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Monday, September 08, 2008

What is Vidya Balan’s Date of Birth?, Today I was reading analysis of Vidya Balan’s birth chart by astrologer Sameer Upadhyay in daily news paper Hindustan. The point that attracted me is the time of birth. Sameer ji mentioned date of birth as 1st January 1978 whereas Wikipedia and Vidya Balan’s official website mention her date of birth as 1st January 1982. Recently the release of Kismat Konnection added fuel to her date controversy and it has gives me a reason to spend some time on birth time rectification/ verification.

After spending a little time, time used by Sameer ji looked more approporate to me and I made slight adjustment by rectifying her birth time as 10:25 PM (10:25:40 PM to be more precise) and able to verify many important events. I used Ruling Planet method in KP System for birth time rectification. From the Vedic astrologers perspective the change in time from 10:35 PM to 10:25 PM will not matter much because it doesn’t change rasi kundli.

Detailed birth chart of Vidya Balan can be found here.

I have found that Moon and Ascendant defines the look of a person. Moon sign lord is Mercury and Moon Nakshatra lord is Sun. Ascendant Sign lord is Sun and Ascendant Nakshatra lord is Venus. In totally Sun, Mercury and Venus will define her look. Sun gives majestic look and it adds ojas to the personality. Venus adds the beauty to it. Overall lagna and moon sign looks OK to me. Strong impact of Mercury in a birth chart makes one starting career early. Vidya started her career in 1995 when she was just seventeen it justifies her Virgo sign and strong impact of Mercury.

2nd sub lord Mercury indicates that she knows a lot of languages especially because it is lord of 2nd as well. Apparently she knows Tamil, Hindi, English, Malayalam, and Bengali.

Though Mars in neecha Rasi and strongly signifying 12th didn’t allow her to get any success in Mars dasa. Mars mahadas delayed her career. Her career kicked off after the dasa of Rahu. Unfortunately for her, Kismat Konnection released during Mars antardasa and this movie failed at box office. It looks like upcoming time is much better for her and we will see more successful movies from her.

As per this time, Venus bhukti under Rahu maha dasa has started from July 2007. How will be this dasa for her? Accordingly to classical astrology Venus is Rajyogakarak by the virtue of Kendra and trikona association. Lagna lord Sun is in 5th house with lord of 10th Venus constituting a powerful Rajyoga. Also generally Venus bhukti under Rahu mahadasa is regarded very good in classical astrology. Though as per KP, Venus is lord of 3rd and 10th in 4th. Due to the absence of 2nd and 11th involvement, I am finding it difficult to predict drastic improvement in her career.

Though there is definitely some positive. I checked the date of release of Lage Raho Munna Bhai and found that Sun was transiting in Venus’s start that time. We know that it was the biggest hit for her in her career. Which shows that if the improvement is not going to be drastic, still it should be significant. Also the impact of Venus will definitely add a lot of glamour to her and we will see more masala and mainstream films rather than films like Parinita. We have already seen this impact in Kismat Connecting where she played more glamorous character than before. Mercury is the lucky planet for her and it is the planet which helped her in giving successful movies like "Lage Raho Munna Bhai". Mercury antardasa will be there from December 2009 to May 2010 and it is the period where I see another blockbuster coming from Vidya. My best wishes to her.

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Monday, August 25, 2008

Birth Time Rectification & Verification - Part III

This is the third part of a series which talks about Kalidas method of birth time rectification and verification techniques discussed in Uttar Kalamrit. The third technique is for verifying Lagna (ascendant).

Lagna Shuddhi
Find out the Rasi occupied by the Moon and Mandi; and their Navamsas. The native will have this birth either in the Rasi occupied by Maandi or the Moon whichever be the stronger; or in the Lagna Rasi which will be the 7th, 5th or the 9th from either of them. If instead of these two Rasis, the Navamsa Rasi owned by Mandi or the Moon be stronger, then the Janma Lagna will be in the stronger Navamsa Rasi or the 7th, 5th or the 9th from it.

In other words this method suggests that the lagna of person must always be 1, 5, 7, 9 from either Moon or Mandi. This should be checked both from Lagna chart as well as Navamsa chart. This is a method which suggests that there is a connection between moon position and ascendant position at the time of birth.

In KP system there is a popular birth time rectification method which says that the Ascendant sub lord should be the same or connected with star lord of the Moon. I beleive that this KP rectification method also has root in the Kalidas method. Though KP method ignores Mandi and just relies on Ascendant-Moon connection.

