Avastha or States of Grahas explained as per Vedic Astrology/Jyotish

Today we will explore an aspect of vedic astrology that truly makes it unique and beyond comparison to any other karmic science on earth. This feature of vedic astrology is known as the Avastha or condition or state of the graha.

Like everything else in vedic astrology, avasthas too are mathematically calculated and are not arbitrary or whimsical.

Since grahas or planets in vedic astrology are givers of past life karmas , what condition or state we are in present life must somehow be reflected by the giver of karmas viz.these grahas. And this is exactly what these avasthas or grahas are.

According to the BPHS, there are various types of avasthas and the quantum of results deliverable by a graha changes with the type of avastha or state it is in. Similarly to shadbala, the nodes rahu and ketu do not have certain avasthas and deliver results similar to the avastha the graha is in that they are following.

There are various types of avasthas and some of them are listed below:-

AGE RELATED AVASTHAS:-

1.Bala (Infancy)

2.Kumara (Teens)

3.Yuva (Youth/Prime)

4.Vriddha (Old Age)

5.Mrita (Death)

These avasthas impart certain points of strength to the planets that are placed in these avasthas, but more importantly reflect either the time in the life of the native when the graha will give the effect and also show the attitude/ energy of the native when the dasha of the respective planet comes to pass.

These avasthas also show how an area of life is approached by the native or what kind of result an area of life gives based upon which houses the graha rules in the chart and which avastha he is placed in.

I will discuss this further with real life examples in a future article.

 

CONSCIOUSNESS BASED AVASTHAS:-

1.Jagrata (Awakened/Conscious)

2.Sushupti (Sleeping/Unconscious)

3.Swapna (Dreaming/Subconscious)

These avasthas show the natives awareness during the said planets dasha and also towards the specific areas of life.

This also is worthy of elaboration in a seperate future article.

 

PERMANENT/TEMPORARY FRIENDSHIP BASED AVASTHAS :-

1.Deepta

2.Swastha

3.Pramudita

4.Shanta

5.Deena

6.Vikala

7.Khala

8.Kopa

These avasthas as per my experience and understanding are most misleading and only re affirm what the “uccha bala” sub calculation of shadbala analysis does and just give fancy tags to those positions.

Basically these are all power based avasthas and if any meaningful deduction can be arrived from these avasthas is that how powerful or powerless a native will feel in the dasha of the said planet and which areas of life will be most strong/weak.

 

CONJUNCTION BASED AVASTHAS:-

1.Lajjita

2.Garvit

3.Mudita

4.Kshobhit

5.Trushita

6.Kshudita

These avasthas are also less meaningful and only reaffirm or reimpose the indications already given by a planet due to other analysis factors. These avasthas are the ones I always tend to consider last.

 

NAKSHATRA PLACEMENT BASED DASHAS:-

1.Sayana

2.Upavesana

3.Netrapani

4.Prakasana

5.Gamana

6.Agamana

7.Sabha

8.Agama

9.Bhojana

10.Nrityalipsa

11.Kautuka

12.Nidra

Since these dashas are NAKSHATRA calculation based, they tend to work very well with charts where only Vimshottari dasha system is applicable since both Vimshottari and these avasthas have their calculations start from Ashwini nakshatra.

 

 

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Concept of Shadbala or Strength of Grahas in Vedic Astrology/Jyotish

In Vedic Astrology or Jyotish , each of the 7 grahas barring the nodes , Rahu & Ketu have been allocated a specific number of strength , where they perform with 100% potency or power.

Since the nodes , Rahu & Ketu do not have a physical body , hence they have been left out of the strength calculations. However, since the nodes Rahu & Ketu work as proxies, they deliver their results with the same strength or intensity as the graha they follow in the chart.

This specific strength or number is known as shadbala in vedic astrology and according to maharishi parasara of the Brihat parasara hora shastra, shadbala is a type of spashta bala or specific strength and must always be considered and calculated.

No matter what superior raja yogas or other auspicious yogas are formed , just as a skilled warrior cannot win wars without the right type of weapons, even the best of grahas and yogas cannot deliver if they do not meet the required strength number.

On the contrary , sometimes we desire or thank for certain grahas to be weak or have come up short of that magic number, since these are the grahas that are most malefic or inauspicious in the chart and them being weak is actually a blessing in disguise as now they wouldn’t be able to harm with full potency and even if the person laxed a bit on remedies, he could still be doing okay.

