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April Panchanga

29 Mar

April 2015 – Monthly Panchanga

Manmatha Samvatsara –Uttarayana

Vasantha Ritu –Chaitra / Vaishaka Masa


Important events for the month of April are appended below for information and guidance.

01 Apr 2015 – Wednesday

  • Pradhosha
  • ಪ್ರದೋಷ

02 Apr 2015 – Thursday

  • Sri Mahaveer Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ಮಹಾವೀರ್ ಜಯಂತಿ

03 Apr 2015 – Friday

  • Satyanarayana Pooja
  • ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣ ಪೂಜೆ

04 Apr 2015 -Saturday

  • Full Moon
  • ಹುಣ್ಣಿಮೆ
  • Bengaluru Karaga
  • ಬೆಂಗಳೂರು ಕರಗ

06 Apr 2015 –Monday

  • Venus enters Taurus. Venus is good in all places except 6 &10 from natal Moon.
  • ಕೃತ್ತಿಕೆ ೨ ವೃಷಭೇ ಶುಕ್ರ

07 Apr 2015 –Tuesday

  • Sankasta Chaturthi
  • ಸಂಕಷ್ಟ ಚತುರ್ಥಿ

09 Apr 2015 – Thursday

  • Jupiter turns Direct
  • ಗುರು ವಕ್ರತ್ಯಾಗ

12 Apr 2015 – Sunday

  • Mercury enters Aries. Mercury is good in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 11 from natal Moon
  • ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ ೧ ಮೇಷೆ ಬುಧ

14 Apr 2015 – Tuesday

  • Sun enters Aries. Sun is good in 3,6,10 & 11 from natal Moon.
  • ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ ೧ ಮೇಷ ರವಿ
  • Mesha Sankramana
  • ಮೇಷ ಸಂಕ್ರಮಣ
  • Sauramana Ugadi
  • ಸೌರಮಾನ ಉಗಾದಿ

16 Apr 2015 –Thursday

  • Pradhosha
  • ಪ್ರದೋಷ

18 Apr 2015 – Saturday

  • New Moon
  • ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆ

21 Apr 2015 – Tuesday

  • Akshaya Tritiya
  • ಅಕ್ಷಯ ತೃತೀಯ
  • Parasurama Jayanthi
  • ಪರಶುರಾಮ ಜಯಂತಿ
  • Sri Basaveshwara Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ಬಸವೇಶ್ವರ ಜಯಂತಿ

23 Apr 2015 – Thursday

  • Sri Shankara Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ಶಂಕರ ಜಯಂತಿ
  • Sri Gayathri Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ಗಾಯತ್ರಿ ಜಯಂತಿ

24 Apr 2015 – Friday

  • Sri Ramanujacharya Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮಾನುಜಾಚಾರ್ಯ ಜಯಂತಿ

25 Apr 2015 – Saturday

  • Sri Bhagiratha Jayanthi
  • ಭಗೀರಥ ಜಯಂತಿ

27 Apr 2015 -Monday

  • Mercury enters Taurus. Mercury is good in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 11 from natal Moon
  • ಕೃತ್ತಿಕೆ ೨ ವೃಷಭೇ ಬುಧ

28 Apr 2015 –Tuesday

  • Sri Vasavamba Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ವಾಸವಾಂಬ ಜಯಂತಿ
  • Sri Nimishamba Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ನಿಮಿಷಾಂಬ ಜಯಂತಿ

29 Apr 2015 -Wednesday

  • Brihaspati Jayanthi
  • ಬೃಹಸ್ಪತಿ ಜಯಂತಿ


Lunar Eclipse

On Saturday, 04 Apr 2015 there will be Total Lunar Eclipse (some people call this partial eclipse because of short period of totality). Part of this is visible in India. The details for Bangalore are as follows:

  • Eclipse begins – 1547 hrs. Not visible since Moon is below horizon
  • Maximum eclipse -1730 hrs. Not visible since Moon is below horizon
  • Eclipse ends – 1915 hrs. Visible in Bangalore
  • Moon rise in Bangalore – 1830 hrs.
  • Duration of visibility in Bangalore – 45 minutes.

People born in Hasta Nakshatra, Kanya Rashi are affected and need to take precaution and perform Pooja / homa.

Disclaimer: This Almanac is published as an advisory only. Individuals are requested to use their discretion and consequently the author is not responsible for any damage / loss suffered by them.











Happy Ugadi /Yugadi 2015

19 Mar

 Happy Ugadi /Yugadi

Happy Ugadi to all the readers. May the Lord bless you and your family with good health and prosperity all through this new year, “Manmatha” Samvatsara.

    This year Ugadi is celebrated on 21 March 2015.

