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

This is a very good question because most of us often wonder about it many times. So I am explaining it with an example. It will be a bit lengthy, so please read it with patience. Also make sure to ...
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What horoscope matching factors are necessary for a marriage?

Matchmaking is the process of matching two persons together, usually for the purpose of marriage Based on Gunas or Marks , Which is done with the help of Panchanga along with Match Making Charts . ...
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Why is Bhishma's time of Death (Uttarayana) considered auspicious?

Actually Bhishma's time of death is not considered auspicious, it is just that on an auspicious time Bhishma left his body as he had the boon of ichha mrityu (death at will). And in remembrance of ...
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Is our destiny predetermined? If yes, then why do our actions affect our karma?

results are predestined, not the ways to reach to the result. There are 100s of byroads to reach any destination, now its upon your choice, which road you choose, which ultimately decides your karma,...
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What is the story behind sons of Shani?

Maandhi & Kuligan as son's of Shani seem to be only known among Tamil Hindus. Some say Maandhi & Kuligan are 2 names for the same son of Shani and some say they are 2 different sons. They ...
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What is the panchang to be used when generating a horoscope?

Note that I'm basing my answer on largely on this site and this site, both of which use the Drik Panchangam, so that might bias the arguments somewhat. The Vakya Panchgangam system, as used for ...
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Is there an astronomical representation for the cycle of 60 Samvatsaras?

Chaitramasi jagadbrahma sasarju prathamehaani Shukla paksha samagranthu thadaa suryodaye sathi Pravarthayaamaasa thatha kaalasya gananaamapi Grahantaaraan ruthoonmaasaan ...
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What are the Panch Maha Paap?

The Manu Smriti lists only 4 great sins or mahApatakas. Manu Smriti 9.235. The slayer of a Brahmana, (A twice-born man) who drinks (the spirituous liquor called) Sura, he who steals (the gold of a ...
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How is being born on Nag Panchami beneficial?

Naga Panchami falls on the Sukla Paksha (the bright phase of moon) Panchami Tithi of the Shravana month. So, we need to check the effects of getting born on the bright phase of moon as well as that ...
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Rahu and Ketu in planetary location

No, Rahu and Ketu are not related to the asteroid belt. Rather, they denote the two lunar nodes, the points where the Moon's orbit around the Earth crosses the ecliptic, the path of the Sun in the ...
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Is our destiny predetermined? If yes, then why do our actions affect our karma?

This is an excellent question. Is there any way to reconcile between predestination and the Karma theory? I will say one can reconcile provided you think of karma theory operating from the point ...
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How many kilometers equals to a Yojana

I'll stick to 1 yojana = 8 miles because Hanuman chalisa gives the distance between earth and sun as - जुग सहस्र योजन पर भानू. लील्यो त्याही मधुर फल जानू. (Sun's जुग सहस्र योजन away.) जुग = 12,000 ...
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what does being maanglik means. Is it bad or good?

Manglik is a person with Kuja dosha or Mangal dosha or Chevvai dosha. When mars is placed in 1,2,4,7,8 or 12th place from Sukra(Venus), Chandra(Moon) or lagna, this dosha appears in one's horoscope. ...
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Shani Dev and Crow

Shani Deva's vahana is Grudha to be precise i.e a vulture and not a crow. Here is Sanaischara Kavacham : Asya Sri Sanaischara kavacham Maha manthrasya Kasyap Rishi , anushtup Chanda , ...
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Did Swami Vivekananda believe in astrology?

It looks like Swami Vivekanda didn't give much importance to Jyotishya or blindly followed it, though he might have slightly believed in it. Rather he gave emphasis on realization of God. This is ...
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What are the qualities a good astrologer should possess? Who is true Astrologer according to Jyotisha texts?

Brihat-Samhita is a encyclopedic text by author Varahamihira .The book discusses some subjects including astrology, planetary movements, eclipses, etc. This topic is discussed in Brihat-Samhita ...
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How to determine a day for Vratha or a festival when a Nakshatra is shared between days?

There are two schools of thought on the observance of Ekadashi, and the calendar in general. Important days are noted by their tithi, which is a lunar phenomenon and moves independently of the sunrise/...
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What is Ratha Saptami?

Magha sukla Paksha saptami is known as Ratha Saptami & is considered as the most auspicous day to worship Lord Surya.It is also believed that Surya Deva started illuminating the whole world on the ...
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Is Gana Kuta authentic as per texts?

Some basic things about Rasis and Nakshtras are to be understood first: First the zodiac was divided into 12 main rasis, to study the effects of the planets placed there. Then the ancient seers ...
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Which is the first Hindu scripture that mentions about zodiac signs?

There seems to be an indirect reference to 12 zodiac signs in Rig-Veda 1.164.48 as, 48 Twelve are the fellies, and the wheel is single; three are the naves. What man hath understood it? Therein are ...
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What is the significance of Kundali in Hindu Family

Kundali is the Hindi for what we call 'Horoscope' in English. It is a pretty widely used thing in astrology. It is based on the fact that heavenly bodies and their positions at the time of an event ...
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Story of Tara, Chandra and Tarakaamayam

This story is told in this chapter of Vishnu Purana: CHAP. VI. Kings of the lunar dynasty. Origin of Soma, or the moon: he carries off Tárá, the wife of Vrihaspati: war between the gods and ...
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How is the position of Surya and Chandra related to Amavasya and Poornima?

Normally Surya changes it's position by 1 degree per day. As there are 30 degrees in a Rashi hence Surya changes it's Rashi in a month. Change in Surya Rashi also indicates change in Solar Month. In ...
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Rashi in Jyotisha - Sirodaya, Prushtodaya and Ubhayodaya

As the name implies:: शिरोदय = शिर + उदय = Head + Rising: ie. Those Rashis which rise through their head part while rising are Sheerodaya Rashi. Head and hind part of Rashi can be separated because ...
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Are all incarnations of Vishnu born at moonrise?

This is a well kept secret of Achyuta Nanda tradition of Jyotish which roots back to Chaitanya Mahaprabhu himself, and has been recently been revealed by Pt. Sanjay Rath and his students through ...
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Significance of lizard falls on our Human Body

I'm not sure if Puranas say such. But Gauli Sastra mentions the different omens or sakunas in detail. Gauli Sastra is prominent Sakuna system published with Panchangams or Astrology books in Andhra ...
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Do any scriptures say that Varna is determined by Rashi?

According to Vedic astrology the varna is determined by the chandra rasis. Or it depends on where the moon was placed during the time of birth of a native. There are four varnas- Brahmin, Kshatriya, ...
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What are graha and Nakshatras?

There are 9 Grahas and 27 Nakshatras. From Matsya Purana the Navagrahas are: Adithyaya Somaaya Mangalaaya Budhaayacha Guru Shukra Sanirbhyascha Rahavey Ketavey Namah || Prostrations ...
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Why do nakshatras have both a presiding deity and a ruling planet(graha)?

To answer your title question: It is because each Nakshtra is ruled by a Graha and each Graha is again ruled by a deity. Which Graha rules which Nakshatras is something already mentioned in this ...
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Do stars come back to the exact same positions after completion of the axial precession cycle?

Let me first mention what exactly Axial Precession is for the benefit of those who may be reading this discussion but may not be aware of the phenomenon: Simply put, Precession, is the wobbling of ...
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