Well Begun is half done proverb must have said keeping in
mind, Muhurta. Muhurta means a time, which is auspicious for
particular kind of activity. Here the timing to be seen for
particular action to particular individual. The Pancha Angas
(Five limbs) of Muhurta are Tithi (Lunar day), Vara (name of the
day), Nakshatra (star), Yoga (Auspicious/Inauspicious nature) and
Karana (1/2 of Lunar day).
In addition to these five limbs, Ayana (1/2 of the year), Masa
(Month), Paksha (15 days of month), Planetary transit, Lagna
(Ascendant) too are considered for specific Muhurtas. The self
created Short term destiny (Muhurta) certainly will have its say
provided it is put in harmony with the Birth chart. Relevance of
Muhurta also lies in its being a means through which one can
accept the Nature. It is better to draw auspicious Cosmic power
than going against it.
Generally Muhurta is seen for the following:
1:To start a new project/Business Undertaking
2:For House Warming
4:For Sacred Thread ceremony
5:For Distant Travels
6:To start Yajnas
7:To start Studies/Vedic Studies
8:To join employment
9:For Naming ceremony
Muhurta generally gives high success rate in fulfilling the
purpose of the events.
Maharishi Parashar stressed the importance of remedial
measures and their effectiveness in three ways
1) The planets can be worshipped through prayers, charities,
2) The devotion has to be in a dedicated manner with complete
3) Initiation has to be on an auspicious day and in an auspicious
time on the advice of a proficient astrologer.
Why an auspicious time?
We are performing remedial measures to make good certain
deficiencies and to mitigate unfavorable influences. If these are
not started at an auspicious time, there may be problems in the
continuance of these, the desired strength may not be forthcoming
from the measures taken for strengthening weak planets, etc.
As we all know, by the word 'Muhurata' we understand
the time elected for initiating a particular event, e.g., a
journey, starting construction, purchase of movable/immovable
property, celebration of marriage, namkaran sanskar, etc. The
importance of Muhurata is understandable from the fact that we
firmly believe in the growth of everything as per the natal
planetary position. The only difference between the natal chart
of a person and muhurata is that, while we have no control over
the birth time, we can time the events for some auspicious
There are various sets of rules like
1.Ascendant of a muhurata to be occupied by benefics.
2.No planets should be in the eighth house.
3.Kendras should be devoid of malefics.
4.The lord of the ascendant should be strong.
5.Avoiding a particular sign, nakshatra, day, tithi, yoga,
Still, experience shows that events initiated in a duly
elected traditional muhurata do not succeed and even fail
miserably. For example, a Hindu marriage in particular is
invariably solemnized in a duly elected muhurata Now what is it?
Is it a farce only? Is the muhurata elected not auspicious or
After carefully examining a number of cases, WE have come to
the conclusion that, most of the time, muhurata is not auspicious
and even when the muhurata is auspicious, the exact time is
rarely adhered to.
When we believe that muhurata is a controllable factor, we
should not hurry, but wait for the suitable time. The following
system and scientific approach should be followed.
(A)Election of Sign in the Ascendant
Matching with the duration of the event for which the muhurata
is to be worked out, the sign should be a fixed or movable or
common. For example, for construction/purchase of a residential
building or marriage, the sign should be fixed; whereas, in the
case of a business, the movable or a common sign may be suitable.
As change is the law of nature, any business which is most
successful at a particular time may fail because of the ever
changing environment. To reduce the number of inauspicious
influences, we should restrict our choice to the signs Aries,
Libra, Gemini, Leo and Sagittarius in the ascendant of the
(B)Strength of the Ascendant
After deciding a particular sign, we should elect a time when
the Ascendant is in full strength i.e.
(i)It should be devoid of malefic aspects.
(ii)Its lord should be strong, well placed and afflicted by
(C) General Strength
No house of the muhurata chart should be weak and afflicted
and there should be no concentration of malefic influences.
(D)Strength of Significators
In addition to the strength of the lagna, the lagna-lord and
the general strength of the muhurata chart, the strength of the
significator signifying a particular event for which a muhurata
is being elected is of utmost importance. For example, for
marriages Jupiter and Venus should be strong.
(E)Placement of the Moon
This is the key point and the life of a muhurata chart. The
Moon should occupy nakshatras of any of the lords of a strong and
well placed lagna or fourth house or ninth house or at least of a
benefic house. On the other hand, it should not be in the
nakshatra of a functional malefic planet or a weak planet. The
main reason why the event timed as per muhurata does not bless
the natives with auspicious results is that the Moon occupies the
nakshatras of planets mentioned in the preceding sentence.
The remedial measures suggested after careful analysis of a
natal chart and the time for initiation of these in line with the
guidance of the propounder of the divine science, Maharishi
Parashar, do bless the natives with success. In dire emergencies,
these remedial measures for offering prayers and charities can be
suggested when the lagna lord is strong and the Moon is rightly
placed in the nakshatra of a strong functional benefic with
reference to the ascendant.
I would like to dwell a little more on the guidelines of the
Maharishi once again. The practitioners of this divine science
have to be of righteous conduct,i.e., free from vices, pride,
greed, anger and jealousy. The remedial measures produce results
when these are dedicated with devotion,i.e., the performer should
also be initiated into the right course. A clue which comes from
Sant Tulsidas is that a person enjoying divine grace is not
encountered with tragedies in the life. In astrology we associate
"divine grace" with the planet, Jupiter. Therefore,
both in the natal chart and the initiation chart, the favorable
inclination of Jupiter to the ascendant has to be properly
One should not be afraid of spending time and working hard for
electing an auspicious lagna. Sometimes, even a few thousands
combinations have to be tried. It is the experience of the author
that even in a year's time the auspicious lagnas which can be
adopted for strengthening weak planets may be quite few,
sometimes even less than five. In a nut-shell, we should first
select a time when planets are free from combustion, debilitation
and are not in their debilitated navamsas. Then, the selection
has to be started from the lagnas prevailing in the working hours
of the day so that the performer can perform the measures
suggested. Another point which I would like to make here is
retrogression of planets which is only a visionary phenomenon as
this occurs due to different speeds of the planets in relation to
the earth. The effects on a natal chart are due to angular
position of planets with reference to a particular place on the
earth. Hence, the author is of the firm view that retrograde
planets are to be treated in a normal way as per their actual
longitudes. That is why no special significance has been attached
to retrograde planets during the course of discussions of various
charts in this book.
HOW TO PROCEED FOR ELECTING AN AUSPICIOUS TIME
1.Eliminate the dates when any of the planets is in a state of
combustion. This information is available in the ephemeries under
the heading "helical setting or combustion of planets"
for a particular calendar year.
2.Eliminate the dates when any of the planets is in a state of
debilitation, infancy, old age, in the malefic houses,
debilitated in navamsa and afflicted by the close affliction of
the functional malefics with reference to the ascendant in
3.Find out if the Moon on the auspiciously identified dates is
in the nakshatra of a functional benefic planet with reference to
the ascendant and the sub-period of a functional benefic is in
4.Find out the beginning and ending time of the said
5.Note down the longitude of the functional malefics.
6.Leave the time represented by five degrees on either side of
the degrees of the functional malefics.For example, if the
ascendant has been elected as Aries and the longitude of
functional malefics Rahu/Ketu is 27 degrees and the longitude of
the functional malefic Mercury is 4 degrees, then, we should
finalize the time of muhurata when the tenth degree rises in the
ascendant and this can extend to the time when the ascendant is
of 22 degrees.
We hope the readers will be able to elect an auspicious time
with the above methodology.