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September 1st, 2007

Inter religion marriages and Vedic Astrology

The present guest article is based on research directed towards marriages between bride and groom belonging to different religions or faiths.

Vasudhaiva Kutumbkam? I think not…
We, as a society, irrespective of caste or religion, are fairly traditional and high premium is placed on conformance to a set of rules. As a result, we find it difficult to accept change and are not comfortable in unfamiliar situations and circumstances. Throughout our lives, we tend to maintain a very strong sense of “native” vs. “foreign”. Marriage is one such institution in our society which is subject to lot of customs and traditions. Compatibility of horoscopes, wealth, social stature etc. is given a lot of importance. The procedure of marriage is highly ritualistic and the entire family of bride and groom has a part to play.

Marriages outside of religion are still not accepted properly in our society. There is opposition from the immediate family. Spouses are expected to convert, but it is not easy to accept a faith or culture that one is not born with. If there is no conversion, couples usually reach a compromise on the faith children follow. Overall, inter-faith marriages present a lot of challenges that need to be worked out. The ratio of such marriages being entirely successful is also not very high.

Lifelong relationship
In Indian culture, more often than not, marriage is for a lifetime. We choose to share our life with one individual and the conduct, behavior and idiosyncrasies of one have a profound effect on the other. In a manner of speaking, the husband and wife share a destiny. An encouraging, sincere and devoted spouse is a blessing.

Relevant Astrological Combinations
Nitin Kashyap has done this research and he presents the following principles and logic behind the observations.

The karakas and bhavas for marriage, religion and “foreignness” are:

  1. Jupiter and Venus: In female chart Jupiter represent husband and in male chart Venus represent wife.
  2. Fifth House: Fifth house represent our mentality and love affairs.
  3. Seventh house: Seventh house shows one’s married life.
  4. Ninth House: Ninth house represent religion and luck. This is what you would see to judge “religion” in this context.
  5. Saturn, Rahu and Ketu: These three planets indicate the separating influence in the chart. They represent the foreign element that we should be looking for.

Based on the above, some principles which have been observed in different combinations leading to inter religion marriages are:

  1. Principle I: For males, Venus should be afflicted by Saturn, Rahu or Ketu. In charts of females, Jupiter should come under separating influence of Saturn, Rahu or Ketu.
  2. Principle II: Fifth or seventh house should be afflicted by Saturn. Saturn in fifth house has a special influence and significance on inter religion marriages because from the fifth house, Saturn’s 3rd drishti would be automatically be on the seventh house.
  3. Principle III: Ninth house and its lord should be affected by Trik bhavas and their lords. Since one is going “against” his/her religion, there should be some bad effect seen on the ninth house. Additionally, ninth house should be afflicted by Rahu/Ketu.
  4. Principle IV: Seventh house and its lord should be connected with a debilitated planet or Rahu/Ketu.
  5. Principle V: According to Jaimini System, the planet having lowest longitude in a birth chart is called Dara-karak graha (planet representing wife). This planet should be afflicted by Rahu/Ketu or Saturn.

Three or more rules can be observed to be in play in these charts of individuals who have married outside their religion. To protect the privacy, names are not provided and place of birth is obfuscated. The editor had thought that just the chart data should be provided here, but the realization came that a lot of you have your own methods to calculate the chart and may not agree with the calculation of nodes and values of ayanmsha correction used in the birth chart generation application on this site. All the times are in IST and the time zone is +530.


Date Time Latitude Longitude Gender
22 August 1969 0658 hrs 22N18 73E12 Male
25 June 1973 0610 hrs 28N40 77E13 Female
02 October 1973 2100 hrs 30N19 78E02 Female
03 Nov 1972 1745 hrs 28N27 80E51 Female
11 Sept 1967 0855 hrs 28N40 77E13 Male
31 October 1955 1832 hrs 26N55 75E49 Female
13 June 1978 1115 hrs 28N40 77E13 Female
31 October 1973 2200 hrs 28N40 77E13 Male

Readers are requested to share charts if it can add to analysis present here in this article. As usual, comments on this article are most welcome.

[Editor: Till the directory page is complete, the contact details of Nitin Kashayap (kashyap_nitin at rediffmail _dot_ com, phone number - +91-9968039321) can be found here.]