This is my third and the last post on birth time rectification methods in Uttar Kalamrit. Though Uttar Kalamrit is not the only texts that talks about birth time rectificaiton. I have another post which talks about other methods available in Vedic astrology.

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Birth Time Rectification & Verification Techniques - Part I

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Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Birth Time Rectification & Verification - Part II

This post is in continuation to my last post Birth Time Rectification & Verification Techniques. Please go through that post first before reading this one. The previous post was about knowing whether one's Nakshatra is correct or not.

Man -Woman Janma Shuddhi
Convert the Ishta Ghatika into Palas (by multiplying Ghatikas with 60). Divide the same by 225. If the reminder is:
0 to 15 - male
16 to 45 - female
46 to 90 - male
91 to 150 - female
151 to 225 - male
These five groups represent , in their order male, female, male, female and male respectively.
Ishta Ghatikas are 56.12. If we convert it into palas it will be 56 X 60 + 12 = 3372.
3372 / 225 = 14 X 225 + 222. In other words if we divide the ishtakal in palas by 225, the reminder will be 222 which falls into 5th zone. Therefore the birth should be of a male.

In case the horoscope that we are using for verification is of a female, we can conclude that the time is not correct and needs some verification.

As this technique is based on Ishtakal, we can also use the distance between sun and ascendant for calculating the zone. If you don't know, Sun and Ascendant conjoins around Sunrise and Sun keeps moving away from ascendant. During sunset, Sun is around 180 degrees from Ascendant or roughly in 7th house. We can convert this formula in degree format for easy application. I'll try to write about converted formula sometime later.

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Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Birth Time Rectification & Verification Techniques

There are various birth time rectification and verification techniques available in Vedic astrology texts. In this post, I want to talk about a simple technique suggested by Kalidas in Uttar Kalamrit. In fact, there are three techniques suggested in Uttar Kalamrit as follows -

1. Nakshatra Shuddhi, for finding out the Nakshatra (constellation)
2. Man - Woman Janma Shuddhi, for finding out the sex
3. Lagna Shuddhi, for finding out the Lagna (ascendant)

I am planning to have one post for each technique. Here is the first technique -

1. Nakshatra Shuddhi
Multiply the Ghatikas and Vighatikas of the Ishta Kala by 4 and divide the product by 9. The reminder should be counted beginning with Ashwini, Magha or Moola in whatsoever Paryaya it falls. The 27 Nakshatras are distributed in 3 Paryayas consisting of 1st to 9th, 10th to 18th and 19th to 27th. This will give the Janma Nakshatra.

Suppose the native was born on 6.3.1980 at Ishta Ghatika 56.12,. Therefore,
54.12 X 4 /9 = 224.48 / 9 = 24 X 9 + 8.48.
As the reminder is 8.48, Nakshatra may be Ashlesha (9th Nakshatra), Jyeshtha (18th Nakshatra) or Revati (27th Nakshatra).

You might be wondering what is the Ishtakal and how to calculate it. Istakaal is the difference between sunrise and time of birth. Please note that the time of birth should be converted to local mean time before finding out the difference. If you use IST/ standard time, the result will be incorrect.

Thoough you need not to worry about LMT conversion and Ishtakal calulation etc. There are various software that can do it for you. The simplest is to use Once you will cast your chart using, you will find Ishtakaal on Birth Details page. will also give you the name of the Nakshatra for the supplied date and time. The Nakshatra table can be found here.

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Friday, August 08, 2008

Katrina Kaif Horoscope

Birth Time Rectification for Katrina Kaif's Kundli

Today is the release date of Singh is Kinng, probably one of the biggest movies for Katarina Kaif ever. This morning I was pondering over the recent success of this gorgeous Bollywood actress, while the desire of looking at her birth chart came to me. I searched on Internet for her birth details but what all I could find was birth place and birth date, the time was still the question mark and without time it is not possible to cast a birth chart.

Not many people are aware that Vedic astrology is very well equipped with an amazing process called birth time rectification. Birth time rectification is the process by which an astrologer finds out the exact birth time of a person by following the divine instructions.

Vedic astrology has given various methods for birth time rectification. These method given by our sages can accurately calculate your birth time if it is inaccurate or not available. Generally these methods are easy to apply if the range of time birth is known for example between 12pm to 2pm etc. If this range is wide, the task of astrologer becomes difficult, so I had taken an uphill task for myself.

