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LAGNA AND MUHOORTHA
By Mohan Shenoy
MARRIAGE LAGNA(S) AND MUHOORTHA(S) FOR HINDUS OF ALL CASTES AND REGIONS

        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.

        These Muhoortha(s) are known as Lagna(s). Marriage takes place within the Lagna Muhoortha among Hindus. 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 Calendar)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.
HINDU MARRIAGES

        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.

        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.

        In order to facilitate the courageous Hindu brothers and sisters who wish to break away from the restriction of relying on the stars and planets, I have listed what I call the Swayam Mohana Lagna(s).
Swayam-Mohana Lagna(s).

        Swayam-Mohana Lagna(s).A Swayam-Mohana Lagna is a Lagna that falls on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday except on an Amaavasya day or Ekadashi day. There is no reason for omiting these days except that the belief is stronger that these two days are for either rest or for fasting.

        Amavasya and Ekadashi Thithi(s) are based on movements of the Moon.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.

        These Muhoortha(s) are known as Lagna(s). Marriage takes place within the Lagna Muhoortha among Hindus. 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 Calendar).

     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 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.

        In order to facilitate the courageous Hindu brothers and sisters who wish to break away from the restriction of relying on the stars and planets, I have listed what I call the Swayam-Mohana Lagna(s).

        A Swayam-Mohana Lagna is a Lagna that falls on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday except on an Amaavasya day or Ekadashi day. There is no reason for omiting these days except that the belief is stronger that these two days are for either rest or for fasting.

    Amavasya and Ekadashi Thithi(s) are based on movements of the Moon.
NEED FOR REFORM IN SELECTING TIME AND DATE OF WEDDING

        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.

        In order to facilitate the courageous Hindu brothers and sisters who wish to break away from the restriction of relying on the stars and planets, I have listed what I call the Swayam-Mohana Lagna(s).A Swayam-Mohana Lagna is a Lagna that falls on a Friday, Saturday or a Sunday except on an Amaavasya day or Ekadashi day. There is no reason for omiting these days except that the belief is stronger that these two days are for either rest or for fasting.

        Amavasya and Ekadashi Thithi(s) are based on movements of the Moon.

What is a Thithi?
A WORD ABOUT ADHIKA (EXTRA) MAASA (MONTH) IN EVERY FOURTH YEAR

        The Sun rises and sets 30 times in a month and 360 times in a year. This is 5 days short in a year and about 30 days in 2 and 1/2 years. Therefore in order to make up for this shortage the calendar has to have one additional month every 2.5 years. This month is called Adhika Maasa.The Adhika Maasa is placed in succession from Chaitra Maasa onwards. In the Nandana year the Adhika Maasa is the Bhadrapada Maasa which repeats itself once.

        The second is the Nija (true) Maasa.

        Also the Rithu corresponding to Adhika Maasa will be made of three Maasa(s). This year Varsha Rithu will have three Maasa(s).

        The Raahu and Ketu are imaginary shadows of the Sun and Moon and not real planets according to latest studies by Indian astronomy pundits.Bharani star is like any other star constellation and there is no need for it to cause any trouble to the harmless couple who are getting married without any intent to harm the stars or planets.
THE MODERN OUTLOOK

        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.

     The time of Lagna and Muhoortha(s) are based on the calculation taking into account the position of the star constellations with reference to the exact position of the place where the marriage takes place on earth. The relation varies according to the latitude and longitude of the place (town or city) on earth. Therefore the Muhoortha(s) given here are for Mangalore and its surroundings. For New York for example the time will be different.

        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.

     There is no requirement to study the Jaataka Birth Chart for determining a Swayam-Mohana Lagna. There is no requirement to study the placement of the various planets and stars at the time of birth of either the bride or the bridegroom when determining the Swayam-Mohana Lagna. All Swayam-Mohana Lagna(s) are on any of the Fridays, Saturdays or Sundays except on an Ekaadashi or Amaavasya Thithi. These dates are listed in the chart given on the left.

       All Swayam-Mohana Lagna(s) are between 12-00 midnight and 1-00 a.m., between 8-30 a.m. and 9.30 a.m., between11-30 a.m.and 12-30 p.m., and between 6-30 p.m. and 7.30 p.m.