But imagine the same malefics now with 150-200% power, and you surely have end of life scenarios at hand when the right dasha comes along and should these malefic planets associate or aspect some other good grahas who also tend to be weaker than them, their promises are also held back and not delivered in full.

Thus , from the point of view of understanding why certain areas of life are more troublesome than others and why certain aspects of life are naturally so lucky for us, analysis of shadbala is a must.

Even from the viewpoint of wearing gemstones or choosing the urgency of which remedies need to be focused upon for major changes in life to be seen, without the calculation , analysis and understanding of shadbala , its pretty much a shot in the dark.

In a future post, I will elaborate on the finer mathematical calculations that go into arriving the magical power index number and wanted to keep this post about the concept , use and importance of shadbala.

Maharshi parasara in the BPHS states :-

“Balheena tadi haani, sabale cha mahaphalam”

Which means, grahas which have lost their strengths or are less than 100% cause loss of their characteristics and the ones which are 100% or more give great results.

So irrespective of whether the graha is benefic or malefic, if it is low in shadbala , it will cause loss of results and if extra strong , great and powerful results must be expected.

In future posts, I will also discuss how individual panchanga elements are impacted by shadbala scores and how this affects the native on a daily basis.

Importance & Effects of Ketu or Dragon’s Tail in Vedic Astrology (Jyotish)

Vedic Astrology is based upon the 9 grahas , 12 bhavas , 16 vargas or divisional charts and 27 nakshatras or constellations. In the magnum opus Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, Parasara Muni states

“Jeevanam Karmaphalado Graharupo Janardana ” which means

Lord Vishnu himself incarnated as the 9 grahas to bestow the effects to living beings as per their own karma . So , essentially the 9 grahas assume good or bad positions based upon the individual karmas from past life and certain good or bad yogas are formed and when they will be experienced is examined by the dasha system.

In vedic astrology , Dragon’s Tail or Ketu is regarded as a spy and form the planetary army ,is considered an outcast and is equal in strength to the Moon. Today we will study about the importance and effects of Rahu in jyotish. Below are the attributes associated with him.

Name  –  Ketu

Gender – Male

Owns – None

Exalted – Scorpio (as per Saravali)

Debilitated  – Tauras (as per Saravali)

Mulatrikona – None (as it does not lord any zodiacal sign)

Gemstone – Lehsunia (Chrysoberyl Cat’s Eye)

Metal – Bronze

Colour – Grey

Element – Air

Chakra – Anahata

Direction – West

Tanmatra – Touch

Dhatu – None

Type – Dhatu

Time – 8 months

Drishti – None

Rashmis – None

Guna – Tamasic

Abode – Forests

Status – Spy

Food – Black Lentils

Rudraksha – 7 Mukhi

The BPHS states that Ketu is akin to Rahu and  has a smoky appearance (ethereal) , blue mix in complexion. He resides in the forests and is horrible (ugly or dreadful to look at). He is windy in temperament and is intelligent.

Ketu makes a person extremely spiritual , aloft from wordly matters , highly intelligent and wise and also endowed with some kind of ESP.Malefic or inauspicious Ketu will make the native violent , rash , given to poisons and addictions , endless sexual urges and mentally unstable.

Vata or Windy problems , cancers , mental illnesses and addictions  are common for those suffering from malefic Ketu , especially when it associates with lagna or lagnesha.Ketu being the natural karaka for spirituality and moksha, a benefic Ketu makes the person saturated and content on a soul level, whilst a malefic aspect makes the person always given to hardship , troubles , obstacles , anger , disappointments and fear of unholy dimensional beings and spirits.

Ketu co- rules the weekday Tuesday and fasting on this day without salt is a very effective , time-tested and proven remedy. The Agni purana specially mentions the fasts for all 9 grahas and donation of black urad lentils is most effective and recommended. The navagraha stotra for Ketu as taught by Maharshi Ved Vyasa in the Mahabharat is :-

“Palaasha Pushpa sankaasham , taaraka graha mastakam”

“Roudram roudratmakam ghoram , tam ketum pranamaamyaham”

which means , I salute the one who is resembling the hue of the palash flower, shines like a jewel in the crown amongst all the grahas, is fiercer than the fiercest and is extremely dreadful ,  to such a Ketu I pay for peace and well being !!