Various methods are suggested by our sages like Parashara, Varahamihira and Kalidas etc. The one method I used it suggested by a comparatively recent astrology genius named KS Krishnamurti. I’ll not go into the detail of the method and will leave that for another post. By applying the method I come up with following birth details for Katrina Kaif –

Date of Birth: 16 July 1984
Time of Birth: 6:19:30 PM
Place of Birth: Hong Kong
Ascendant: Sagittarius, Moon Sign: Aquarius

Here is a screenshot of her lagna chart from -

The detailed birth chart can be found at

Now here is my observation of the chart -

Lagna lord is Jupiter in his own sign making lagna, the piller of birth chart, very strong. I personally don’t believe in Yoga, but we can observe some of the yogas like Hamsa, Nipuna, and Adhi yoga etc. Venus the Karaka of film industry and glamour world is also creating Vipreet Raja Yoga by being 6th lord in 8th. Conjunction of Mercury and Sun creates another Rajyoga. Presence of yogas like Hamsa and Parivraja makes her not only beautiful from outside but also beautiful from heart and soul. I am sure her charitable deeds will be clearly visible after Venus's bhukti (2010).

I generally follow stellar astrology or KP System to be more specific which is among the most advanced astrological systems in astrology. As per it, Lagna is in Venus nakshatra which is the reason for attracting her towards modeling and later to the films. Lagna sublord is in Venus nakshatra showing huge impact of Venus on the chart. Moon is also in Rahu’s nakshatra who is representing Venus in this chart by being in Venus sign Taurus.

As per stellar astrology lagna is governed by Jupiter’s rasi, Venus’s Nakshatra and Rahu’s sub. All these three planets are karaka for beauty (Rahu is representing Venus by being in Venus sign). Out of three planets, Jupiter and Rahu are generally responsible for good height and 5"8 in my opinion is the result of these two planets. Moon is in Saturn’s rasi, Rahu’s nakshatra and Rahu’s sub, again showing huge impact of Venus, the planet of beauty.

Jupiter's mahadasa is started from year 2000 and it the period where ascension of her career started. We already discussed Jupiter is one of the excellent planets in her chart creating Hamsa yoga. As per stellar astrology, Jupiter is signifying 1st house (self efforts and success through hard work), 11th house (fulfillment of desire, success) and 12th.

Currently Venus's bhukti is started from Junuary 2008. Venus is an excellent planet for her. Venus is in 7th house house as per stellar astrology (KP Cuspal chart), lord of 6th (success in competition, getting money from others by being 12th from 7th), and 11th (fulfillment of desire, gain). Venus is in star of Saturn in 10th (good for profession), lord of 2th (earning, savings) and 3rd (courage). Venus dasa will run till September 2010 and I am sure it will make her the queen of the Bollywood by that time. We have already seen improvement in her career after start of the Venus dasa from January 2008. This is the changed her just from glamorous face to a Bollywood top slot contender. So now be ready to see her as a queen of Bollywood before January 2008.

Now a quick talk on Singh is Kinng, her movie released today with Akshay Kumar. Today Sun has entered in Jupiter's nakshatra, and going to be there for 13 days. We have already discussed that Jupiter is very well positions for Katrina Kaif, and it shows that 'Singh is King' movie is going to do a lot of good to her. I am sure it will have some very good box office collections. My best wishes to this gorgeous actress.

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Saturday, May 08, 2004

Rectification of Birth Time

Rectification of birth time is difficult but essential part of astrology learning. In India and most part of the world it is difficult to get exact time of childbirth. So the time we get, as an astrologer, is most of the time incorrect.

There are various birth time rectification methods in Vaidic Astrology suggested by our sages. Here is a list of some popular ones -

* Parshara's method of rectification
* Varahamihira's method of rectification (Nashta Jatakam given in Brihat Jatak)
* Kalidasa method of birth time rectification
* Kerala Jyotish Rectification
* Event based rectification
* KP System method of rectification
* Nadi and Bhrigu's method of rectification
* Pre-natal Epoch

Yes, you are right, it is not a complete list of all available methods. Expert astrologers use various techniques to find correct birth time. In all these techniques, I found my own technique, which is quite reliable. First and most important, you have to determine the lagna (ascendant) rising at the birth time. For that I found the feedback method of Lal Kitab is the best method. For every planet is particular house, there are particular indications. You can find those indications (feedback questions) from Lal Kitab.

I once read a book "Grahon Dwara Lagna Evam Akriti Ki Pahchan (in Hindi)" published by "Bihari Pustak Akadami". From this book too you can get some idea of impact of various planet and rising sign on the body of the native. This book is a great asset for an astrology student. This method can also be used for finding the correct lagna.

Once you get the lagna fixed, you can use KP's ruling planets method of rectification to fix the minutes and second of birth.

I don't say that it is the best method. But I can say, atleast, that it worked very well for me.

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