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Marriage Mahurtha

15 Dec

Marriage Mahurtha

I have been repeatedly requested by my students to write about fixing Marriage Mahurtha by a simple method. So this is my answer to that request.

Ordinarily almost every Indian Panchanga gives important dates and times for celebrating marriages. The reader cannot rely on them as most of the dates given would not be free from important flaws.

Moreover, the marriage dates selected would generally be in accordance with local usages. For instance, a Tamilian would not mind marriage being performed in lunar month of Ashada (provided the Sun has not entered Cancer). But strong objection is taken to this by people living in Andhra and Karnataka. Apart from this, there is universal agreement all over India as regards the time, weekday, constellation and planetary positions to be obtained at the time of marriage.

I am giving below the most standard methods employed by scholars, warranted by experience and sanctioned by the ancient sages.

1. The lunar months of Magha, Phalguna, Vaishaka and Jyeshta are good.

2. Kartika and Margashira are ordinary.

3. The rest are not auspicious.

Note: Some sages opine that marriages can be celebrated in Pushya and Chaitra

Provided the Sun is in Capricorn and Aries respectively.

4. The following lunar days, viz., from the 11th day (dark half) to New Moon, Rikta Thithis, 8th, 12th and 6th should be rejected.

5. The best lunar days are the 2nd, 3rd, 5th, 7th, 10th, 11th and 13th (of the bright half).

6. Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are the best.

7. Sunday and Saturday are middling.

8. Tuesday should be invariably rejected.

9. The best Nakshatras are Rohini, Mrigashira, Makah, Uttara, Hasta, Swati, Anuradha, Moola, Uttaraashada, Uttarabhadra and Revati.

10. The first quarter of Makah and Moola and the last quarter of Revati are inauspicious and they should be rejected.

11. Nakshatras not mentioned here are unsuitable and they should be avoided.

12. The following Yogas should be rejected: Vyatipata, Dhruva, Mrityu,Ganda, Vajra, Shoola, Vishkambha, Atiganda, Vyaghata and Parigha.

13. Vishtikarana must invariably be discarded.

14. Among the zodiacal signs Gemini, Virgo and Libra are the best.

15. Taurus, Cancer, Leo, Sagittarius and Aquarius are middling.

16. The rest are inauspicious.

 The most important considerations however are as follows:

  • The 7th house must be unoccupied by any planet
  • Mars should not be in the 8th.
  • Venus should not be in the 6th.
  • The Lagna should not be hemmed in between malefics.
  • Malefics should not occupy Lagna.
  • The Moon in the election chart should have no association with any other planet.

Apart from the above, the usual Tarabalam, Chandrabalam, Panchaka. etc., should be looked into. Elsewhere are given certain special combinations which are supposed to neutralize adverse influences. As far as possible, such combinations should be applied to secure a really propitious moment.

  • Jupiter, Mercury or Venus in Lagna, malefics in the 3rd or 11th, would constitute a formidable force in rendering the Lagna strong.
  • Jupiter in the ascendant, Venus in the 8th and the Sun in the 11th – Mahendra Yoga.
  • Venus in Lagna. Jupiter in the 10th and the Sun and Mercury in the 11th-Vishnu Priya Yoga.
  • Venus in the 2nd, Jupiter in the 12th, the Sun in the 8th and Saturn in the 6th – Srinatha Yoga.
  • Venus in Lagna, Jupiter in the 4th, Mercury in the 2nd and Saturn in the 11th – Samudra Yoga.
  • Mercury, Jupiter and Venus in Lagna – Vijaya Yoga.
  • Venus and Jupiter in Lagna elevated or otherwise strong – Jaya Yoga.
  • Saturn in the 3rd, Jupiter in the 6th, the Sun in the 10th and Mars in the 11th – Pushya Yoga.
  • Mars in the 3rd, Saturn in the 6th, Venus in the 9th, Jupiter in the 12th – Maharshi Yoga.
  • Venus in Lagna, Jupiter in the 11th – Ardhama Yoga.

Reference: Mahurtha by Dr BV Raman

Tarabala, Chandrabala & Panchaka

2 Oct

Tarabala, Chandrabala & Panchaka

Various factors are checked before we decide on a Mahurtha. Tarabala and Chandrabala are two important components along with Panchanga Shuddhi which are to be checked before fixing any Mahurtha. The following stanza explains that above components have to be made good by worshiping Lord Narayana before we embark on any new venture.