Reading this everyday for minimum 108 times is very helpful , especially in the mahadasha and antardasha of Ketu.

 

Importance & Effects of Rahu or Dragon’s Head in Vedic Astrology

Vedic Astrology is based upon the 9 grahas , 12 bhavas , 16 vargas or divisional charts and 27 nakshatras or constellations. In the magnum opus Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, Parasara Muni states

“Jeevanam Karmaphalado Graharupo Janardana ” which means

Lord Vishnu himself incarnated as the 9 grahas to bestow the effects to living beings as per their own karma . So , essentially the 9 grahas assume good or bad positions based upon the individual karmas from past life and certain good or bad yogas are formed and when they will be experienced is examined by the dasha system.

In vedic astrology , Dragon’s Head or Rahu is regarded as a spy and form the planetary army ,is considered an outcast and is equal in strength to the Sun. Today we will study about the importance and effects of Rahu in vedic astrology. Below are the attributes associated with him.

Name  –  Rahu

Gender – Male

Owns – None

Exalted – Gemini (as per Saravali)

Debilitated  – Saggitarius (as per Saravali)

Mulatrikona – None (as it does not lord any zodiacal sign)

Gemstone – Gomedh (Hessonite)

Metal – Lead

Colour – Black

Element – Air

Chakra – Anahata

Direction – West

Tanmatra – Touch

Dhatu – None

Type – Dhatu

Time – 3 months

Drishti – None

Rashmis – None

Guna – Tamasic

Abode – Forests

Status – Spy

Food – Black Lentils

Rudraksha – 4 Mukhi

The BPHS states that Rahu has a smoky appearance (ethereal) , blue mix in complexion. He resides in the forests and is horrible (ugly or dreadful to look at). He is windy in temperament and is intelligent.

Rahu makes a person extremely innovative , research minded , scientific , intelligent and diplomatic.Malefic or inauspicious Rahu will make the native cunning, deceptive, unable to trust anyone and in constant scheming , plotting , planning and always given to insecurities and fears of the unknown.

Vata or Windy problems , cancers , mental illnesses and addictions  are common for those suffering from malefic Rahu , especially when it associates with lagna or lagnesha.Rahu being the natural karaka for foreigners , a benefic Rahu makes the person extremely lucky with respect to foreigners and foreign lands whilst a malefic aspect makes the person always given to hardship , troubles , delays , sorrows , disappointments and short or medium lifespan depending on other factors in the chart.

Rahu co- rules the weekday saturday and fasting on this day without salt is a very effective , time-tested and proven remedy. The Agni purana specially mentions the fasts for all 9 grahas and donation of black urad lentils is most effective and recommended. The navagraha stotra for Rahu as taught by Maharshi Ved Vyasa in the Mahabharat is :-

“Ardha kayam , maha veeryam  , Chandra Aditya vimardanam”

“simhika garbha sambhutam , tam rahum pranamaamyaham”

which means , I salute the one who is half a body , is extremely brave and powerful , powerful enough to subdue the sun and moon, born of the demoness simhika,  to such a Rahu I pay for peace and well being !!

Reading this everyday for minimum 108 times is very helpful , especially in the mahadasha and antardasha of Rahu.

 

Importance & Effects of Shani or Saturn in Vedic Astrology

Vedic Astrology is based upon the 9 grahas , 12 bhavas , 16 vargas or divisional charts and 27 nakshatras or constellations. In the magnum opus Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, Parasara Muni states

“Jeevanam Karmaphalado Graharupo Janardana ” which means

Lord Vishnu himself incarnated as the 9 grahas to bestow the effects to living beings as per their own karma . So , essentially the 9 grahas assume good or bad positions based upon the individual karmas from past life and certain good or bad yogas are formed and when they will be experienced is examined by the dasha system.

In vedic astrology , Saturn or Shani is regarded as a servant ,is the lowest ranked and weakest amongst all the grahas . Today we will study about the importance and effects of Saturn in vedic astrology. Below are the attributes associated with him.