                     Ugadi/Yugadi (Kannada: ಯುಗಾದಿ)
The word Yugadi canbe explained as; ‘Yuga’ is the word for ‘epoch’ or ‘era’, and ‘aadi’ stands for ‘the beginning’. Yugadi specifically refers to the start of the age we are living in now, Kali Yuga. Kali Yuga started the moment when Lord Krishna left the world. Maharishi Vedavyasa describes this event with the words “Yesmin Krishno divamvyataha, Tasmateeva pratipannam Kaliyugam”.Kali Yuga began on Feb 17/18 mid-night 3102 BC.
Indian calendar reckons dates based on the Shalivahana era (Shalivahana Shaka), which begins its count from the supposed date of the founding of the Empire by the legendary hero Shalivahana. The Satavahana king Shalivahana (also identified as Gautamiputra Satakarni) is credited with the initiation of this era known as Shalivahana. The Salivahana era begins its count of years from the year corresponding to 78 AD of the Gregorian calendar. Thus, the year 2000 AD corresponds to the year 1922 of the Salivahana Era.
In the terminology used by this lunar calendar (also each year is identified as per Indian Calendar) Yugadi falls on “Chaitra Shuda Paadyami” or the first day of the bright half of the Indian month of Chaitra. This generally falls in the months of March or April of the Gregorian calendar. In 2015, Ugadi falls on 21 March 2015.Lunar calendars have a sixty year cycle (Samvatsaras) and starts the new year on Yugadi i.e., on “ChaitraSudhdha Paadyami”. After the completion of sixty years, the calendar starts anew with the first year.This year it is “Manmatha” Samvatsara.
Yugadi (start of New Year) is based on Bhāskara II lunar calculations in 12th century. It starts on the first new moon after Sun crosses equator from south to north on Spring Equinox. However, people celebrate Yugadi on the next morning as Indian day starts from sun rise.
The Karnataka people celebrate the festival with great fanfare; gatherings of the extended family and a sumptuous feast is ‘de rigueur’. The day, however, begins with ritual showers (oil bath) followed by prayers, and then the eating of a specific mixture Bevu-Bella( ಬೇವು-ಬೆಲ್ಲ) – Neem & Jaggery  which symbolizes the fact that life is a mixture of different experiences (sadness, happiness, anger, fear, disgust, surprise) which should be accepted together and with equanimity.
Special dishes
In Karnataka a special dish called Obbattu or Holige, is prepared on this occasion. It consists of a filling (Bengal gram and jaggery/sugar boiled and made in to a paste) stuffed in a flat roti like bread. It is usually eaten hot/cold with ghee or milk topping or coconut milk at some places of Karnataka.
Recitation / Reading of Almanac
Later, people traditionally gather to listen to the recitation of the religious Panchanga (almanac) of the New Year, and the general forecast of the year to come. This is called the ‘Panchanga Shravana’, an informal social function where an elderly and respected person refers to the new almanac and makes a general benediction to all present.
Festival Wishes
When you meet any people and want to wish them for New Year, you say In Kannada, “Yugadi Habbada ShubhashayagaLu” (Greetings for the festival of Yugadi) or “Hosa varshada shubhashayagaLu” (Greetings on the new year).

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17 Mar


The classics while discussing Longevity have classified the life span as follows:

  1. Alpayu (0 to 33 years)
  • Balarista (0 to 12 years)
  • Madharista (12 to 20 years)
  • Yogarista (12 to 33 years)
  1. Madyayu (33 to 65 years)
  2. Poornayu (65 to 100 years)
  3. Amitayu (> 100 years) 

Balarista is a Sanskrit word comprising of “Bal” and “Arista”.  “Bal” refers to infancy and childhood, while the “Arishta” means evil or inauspicious.  In Vedic astrology, it implies specific planetary placement, which may cause death during infancy and/or childhood. The disposition of the Moon in horoscope is the primary factor in deciding the presence of “Balarista” or the vulnerability of the child to suffer seAvere health issues including death. The placement of the Moon in sixth, eighth or twelfth house and also having influence of malefic planets (Sun, Mars, Saturn, and Nodes) generates Balarista. 

Moon controls infancy. Therefore we have to check the strength of Moon at birth. The guideline for this as follows:

  • Moon is weakest on Amavasya.
  • Moon is strongest on Poornima.
  • Weak Moon (WM) is defined as between Krishna Paksha 6th Lunar day to Shukla Paksha 10th Lunar day
  • Strong Moon (SM) is defined as between Shukla Paksha 11th Lunar day to Krishna Paksha 5th Lunar day.

Combinations for Balarista

  1. WM + Malefics (More conjunction, less aspect) in Lagna, Marakasthana and Dusthana.
  2. WM in Lagna, Malefics in Kendras – less resistant to diseases.
  3. WM + Malefics in Kendras.
  4. WM in 12H, Lagna and 8H under Malefic influence, Kendra devoid of benefic influence.
  5. WM in 7H & Malefics in Maraka Houses 2H & 7H
  6. Malefic concentration of planets take place in:
  • Lagna & 8H
  • Lagna & 7H
  • 7H & 8H
  • Kendras & 8H
  1. Retro Benefics in Dusthanas + Malefic influence on Dusthanas.
  2. Benifics in Dusthanas + Retro Malefic influence on Dusthanas.
  3. Lagna + 7H under Malefic influence
  4. Lagna in Rashi Gandantha + Malefic influence on Lagna
  5. Moon in Mrithyu Bhava + Malefic influence on Dusthana – danger for both mother and child.
  6. Lagna Lord in 7H with Malefics under Graha Yuddha and Lagna Lord gets defeated.
  7. Rahu in Lagna + Benefics in Visible Half (12H – 7H) + Malefics in Invisible Half (Lagna – 6H)
  8. Rahu in Lagna + Sun and Mars being 7th from WM, both Lagna and Moon are in danger.
  9. Rahu in Kendra with Malefics, Kendras will get affected.
  10. Person born at eclipse time + (Mars + Saturn) in Lagna. Both Lumanaries + Lagna are in danger.
  11. All planets in Apoklimas (3-6-9-12)
  12. 22nd Dekkanna Lord and / or 64th Navamsha Lord are in Lagna

