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Lagna
the auspicious moment
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ROLE OF RELIGION
By Mohan Shenoy
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).
   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.

What is a Thithi?
Swayam-Mohana Lagna(s).
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.
   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?
NEED FOR REFORM IN SELECTING TIME
AND DATE OF WEDDING
EMPIRICAL RULES FOR DETERMINING
THE 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 atleast 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.
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.
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 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.
(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.
  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.

   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.
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.
    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.
 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.
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.
MODERN OUTLOOK
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.