January 15th, 2007

Manglik Dosha Exceptions

A lot of people still mail me about the exceptions that Manglik Dosha is subject to. For the full list of these exceptions, please go through the post on Manglik Dosha and Chart Matching. Exception number 2 says that there is no dosha if  Mars is in second house in the signs of Gemini and Virgo. This means that if Mars is situated in second house in the horoscope and if the sign in house number two happens to be Gemini and Virgo, Mars does not cause any manglik dosha. This condition would be true for Taurus and Leo lagnas only. Similarly, exception number 6 should be read as Mars would cease to cause a dosha if it were in house number 12 and if the sign in the house is Taurus and Libra. The lagna for this condition would be Gemini and Scorpio.

Some readers seem to think that the exception is for a particular lagna or a rashi. Some readers also like to relate it to their Western Astrology sun sign. I would request all of them to read and re-read this statement in the light of the explanation presented above.

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January 8th, 2007

The Missing Tara Element

I get a lot of queries about the Tara element and why it is not being displayed in the Guna Milap applet. This element is not missing in the overall computation that is finally displayed as Nakshatra match. I just did not code it because it is one of the not-so-important fields unlike Graha Maitri, Bhakoot or Nadi Dosha. It is supposed to give good health and longevity to the partner, but these are some of the factors must be judged not from this field, but from the chart itself. We cannot expect a person with alpayu, as indicated by the chart, living to an old age just because he/she is married to a person and Tara contributed the maximum allowed value of three points in their horoscope match.

Therefore, if you do not see Tara in the chart, it does not necessarily mean that it contributes zero points.

As compared to a lower value, a higher value in Guna Milap neither indicates a better relationship, nor indicates a happier married life for the life span of the couple. Factors like alpayu and periods of health problems, financial duress etc. can bring lot more stress in the married life of a couple than what we comprehend, anticipate, and acknowledge. I have always maintained that predicting this is a job of an experienced astrologer with a human touch.

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February 5th, 2006

Clarifications on Manglik Dosha

After going through this article, please go through the horoscope compatibility (guna milap) web page. You may want to keep this article open when you are trying out the horoscope compatibility page at chart-match.html.

The maximum comments on this blog are posted to the article on Manglik Dosha. I would like to clarify a few points:

  1. I am of the firm opinion that Mars in Lagna does not cause dosha.
  2. Shani and Rahu, which are supposed to be cruel planets also cause dosha similar to Manglik dosha and their effect should also be balanced.
  3. A person with Mars in 7th house should marry a person with Mars in 7th house only and not in any other house.
  4. A person with Mars in 8th house should marry a person with Mars in 8th house only and not in any other house.Manglik Dosha Exceptions

I was going through a calendar that we have been referring throughout. This calendar is called Bhuvan Vijay Panchanga by Pt Babulal Chaturvedi and is published by Adhunik Jyotish Karyalaya – Office of Modern Astrology, Jabalpur, India. It is a fairly accurate and detailed calendar and readers are advised to take a look at it if they can get hold of one. I refer to the pages when someone asks me about match making and an internet connection is not handy to refer to my own website.

In one of the pages, the author explains about Manglik Dosha and how it is caused and what nullifies the dosha. It is pretty much in line with other texts on Manglik Dosha that I have read. However, one of the sections caught my eye and I thought I should share it with blog readers. Please take a look at this attached image.

For people who do not understand Hindi, the text says that in the seven scenarios mentioned below, matching the chart for Manglik Dosha is not required:

  1. If there is a condition associated with marriage, e.g. the way Rama and Sita, Arjun and Draupadi got married.
  2. If the girl is kidnapped and subsequently married.
  3. If the girl’s father gives away his daughter willingly and lovingly.
  4. If the girl herself proposes to a guy then it is not necessarily required to match the charts for Manglik Dosha.
  5. In case of remarriage.
  6. If the girl has crossed the age of 30 years, then a lot of attention should not be given to manglik dosha.
  7. For a man above 50 years of age and for a woman 45 and above.

Number 4 and 6 seem to be a fairly interesting points. I am not sure why these are specific to girls. Anyway, the whole point behind this post is to kickstart a debate. I would request learned astrologers to take a look and comment on this post so that students like me can learn.

