, Leo of Virgo. The Moon must be free from affliction. Avoid Mars or for that matter any malefic in the 8th. The Sun should be unaspected by Saturn or Rahu.

To Prepare Medicines. – Preparation of medicines should be commenced when the Lagna is Chara or Dwiswabhava. Fixed signs should be invariably rejected. The 6th, 7th and 8th houses should be unoccupied. Sunday, Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are good. Auspicious lunar days are the 1st, 4th, 6th, 8th, 9th, 11th and 14th. Any panacea prepared when Saturn, Mars and the Sun are in Lagna or in a kendra from Lagna, is said to become an effective remedy for all diseases.

INSTALING DEITY
The installation of a deity should be done when the Sun is in the Northern course. The lunar month of Magha should be avoided. According to Kalaprakasika, the ceremony is to be done when Jupiter and Venus are dignified and devoid of adverse influences.
Rohini, Mrigasira. Punarvasu, Pushya, Uttara, Hasta, Swati, Uttarashadha and Uttarabhadra are good constellations for this purpose. All odd lunar days (except the 9th) including the 2nd, 6th and 10th are favourable. The Lagna must be a fixed sign. A common sign may be selected for a female Deity. Movable signs should always be rejected. The Lagna should not be conjoined by the luminaries or malefics or otherwise the town concerned will be destroyed. No malefic should occupy the 7th. There should be no planet in the 8th. The ceremony should be avoided at the end of an Ayana, the end of a year, of a lunar day and of an asterism; and on days on which halos round the Sun and the Moon are visible.

Lotteries and Competitions. Aswini, Bharani, Punarvasu, Pushya, Hasta, Chitta, Visakha, Poorvashadha and Revati are excellent for entering into competitions. The 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 6th, 11th and 13th lunar days are good. All weekdays are suitable except Tuesday and Saturday. Let the Lagna belong to a benefic planet. Fortify the Moon and the 5th and the 9th houses. Avoid the 11th lord in the 12th and Mars in the 8th. Saturn should cast no aspect either on the 2nd house or on the 2nd lord.

Horse Races. – Horses are said to be governed by Aswini. This constellation therefore is fortunate for purchasing and training horse for race purposes. Krittika, Mrigasira, Punarvasu, Pushya, Uttarabhadra, Hasta, Swati, Visakha, Anuradha and Dhanishta are also good. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are favourable.

Filing Law-suits. – Avoid the usual unfavourable lunar days. Aswini, Rohini, Mrigasira, Pushya, Uttara, Hasta, Chitta, Anuradha, Dhanishta and Revati are good. Tuesday and Saturday should be avoided. Strengthen the Lagna by placing Jupiter in a Trikona. Let there be no malefic in the 6th house. The lords of Lagna and the 6th should be as far apart as possible. The Lagna or at least the Navamsa must be Aries in order to assure success to the litigation. If benefics occupy kendras or occupying the male signs, have beneficial aspects, there will be peace between the parties.

NOTES AND SUMMARY
According to Sage Bharadwaja a fully flawless Muhurtha is unthinkable for years. Therefore, fix up an auspicious time, with less doshas and more gunas. Even sage Narada says: Avoiding heavy afflictions (mahadoshas), and considering the ordinary gunas and doshas, fix an auspicious time with more gunas. That moment proves auspicious.

In Muhurtha, the pride of place is always given to Nakshatra. Vara and Tithi. The other two limbs whilst no doubt important in their own way are in actual practice of secondary value.
Tuesday and Saturday are invariably bad for all auspicious works. There are certain exceptions for this general rule. For instance, Tuesday is good for surgical operations.
Concluding Remarks

Muhurtha is not the penance for all the ills afflicting a horoscope. Muhurtha or an auspicious moment can neutralise to a certain extent the afflictions existing in a birth chart as affecting the various events. If marital harmony is completely absent in a birth chart, Muhurtha cannot confer on the native marital harmony. It reduces the sources of friction to a certain extent.

Of the different limbs of the panchanga, viz., tithi, vara, nakshatra, yoga and karana, the nakshatra is very important. If suppose for a marriage, the tithi is the 6th and the nakshatra is Sadhana, then the day can be selected. This is the view of sage Brihaspati and hence acceptable to the other sages. But even if other factors such as tithi, nakshatra. etc., are defective, a strong Lagna can neutralise such defects. This is the view of Narada and we concur with this view. But recourse should be had to this contingency only under special circumstances, e.g., when a Muhurtha is to be fixed, say for accommodating a bridegroom coming from a foreign country, who has to get back quickly.

Jupiter should be rendered strong for marriage; Venus for travel; Mercury for learning; Mars for war, fighting; the Sun for meeting with the rulers, government officers, etc., and the Moon in respect of all elections.

Abhijin Muhurtha (midday) could be fixed for all elections, in case a really auspicious time is not available. Add half duration of the day to sunrise and the Abhijin Muhurtha is obtained. Suppose sunrise is at 6:10 a.m. (IST) and sunset 6-45 p.m. The interval is 12 hours 30 minutes. Half this, viz., 6 hours 15 minutes added to time of sunrise, viz., 6:10 (IST) gives the Abhijin Muhurtha as 6 hours 10 minutes + 6 hours 15 minutes = 12 hours 25 minutes.

Jupiter or Venus is in conjunction with the ascendant or at least in a kendra or the trine so that all doshas are rendered infructuous.

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