Om Gurave Namah

Nama Shastra
The Art of Naming with Jyotish


© Sarajit Poddar
Jyotish Guru, Sri Jagannath Center


Name is the result of the first tangible result which the eternal soul attains with
human birth in the world of Maya. This gives us the identity and individuality.
Whenever anyone calls with that name, it fills up his mind with some very unique
perceptions regarding our selves. The perceptions are very subjective and very unique
and the persons near us interact with us in a very specific way. This is a common
occurrence that, a person might have more than one name in the home, among
friends and in his work circle. This is seen that the way the people or the world
behaves considerably change with the name.

Now we wouldn´t have bothered much if the name would only defined our unique
images in the mind of the person, interacting with us, however, it is not limited to
that. The results we accrue in the society is the results of all those numerous
interactions which we have within it. Thus it is very important to know our own name
is in store for us. This knowledge shall also empower us to change our name if
necessary, to make the vibrations of the name positive in our life. We can keep the
name of a new born not on an arbitrary basis but on well grounded principle of
Jyotish, so that their life can be fruitful and prosperous.

Even if you don´t believe in this, which seems superstitious, why not give a honest try
and see whether or not it works. There is nothing you lose.

Aksharas and Nakshatras:
The entire gamut of Aksharas is divided into the 28 Nakshatras or asterisms. Each
Nakshatra is of four padas, each pada is assigned to an akshara. The duration of each
pada is 3d 20m, however this is a bit different in the case of Uttarashadha and
Sravana. The duration of Uttarashadha is divided into four parts and the first three
padas are assigned to Uttarashadha, which makes the duration of Uttarashadha to be
10deg with each pada to be 2d 30m. The remaining one pada of Uttarashadha is
assigned to Abhijit, the intercalary nakshatra. Similarly beginning 1/15
part of
Sravana is given to Abhijit, making its total length to be 253.33 min, i.e., 4d 13m
20s. The remaining 14/15
part of Sravana is assigned to the four padas of Sravana,
making the total duration of Sravana to be 12d 26m 40s.

The aksharas of each pada of nakshatra is as follows:

Table I: Aksharas mapping to Nakshatra Padas
Serial No. Nakshatra
H¬¹ H¬¹ H¬¹ H¬¹

1 Ashwini
¬ ¬ ¬l ¬l
cu cc cc |¯
2 Bharani
|¬ ¬ ¬ ¬l
|i |u |c |c
3 Krttika
Hl ² 7 9
¯ i u c
4 Rohini
Hl 4l |4 4
c t¯ ti tu
5 Mrgashiras
4 4l Tl |T
tc tc |¯ |i
6 Ardra
T ¤ = 7
|u v|c nc c|c
7 Punarvasu
T Tl rl |r
|c |c |¯ |i
8 Pushyami
c r rl 7l
|u |c |c !¯
9 Aslesha
|7 7 7 7l
!i !u !c !c
10 Makha
Pl |P P P
m¯ mi mu mc
11 Purva-Phalguni (Pubba)
Pl ³l |³ ³
mc i¯ ii iu
12 Uttara- Phalguni (Uttara)
³ ³l 9l |9
ic ic p¯ pi
13 Hasta
9 9 T ó
pu sc nc i|c
14 Chitra
9 9l ¹l |¹
pc pc r¯ ri
15 Swati
6 ¹ 6l 6l
ru rc ic i¯
16 Visakha
|6 6 6 6l
ii iu ic ic
17 Anuradha
+l |+ + +
n¯ ni nu nc
18 Jyestha
+l 4l |4 4
nc u¯ ui uu
19 Moola
4 4l ¬l |¬
uc uc ||¯ ||i
20 Purva-Asadha
¬ ¤ T 7
||u !|c p|c !|c
21 Uttara- Asadha
¬ ¬l =l |=
||c ||c j¯ ji
21-22 Abhijit
= = =l 9l
ju jc jc s¯
22 Sravana
Gl |G G G
||¯ ||i ||u ||c
23 Dhanistha
¬l |¬ ¬ ¬
v¯ vi vu vc
24 Shatabhisaj
¬l Bl |B B
vc s¯ si su
25 Purva-Bhadrapada
B Bl 7l |7
sc sc !¯ !i
26 Uttara-Bhadrapada
T ¤ H ¬
!u i|c j|c ñc
27 Revati
7 7l ¬l |¬
!c !c c¯ ci