                                                 AVOIDANCE OF BALARISTA

  1. Lagna to be associated with Lagna Lord
  2. Lagna to be associated with Benefics.
  3. Lagna to be a Benefic sign + Benefics in Kendra.
  4. Strong Benefics (Own house) in Lagna and Kendra.
  5. Lagna Lord in Kendra associated with Benefics with no association with Malefics.
  6. Jupiter in 7H and Vargottama.
  7. LagnaLord and Jupiter in Kendra, Malefics in 3-6-11H.
  8. If one benefic in Kendra, then 8H and 8L should not be affected by Malefics.
  9. Malefic if hemmed by benefics (includes longitude difference) if two or more planets are in one sign.
  10. Sun in 11H (for day born) and Moon in 11H (for night born)
  11. Waxing Moon / Full Moon (SM) in own house, Exalted, placed in Kendra / Trikona, 11H, Benefic hemming, Benefic Vargas, associated with benefics and no association with Malefics.
  12. Moon in 6H / 8H carries no Dosha if
  • day born in KP
  • night born in SP
  • Moon to be in Benefic Drekkana along with benefic association
  1. Adhi Yoga – benefics in 6H / 7H / 8H from Lagna / Moon.
  2. Malefics in 3-6-11H promote life.

Author’s Note

It is the bounden duty of an astrologer to check for Balarista and inform the parents to safeguard the life of the baby (and mother) before venturing into casting the horoscope.

March Panchanga

4 Mar

March 2015 – Monthly Panchanga

Jaya / Manmatha Samvatsara –Uttarayana

Shishir / Vasantha Ritu – Phalguna / Chaitra Masa

Important events for the month of March are appended below for information and guidance.

02 Mar 2015 – Monday

  • Somapradhosha
  • ಸೋಮಪ್ರದೋಷ

05 Mar 2015 -Thursday

  • Full Moon
  • ಹುಣ್ಣಿಮೆ
  • Holi Habba
  • ಹೋಳಿ ಹಬ್ಬ
  • Satyanarayana Pooja
  • ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣ ಪೂಜೆ

08 Mar 2015 – Sunday

  • Mercury enters Aquarius. Mercury is good in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 11 from natal Moon
  • ಧನಿ ೩ ಕುಂಭೇ ಬುಧ

09 Mar 2015 – Monday

  • Sankasta Chaturthi
  • ಸಂಕಷ್ಟ ಚತುರ್ಥಿ

12 Mar 2015 – Thursday

  • Venus enters Aries. Venus is good in all places except 6 &10 from natal Moon.
  • ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ ೧ ಮೇಷೆ ಶುಕ್ರ

14 Mar 2015 – Saturday

  • Saturn turns Retrograde
  • ಶನಿ ವಕ್ರಾರಂಭ

15 Mar 2015 – Sunday

  • Sun enters Pisces. Sun is good in 3,6,10 & 11 from natal Moon.
  • ಫೂಭಾ ೪ ಮೀನೇ ರವಿ
  • Meena Sankramana
  • ಮೀನ ಸಂಕ್ರಮಣ

18 Mar 2015 – Wednesday

  • Pradhosha
  • ಪ್ರದೋಷ

20 Mar 2015 – Friday

  • New Moon
  • ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆ

21 Mar 2015 – Saturday

  • Ugadi Festival
  • ಯುಗಾದಿ ಹಬ್ಬ
  • Commencement of Lunar New Year – Manmatha Samvatsara
  • ಚಾಂದ್ರ ವತ್ಸರಾರಂಬ – ಮನ್ಮಥ ಸಂವತ್ಸರ

23 Mar 2015 – Monday

  • Mars enters Aries. Mars is good in 3, 6 and 11 from natal Moon.
  • ಅಶ್ವಿನಿ ೧ ಮೇಷೆ ಕುಜ

27 Mar 2015 – Friday

  • Mercury enters Pisces. Mercury is good in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 11 from natal Moon
  • ಫೂಭಾ ೪ ಮೀನೇ ಬುಧ

28 Mar 2015 – Saturday

  • Sri Ramanavami
  • ಶ್ರೀ ರಾಮನವಮಿ
  • Sri Kuruba Jayanthi
  • ಶ್ರೀ ಕುರುಬಜಯಂತಿ

30 Mar 2015 – Monday

  • Shukra Jayanthi
  • ಶುಕ್ರಜಯಂತಿ

Disclaimer: This Almanac is published as an advisory only. Individuals are requested to use their discretion and consequently  the author is not responsible for any damage / loss suffered by them.