Mahärisi Jaimini advises us to examine the ninth & twelfth houses from Kärakamsa todetermine the worship. The ninth house rules dharma whereas the twelfth house rulesmoksa or emancipation. As far as the Ätmakäraka is concerned, its main objective is toattain moksa and the Ishta Devata of a person is seen from the strongest planetary influenceon the twelfth house from Kärakamsa. Similarly, the Dharma Devata is seen from strongest planetary influence on the ninth house from Kärakamsa. Unlike the Ishta devata, theDharma Devata helps a person to attain the ideals and objectives that the soul aspires for inthis life, to achieve the desires of the present incarnation.
Strongest planetary influence
Step 1: Planets placed in the sign: The strongest planetary influence on the twelfth house isseen from the placement of planets in it. If more than one planet is placed therein, then their placement in Exaltation/own house etc should be considered failing which, their longitude(in the rashi chart ignoring signs) is to be considered and the one with the highest longitudeis to be declared the strongest, which shall determine the ishta devata.Step 2: Planets aspecting the sign: If there are none in the twelfth house, then the planetaryaspects on the second house should be determined. In this case, the aspects of the signsalone are to be used, as the deities do not exist in a “human body”. If more than one-planetaspects, then the strongest amongst them should be considered. It maybe noted that planetary aspects indicate directions to the deity and not the deity itself.Step 3: Lord of the sign: The lord of the house should be considered. If there are two lords,then the stronger of the two shall determine the ishta devata.Footnotes1.The sign occupied by lagna lord2.Jaimini's Upadesha Sutra: 2-1-683.Sign occupied by the Ätmakäraka in the Navamsa
Param padam of Visnu
Every part of this creation is a Guru, a teacher and the soul is constantly learning new lessonsand refining the knowledge of older lessons in its constant interaction with the other souls or thesuper soul. The Rig veda teaches that the penultimate objective of every jivätma (living being –having a soul) is the param padam of Visnu. The ishta devatä will finally be a Visnu avatäraalthough various deities could be guiding the native during this search for the ultimate truthdepending on the influences in the twelfth (moksa) and ninth house (dharma) from kärakamsa.Visnu means ‘
sarva vyäpakeshvara devatä’
or He Who is everywhere, in every being - big & small, animate & inanimate, in every form or manner. He permeates every part of the creationand the creation is a part of Him. This is the essence of the äkäsha tatva that is presenteverywhere and has a tendency to bind or keep things (parts) together. This is of satva guna andis not differentiated. It is this äkäsha tatva that is present in all signs and makes them worktogether in harmony. It keeps the parts of the body together. It is the cause and controller of the