Brihat Parashara Hora Sashtra Chapter 5


Ch. 5. Special Lagnas

1. Oh excellent of the Brahmins, I explain below again some special Lagnas, viz. House Lagna, Hora Lagna and Ghati Lagna.

2-3. House Lagna. From sunrise to the time of birth every 5 Ghatis (or 120 minutes) constitute one House Lagna. Divide the time of birth (in Ghatis, Vighatis etc.) from sunrise by 5 and add the quotient etc. to Sun’s longitude, as at sunrise. This is called House Lagna.

4-5. Hora Lagna. Again from sunrise till the time of birth Hora Lagna repeats itself every 2 Ghatis (i. e. 60 minutes). Divide the time past up to birth from sunrise by 2 and add the quotient etc. in Rāśis, degrees and so on to the longitude of Sun, as at the sunrise. This will yield Hora Lagna in Rāśi, degrees etc.

6-8. Ghati Lagna (Ghatik Lagna). Now listen to the method of working out Ghati Lagna. This Lagna 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 Lagna. The product so arrived in Rāśis, degrees and minutes should be added to Sun’s longitude, as at sunrise, to get the exact location of Ghati Lagna. So say Mahārśis, like Narada.

9. Use of Special Lagnas. Keeping the Planets at birth, as it is, prepare v6thous House Charts with respect to each special Lagna and analyze, as done for the natal Lagna.

10-13. Varnada Dasha. I now detail Varnada Dasha, just by knowing which one can deal with the longevity of a native. If the natal Lagna is an odd Rāśi, count directly from Aries to natal Lagna. If the natal Lagna is an even Rāśi, count from Pisces to the natal Lagna in the reverse order. Similarly, if the Hora Lagna is an odd one, count from Aries to Hora Lagna in direct order. If the Hora Lagna is an even one, count from Pisces to Hora Lagna 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 Aries in a direct manner; if an even one, count so many Rāśis from Pisces in reverse order. The Rāśi so known will be the Varnada for Lagna.

14-15. Effects of Varnada. Now listen to the use of the above. Out of the two, viz. natal Lagna and Hora Lagna, whichever is stronger, from there Varnada starts. If the natal Lagna is an odd Rāśi, the counting of Dashas is clockwise, otherwise anticlockwise. Lagna Dasha years will equal the number of Rāśis, intervening between the natal Lagna and Varnada. Similarly for other Houses.

16-20. Effects of Varnada (cont.). Should a Kona from Lagnas Varnada be occupied, or aspected by a malefic, the native will live only up to the Dasha of the said Rāśi. Just, as the Rudra Planet in Sool Dasha is capable of causing evils, the above-mentioned Planets related to Varnadas Kona be treated. The Varnada Lagna be considered, as natal Lagna, while the 7th from Varnada 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.

21-24. Effects of Varnada (cont.). Similar assessments be made with reference to the Varnada of each House, commencing the first, and the evils and goods due to a nativity be known. These Varnada Dashas are only for Houses (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 Lagna is to be calculated according to birth place, while House Lagna, Hora Lagna etc. are common to all places.

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