Rasi and Aksharas
The aksharas are assigned to the different rasis of the zodiac based on the
assignment of the Nakshatra padas to the Rasi. Each rasi consists of 9 nakshatra
padas and hence nine aksharas are assigned to each rasi, Makara being an exception,
because of assignment of four extra pada of intercalary nakshatra Abhijit.

Table II: Rasi and Aksharas
No. Nakshatra
H¬¹ H¬¹ H¬¹ H¬¹

1 Mesha
¬ ¬ ¬l ¬ |¬ ¬ ¬ ¬l Hl
cu cc cc |c |i |u |c |c ¯
2 Vrisabha
² 7 9 Hl 4l |4 4 4 4l
i u c c t¯ ti tu tc tc
3 Mithuna
Tl |T T ¤ = 7 T Tl rl
|¯ |i |u v|c nc c|c |c |c |¯
4 Karkata
|r c r rl 7l |7 7 7 7l
|i |u |c |c !¯ !i !u !c !c
5 Simha
Pl |P P P Pl ³l |³ ³ ³
m¯ mi mu mc mc i¯ ii iu ic
6 Kanya
³l 9l |9 9 9 T ó 9 9l
ic p¯ pi pu sc nc i|c pc pc
7 Tula
¹l |¹ 6 ¹ 6l 6l |6 6 6
r¯ ri ru rc ic i¯ ii iu ic
8 Vrischika
6l +l |+ + + +l 4l |4 4
ic n¯ ni nu nc nc u¯ ui uu
9 Dhanu
4 4l ¬l |¬ ¬ ¤ T 7 ¬
uc uc ||¯ ||i ||u !|c p|c !|c ||c
10 Makara
¬l =l |= = = =l 9l Gl |G
G G ¬l |¬
||c j¯ ji ju jc jc s¯ ||¯ ||i ||u ||c v¯ vi
11 Kumbha
¬ ¬ ¬l Bl |B B B Bl 7l
vu vc vc s¯ si su sc sc !¯
12 Meena
|7 T ¤ H ¬ 7 7l ¬l |¬
!i !u i|c j|c ñc !c !c c¯ ci

Meaning of Akshara

Whenever a particular sound is uttered, it has a very peculiar and specific influence on
us at various levels, physical, mental and spiritual. Thus this is very important to
understand, what each of the sound signified by the various aksharas of Sanskrit
signify. This shall help us know, what kind of influences we like to draw to the native
when his name is called by others. Thus when a particular akshara is picked for the
native´s name, it should be based on a well understood principle and not on a random

The following table shows the meaning of each of the aksharas of the divine language,
Sanskrit and help us in deciding what aksharas we need to chose for a name to
heighten some particular influences of planet and the aksharas themselves.

The Maharishis of the yore have found through their intuition, the aksharas, which
symbolises the different influences of the universe, control the power centres of the
body, called the charkas. These charkas are placed along the length of the Spinal
column and control various parts of the body and various aspects of our personality
through the nerves spreading through out the body carrying the messages of the
Brain or our thoughts. When an akshara is pronounced repeatedly, it heightens the
influences of these charkas, which bring with them, myriads of effect, most of which
act at a very subtle level and can hardly be objectively felt. More can be found in the
literature on the Kundalini Yoga.

