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July Panchanga

3 Jul

July 2019 – Monthly Panchanga

Vikari Samvatsara – Uttarayana / Dakshinayana

Greeshma Ritu – Jyeshta /Ashada Masa

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

02 July 2019 – Tuesday

  • New Moon
  • ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆ

07 Jul 2019 – Sunday

  • Mercury turns Retrograde
  • ಬುಧ ವಕ್ರಾರಂಭ

14 Jul 2019 – Sunday

  • Pradosha
  • ಪ್ರದೋಷ

16 July 2019 – Tuesday

  • Full Moon
  • ಹುಣ್ಣಿಮೆ
  • Guru Poornima
  • ಗುರು ಪೂರ್ಣಿಮಾ
  • Satyanarayana Pooja
  • ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣ ಪೂಜೆ

17 July 2019 – Wednesday

  • Sun enters Cancer. Sun is good in 3,6,10 & 11 from natal Moon.
  • ಪುನರ್ವಸು ೪ ಕಟಕೇ ರವಿ
  • Kataka Sankramana
  • ಕಟಕ ಸಂಕ್ರಮಣ
  • Dakshinayana Punyakala commences
  • ದಕ್ಷಿಣಾಯಣ ಪುಣ್ಯಕಾಲ ಆರಂಭ

20 July 2019 – Saturday

  • Sankasta Chaturthi
  • ಸಂಕಷ್ಟ ಚತುರ್ಥಿ

23 July 2019 – Tuesday

  • Venus enters Cancer. Venus is good in all places except 6 &10 from natal Moon.
  • ಪುನರ್ವಸು ೪ ಕಟಕೇ ಶುಕ್ರ

29 Jul 2019 – Monday

  • Soma Pradosha
  • ಸೋಮ ಪ್ರದೋಷ

30 July 2019 – Tuesday

  • Retro Mercury Re-enters Gemini
  • ಪುನ ೩ ಮಿಥುನೆ ವಕ್ರ ಬುಧ

31 July 2019 – Wednesday

  • Jyothibheemeshwara Vrata
  • ಜ್ಯೋತಿಭೀಮೇಶ್ವರ ವ್ರತ


Eclipses in July 2019

  1. 02 Jul 2019 – Partial Solar eclipse – Not visible in India.
  2. Night of 16 / 17 July 2019 – Partial Lunar eclipse visible in India. Timing for Bangalore are as follows:
  • Begins Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019 – 0130 hrs
  • Maximum Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019 – 0300 hrs
  • Ends Wednesday, 17 Jul 2019 – 0430 hrs
  • Total duration – 3 Hours
  1. Affected Nakshatra & Rashi – Uttaraashada (Dhanu Rashi) and Shravana (Makara Rashi)


Disclaimer: This Almanac is published as an advisory only. Individuals are requested to use their discretion and consequently neither the author is not responsible for any damage / loss suffered by them.



















Dwadashamsha (D-12)

3 Apr

From this Divisional Chart we can learn about native’s parents and grandparents. This is also called as ‘Suryamsha’ Here each sign is divided into 12 sections of 2°30´each. Any division starts at D-1 Lagna and covers all the 12 signs.

Parashara has assigned certain deities for each divisions

  • 1, 5 and 9 – Ganesha
  • 2, 6 and 10 – Ashwini Kumara
  • 3, 7 and 11 – Yama
  • 4, 8 and 12 – Vasuki

Natural Karakas / Significators

  1. Sun – Father
  2. Moon – Mother
  3. Jupiter – Paternal grand parents
  4. Mercury – Maternal grand parents
  5. Jaimini Pitrukaraka – Father
  6. Jaimini Matrukaraka – Mother
  7. From Lagna or Sun, 9th house – Father
  8. From Lagna or Moon, 4th house – Mother
  9. From Lagna or Sun, 5th house – paternal grandfather
  10. From Lagna or Sun, 12thhouse – paternal grandmother
  11. From Lagna or Moon 7th house – maternal grandfather
  12. From Lagna or Moon 12th house – maternal grandmother

Analysis and Results

  1. If Lagna Lord is strong and associated with benefics, the native will lucky, wealthy, prosper in life and will have a devoted wife.
  2. If Lagna Lord is weak and associated with malefics, the native will face lot of hardships in life.
  3. 7th Lord with Benefics gives good wife and progeny and native’s relationship with relatives from mother’s side will be cordial
  4. Lagna / Lagna Lord of D-12 going to different houses in D-1 will give following results:
  • Lagna – Native will be wealthy, will prosper like his father.
  • 6/8/12 – Will not receive any help from his father
  • Debilitated / with malefics – Bad results, fear from fire / thieves / authority
  • 11th house – inherit ancestral wealth, will prosper
  • Exalted / with benefics – native, parents, all will be lucky and native will receive all support from parents.
  1. If Jaimini Chara karakas like Pitru Karaka / Matru Karakas have association with Atma Karaka, native will enjoy ‘Raja Yoga’ from his parents and will prosper in life.
  2. For 5th, 7th and 12th houses (which represents grandparents), 2nd and 7th house will become Maraka Sthanas. During Dasha / Bhukti of these Lords, death may occur of grandparents.
  3. Additional information can be obtained from different houses as follows:
  • Lagna – Native’s mentality towards his parents and also the type of influence the parents have on the native. It also gives information on surroundings at the time of native’s birth.
  • Aruda Lagna – How others view / treat native and his family
  • 2nd house – Childhood days
  • 12th house – family situation at the time of native’s birth.
  • 3rd & 11th houses – Natives relationship with his co-borns alongside his parental love and care
  • 6th house – Debt inherited from father.
  • 11th house – gains after marriage
  • 8th house – ancestral inheritance and legacies / debts
  • 10th house – career skills