तदेव लग्नं सुदिनं तदेव ताराबलं चंद्रबलं तदेव।
विद्या बलं दैवबलं तदेव लक्ष्मीपतेः तेंघ्रिऽयुगं स्मरामि॥


Tarabala is the strength provided by stars to your Janma Nakshatra / Birth star. Moon’s daily star / Nakshatra position needs to be favourable for casting any Mahurtha. Daily motion of moon from your Janma Nakshatra decides this strength. As moon transits into different stars it becomes favourable or unfavourable to your birth star. 27 Nakshatras are divided into three sets of 9 Nakshatras. Each part / set is called Paryaya /Navakas. To calculate Tarabala one must calculate position of daily Nakshatra from your Janma Nakshatra (both Nakshatra inclusive). Divide that by 9. If the reminder is 2, 4, 6, 8 & 9 (or 0) then it’s good otherwise it’s bad.

How to use the Tarabala Table

  • Determine your Janma Nakshatra (Birth Star) and Nakshatra in which Moon is posited for the day.
  • Locate Janma Nakshatra from the left hand side column of the table
  • Locate daily Nakshatra from the top row of the table
  • Find where both intersect – block, Green or Yellow
  • That’s your Tarabala
  • If the color is yellow or value indicated are 1,3,5,7 then they are not good.
  • If the color is green or value indicated are 2,4,6,8, or 9 then they are very good.



  • If your Janma Nakshatra (Birth star) is Aswini and today’s star is Revati, the Tarabala is 9 (Very good). But if birth star is Revati and today’s star is Aswini, your Tarabala for today will be 2 (Very good).
  • Let’s take second example. If your star is Vaishaka and today’s Nakshatra is Chitra your Tarabala will be 8 (good). But if your star was Chitra and today’s star was Vaishaka your Tarabala will be 3 (Bad).

Tarabala Explained


Important Points

  • Tarabala is a basic step in starting an important event.
  • Casting of Mahurtha chart is very important.
  • Mahurtha is possible even during the bad Tarabala by doing suitable Dosha Pariharas
  • See the list of Pariharas down below.
  • While deciding Mahurtha in case the Tarabala happens to be bad (1,3,5 and 7) and the Tara falls in First Paryaya for Janma Tara, Second Paryaya for Vipat Tara, and Third Paryaya for Pratyak Tara and in any Paryaya for Naidhana, then it has to be discarded.No Pariharas will work.
  • If Mahurtha chart is strong and all planets are well posited, then it will counter many Doshas.


In cases where we do not get Tarabala for any Mahurtha, we can still proceed ahead by doing following Pariharas
  • Janma Tara Dosha – Donate vegetables like yellow Pumpkin /Leafy Vegetable,
  • Vipat Tara Dosha – Donate Jaggery
  • Pratyak Tara Dosha – Donate Salt
  • Naidhana Tara Dosha – It should be avoided but If inevitable donate Til (Sesame seed) along with gold.


  • Count from your Janma Rashi to the Rashi in which the Moon is posited on the day of event.
  • If the count is 1, 3, 6, 7, 10, 11 then you are said to have Chandrabala.
  • 8th count (Astama Chandra) should be avoided.


  • Note the number of Thithi. Prathama is 1; Dwitiya is 2 & so on.
  • Note the number of week day. Sunday 1, Monday 2 & so on.
  • Note the number of Nakshatra of the day. Ashwini 1, Bharani 2 & so on.
  • Note the number of Mahurtha Lagna. Aries 1, Taurus 2 & so on.
  • Add all the four above.
  • Divide the total by 9
  • If the remainder is 1,2,4,6, or 8 then it indicate bad results as follows:
    • 1 (Mrithyu Panchaka) – Danger & to be avoided.
    • 2 (Agni Panchaka) – Danger from fire.
    • 4 (Raja Panchaka) – Evil /bad results.
    • 6 (Chora Panchaka) – Evil happenings.
    • 8 (Roga Panchaka) – Bad results / disease.
    If the remainder is 3, 5, 7 or zero then it is good.


1. Mahurtha Chintamani

2. Mahurtha Deepika

3. Mahurtha Darpana