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Astrological Miscellany


Astrology and Stamps

By Kshitij Sharma, July 19, 2014

When I was a kid, my hobby was collecting stamps. I started at the age of 10 and till the time I went to college, I kept buying all sorts of stamps – Indian, foreign… all shapes and sizes. At one time, I had a full book of over a thousand stamps. I was quite proud of the collection that contained some of the very first stamps of India, those issued on the day of Indian independence, Republic Day etc. Then one day, someone stole the entire collection. Not one stamp, not a page, but the entire collection. I was distraught but could not do much. We could never figure out who stole the stamp book. We have our suspects, but could never prove anything.

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Narendra Modi Swearing-in Chart

By Kshitij Sharma, May 26, 2014

The kundali of Shri Narendra Modi taking oath as 15th Prime Minister of India at the Rashtrapati Bhavan is attached. The swearing in ceremony started just after 6:00 PM when the President of India came down the stairs. As soon as he came down, his permission to begin the ceremony was sought. Immediately after, Modi came to the stage and took the oath of office in Hindi. The basic details are:

Place: Rashtrapati Bhavan, New Delhi (28.6143° N, 77.1998° E), Time: 6:11 PM, Date: 26 May 2014. Libra lagna – Not Scorpio, lagna does not change till 6.15 PM.

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2014 Elections–Important Dates & Times

By Kshitij Sharma, May 20, 2014

Election process and schedule: http://eci.nic.in/eci_main1/GE2014/Schedule/Home.htm. Good and interactive map with the dates and place of voting.

Results declared – through the day on 16th May.

PM Manmohan Singh tenders resignation: 17th May 2014 between 12.50 pm and 1.10 PM at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi. There was a band of time between which  MMS reached the venue and when he came out

Modi elected leader of NDA in parliament – 20th May, 12.15 PM. Proposed by LK Advani and seconded by Murali Manuhar Joshi.

New Gujrat CM to be sworn in on 22nd May at 12.39 pm in Gandhinagar.

New PM Modi to be sworn in on 26th May at 6.00 PM in Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.


Graha Shanti Remedies Steps

By Kshitij Sharma, May 19, 2014

Lal Kitab and many other astrological texts talk about donation of few things for planets that are either malefic, weak or afflicted in a janma kundali. For example, for malefic Sun in a horoscope, wheat, gold needs to be donated. Mung, green fruits are donated for Mercury. Similarly, if moon is afflicted in a kundali, one should donate silver and rice. However, you might be wondering how exactly to donate these things. Please follow these steps:

  1. First and foremost, have faith and believe that this remedy is absolutely going to work. Have faith the in actions you are about to undertake.
  2. Choose a day for the donation, as per the vaar of the planet. For Rahu, choose Thursdays and for Ketu – Tuesday.
  3. Take a reasonable sized piece of cloth as per the colour of the planet, e.g. saffron/kesariya for Sun, white for Moon, red for Mars, green for Mercury etc.
  4. Take 1.25 kgs of the items, mung, wheat etc. Take a piece of sweet, barfi or jaggery along with some money (11/-, 51/-, 101/-) as per your interest.
  5. Take a small wooden basket (बाँस की टोकरी) and and put the cloth in the basket. Put the items that you are donating in this basket such that the piece of sweet and money is completely covered by the cloth and isn’t visible at all.
  6. Call the person to your house early in the morning. Have him/her seated with in your house with all the respect, the way you would treat your guest and gift the items to him.

As I said, this is a matter of belief and must be followed as such. You must have faith in these remedial measures in order for them to work in your horoscope.


Reviewing More Books on Vedic Astrology

By Kshitij Sharma, April 27, 2012

I hadn’t found time to work on the website for quite some time now. This was very evident from the frequency of posts, not allowing comments etc. During this time, I did purchase a lot of books, but hadn’t reviewed them on the site under this list – Vedic Astrology Books.

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Is it luck, or Providence or simple Destiny?

By Kshitij Sharma, June 3, 2011

An interesting perspective on luck (or just maybe destiny) that I read in the Economic Times today on luck and corporate success. Just want to bring to your attention, and let you yourself make something out of it, rather than me going on a rant about Astrology :-)

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Some mere mortals

By Kshitij Sharma, February 25, 2010

Even in Satyuga, there was a washerman (dhobi) who doubted Rama and Sita and Sita had to prove herself through agnipariksha

This Kaliyuga has mere mortals like me who doubted the God (of cricket) and had written him off. Continue reading


What are the odds?

By Kshitij Sharma, January 28, 2010

There was a comment made seemingly by Mr. Amitabh Bachchan here

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Classical Books on Astrology – Availability

By Kshitij Sharma, January 26, 2010

One of the readers of the website, Santosh Kulkarni, pointed me to this wonderful information on books on Vedic Astrology. One of his relatives, Shri Virupaksha Rao Kulkarni, who is a practicing astrologer, found out about Chowkambha Publications in Varanasi. Almost all of the classical texts on astrology are published by them. Some of these books are available in e-book format on

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Continuity and Differentiability

By Kshitij Sharma, January 17, 2010

High school mathematics introduces the concept of continuous and differentiable functions as the first steps of calculus.

For a continuous function, if someone were to compute the value of a function at a point and at another point just besides it, then there would not be a lot of change in the value. In the language of mathematics, consider a function f(x), then f(x+d)-f(x) –> 0 as d –> 0. Continue reading