Dwadashamsha and Longevity

8th Lord of D-1 going to different Dwadashamsha will give the following results: 

  1. 18th year – danger from water
  2. 9th year – danger from snakes
  3. 10th year – danger from fever
  4. 32nd year – TB
  5. 20th year – Blood infection
  6. 22nd year – danger from fire
  7. 28th year – Pleurisy
  8. 30th year – danger from wild animals
  9. 32nd year – danger from weapons
  10. 30th year – danger of drowning / fear of stomach ache
  11. 31st year – fear of wife / daughter death by drowning
  12. 29th year – danger from vehicles

Determination of Longevity by Dwadashamsha

The following table gives the longevity of the native depending upon where the 8th Lord of D-1 has gone in D-12.


D-12 Houses 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12
Years 80 84 86 87 85 60 56 70 90 66 56 100


  1. This table is indicative only and should not be blindly used.
  2. You have to consider the Shadbala of 8th Lord and other factors in the chart
  3. Dr BV Raman has said that longevity figures obtained by mathematical calculations by Parashara, Astakavarga, Jaimini and other methods are indicative only and are not absolute.


Reference: ‘Varga Sameekshe’ Kannada Classic by S Suryanarayana Rao

Sapthamsha (D-7)

13 Mar

Sapthamsha (D-7)

Sapthamsha is an expanded view of the 5th house in a Rashi Chart. From this chart we can get information about the native’s happiness from his children, grandchildren as also the disappointments faced from them.

30°of a sign is divided into 7 equal parts and each part will be 4°17´. For Aries it will start at Aries and ends at Libra. For Taurus, it will start at Scorpio and ends at Taurus and this cycle continues.

Basic Indicators

  1. If D-7 Lagna is an Odd Rashi and is associated with Benefics, the native will enjoy happiness from the son.
  2. If D-7 Lagna is an Even Rashi and associated with benefics, the native will enjoy happiness from the daughter.
  3. If D-7 Lagna is associated with Malefics, that native will have no issues and he will be distressed because of this.

Brothers and Sisters

Parashara has explained that from D-7 we can determine whether the native will have siblings and receive happiness from them

  1. If 3rd Lord in D-7 is associated with Malefics, the native will have no brothers and he will be the sole son.
  2. If 3rd Lord in D-7 is associated with Benefics, the native will have many brothers.
  3. If 3rd house in D-7 is occupied by male planets like Sun, Mars and Jupiter, the native will have younger brother.
  4. If 3rd house in D-7 is occupied by female planets like Moon, Venus and Mercury, the native will have younger sister.
  5. Sapthamsha Lagna Lord with Moon or other benefics will bestow brothers. They will prosper, will be courageous, and go-getters, intelligent, wealthy and well known in the society.
  6. The number of afflicted planets / debilitated planets in D-7 indicate that the native will have troubles from that many brothers.
  7. If D-7 Lagna Lord is exalted, the native will receive public recognition, be wealthy, prosper and be well known in the society.
  8. If 3rd house of D-7 is occupied by Sun, Mars and Jupiter, native will have authority, power, status and standing in society.
  9. If D-7 Lagna has female planets like Moon, Venus and Mercury, the native will have many female progeny.
  10. If D-7 has many exalted planets, native will be wealthy and prosperous.
  11. If D-7 has many debilitated planets, native will not prosper and will be in a deplorable condition.
  12. If D-7 Lagna Lord is a malefic and is in another malefic’ s house, the native will not prosper and will be bereft of wealth, progeny and status in life.
  13. If D-7 Lagna Lord is a benefic and is in a benefics house he will enjoy good progeny, wealth, and status and generally be happy in life.


Sapthamsha Karakatwas and Results

Sapthamsha details the native’s progeny, their progress and the happiness / distress the parents receive from their children. The seven Amshas of D-7 have been classified by Parashara as follows:

For Odd Rashis (D-1 Lagna in Odd Rashi)
1. Ksharaa (Caustic)

The parents will not enjoy happiness from their progeny and will face humiliation and distress.

2. Ksheera (Milk)

The native will have obedient and dutiful children and they will enhance parent’s prestige.

