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Astrological Miscellany

Badhaka Planets

By Kshitij Sharma, August 27, 2014

In Sanskrit, badha (बाधा) means obstruction. Look at the thesaurus and the other synonyms are – impediment, handicap, hindrance, holdback etc. A Baadhak planet creates a hindrance to the good results shown for a sign and the house in which the sign falls. There is a concept of of baadhaksthana, the house that causes the hindrance and badhaka, the lord of the baadhak-sthana, which is the planet that causes the hindrance.

The concept is explained in Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, where badhakasthana is defined as – 11th house in a horoscope for movable signs, 9th house for fixed signs and 7th house for dual natured signs. The signs are considered as occupying the house based on the ascendant. E.g. if Ascendant in a kundali is Aries, then ascendant is called “movable” and so on.

For the 12 rashi, the badhaka-sthanas are as follows:

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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: 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.

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