Adyar Gopal Parivar
SWAYAM-MOHANA SYSTEM OF AUSPICIOUS DAYS AND HOURS FOR MARRIAGE
MARRIAGE LAGNA(S) AND MUHOORTHA(S) FOR HINDUS OF ALL CASTES AND REGIONS
SWAYAM-MOHANA VIVAAHA (WEDDING) LAGNA(S) IN ANY YEAR
By Mohan Shenoy
MUHOORTHA OR LAGNA AS DETERMINED BY CONVENIENCE
Adyar Gopal and Radha Baii
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).

Continued in the right hand column....

day being Uttarabhadra, the Maha-Star for the month is Uttarabhadra.
In this 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.
EMPIRICAL RULES FOR DETERMINING
THE EXTENT OF EKAADASHI AND AMAAVASYA THITHI(S)
A WORD ABOUT ADHIKA (EXTRA) MAASA (MONTH) IN NANDANA
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).
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.
SWAYAM-MOHANA VIVAAHA (WEDDING) LAGNA(S)
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.
Concluded.
Continued from left column.
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?
    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.
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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).
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?