Name  –  Saturn / Shani

Gender – Neuter

Owns – Capricorn  and Aquarius

Exalted – Libra 20 degrees

Debilitated  – Aries 20 degrees

Mulatrikona – Aquarius (0-10 degrees)

Gemstone – Blue Sapphire (Neelam)

Metal – Iron

Colour – Blue

Element – Air

Chakra – Ajna

Direction – West

Tanmatra – Touch

Dhatu – Muscle

Type – Dhatu

Time – Samvatsar (1 year)

Drishti – 100 % aspect on 3rd, 7th & 10th house from Natal Position

Rashmis – 5

Guna – Tamasic

Abode – Wastelands

Status – Servant

Food – Black Lentils

Rudraksha – 8 Mukhi

The BPHS states Saturn has emaciated and long physique , has tawny eyes , is windy in temperament , has big teeth , is indolent , lame and has coarse hair.

Saturn adds or reduces sexual drive based on his conjunctions in the chart. Saturn makes a person completely detached , lonely and extremely slow.Malefic or inauspicious Shani will make the native introverted , lethargic , dull , lazy and indolent.

Vata or Windy problems , knee joint pains , weakness in the body and uncleanliness are common for those suffering from malefic saturn , especially when it associates with lagna or lagnesha. The benefic aspect of saturn in women , makes them extremely dutiful and responsible in nature along with being hardworking.Saturn being the natural karaka for ayus(longevity) and sorrows, a benefic saturn makes the person extremely long lived whilst a malefic aspect makes the person always given to hardship , troubles , delays , sorrows , disappointments and short or medium lifespan depending on other factors in the chart.

Saturn rules the weekday saturday and fasting on this day without salt is a very effective , time-tested and proven remedy. The Agni purana specially mentions the fasts for all 9 grahas and donation of yellow urad lentils is most effective and recommended. The navagraha stotra for Shani as taught by Maharshi Ved Vyasa in the Mahabharat is :-

“Neelanjana Sama Bhaasam , Ravi putram yamagrajam”

“Chhaya martanda sambhutam , tam namai shanaishcharam”

which means , I salute the one who resembles the hue of blue flowers, is the the son of Ravi (surya graha) , younger brother to Yama (God of death and dharma), perfection created of Chaaya and who is slow ,  to such a saturn I pay for peace and well being !!

Reading this everyday for minimum 108 times is very helpful , especially in the mahadasha and antardasha of saturn.

 

Importance & Effects of Shukra Graha or Venus Planet in Vedic Astrology

Vedic Astrology is based upon the 9 grahas , 12 bhavas , 16 vargas or divisional charts and 27 nakshatras or constellations. In the magnum opus Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, Parasara Muni states

“Jeevanam Karmaphalado Graharupo Janardana ” which means

Lord Vishnu himself incarnated as the 9 grahas to bestow the effects to living beings as per their own karma . So , essentially the 9 grahas assume good or bad positions based upon the individual karmas from past life and certain good or bad yogas are formed and when they will be experienced is examined by the dasha system.

In vedic astrology , Venus planet or Shukra graha is regarded as a minister/advisor amongst all the grahas and is the prime guru or teacher of all the asuras or Demons. Today we will study about the importance and effects of Venus in vedic astrology. Below are the attributes associated with him.

Name  –  Shukra

Gender – Male (Governs Females)

Owns – Tauras  and Libra

Exalted – Pisces 27 degrees

Debilitated  – Virgo 27 degrees

Mulatrikona – Libra (0-10 degrees)

Gemstone – Diamond

Metal – Silver

Colour – Rainbow

Element – Water

Chakra – Swadishthana

Direction – North

Tanmatra – Taste

Dhatu – Semen

Type – Moola

Time – Paksha (15 days)

Drishti – 100 % aspect on 7th house from Natal Position

Rashmis – 8

Guna – Rajasik

Abode – Bedroom

Status – Minister

Food – Rice or Milk

Rudraksha – 6 Mukhi

The BPHS states Venus is charming in nature, has a splendorous (highly attractive) physique, is excellent or great in disposition , has charming eyes, is poetic in nature , well verse in fine arts , music , windy disposition and has curly hair.

Venus adds sexual drive , eloquence , makes a person extremely luxurious and given to flair. Malefic or inauspicious Shukra will make the native lacking in libido and give sexual abnormalities , have no interest in good expensive things in life , lack of class and luxury and will have a hard time appreciating fine arts. Benefic Venus associated with 2nd house or 2nd lord also gives rise to a good astrologer.

Libido problems , erection issues , urine problems  and prostrate / ovary issues and doshas related to kapha are common for those suffering from malefic venus , especially when it associates with lagna or lagnesha. The benefic aspect of venus in women , makes them extremely charming  in nature and makes them physically attractive.Venus being the natural karaka for sex and luxury, a benefic venus makes the person extremely lustful whilst a malefic aspect makes the person lack libido , flair and given to premature ageing.

