The Hindu year is known as
Samvatsara. A Samvatsara begins from the day
of Yugadi.
                          In Hinduism the Graha(s) and
the Nakshathra(s) determine the Lagna or  
auspiciousness or otherwise of the days and
hours for marriage and for other important
events. These hours of auspiciousness are
called Muhoortha in Sanskrit.
                       A list of Muhoortha(s) is given in
all Panchaanga books. Panchaanga books are
written by the specialists known as
Jyotishi(s). Jyotishi is a Hindu astrologer. A new
Panchaanga book is published a few weeks
before the start of a new Hindu year. All Hindu
years begin on Yugadi day.
                       Yugadi is the first day (Padya or
Prathama Thithi) of the first fortnight (Shukla
Paksha) of the month of Chaithra (the first month
of Hindu year) of any and all years called
Samvatsara.
                       These Muhoortha(s) are known
as Lagna(s). There are Lagna(s) and
Muhoorthas for any special activity such as
House -warming ceremony, Setting out on a long
journey, Upanayana, Marriage, etc. Individual
activities such as Upanayana and
House-warming are related to one person and
the family of that person. But marriage is a
ceremony where two individuals belonging to two
different families are undertaking the unique
ceremony. Therefore marriage has to be
performed with mutual agreements between the
two individuals and their families.
                       Marriage which is a point in time
when two individuals decide to join together in a
relationship has to be held at a time and date
convenient to both the individuals. Although any
convenient date and time are suitable, the Hindu
tradition is to hold these ceremonies on a
particular Lagna or Muhoortha that are
calculated based on the Graha, Raashi and Star
Constellations (GRS) of the both individuals.
There is a certain Astrological rule under which
these moments are determined. A Lagna time
that is suitable for one pair might not be suitable
for another pair because the GRS of the
individuals are different. The Lagna(s) are
referred to by the name of the Nakshathra and
Raashi. A Raashi is a Hindu Zodiac sign.
Nakshathra is the Hindu star constellation. There
are 12 Raashi(s) and 27 Nakshathra(s) in the
Hindu calendar.
(learn more about Hindu
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Lagna and Muhoortha
Auspicious Days and Hours for Marriage
Constraints brought on by us by following Jyotisha restrictions
By Mohan Shenoy
Adyar Gopal Parivar
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For convenience the families among the Gowda
Saraswatha Brahmans preferred the afternoon
hours for marriage since the daylight was
considered preferable for the invitees to attend the
function.
                      All marriages are now held in the
marriage halls and the task of managing the
decorations, bands and music, lighting and feasts
are outsourced to independent caterers. There is
usually a rush for booking the halls and caterers,
florists, musicians, videographers, etc., on these
days.
                      All this is to satisfy the ambiguous
requirements imposed by the findings of the
Jyotishi(s) who determine the Muhoortha(s) by
calculating astrologically, the positions of the stars
and planets. How long and for how many more
years do we Hindus continue to rely on the
Jyotishi(s) for determining the day and time of the
marriage functions is a question that does not pop
up into the open.
                      But the trend now among many
educated families is to fix the marriage on the dates
and hours convenient to both the bride and
bridegroom without consulting the Jyotishi. The day
of freedom from restrictions we Hindus have
brought on ourselves by sticking to Jyotisha is not
too far away.
                      The modern science and our reach
into the space will impress upon our Hindu brothers
and sisters that the stars and planets have no role
to play in determining the auspiciousness or
otherwise of different days and times for different
activities in our life. It is time we lose our connection
with Jyotisha and march forward with the times of
change.

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