Table III: Mystical meaning of Aksharas
Simple Syllable Mystical Meaning
Short H (a)
Raksha Beeja for protection; Imperishable; unity of
mind and soul; Symbolizes Omniscient Brahma.
Initiator of Pranava (AUM)
Long Hl (ä)
Supreme power, brilliance, creator of Vagdevi Beeja
(enhances speech).
Short ² (i)
Bestows Nectar; imparts knowledge; Sthambhak
(arresting evils); infatuating, Armed for eradicating

Taken from Vedic Remedies in Astrology by Pt. Sanjay Rath
Long ² (ï)
black magic etc.
Short 7 (u)
Long 7 (ü)
The seed of Uccahatan (infatuation) bestows
supreme power to attain any desire. Symbolizes
Omnipresent Vishnu and the middle of the Pranava.
Short + (r)
Long + (ï)
Bestows Mantra Siddhi as it refers to the Seer or
Rishi, Success in all good and righteous works.
Short ª (Ir)
Long ª (Iï)
Preaches truth, inventor of speech, cause for the
origin of Lakshmi Beeja; responsible for salvation.
Short 9 (o)
Long 9 (ai)
Saraswati Beeja; The origin of Jala Beeja (Seed of
water); Giver of Vidya (Knowledge) & Siddhi
(Success in good actions); Ends enmity and court
cases i.e. establishes justice
Short Hl (o)
Sublime, Worships Vishnu & Lakshmi; youthful; Used
for other Beeja with specific objective attainment.
Long Hl (au)
Powerful Maran (destructions) and Ucchhatan
(infatuation) Beeja, bestows auspicious results
H (am)
Bestows faith-the natural Guru Mantra; creates
peace, knowledge and represents Godhead.
H- (al)
Shanti Beeja, Grants boons
T (ka)
Brahma Akshara; grants fame & unparalleled
knowledge; Fulfiller of all desires as Kama or Krishna
Beeja (Kleem).
aspirate G (kla)
Aakasha Beeja; Gives success & mastery of Tantra;
considered akin to Kalp Vriksha i.e. the wish fulfilling
¬ (ga)
Works towards Pranava and Maya Beeja and is the
Ganesha Beeja.
aspirate ¤ (gla)
Sthamban Beeja; remover of impediments, creator of
Mohan Beeja.
= (na)
Destroyer of enemies. Creator of Vidveshan (Causing
differences) Beeja. Used for worshipping Narada.
¬ (ca)
Manasa Siddhi; Creator of Uccahhatan Beeja,
aspirate 7 (cla)
Creator of Aap Beeja, cause of death, Chhaya the
shadowy wife of the Sun God.
= (ja)
Invokes inner protection; destroyer of mental and
physical sufferings, Mritunjaya Beeja (Jum).
aspirate H (jla)
Instantly removes black magic and evils.
¬ (ña)
Used in Infatuation
³ (la)
Bahri Beeja, Beeja for fire sacrifice. Used in Ucchatan
Tantra for Hanuman.
aspirate ó (lla)
Used in Dhoomavati Beeja, doer of cruel and evil
deeds; violent,
7 (da)
Judicious & auspicious
aspirate 7 (dla)
Maran Beeja, creates disturbances.
T (na)
Bestows peace & all Siddhi´s.
6 (la)
Attractive, innovator of power, accomplisher of things
capable of achieving Sarva Siddhi in combination with
Saraswatha Beeja.
aspirate ¤ (lla)
Accomplisher of good task, friend of Lakshmi Beeja
capable of infatuation in combination with other
7 (da)
Destroys Karma Yoga and self control
, Sukra
(Desire) Beeja.
aspirate ¤ (dla)
Helper of Shreem and Kleem Beeja; a friend indeed;
producer of Maaya Beeja.
+ (na)
Indicator of will - power, mind purifier, creator of five
elements (Tathwas).
9 (pa)
A friend coming for the help of the mind to reach
aspirate T (pla)
Kartaveeryarjuna Beeja; Agni Astra (Weapon of
Fire); used in Ucchatan as FHAT.
4 (ba)
Helping to play according to the circumstances.
aspirate ¬ (bla)
Used for Maran and Ucchatan.
P (ma)
Natural Mother (Ma) used in the Mantras for
begetting children.
¹l (ya)
Peace giver; Prostration; Vayu (Air) Beeja
¹ (ra)
Vahni/Agni (fire) Beeja; Carries the mantra to the
Gods and is used in most Beejakshara e.g. Hraam,
Hreem, , Kreem etc. contain RA.