Venus rules the weekday Friday and fasting on this day without salt is a very effective , time-tested and proven remedy. The Agni purana specially mentions the fasts for all 9 grahas and donation of yellow urad lentils is most effective and recommended. The navagraha stotra for Shukra as taught by Maharshi Ved Vyasa in the Mahabharat is :-

“Himakunda mrinaa labham , daityanaam paramam gurum”

“sarva Shastra pravaktaram , bhargavam pranamamyham”

which means , I salute the one who resembles the hue of Ice, is the prime teacher of all the asuras, has knowledge of all the shastras and can give discourses on them, to such a venus I pay for peace and well being !!

Reading this everyday for minimum 108 times is very helpful , especially in the mahadasha and antardasha of Venus.

 

Importance & Effects of Jupiter Planet or Brihaspati in Vedic Astrology

Vedic Astrology is based upon the 9 grahas , 12 bhavas , 16 vargas or divisional charts and 27 nakshatras or constellations. In the magnum opus Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra, Parasara Muni states

“Jeevanam Karmaphalado Graharupo Janardana ” which means

Lord Vishnu himself incarnated as the 9 grahas to bestow the effects to living beings as per their own karma . So , essentially the 9 grahas assume good or bad positions based upon the individual karmas from past life and certain good or bad yogas are formed and when they will be experienced is examined by the dasha system.

In vedic astrology , Jupiter planet or Brihaspati is regarded as a minister/advisor amongst all the grahas and is the prime guru or teacher of all the devas or Gods. Today we will study about the importance and effects of Brihaspati in vedic astrology. Below are the attributes associated with him.

Name  –  Brihaspati / Guru

Gender – Male

Owns – Saggitarius  and Pisces

Exalted – Cancer 5 degrees

Debilitated  – Capricorn 5 degrees

Mulatrikona – Saggitarius (0-10 degrees)

Gemstone – Yellow Sapphire

Metal – Gold

Colour – Yellow

Element – Space

Chakra – Vishuddhi

Direction – East

Tanmatra – Hearing

Dhatu – Fat

Type – Jeeva (Living things)

Time – Masa (1 month)

Drishti – 100 % aspect on 5th ,7th and 9th  house from Natal Position

Rashmis – 7

Guna – Sattwik

Abode – Treasury

Status – Minister

Food – Yellow Urad Lentil

Rudraksha – 3 Mukhi

The BPHS states Jupiter has a big body , is highly intelligent , has tawny hair and tawny eyes , is phlegmatic (suffers from kapha dosha) , has golden hue complexion and is learned in all shastras.

Exalted and powerful Jupiter , when associated with the eight house easily grants psychic ability of clairaudience or divine hearing. Also makes a person highly  knowledgeable and wise. Jupiter also adds intelligence , wit , makes a person learned and devotional. Malefic or inauspicious Jupiter will make the native selfish and money minded in temperament , have dominating tendencies , lack of belief in gods and divine things and will have a hard time understanding  things which are deep in nature.

Obesity problems , liver issues , thyroid  and diabetic issues and doshas related to kapha are common for those suffering from malefic jupiter , especially when it associates with lagna or lagnesha. The benefic aspect of jupiter in women , makes them extremely sattwik in nature and makes them lucky for their partners.Jupiter being the natural karaka for wealth and finances , a benefic brihaspati makes the person wealthy whilst a malefic aspect makes the person live by hand to mouth and always unhappy.

Jupiter rules the weekday Thursday and fasting on this day without salt is a very effective , time-tested and proven remedy. The Agni purana specially mentions the fasts for all 9 grahas and donation of yellow urad lentils is most effective and recommended. The navagraha stotra for Brihaspati as taught by Maharshi Ved Vyasa in the Mahabharat is :-

“Devanam Cha Rishinam Cha Gurum Kaanchan Sannibham”

“Budhi Bhutam , Trilokesham , Tam Namami Brihaspatim”

which means , I salute the one who resembles the hue of Gold , is intelligent in all the three lokas , is worship able by all known gods and rishis, to that Brihaspati, I pay for peace and well being !!

Reading this everyday for minimum 108 times is very helpful , especially in the mahadasha and antardasha of Jupiter.

 

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