Shiva / Agni Vasa

24 Jul
I am not much into Mahurtha since I firmly believe that 100% correct Mahurtha is impossible and always there has to be a compromise. I have been approached by some Mahurtha enthusiasts that I should explain the methodology of knowing Shiva and Agni Vasa. The details are as follows.

                                                      Shiva Vasa
First Method

See the Table below for quick reference.

Tithis                      Shiva’s Place                                      Result
1, 8 & 15                   In Cemetery                                          Death
2, 9 & 30                 With Gowri                                             Happiness & Wealth
3 & 10                       In assembly                                            Grief
4 & 11                       At work / play                                       Difficulty
5 & 12                      At Kailash                                                Happiness
6 & 13                   Mounted on Vrishabha (Nandi)       Success
7 & 14                   At Dinner / Meditation                        Trouble (Peeda)
Note: During the month of Shravana, for routine Pooja, these may be ignored
Second Method.

How to calculate Shiva Vasa for Rudrabhisheka

Step 1
Start from Shukla Paksha and determine the number of Thithis elapsed.
Step 2
Multiply the number by 2
Step 3
Add 5 to the product
Step 4
Divide the sum by 7
Step 5
Note down the remainder
Remainder 1 – At Kailash
Remainder 2 – with Gowri
Remainder 3 – Mounted on Vrishabha (Nandi) – auspicious
Remainder 4 – In assembly
Remainder 5 – At Dinner / Meditation – auspicious
Remainder 6 – At work / play
Remainder 7 – In Cemetery
Today, 23 July 2014 is Ashada Krishna Dwadhashi.
From Shukla Paksha, it 15 days + 12 days. Total is 27.
Multiply by 2. The product is 54
Add 5 and the resultant is 59
Divide by 7. The remainder is 3
Therefore Shiva is mounted on Nandi which is auspicious and suitable Mahurtha.

                                                     Agni Vasa

1. For all Havan, Homa and Yagna as part of Muhurtha calculations the Agni Vasa is checked.
2. All Auspicious Yagna, Havan, Homa are to be done only during Shukla Paksha i.e. from Amavasya to Poornima.
3. Hence the counting starts from Pratipath (First day after Amavasya).
Important homa to be performed on Thursday, 31 July 2014.
Thithi on that day – Shukla Paksha Chaturthi
Total no of Days = 4
Add 1 to it = 4+1 =5
The day falls on Thursday. Hence from Sunday it is 5th day
Total the two: 5+5 = 10
Reduce 4 from the above 10-4 = 6
Divide the same by 3; 6/3 and get the reminder.
The reminder 6 divided 3 = 0.
If the reminder is 0 – Agni is in Bhoo Loka (Earth).
If the reminder is 1 or 2 – Agni resides in Patala Loka (Below Earth)
If the Agni resides in Bhoo Loka (Earth) – Favourable
If the Agni resides in Patala Loka (Below Earth) – It is not Favourable.


21 Responses to “Shiva / Agni Vasa”

  1. T.S.Nagarajan July 27, 2014 at 07:50 #

    excellent guidance. Where can I get your publications?
    Regards and respects


    • Jyothishi July 27, 2014 at 18:13 #

      Thanks. My works are not published and are all available in this Blog.


      • shakti February 9, 2015 at 17:42 #

        hello sir,

        As described above, Can i inetrepret that conducting ridrabhishek on sukla navami is auspicious as shiva vasa gives Wealth and Happiness?

        waiting for your reply

        • Jyothishi February 9, 2015 at 18:45 #

          Please check your calculation. Shukla Navami results in Shiva’s place ‘ With Gowri’ which gives happiness. You can go ahead.


          • rajan May 19, 2016 at 17:27 #

            DO we calculate all these for Havan after mantra Jaap. But if Jaap ends in Krishan paksha, so do one has to wait for 15 day to perform Havan

            • Jyothishi May 19, 2016 at 20:17 #

              Firstly it is preferable to conduct all Havan / Homa during Shukla Paksha.
              Therefore you can time your Mantra Jaap to coincide with Shukla Paksha.

              For any Havan / Homa which is part of rites for the departed soul, it can be done without
              checking the days / Tithi to coincide with 11/13 day functions.


