AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna

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................ Raman ........................................ 3 Verses ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 17 Inference # 3 ................................................................................................................................................................................... 19 Conclusion ....................................................................................... 12 My views ................................................................................................................................................................................ Santhanam & GC Sharma ......... 11 Professor Ramchandra Pandey ............................................ 8 GC Sharma..................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................... 9 Pandit Sanjay Rath ....... Santhanam ............................................. 7 Dr................................................................................................................................ 10 Pandit Sitaram Jha ................................................. B V Raman ........................................................................................................ 15 Inference #2 ......................................................................................... 17 R.......................................................................................................................................................... 7 R.... 19 ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 2 ............................ 16 Pandit Sanjay Rath ......................................................................................................................... 13 Inference # 1 ................................................................................................................................ 18 Pandit Sitaram Jha and Prof Ramchandra Pandey ..................................... 16 Dr...........................................................................................................AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Table of Contents Introduction ................................................................................................................................................................................ 18 Jyotish Softwares ........................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 4 Popular Views .................................................................

However. My personal opinion is that if understood. Many scholars believe that this portion is later induction into the original pure Parasara Hora by students aligned with the Jamini School of jyotish. This is not an uncommon phenomenon in the jyotish world where viewpoints often differ on interpretations of Sanskrit verses. this case was very different. It is only for this academic research purpose that I thought of penning my ideas down in an article and share with the world. My views and thoughts along with the model that Parasara wanted to present for Vishesha Lagna is clearly shared with my students. I have used some works of Jamini for reference to show viewpoints of other authors on this subject. my article would only be focused on the calculation of Varnada Lagna. applied and analyzed in real charts. Analysis and interpretation of the Varnada Lagna is also out of scope of this article. Again. I wish to indicate that in BPHS. The views are also my personal analysis on this subject and anyone is free to differ from them. Also. the reader of the article should note that the views expressed in this article are of a technical nature and would primarily cater to the taste of advanced students of jyotish and not beginners. Parasara talks about Varnada Dasa and not just about Varnada Lagna.AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Introduction While I was teaching my course on Lagna Vishesha with my small group of students in Chicago. this knowledge can reveal facts which would otherwise be difficult to decipher in a person. I could see very distinct differences and wanted to dig in deeper into each interpretation. I stumbled upon some material on Varnada Lagna which differed from my learning from my Guru. Analysis and use of Varnada Dasa would be out of scope for this article. Vishesha Lagna of Parasara is a cryptic portion of the published book Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra and hence often a subject of debate among scholars. ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 3 . However. I wish not to comment on that portion of the subject.

AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Verses The relevant verses of the Varnada have been provided below – Varnada-khya-dahsam bhanaam kathayam-atha te-agratah I now begin the tale of a Dasa system called Varnada Yasya vigyana-matrena vadeda-ayur-bhavam phalam Comprehending the science behind this. Oja-lagna-prasutanam meashade-ganayet-kramat If the ascendant is in an odd sign. then count from Pisces to the ascendant in the reverse ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 4 . one can estimate the life expectancy of a native. then count directly from Aries to the ascendant Sama-lagna-prasutanam meende-pasa-vyataha If the ascendant is in an even sign.

and then obtain the difference between the two ascendants ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 5 .AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Meshameenadito janmalagna-antam ganayet sudhih just as the ascendant is calculated from Aries and Pisces to obtain the corrected ascendant. if one is odd and the other even. Tathaiva hora-lagna-antam ganayitva tatah param use similar calculation to find the corrected hora lagna from hora lagna Oja-tvena samtvena sajateeye ubhe yadi if both the obtained ascendants [lagna and hora lagna suddhi] are odd or even Tarhi sankhye yojayeet vaijatye tu viyojayet add both the outcome.

then counting that many rasis from Aries or Pisces in direct or reverse order will arrive at Varnada lagna Etatprayojanam vakshye srunu tvam dwijapungavah Now listen to the use of the above.AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Meshameenaditah pashchatyo rashih sa tu varnadah If the final product if odd or even. O superior of Brahmins Hora lagnabhayot ya sabalat varnada dasha Varnada dasha starts from the stronger of the two hora lagna and janma lagna ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 6 .

B V Raman Reference – Studies in Jamini Astrology.AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Popular Views Dr. Raman gives stress on the fact that Janma Lagna determines if the final count is forward from Aries or backwards from Pisces. Page 13 -14 Dr. ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 7 .

AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna R. Volume 1. Page 65 R. Santhanam believes that the final product in the last step of the calculation itself determines if the rasis are counted forward from Aries or backwards from Pisces. Santhanam Reference – Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra. ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 8 .

AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna GC Sharma Reference – Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra. Volume 1. Page 94-95 GC Sharma is in agreement with R. Santhanam on his views on the calculation. ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 9 .

AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Pandit Sanjay Rath Reference – Jamini Maharishi’s Upadesha Sutras. Page 372-373 ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 10 .

He recommended doing these calculations using degrees of Lagna and Hora Lagna. count from Pisces to Hora Lagna in reverse. If the final number thus obtained is odd. If Hora Lagna is even. then count so many signs from Pisces to obtain Varnada Lagna. If Hora Lagna is odd. add them. count from Aries to Hora Lagna. If Lagna is even. Keep this number.AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Pandit Sitaram Jha Reference – Brihat Parasara Hora Shastra. count from Aries to Lagna. If numbers obtained are one odd and other even. Page 19 Translation from Hindi to English – Pandit Sitaram Jha’s commentary If Lagna is odd. ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 11 . get their difference. Keep this number If both the numbers obtained are odd or even. count from Pisces to Lagna in reverse. then count so many signs from Aries to obtain Varnada Lagna If the final number thus obtained is even.

Jyotish. Banaras Hindu University Reference – Saptarishis Astrology magazine ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 12 .AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Professor Ramchandra Pandey Ex-Head of Department.

They all have been Gurus to me in some way or the other and thus I stand in no position to pin point their flaws in their commentaries or analysis since I personally have never considered myself anything more than an eternal learner. philosophical and case studies aspect of Varnada is beyond the scope of this article.AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna My views All jyotishas I have mentioned in this article are stars in the word of jyotish for their contribution. However. First some simple mathematics – Summation of two odd numbers is always even Difference of two odd numbers is always even If we don’t consider degrees of Lagna and HL and just consider rasis. I just wanted to stick to pure mathematical calculation of the Varnada Lagna and the share my views on the methods supported by various scholars I mentioned in the previous section. I also felt the need touch upon this sensitive subject. The conceptual. When I was about to teach my small group of students this concept. the result will be as below - Lagna HL Creation Point Movement [Lagna] Odd Odd Odd Odd Creation Point Movement [HL] Odd Odd Odd Odd Even Even Even Even ∑ Odd Even Odd Even Odd Even Even Odd ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 13 . I felt shocked to see that so many great stalwarts views on this differed from my own learning and it set me in motion in a journey of selfdiscovery and I must admit that I was truly blessed to have done so.

AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Let me give you a few examples – Case 1 Lagna HL From Aries Forward [Lagna] 1 From Aries Forward [HL] 3 ∑ Mesha Case 2 Mithuna 1+3 = 4 Lagna HL From Meena Reverse [Lagna] 3 5 From Meena Reverse [HL] ∑ Makara Case 3 Vrishchika 3+5=8 Lagna HL From Aries Forward [Lagna] 5 9 From Meena Reverse [HL] ∑ Simha Case 4 Karka 5+9=14 Lagna HL From Meena Reverse [Lagna] 11 From Aries Forward [HL] 7 ∑ Vrishabha Tula 11+7 = 18 12 = 6 ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 14 .

only rasi consideration for Varnada Lagna doesn’t make sense.AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Inference # 1 This is crystal clear from Parasara’s verses that the he explicitly mentions that the final number can be odd or even. However. Thus. in any way we do it. the table should look like this – Lagna HL Creation Point Movement [Lagna] Odd/ Even Odd/ Even Odd/ Even Odd/ Even Creation Point Movement [HL] Odd/ Even Odd/ Even Odd/ Even Odd/ Even ∑ or ∆ Odd Even Odd Even Odd Even Even Odd Even/ Odd Even/ Odd Even/ Odd Even/ Odd Creation Point is taken as 0 degrees of Aries and the movement is forward or backward based on the final number being even or odd. ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 15 . Thus. just considering Rasis without degrees of Lagna and Hora Lagna will always give us the final number as an Even number.