EMPIRICAL RULES FOR DETERMININGTHE EXTENT OF EKAADASHI AND AMAAVASYA THITHI(S)
        The most auspicious star for wedding day being Uttarabhadra, the Maha-Star for the month is Uttarabhadra.

        In the table the Thithi is rounded off for the full day as against the practice of counting it according to the length of the Sun's or Moon's occurrence. For example the first Ekaadashi for the year is on the 3rd April lasts for 14 and 3/4th Ghatika or for nearly 6 hours from Sunrise.         
      
       Panchaanga book gives the clock time of 0634 hours as Sunrise time for this day. For our convenience we take that the Ekaadashi is for the full day of 3rd April lasting until at least Sunset.Similar rounding-off will be undertaken for the Amaavasya day which for the first time in Nandana is on the 21st April and the Thithi lasts for 16 and 1/4 Ghatika and not until the Sunset. Sunset is the obvious end of the day and therefore this Amaavasya day will be taken as the full day of 21st April.
SWAYAM-MOHANA VIVAAHA (WEDDING) LAGNA(S) IN ANY YEAR
By Mohan Shenoy

LAGNA AND MUHOORTHA
Auspicious Days and Hours for Marriage
Constraints brought on by us by following Jyotisha restrictions
By Mohan Shenoy

        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.

        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 asJyotishi(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.(learn more about Hindu Calendar)

        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.

      Compared to the traditional Lagna or Muhoortha which can not be held during Rahu Kaala or Gulika Kaala and on a Day of Bharani and Krittika Stars, the Swayam-Mohana Lagna occurs even in these time periods since there is no proof that any of these times cause any danger or obstacles to either the couples or to the marriage ceremony.

        The Raahu and Ketu are imaginary shadows of the Sun and Moon and not real planets according to latest studies by Indian astronomy pundits.

        Bharani star is like any other star constellation and there is no need for it to cause any trouble to the harmless couple who are getting married without any intent to harm the stars or planets.


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Q. Please inform us the best date and time for our wedding for August or September. Bride was born on 12-1-1981. The Groom was born on 27-11-1977.

A. Adyar Gopal Parivar (AGP) wishes to wipe out the tendency or need for deciding the wedding dates on the basis of birth charts (Jaataka) or stars and zodiac signs.The dates given in the lagna lists in this website are not to recommend them for prospective couples but to inform the public that such and such lagna are proposed by the Panchaanga books.AGP is sympathetic to the advice of the Arya Samaj of Swami Dayanand Saraswathi regarding selecting date and time for wedding.Arya Samaj does not believe in the theory of Jyotish for selecting auspicious time and date for various activities.All days and periods are auspicious provided they are otherwise suitable for conducting the ceremonies.

AGP suggests that the couples choose any of the days or dates and a convenient time for their wedding.

        A firm conviction should be developed in this matter and there will be no adverse effects on the wedded couple.Please do not make yourself uncomfortable by having to choose a lagna that is incovenient to all. Keep in mind the dates of menses.Please select a day in August or September for your wedding that is convenient to both bride and groom and also their families and friends without consulting an astrologer.

   Success in wedded life does not depend upon the auspiciousness or otherwise of the date and time of the wedding.Practically any day and time are auspicious for a wedding if they are convenient for the bride, bridegroom, the priest, the relatives and friends.In fact all the week-ends could be selected for wedding ceremonies and the Lagna(s) can be fixed at a time convenient for the couple to be wedded and for the relatives and friends that are expected to attend the wedding.


REQUIREMENT OF A PRIEST

        A priest who does not object to this selection can be appointed to perform the wedding ceremony. It is advisable to appoint a Hindu priest to perform the ceremonies.All the items dictated in the Hindu Vivaaha ceremony can be performed by such a priest at the appointed hour and date.

        The Graha(s) and Nakshathra(s) are always there to bless the wedded couple a long and happy married life and not to cause any harm to them regardless of their positions in the heaven. If a priest willing to perform the ceremonies at non-lagna time and date is not available then the couple can approach the nearest Arya Samaj for help.
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