3. Dadhi (Curd)

Well behaved and beautiful children, they will bring happiness to their parents by their personality

4. Ajyaa (Ghee)

Children will be religious and they will bring prosperity to their parents by their conduct in society.

5. Ikshu (Sugar Cane)

Children will bring happiness / sweetness, contentment and stand behind their parents like a sugar cane.

6. Madhya (Liquor)

Fun loving and carefree children and they will bring happiness to their parents from their fun loving attitude.

7. Shuddha Jala (Pure Water)

Chaste conduct, pure minded and religious progeny. The will bring happiness from their pure mindedness but they will require protection from evil forces.

For Even Rashis (D-1 Lagna in an even Rashi)

The results will be in reverse order namely from 7 to 1.


Results of Lagna Lord

The planets which are the D-7 Lagna Lord gives an indication of type of progeny the native will have.


Heroic, courageous, powerful and stable minded persons. They will be engaged in good deeds.


Religious, philanthropic and of romantic nature.


Powerful, victorious and self-confident.


Soft spoken, poetic, good in fine arts, attractive, intelligent and good talkers.


Skillful, intelligent, well read, experts occupying high positions.


Happy go lucky, romantic, experts in music, fun loving and experts in sex.


Idiots, idlers and engaged in bad deeds.


Reference Book: ‘Varga Sameekshe’ (Kannada) by S Suryanarayana Rao












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.

Rathasapthami 2015

26 Jan



This year Rathasapthami falls on Magha Masa Shukla Paksha Sapthami, Monday,the 26th January 2015.

Ratha Sapthami or Rathasapthami (Sanskrit: रथसप्तमी, Kannada: ರಥಸಪ್ಥಮಿ) or Magha Sapthami is a Hindu festival that falls on the seventh day (Sapthami) in the bright half (Shukla Paksha) of the Hindu month Maagha. It marks the seventh day following the Sun’s northerly movement (Uttarayana) of vernal equinox starting from Capricorn (Makara). It is symbolically represented in the form of the Sun God Surya turning his Ratha (Chariot) drawn by seven horses (representing seven colours) towards the northern hemisphere, in a north-easterly direction. It also marks the birth of Surya and hence celebrated as Surya Jayanthi (the Sun-god’s birthday).

Rathasapthami is symbolic of the change of season to spring and the start of the harvesting season. For most Indian farmers, it is an auspicious beginning of the New Year. The festival is observed by all Hindus in their houses and in innumerable temples dedicated to Surya, across India.

Religious significance

Rathasapthami marks the seventh day following the Sun’s northerly movement (Uttarayana) of vernal equinox starting from Capricorn (Makara). It is symbolically represented in the form of the Sun God Surya turning his Ratha (Chariot) drawn by seven horses, with Aruna as the charioteer, towards the northern hemisphere, in a north-easterly direction. The symbolic significance of the Ratha and the seven horses reigned to it is that it represents the seven colours of the rainbow. The seven horses are also said to represent the seven days of a week starting with Sunday, the day of Sun god Surya. The Rathasapthami festival seeks the benevolent cosmic spread of energy and light from the Sun God.

Rathasapthami also marks the gradual increase in temperature across South India and awaits the arrival of spring, which is later heralded by the festival of Ugadi or the Hindu lunar New Year day in the month of Chaitra.

Religious observances

God Vishnu in his form as Surya (the Sun-God) is usually worshipped on this day. Usually, Rathasapthami begins in households with a purification bath (bathing is also done in a river or sea) by holding several Ekka (Calotropis Gigantea) leaves on their head while bathing and chanting a verse which is supposed to invoke the benevolence of the Lord in all that one indulges in during the rest of the year. Its use during the ritualistic ceremonious bath involves placement of seven leaves – one on the head, two on the shoulders, two on the knees and two on the feet.

The following mantra on Sun god is chanted while taking the bath.

“Saptha Saptha Maha Saptha|

Saptha Dweepa Vasundara|

Sapth Arka Parna Madaya|

Sapthamyam Snana Machareth||”

By following this simple ritual people believe that the Lord will bless them with success for all their endeavors in the coming year. Argyam or (Tharpanam) (water held in the palms) is offered to the Sun God on this day while chanting hymns are performed to the Sun God. It also involves doing a Pooja with the ritual Naivedhya (food offering to God), and offering of flowers and fruits.

Important prayers offered to the Sun god on this occasion are the Adityahridayam, Gayathri, Suryashtakam, Surya Sahasram namam. The preferred time for the pooja is within one hour after sunrise. In places like Mysore and Melkote, ceremonial processions carry the Surya Mandala – the icon of Surya.

The food grain associated with Surya/Sun god is the wholesome Wheat, so on this day Godi/Wheat Payasa or Avalakki/Beaten Rice Payasa/Pudding is prepared and the Payasa is allowed to overflow the pan in which it is being cooked. Perform Pooja and offer fruits and payasa to the god.