  2. uma June 14, 2016 at 18:56 #

    Today, 23 July 2014 is Ashada Krishna Dwadhashi.
    From Shukla Paksha, it 15 days + 12 days. Total is 27.
    Multiply by 2. The product is 54
    Add 5 and the resultant is 59
    Divide by 7. The remainder is 3
    Therefore Shiva is mounted on Nandi which is auspicious and suitable Mahurtha. when total is 59 and it should be divided by 7 how the reminder is 3 will u please clear this if it is divide 59/7 reminder comes 8.4 is there further calcutation

    • Jyothishi June 14, 2016 at 19:52 #

      I am amused!! 7X8=56. 59-56=3…that is the remainder
      3 Remainder

      Eureka…simple arithmetic


  3. Rick July 14, 2016 at 20:14 #

    Sir, does it mean that performing shiva puja on the day of purnima i.e. shukla 15th may cause death to devotee? If not so please, kindly let me know the actual calculation.

    • Jyothishi July 15, 2016 at 10:39 #

      In Shukla Paksha it is 15 days.
      Multiply by 2 – 15X2=30
      Add 5 to it – 30+5=35
      Divide this by 7 – 7)35(5
      Remainder is 0 (Zero) or 7
      For Remainder 7 -Shiva’s place is Cemetery
      Effect – Death

      Death does not mean literal death.
      It suggests since Shiva is in Cemetery, he may not grant your wishes.
      The effort will be futile.

      Hope this clarifies your doubt.


  4. Saswat September 2, 2017 at 12:34 #

    Mujhe puchna tha ki 7 reminder kaise hoha agar 7 se bhag denge to. Wo suna ho jayega

    • Jyothishi September 2, 2017 at 16:33 #

      For convenience it is said 7 to continue reading from 1 to 7.
      Yes, every body knows is is ‘Zero’, if you want to call it Zero, go ahead.
      You are wasting time.

      Take care


      • Yogesh Yadav April 8, 2019 at 08:41 #

        Sir, Do shiv Vasa is considered by udya tithi or the tithi prevailing time (only tithi from as it starts & ending time) irrespective of udya or day conclusion.
        Jai Shri ram…

        • Jyothishi April 8, 2019 at 19:59 #

          Tithi at the time of Sunrise is to be considered.


  5. JC February 16, 2022 at 22:59 #

    This method for agnivasa produces different results than undisclosed method at DrikPanchang site. Which method is correct? DrikPanchang also calculates akasha agnivasa.

    • Jyothishi February 17, 2022 at 20:04 #

      What I have given is South Indian Method and it significantly differs from North Indian Method (Purnimantha System)
      Ask Drik Panchanga about Akash Agnivasa and he may enlighten you about its use.


      • JC February 18, 2022 at 13:40 #

        Thank you for the answer, but not really. I digged into it. Just in case of the remainder 1 considered “Akashi” Agnivasa – everything else seem to produce same results as on Drik Panchang. And North uses both amanta and purnimanta, that does not apply here. What applies is that agnihotra is valid only during Shukla Paksha, this is why the amavasya – purnima period is accounted only, there is no agnivasa for krsna paksha. Also, there are elaborate limitations for homa/havan/yagya given in Muhurta Chintamani (found in in astrology shop in London).

        • Jyothishi February 18, 2022 at 19:45 #

          Well, you may presume what ever you want to suit you. If it is simple why Drik Panchanga has not clarified!!


          • JC February 19, 2022 at 16:03 #

            These things are not simple. Muhurta Chintamani contains an account of many limitations for agnivasa.

  6. An Enthusiast August 19, 2022 at 18:30 #

    Sir, Thanks much for a detailed explanation of the calculation. According to the Shiva Vasa principle, Krishna Chaturdasi (14th tithi), which is Masa Shivaratri as well as Maha Shivaratri (in Magha), is not ideal for Rudrabhishekam. Traditionally, Shivaratri days are considered ideal for Rudrabhishekam. Would you be able throw a bit more light, philosophically or otherwise, on this anomaly and applicability of this rule? Regards.

    • Jyothishi August 22, 2022 at 19:59 #

      This is a most contentious subject which is influenced by regional , cultural and religious interpretations.
      I would not like to get into any controversy and therefore will follow what is given in the classical books only.


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