The three important lessons of Brahma for the three types of Nakshatra based on which the planets get
their Gana (i.e. Deva, Nara and Rakshas Gana) are with DA Akshara as Damaya (Self Control as the Deva
Gana are always enjoying in gay abandon) Daana (Donate/ Give as Manusya or Nara Gana are Greedy)
and Daya (Be Merciful as the Rakshas Gana are cruel by nature).
¬ (Ia)
Prithvi (Earth) Beeja; Lakshmi: Used for wealth &
prosperity. Causes Agni sthambana (extinguishes the
fire of RA Beeja and replaces it with the happy LA
Beeja) and carries the prayers to the Gods e.g.
Hleem, Kleem etc.
4 (va)
Jala (Water) Beeja.
H (sa)
Shanti (Peace) Beeja.
9 (sa)
Agni Stambhana (Fire extinguisher). Used in black
magic etc.
B (sa)
Satya Karma Yoga. When used in Mantra, all works
are accomplished.
r (la)
Gagana (Sky) or Akasha Beeja. It represents
Shiva/Hanuman and can remove all evils.
¬ (ksa)
Poison Destroyer Garuda Beeja. Used with all mantra
that destroy the evil connected with the Nivritti
Direction ruled by Rakshas

Use of Katapayadi Varga
1. Each of the Sanskrit vowels have a zero value (Table IV)
2. Each of the consonants Ka, Ta, Pa & Ya have a numerical value of one, hence the
name Katapayadi Varga.
3. The consonants following these have a sequentially higher numerical value (Table

Table IV: Katapayadi Varga - Vowels
Value 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
H H H H Hl Hl Hl Hl ² ² ² ² ² ² ² ² 7 77 7 7 77 7 + ++ + + ++ +
a ˜ i Ÿ u ¨ ® ²
ª ª ª ª ª ª ª ª 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 9 Hl Hl Hl Hl Hl Hl Hl Hl H H H H H- H- H- H-
l® l² e ai o au aÕ a×

Table V: Katapayadi Varga - Consonants
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 0
Overlord-Mars Overlord-Venus
T TT T G G G G ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¤ ¤ ¤ ¤ = = = = ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 7 7 7 7 = = = = H H H H ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬
ka kha ga gha ða ca cha ja jha ña
Overlord-Mercury Overlord-Jupiter
³ ³ ³ ³ ó ó ó ó 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 7 T TT T 6 6 6 6 ¤ ¤ ¤ ¤ 7 7 7 7 ¤ ¤ ¤ ¤ + + + +
÷a ÷ha ýa ýha õa ta tha da dha na
9 9 9 9 T T T T 4 4 4 4 ¬ ¬¬ ¬ P P P P
pa pha ba bha ma

4 4 4 4 ¹ ¹ ¹ ¹ ¬ ¬ ¬ ¬ 4 4 4 4 H H H H 9 9 9 9 B B B B r r r r ¬ ¬¬ ¬
ya Ra la va þa ÿa sa ha kÿa

Steps in finding out the Rasi, where the name has strong influence:
I. Write the word of the stanza in Devanagari script and remove the "matras¨
and incomplete/half letters.
II. The numerical value of the remaining letters should be written sequentially. If
the name starts with "0¨, it must not be ignored.
III. The number so obtained should be reversed.
IV. Divide this reversed number by 12. The reminder shall show the rasi ruled by
the name. If the reminder obtained is "0¨, then 12 becomes the reminder. The
remainder when counted from Aries gives the sign on which the name has
predominant influence.

The Rasi so obtained becomes the nama Arudha of the person and shows how is he perceived by
those who calls him by a particular name. This can be judged when we see how the different
planets are placed from the nama arudha and find out the influences of the conjunctions, aspects

The Moon is the sustainer of the Arudha and when Moon is placed in the trines or 12
from the
Nama Arudha, the native gains from the name. However, Moon should never be placed in the 8

from the Arudha. Such placement of Moon is called Chandrastama and is very damaging to the
Arudha, which shows that the native shall get into troubles, trial and tribulations, if such things
happen in his horoscope.

