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I understand that it may sound little absurd but I have noticed that some people have birth marks and some have none, some birth marks are pretty prominent ones.

My question: Do birth marks tell something about the previous birth or reveal any other facts? Are there any references to them anywhere? Are they in any way related to the karmas of previous birth?

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Do birth marks tell something about the previous birth or reveal any other facts?

Yes they do Garuda Purana - Vol. one - Achar Kanda - Chapter -64,65 are about Samudrika science which gives us detail description of Birthmarks both on males as well as females.

  • Chapter 64 - समुद्रिकानुसारेण स्त्री-नर लक्ष णम् ( A brief discourse on the auspicious or inauspicious marks on the person of females.
  • Chapter 65 विस्तरत: समुद्रिकानुसारेण स्त्री-नर लक्ष णम् ( auspicious marks on men and women as disclosed by science of Samudrikam.

According to Garuda purana these birth marks are either auspicious or inauspicious. And they do tell us about the personality, the situations a person going to face in the future, financial condition, death (in own or foreign country), about obtaining wealth, about getting good husband or wife, future of sons/daughters, eating habits, royalty, intellect, behavior, personality traits etc.

So these marks are good indicators of a mans of woman's current life.


Here are some of the shlokas from Garuda Purana -:

शङ्खातपत्रशिविकागजपद्मोपमा नृपे ॥
कुम्भाङ्कुशपताकाभा मृणालाभा निधीश्वरे ॥ 65.49 ॥

The signs of conch-shell ,umbrella , vehicle ,elephant and lotus indicate royalty. The marks of pitcher ,goad ,flag and lotus-stalk indicate the possession of gems.


या च काञ्चनवर्णाभा रक्तहस्तसरोरुहा ॥
सहस्त्राणां तु नारीणां भवेत्सापि पतिव्रता ॥ 64.2 ॥

A women whose color is like that of gold ,and and whose hands are red ,is called Padmini .Such a women ,born in a thousand is personification of chastity.


निः स्वाश्च कुनखैस्तद्वद्विवर्णैः परतर्ककाः ॥
ताम्रैर्भूपा धनाढ्याश्च अङ्गुष्ठैः सयवैस्तथा ॥ 65.45 ॥

Those who have discolored and disfigured nails ,always pry into others business .Those who have copper colored nails, become kings the mark of a barley on their thumbs,become rich.

अङ्गुष्ठमूलजैः पुत्री स्याद्दीर्घांगुलिपर्वकः ॥
दीर्घायुः सुभगश्चैव निर्धनो विरलाङ्गुलिः ॥ 65.46 ॥

When there is such a mark at the foot of the thumb a person gets sons. If a person has long knots in the fingers he lives a long life and becomes lucky . He who has dis-joined fingers become poor.


यस्याः पाणितले रेखा प्राकारस्तोरणं भवेत् ॥
अपि दासकुले जाता राज्ञीत्वमुपगच्छति ॥ 64.9 ॥

The women who ,has the marks of a wall or gateway on her palms becomes a queen even if she is born as a maid servant.

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Yes, it has significance in the Samudra Shastra part of astrology. Which tries to predict the nature and future of a native by studying his/her various bodily signs, palm lines etc.

We can find some details of the effects of birth marks, moles etc on the future of a native in this chapter of Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra:

Ch. 82. Effects of Moles, Marks, Signs etc. for Men and Women

  1. Mahārśi Parasara said. O Maitreya! Now I will describe to you the effects of moles, marks, spots and signs, found on the body of women and men.

2-3. A mole, spot, or figure, formed by hair on the left side of a woman and right side of a man is auspicious. If there is mole on the chest of a woman, she will be fortunate. A woman, who has a red mark, like a mole etc., on her right breast, begets many children and she is blessed with all kinds of enjoyments and comforts.

  1. The woman, who has a red mark (mole) on her left breast, begets only one son.

  2. The woman, who has a mole on her right breast, begets many daughters and sons.

  3. There will be gain, or acquisition of a kingdom, if there, as is a red mole etc on the forehead, or in the middle of (between) the eyebrows. The person will enjoy sweetish preparations, if there is such a mark on the cheeks.

7-10. The woman, who has a red mark (mole etc.) on her nose, becomes consort of a king. If the mark be blackish, the woman concerned becomes an adulteress, or widow. All the marks below the navel are auspicious for both men and women. If there be moles etc. on the ears, cheeks, or neck of a man, his first issue will be male and he will enjoy good fortune and happiness. The man, who has moles etc. in the thighs, suffers misery.

  1. The woman, who has the sign of trident on her forehead, becomes a queen. Such a mark on the forehead of a man makes him a king.

Also, the Horasara (which was composed by Varahmihira's son) gives some information about what combinations in the horoscope lead to moles or marks on which parts of the body etc.

  • thanks a lot for the explanation, also wanted to know are they in any way related to the karmas of previous birth? – Just_Do_It Jan 26 '18 at 14:42
  • @Just_Do_It Yes they must be related because what we had done in previous lives is what we are getting now..but Parashara Hora Shastra does not mention anything about that.. – Rickross Jan 26 '18 at 14:48
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Prof. Ian Stevenson has done extensive research on reincarnation, and one of the main findings was the connection of birthmarks with a previous birth. Usually, any wound (like a bullet shot or something) creates a birthmark at the precisely same spot of the body of the newly incarnate person. He had shown many studies where he collected the death certificate of the previous incarnate person. He wrote many papers on it. He was the professor of department of personality studies in Virginia University. If you are interested, you can read his famous book "20 suggestive cases of reincarnation". There are many other books written by him. His study includes lots of Indian Case histories ( apart from case histories from other parts of the world). Dr Satwant Pasricha, from NIMHANS, Bangalore was his collaborator in his Indian case studies. Links: https://www.amazon.in/Reincarnation-Contribution-Etiology-Birthmarks-Anomalies/dp/0275952835 https://www.amazon.in/Twenty-Cases-Suggestive-Reincarnation-Stevenson/dp/0813908728

  • thanks a lot for sharing this info! Again thing is in the previous birth it was a different body, so what's the connection then? – Just_Do_It Jan 26 '18 at 18:11
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    That is the extraordinary part!!! You have to read his research. Even he can't explain it. He just showed with 3000 case studies that it happens. Now the hypothesis he proposed is this - the reincarnation. The body dies, but the soul carries the memories. Nobody knows how it happens! I would suggest you read one of his student's book first. He writes more for lay mans like us. His name is Jim Tucker. Now he is the professor in that department. Ian Stevenson has passed away. – Amritendu Mukhopadhyay Jan 26 '18 at 18:23

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