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The branch of knowledge that deals with study of planetary positions to calculate time and determine its auspiciousness, forecast events, predict future and so on.

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Is our destiny predetermined? If yes, then why do our actions affect our karma?

Is our destiny predetermined? I've read some stories which do show that a person's destiny is predetermined, like: pathi pragrahiṇaṁ kaṁsam ābhāṣyāhāśarīra-vāk asyās tvām aṣṭamo garbho hantā yāṁ ...
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What is the significance of Kundali in Hindu Family

When a baby is born in Hindu family the very first thing they do is prepare a Kundali of that child. In that kundali they draw a chart like From this kundali the future of that guy is predicted. It ...
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What is the panchang to be used when generating a horoscope?

When generating a horoscope for a person, what is the Panchang to be used? There are two major panchangs, Vakya and Thirukanitha (Tamil name; I don't know what it is called in other states). Out of ...
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What are the positions of planets at the beginning of every Yuga (age)?

How to find all planetary positions on starting of every Yuga?
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What horoscope matching factors are necessary for a marriage?

In Hinduism, what all horoscope poruthams (matching factors) are required for a couple to get married? Please let me know the minimum criteria too. If the horoscopes don't match properly, are there ...
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What is the concept of a week in Hinduism?

Most Hindu festivals are pinned to a Lunar day or Tithi like Rama-navami, hera-pancami etc. The 7-day week runs out-of-sync with the lunar tithis; it would be very confusing to try to follow both at ...
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Why is Bhishma's time of Death (Uttarayana) considered auspicious?

In the Mahabharatha epic Bhishma waits on the bed of arrows for 40 days towards the auspicious day of Uttarayana to leave his body in order to attain Mukthi. My questions are the following. What is ...
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Is there an astronomical representation for the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras?

Here is an extract from Wikipedia : Samvatsara is a Sanskrit term for "year". In Hindu tradition, there are 60 Samvatsaras, each of which has a name. Once all 60 samvatsaras are over, the cycle ...
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Does evil get stronger at specific times?

I have heard that the evil or dark powers get more powerful at times like Amavasya (new moon night), Grahan (Solar/Lunar Eclipse), Ashtami & Navami (eighth & ninth day from new moon & full ...
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How wearing a gem(ratna) distract bad woes/trouble?

In Hinduism we consider Karma as supreme and your good/bad mainly depends on karma, then how do wearing certain gems can impact destiny/trouble/good/bad etc. ? Is it only a marketing strategy by ...
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How to determine a day for Vratha or a festival when a Nakshatra is shared between days?

Recently on a Sathsang, I understood the values of Ekadasi Vratha, explained by a scholar. He explained the power of Ekadasi in various pakshas - Krishna paksha and Shukla paksha. When I tried to ...
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Why Hindus write Shubh and Labh with a Swastika?

I've seen this written at various places say shop entrances, home entrances and other places. These terms are generally written besides Lord Ganesha's image. Not only this, it is also written on ...
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How much effect do Jyotisha and the planets have in human life?

Our Puranas and stories don't mention too much about them. Is fate or bhagya inevitable or can it be overcome with karma ? Or is it just that people try to justify their problems via jyotisha?
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Is there any planetary arrangement described for end of the world in Hindu scriptures?

Is there any planetary arrangement described for the end of the world in Hindu scriptures? If yes then please describe.
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How many kilometers equals to a Yojana

After reading this answer, I am curious to know how many kilometers or miles are equal to one yojana. Below is some of the information taken from the above link. Here a league equals one yojana ...
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Does Vedanta accept the validity of Jyotish?

Gita 10.37 talks about Usanas or Acharya Shukra. Is Shukra to be considered a graha or a kavi in the Gita context? Some one told me that the implication of the Gita identifying Shukra only as Kavi and ...
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What is the difference between Sun and Sun God?

What is the difference between a graha and a deva in both astrological sense as well as in spiritual sense? For example when we say Sun (Surya), we mean the star (planet astrologically) but is it same ...
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Shani's good and bad effects when he is placed in various houses

As I heard, Shani does bad only when he is placed in particular house. What are the good and bad effects of Shani in the various houses of our horoscopes?
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What are the qualities a good astrologer should possess? Who is true Astrologer according to Jyotisha texts?

Jyotisha is one of the six ancient Vedangas, or ancillary science connected with the Vedas The term Jyotisha also refers to Hindu astrology. This field of study was concerned with fixing the days and ...
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राशि(zodiac sign) of Krishna and Rama

In Hinduism, there is considerable importance to राशि or Zodiac sign. In earlier times, it was common to check the zodiac sign of marrying girl and boy to see if the marriage can be decided. It was ...
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Which time for buying online should be considered as muhurtha?

Pardon the apparent frivolousness Which time for buying online should be considered as muhurtha ? Placing the order date Delivery date Payment date (because it can be either COD or Credit/Debit ...
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Do any scriptures say that Varna is determined by Rashi?

Many people say that Varna is determined by birth, and others say Varna is determined by qualities. But I've seen some websites which claim that Varna is based on Rashi(our birth constellation/star). ...
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Why children born in Moola, Ashlesya, Jyeshta and Maga Nakshtras (stars) are considered inauspicious?

There is a saying that a child born in Moola, Ashlesya, Jyeshta, Maga is inauspicious. Is this properly explained in any religious books? This question is pursuant to astrology.
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What is Ratha Saptami?

What is Ratha Saptami? Is there any reference in our scriptures regarding its celebrations. What is the significance keeping the Arka patram (Calotropis Gigantea i.e Erukku leaves)on the head while ...
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Is the practice of kundalis matching part of the core Hindu doctrine?