V. Divide the reversed no. by 9. The reminder so obtained shall show the
predominating planet influencing the name.

1- Sun, 2- Moon, 3- Jupiter, 4- Rahu, 5- Merc, 6- Venus, 7- Ketu, 8- Saturn, 9-

Let´s find the Rasi obtained by the name Sanjaya (BV4)
I. Write the word of the stanza in Devanagari script and remove the "matras" and
incomplete/half letters.

The name Sanjaya is made up of three phonemes namely Sa, nja, and ya. However, the 2

phonemes is a compound akshara (yutkakshara) and hence the half akshara has to be ignored
here. Now in a compound akshara or phoneme, the last akshara is the complete one and all others
are incomplete and hence we always need to consider the last one in case of these compound
aksharas, which happens to be "ja¨ in this case.

II. The numerical value of the remaining letters should be written sequentially. If the name
starts with "0", it must not be ignored.

The numerical value of each of these aksharas are sa- 7, ja- 8 and ya- 1. Thus 781 is the no.
signified by the name Sanjaya.

III. The number so obtained should be reversed.

The reversed no. is 187

IV. Divide this reversed number by 12. The reminder shall show the rasi ruled by the name.
If the reminder obtained is "0", then 12 becomes the reminder. The remainder when
counted from Aries gives the sign on which the name has predominant influence.

The reminder obtained when the number 187 is divided by 12 is 7. The Rasi signified by No. 7
when counted from Aries is Libra.

V. Divide the reversed no. by 9. The reminder so obtained shall show the predominating
planet influencing the name.

The reminder obtained when the number 187 is divided by 9 is 7. The planet which rules the name
becomes Ketu. Thus the associates with the person, calling him with the name Sanjaya, shall
consider him to be a spiritual person, a good mathematician etc., which is indicated by the
naisargika nature of the planet. More can be judged from Ketu´s placement in the person´s
horoscope, which can moderate the general nature indicated by the planet.

Principles of Naming
The following principles are to be followed while naming a baby or checking the effect of the name on

Principle I:
The name of the child should be based on the strongest planet in the chart.
The planet which is the most auspicious and bringer of yoga. The aksharas of this planet shall be the
starting akshara of the native.

Principle II:
Among the aksharas of the most auspicious planet, chose the akshara which is placed in the
Kendra/ Trikona from Moon. In case of doubt, chose the akshara of the Moon's position.

Principle III:
If the Sign, selected by the above process is Chara Rasi (Movable Sign), then two phonemes
should be selected. If the Sign is Dwisvabhava (Dual), then select three phonemes name.
However, if the sign arrived at is Sthira (fixed), then four phonemes should be selected.

Principle IV:
The Name chosen should have a benefic influence on the native. Thus if the name is related to the name
of Ista, then each time the native is called by the name, this would remind him/ her of their Ista Devata
and hence would be highly beneficial.

Principle V:
Use Katapayadi Varga system to know the exact influence of the name on the native. This will
show how the people around perceive the native.

Principle VI:
Use Achyutayadi Varga system to know the focus of the native in life, when he is surrounded by
people, who calls the native with a particular name.
<More on this later>


Lord Sri Rama

In the chart of Lord Sri Rama, the planetary positions are as follows:

|Ve |Su |Me | Ke |
| |AL | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |
| | | As |
| | | Mo |
| | | Ju |
| | | |
| | | |
|-----------| Rasi |-----------|
|Ma | | |
| | | |
| | | |
| | | |
| | | |
|Ra | |SaR | |
| | | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |

The name of lord Rama starts with the Akshara "ra¨. This is lorded by Moon. In the Horoscope, Moon is
very well placed in the Lagna with exalted Jupiter shows that the name shall bring the blessings of the
strong Gaja-Keshari yoga in Rama´s life and give him tremendous fame and people would remember him

ra akshara falls in the Taurus Rasi, which is placed in the 11
house from Moon. This is aspected by a
strongly placed Moon and Taurus happens to be the exaltation rasi of moon. This shows that the name
was protected and Sustained by Moon.