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July 26th, 2005

Chart Matching Fundamentals

After going through this article, please go through the kundali matching (guna milap) web page. You may want to keep this article open when you are trying out the page at chart-match.html.
Updated: Readers are also advised to take a look at another article: Clarifications on Manglik Dosha.
A lot of marriages in Hindu Culture consider horoscope compatibility matching, i.e. Guna Milap as the first step. The horoscopes are matched on the basis of health, wealth, longevity, well being of children etc. In Vedic Astrology, marital life is said to be affected by the following parameters:
  • 7th house and its lord,
  • Planets having drishti on the lord of the 7th house,
  • Planets located in the the 7th house,
  • Venus for males, because it represents wife and
  • Jupiter for females because it represents husband.
Matching these parameters is a job of an experienced astrologer.
Kuta Point System for Guna Milap: Apart from the parameters mentioned above, the horoscope compatibility is judged by points, known as kuta. These points are calculated by taking into account the position of Moon in both the charts. Moon in a person’s chart represents the emotional aspect, his/her personality and capacity to care about other people.
Nakshatras: Moon moves around the Earth in little over 27 days. The whole path of the moon is divided into 27 parts, each of which is represented by a constellation. These constellations are known as Nakshatras (you can call them Lunar Constellation, if you must need an english term for them) and the moon “resides” in each nakshatra for approximately a day. As these nakshatras are associated with the moon, they are usually a better indicator of a person’s emotional capacity. The following is a table of 27 nakshatras along with their rulers. The last column indicates the ruler of the nakshatra.
Nakshatra Nakshatra Nakshatra Ruler
1. Aswini 10. Magha 19. Moola Ketu
2. Bharani 11. Purva Falguni 20. Purva Ashadha Venus
3. Kritika 12. Uttara Falguni 21. Uttara Ashadha Sun
4. Rohini 13. Hasta 22. Shravana Moon
5. Mrigshira 14. Chitta 23. Dhanishtha Mars
6. Adra 15. Swati 24.Shatabhisha Rahu
7. Punarvasu 16. Vishakha 25. Purva Bhadprada Jupiter
8. Pushya 17. Anuradha 26. Uttara Bhadprada Saturn
9. Ashlesha 18. Jyestha 27. Revati Mercury
Factors: The factors which are important for horoscope compatibility analysis, i.e. Guna Milap or Kundali Milan are derived from these 27 nakshatras. Based on the position of the moon in a nakshatra, the following factors are assigned to a chart.
  • Varna, literally means caste. There are four varnas, Brahmin, Kshatriya, Vaishya and Shudra, in that order. This factor contributes one point to the overall match. To match, the groom should have a higher varna than the bride.
  • Vashya, literally means control. This factor shows who among the bride and the groom will have more control, in other words, who would be more dominating. This factor contributes a maximum of two points to the chart. Two points are allotted if the bride and the groom belong to the same vashya. The vashyas are simple to calculate and correspond to the whole rashi.
    • Chatushpad (having four feet) – Aries, Taurus, and Sagittarius (second half).
    • Manav (human) – Gemini, Virgo, Libra, Sagittarius (first half) and Aquarius.
    • Jalchar (living in water) – Cancer, Capricorn and Pisces.
    • Vanchar (living in the forest) – Leo
    • Keet (worm) – Scorpio
  • Tara is an indicator of a relationship between the nakshatras of the bride and the groom. The maximum number of points that can be obtained with this match is 3.
  • Yoni is an indicator of attraction between husband and wife. This factor contributes a maximum of 4 points to the overall compatibility, with 4 points being awarded if the bride and groom have the same yoni. The yonis are represented by names of 14 animals.
  • Graha Maitri is an indicator of friendship between the rashi lords of bride and groom. The two rashi lords can be friends, enemies or neutral to each other. However, the friendship is not commutative (I hope I am using the correct term here) i.e. If A is a friend of B, then B need not be a friend of A. This factor contributes a maximum of 5 points to the overall compatibility.
  • Gana is an indicator of three basic qualities of nature (sattva, rajas and tamas) and are represented by Deva (God), Manav (Human) and Rakshasa (Demon). This factor contributes up to 6 points towards the match and is considered good if the bride is of higher gana than the groom.
  • Bhakoota is an indicator of relative position of moon within the main zodiac. If the signs are located 2nd/12th, 5th/9th and 6th/8th from each other, the points allotted is zero otherwise its 7.
  • Nadi literally means pulse. According the nakshatra, there are three kinds of nadis: Adi (beginning), Madhya (middle) and Antya (end). The husband and wife should have different nadis to get 8 points towards overall horoscope compatibility.
These points are added up to a maximum of 36 points. If the sum of the compatibility points is less than 18, marriage is not advisable. These points can also be calculated from the nakshatras of the bride and the groom directly.
Updated on April 04, 2006 after reading some of the comments.
Nadi Dosha: If there is nadi dosha in the chart, i.e. if the nadis of would be bride and groom are the same, there are two exceptions that exist:
  1. If the same planet is the lord of Rashis of would be bride and groom.
  2. If the lord of rashis of bride and groom are friends.

In only these two scenarios, Nadi dosha is said to be cancelled.

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