Brihatparāśarahorāśāstra Chapter 5: Special Lagnas

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Oh excellent of the Brahmins, I explain below again some special Lagnas, viz. Bhava Lagn, Hora Lagn and Ghati Lagn.

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Bhava Lagn. From sunrise to the time of birth every 5 Ghatis (or 120 minutes) constitute one Bhava Lagn. Divide the time of birth (in Ghatis, Vighatis etc.) from sunrise by 5 and add the quotient etc. to Sūrya’s longitude, as at sunrise. This is called Bhava Lagn.

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Hora Lagn. Again from sunrise till the time of birth Hora Lagn repeats itself every 21⁄2 Ghatis (i. e. 60 minutes). Divide the time past up to birth from sunrise by 21⁄2 and add the quotient etc. in Rāśis, degrees and so on to the longitude of Sūrya, as at the sunrise. This will yield Hora Lagn in Rāśi, degrees etc.

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Ghati Lagn (Ghatik Lagn). Now listen to the method of working out Ghati Lagn. This Lagn changes along with every Ghati (24 minutes) from the sunrise. Note birth time in Ghatis and Vighatis. Consider the number of Ghatis past, as number of Rāśis, or Ghati Lagnas. The Vighatis be divided by 2 to arrive at degrees and minutes of arc, past in the said Ghati Lagn. The product so arrived in Rāśis, degrees and minutes be added to Sūrya’s longitude, as at sunrise, to get the exact location of Ghati Lagn. So say Maharishis, like Narada.

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Use of Special Lagnas. Keeping the Grahas at birth, as it is, prepare various Bhava Kundalis with respect to each special Lagn and analyze, as done for the natal Lagn.

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Varnad Dasha. I now detail Varnad Dasha, just by knowing which one can deal with the longevity of a native. If the natal Lagn is an odd Rāśi, count directly from Mesh to natal Lagn. If the natal Lagn is an even Rāśi, count from Meen to the natal Lagn in the reverse order. Similarly, if the Hora Lagn is an odd one, count from Mesh to Hora Lagn in direct order. If the Hora Lagn is an even one, count from Meen to Hora Lagn in the reverse order. If both the products are odd Rāśis, or even Rāśis, then add both the figures. If one is odd and the other is even, then know the difference between the two products. If the latest product in this process is an odd one, count so many Rāśis from Mesh in a direct manner; if an even one, count so many Rāśis from Meen in reverse order. The Rāśi so known will be the Varnad for Lagn.

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Effects of Varnad. Now listen to the use of the above. Out of the two, viz. natal Lagn and Hora Lagn, whichever is stronger, from there Varnad starts. If the natal Lagn is an odd Rāśi, the counting of Dashas is clockwise, otherwise anticlockwise. Lagn Dasha years will equal the number of Rāśis, intervening between the natal Lagn and Varnad. Similarly for other Bhavas.

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Effects of Varnad (cont.). Should a Kon from Lagn’s Varnad be occupied, or drishtied by a malefic, the native will live only up to the Dasha of the said Rāśi. Just, as the Rudra Grah in Sool Dasha is capable of causing evils, the above-mentioned Grahas related to Varnad’s Kon be treated. The Varnad Lagn be considered, as natal Lagn, while the 7th from Varnad will denote the longevity of the spouse, the 11th longevity of elder brothers and sisters, the 3rd longevity of younger brothers and sisters, the 5th the longevity of sons, the 4th longevity of mother and the 9th longevity of father. The Dasha of the Sool Rāśi will inflict greater evils.

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Effects of Varnad (cont.). Similar assessments be made with reference to the Varnad of each Bhava, commencing the first, and the evils and goods due to a nativity be known. These Varnad Dashas are only for Bhavas (Rāśis) and not their occupants. The sub period of each Dasha will be one twelfth of the Dasha and the order will also be clockwise, or anti-clockwise, as explained earlier. The natal Lagn is to be calculated according to birth place, while Bhava Lagn, Hora Lagn etc. are common to all places.