In Katapayadi system, Rama is ra-2, ma- 5, which when reversed and divided by 12 yields 4 as the
reminder. When counted from Aries, the Nama-arudha falls in the cancer Rasi. Now this shows that he got
the fruits of the Gajakeshari yoga giving him everlasting fame. Now the whole world perceived him a very
righteous person and also a very compassionate one.

However, what he got from the world can be seen when we count the reminder from his Lagna. This
comes at Libra with exalted and retrograde Saturn. A malefic in the fourth house is very detrimental to the
happiness at home and everyone is aware of the troubles and pain, Lord Rama had to pass through to
establish dharma in this world.

The name Rama falls in a Movable sign because of the two aksharas or phonemes. In the trine to the
Lagna, it falls in the Lagna itself, showing that the focus of the native shall be perfection in Ideals shown
by the Lagna. This is no wonder that Rama is popularly known as Purushottama, the best among purusha
or human.

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa

The chart of Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is as follows:
|Ve | |Ra |JuR AL |
| | | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |
|As Su | | |
|Mo MeR | | |
| | | |
| | | |
| | | |
|-----------| Rasi |-----------|
|Ma HL | | |
|GL | | |
| | | |
| | | |
| | | |
|Md Gk |Ke |SaR | |
| | | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |

Ramakrishna Paramahamsa is most popularly known as Ramakrishna only. Like Rama, the initial akshara
is lorded by the planet Moon. Moon is placed in the Lagna with Sun and Mercury. Moon in the Lagna
expressed his pure love and compassion for the divine mother and its placement with Mercury shows that
he often behaved like a child. Repetition of the name made this nature quite pronounced.

The Akshara falls in the Taurus sign, which is in Kendra to Moon, but not the best Kendra as it is placed
with a strong malefic. This shows that he faced lots of pain in the life like Lord Sri Rama.

In the Katapayadi scheme, the name can be broken up to Ra- 2, Ma- 5, Ka- 1 (ri is a vowel), Na- 5. The
no. 2515 when reversed and divided with 12, gives a reminder of 7, which falls in Libra as counted form
Aries. The whole world perceived him as a great devotee of mother goddess Kali (Saturn), some one who
is always in pain, being separated from the Mother (separation- Saturn).

Whatever he received from the name can be seen from the counting the reminder from Lagna, which
comes to Leo. Leo is aspected by Saturn and Mars, in the 3
from AL, showing his tremendous amount of
suffering in the life.

| |Su Ma |HL |Ra |
| |Me VeR | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |
| | |Sa AL |
| | | |
| | | |
| | | |
| | | |
|-----------| Rasi |-----------|
|GL | | |
| | | |
| | | |
| | | |
| | | |
|Mo Ju | |As |Md Gk |
|Ke | | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |
| | | | |

The initial akshara of the name, i.e., ha is represented by the planet Moon. Moon is under the terrible
shakti yoga, destroying the benign Jupiter, which shows his mass pogrom of the Jews. Among other
things, the planet of Humanity is not only destroyed by the shakti yoga, but also there is a terrible Guru-
Chandala yoga along with the axis. This shows why he made his mission of life to eradicate one complete

The Akshara falls in the Karkata (Cancer) rasi. Now Cancer is 8
from the Moon and hence shows that it is
not sustained by the natural sustainer Moon. This shows why Hitler faced such difficult times from his
childhood. Not only that, his end was quite tragic and terrible, where he had to see all his dreams getting
shattered one by one.

According to Katapayadi Varga, the name is broken down as hi-8; Ta-1; la-3; ra-2. This No. when divided
by 12 gives a reminder of 2, which comes to Taurus Rasi. Now from Ta, moon is placed in the 8
causing chandrastama, which is a terrible thing to happen. This sign also happens to be the 8
aspected by Saturn. Now people will remember him as a mysterious character with devious intention (8

house placement from Lagna) and stern behaviour (Saturn´s aspect). As this sign is placed with HL and
aspected by GL, this becomes the seat of power and money.