the Varnada will be even sign rasi.AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Inference #2 Dr. Raman He suggested that the final rasi number obtained be counted in forward or reverse from Aries or Pisces based on the sign of the Janma Lagna. For any person born in odd Lagna rasi. Let us see this with an example – Dr Raman’s suggestion – Case 1 Lagna HL From Aries Forward [Lagna] 1 From Aries Forward [HL] 3 ∑ Mesha Mithuna 1+3 = 4 Case 2 Lagna HL From Meena Reverse [Lagna] 3 5 From Meena Reverse [HL] ∑ Makara Vrishchika 3+5=8 Thus. the Varnada will be odd sign rasi. based on Dr. Another issue with this method is that the translation of the Parasara verses doesn’t support this view. Raman. ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 16 . This is the case because ∑ is always an even number. This method is thus rejected. Case 1 will have Varnada rasi as Cancer [4 counted forward from Aries] and Case 2 will have Varnada Lagna will be Leo [8 counted in reverse from Pisces] Here’s the problem with this method – For any person born in even Lagna rasi.

then although the suddhi Lagnas are odd. Santhanam’s and GC Sharma’s methods suffer from the same flaw. This method is also rejected. Hora Lagna is even. Raman’s just with a layer of complication involving the HL to implement the difference somewhere in the equation to satisfy the verse of Parasara. the VL will always be odd If Lagna is odd. Thus according to their methods. the VL will always be even If Lagna is even. HL is odd. HL is odd. HL is even. This method is the same method as Dr. the VL will always be even As one can clearly see. VL will always be even If Lagna is even.AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Pandit Sanjay Rath Pandit Sanjay Rath suggested that if the Lagna and Hora Lagna are different sign types [i. Simply stated.e. This method is also rejected. Both are totally incorrect since they will always yield an odd Varnada Lagna since the Summation is Even and will be counted in Reverse from Pisces. Another issue with this method is that the translation of the Parasara verses doesn’t support this view. one is odd and the other is even]. they should be subtracted from each other and then he recommends following Dr Raman’s method of obtaining the final Lagna rasi based on Janma Lagna. Santhanam & GC Sharma Both R. Raman’s with another layer of condition. the VL will always be odd If Lagna is even. VL will always be odd. the generic rule will be – If Lagna is odd. Raman’s If Lagna is odd. R. ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 17 . every person will have only odd rasis as their Varnada Lagna. If Lagna is odd. HL is even. this method is identical to Dr. we subtract them getting an even number. then instead of adding two odd numbers. the above rules are identical and have the same flaws as the rules of Dr. Thus.

When I struggling with some textual reference to validate my learning. I will show this with a few examples – Lagna HL Creation Point Movement [Lagna] Odd [2s + 6] Creation Point Movement [HL] Odd [4s + 6] ∑ or ∆ Even [24 Cp] Odd [6 Le] ∑ = [6s+ 12] = 12 Li VL = 12 Li Lagna HL Creation Point Movement [Lagna] Creation Point Movement [HL] Odd [4s + 26] ∑ or ∆ Even [24 Cp] Odd [26 Le] Odd [2s + 6] ∑ = [7s+ 2] = 28 Le VL = 28 Le Lagna HL Creation Point Movement [Lagna] Even [2s + 0] Creation Point Movement [HL] Odd [4s + 6] ∑ or ∆ Even [0 Cp] Odd [6 Le] ∆ = [2s+ 6] = 6 Ge VL = 6 Ge ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 18 . it was their commentaries and comments that made me feel that I still had some support from the sages. Their methods are the correct methods and the only method I ever learned to calculate Varnada Lagna.AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Inference # 3 Pandit Sitaram Jha and Prof Ramchandra Pandey I pay my respect to Pandit Sitaram Jha and Prof Pandey to shower assurance to my learning of jyotish.

please do calculate your VL by hand to verify the calculations of the soft wares. So. Conclusion Once you calculate the VL correctly. 1:15 AM CDT Revised – March 27 0:05 AM CDT [Added few more case studies and checked spellings etc. Chicago March 23 2012. none of the jyotish software today calculates VL correctly. please go through some of the wonderful dictums of Parasara and Jamini to see the VL working perfectly in real charts.] Revised – April 13 0:10 AM CDT [Corrected two examples of Varnada Lagna] Revised – April 15 1:30 AM CDT [Correct one more example of Varnada Lagna] ©Ancient Indian Astrology Classes Page 19 . ~ AIAC.AIAC – A Look at the Calculation of Varnada Lagna Lagna HL Creation Point Movement [Lagna] Creation Point Movement [HL] Odd [4s + 24] ∑ or ∆ Even [24 Cp] Odd [24 Le] Odd [2s + 6] ∑ = [7s+ 0] = 30 Le/0 Vi VL = 30 Le/0 Vi Jyotish Softwares As far as my knowledge goes.