The answer to this question: What is the significance of Kundali in Hindu Family seems to indicate that Hindu astrology is a core component of the Hindu doctrine. My understanding is that the core ...
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Are Karthikeya and Mars same?

I was recently watching a documentary about symbolism in ancient culture on YouTube. It proclaims that Karthiyeka and Mars are same, which per my information is a new concept. Can someone corroborate ...
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How and when did astrology become a defining aspect of Hinduism?

Many aspects of Hindu rituals are closely tied with astrology, star gazing and charts. How and when did this start to happen?
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How to identify a doomed horoscope(Jatakam)

In astrology there are sayings if these planets are placed in these houses then the person has good life, wealth and health but this is the positive side in astrology. In general if there is ...
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Earliest reference of any astrologer (jyotisi) in Rig Veda

Jyotis shastra i.e. astrology is one of ancient science of Hinduism, believed to be started right from Rig Vedic period that developed into a vast body of knowledge by many ancient astrologers. My ...
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What is the difference between Planet and nakshatra in astrology?

I head that Planets and nakshatra's are entirely different things in Indian astrology. Is that right? But I think in modern astronomy (science), Planet and nakshatra are related. Can anyone tell how ...
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Does Krishna advocate the use of astrology?

I read the Gita many years ago, and most recently this HSE page. However, I was unable to find an answer. In any text, does Krishna advocate the use of astrology in a worshipers life?
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What was the nakshatra and gotra of Ravana?

I was looking for details about Ravana's nakshatra but could not find reliable information.Is there any Texts that mention Ravana's nakshatra and other astrological details? For the gotra,I found out ...
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KalaSarpa Dosha - A Myth or Reality in Astrology?

What exactly is the Kala Sarpa Dosha or Yoga? Does it actually exist in Vedic astrology? According to Astrology, what is the mystery behind this?
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Are the planets of our solar system ( like Brihaspati, Shukra, Chandra etc) Devas or the abodes of the respective Devas?

We all know that Brihaspati is Teacher of Devas. Shukracharya is also teacher of Daityas. Mangal Deva etc. Are also Deva. So are the planets and sun moon just their abodes or is Surya Deva really a ...
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Jyotisha-Shastra and prediction about death?

Does Jyotisha-Shastra have elaborate methods to predict death? If so, what is the method? I read in "Jaimini sutra" pertaining to astrology that there is a predictive method for death, but the method ...
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Are all incarnations of Vishnu born at moonrise?

In Vedic astrology, the sidereal zodaic, the band of stars surrounding the Sun's apparent path in the sky, is divided into 12 equal Rashis or zodiac signs. A person's Janma Rashi is the zodiac sign ...
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Rahu and Ketu in planetary location

In the Hindu planetary system, Rahu and Ketu take an invisible place. But we use to find their periodic presence in houses. In modern science, asteroid belts are between Mars and Jupiter. Asteroids ...
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what does being maanglik means. Is it bad or good?

I want to know if a person is maanglik(a person with kuja doṣa), is it a good sign or bad. If bad, what problems one will face in life?
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How is the position of Surya and Chandra related to Amavasya and Poornima?

As far as I understand, in Jyotisha, Amavasya and Poornima are being related to the positions of Surya (Sun) and Chandra (Moon). What is this relationship? How do these positions change in between an ...
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Why do nakshatras have both a presiding deity and a ruling planet(graha)?

What is the difference between a presiding deity and a governing planet(graha)?As far as I know,each of the navgrahas has their own governing Lord. For example take the case of Krittika nakshatra. ...
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What are graha and Nakshatras?

What are graha and Nakshatras? Is there any story how they are created? What are their effects to human? How many graha and Nakshatras are there? Is there a specific God for each of them? What are ...
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What are the Panch Maha Paap?

I have come across the term Panch Maha Paap (5 great sins) in colloquial usage and in astrology. What are the Panch Maha Paapas, their astrological indicators and what are the parihara(remedies) for ...
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What is Shani's Vakra Drishti?

What is Shani's vakra Drishti? Is it bad or good? What are its consequences? Is there any role of karma to remove vakra Drishti if one is likely to have? What should one do or don't do if one is ...
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Are BG 8.23 - 8.26 interpolations?

From here: O best of the Bhāratas, I shall now explain to you the different times at which, passing away from this world, the yogī does or does not come back. 8.23 Those who know the ...
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Did Rāma have Kuja doṣa? What about the Pāṇḍavas?

Did Rāma have Kuja doṣa (a.k.a maṅgala doṣa, māṅgalika)? What about the Pāṇḍavas? I see all of them exiled to the woods in their prime years. This must be the worst thing that can happen to a ...
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What is the significance of Astrology in Hinduism

What is the significance of astrology in Hinduism? I see many famous sages don't really talk much about it, but why Hindus give alot of importance to it?
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Can an astrologer himself cast the Prasna Kundali for one of his own questions?

Horary astrology is different from natal astrology . In the later, we need to have the birth details of the native, or the natal chart, which is not needed in Horary. In Horary, a person A goes to ...
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Can one change their destiny from which is there in astrological predictions?

Sometimes astrological predictions(Jathakam) is entirely bad thought out the life. Some astrologers tell this person's life is always doomed. Can he/she change it in the present life itself by doing ...
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Is there any scriptural basis for this astrologer's claims that the character of a woman depends on the timing of her first menstruation?

I was watching a YouTube video recently where the speaker said that one astrologer in his pañcāṅga (almanac) claimed that a woman's character and what the woman goes on to become in her later life ...
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Why is Jyotisha or Astrology considered to be the eye of the Vedas

Why is Jyotisha or Astrology considered to be the "Eye of the Vedas"? Has this phrase come from any of the vedic scriptures? or when was it first used? I got to know about this phrase from lots of ...