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Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Yogas: Introduction, Chapter I, Part – 2


Dr. Shanker Adawal

Awasthas of Planets
The beneficience or maleficience of planets can be determined in several ways and one of them is Awastha- meaning state or strength of planets. Astrological classics have mentioned many such types of Awasthas. However three of these Awasthas, which are more commonly used, are discussed below:

4.1 Baladi Awasthas: These include five types of Awasthas with their results as shown against each:

Name of Awastha
In odd signs
In Even Sign
Bal Awastha
0-6 degree
24-30 degree
¼ results
Kishore Awastha
6-12 degree
18-24 degree
½ results
Yuga Awastha
12-18 degree
12-18 degree
Full results
Vridha Awastha
18-24 degree
6-12 degree
½ results
Mrita Awastha
24-30 degree
0-6 degree
¼ results

Please note that when a planet is of less than one degree or more than 29 degrees in any house, it is supposed to be at the Brava sandhi and give almost no results.

4.2. Deepatadi Awasthas

Position of the Planet
100% benefic
Mool Trikone sign
80% benefic
70% benefic
Friend’s sign
60% benefic
In neutral sign with benefic planets or in benefic Varga
50% benefic
40% benefic
100% malefic
Debilitated or static
75% adverse results
With malefic planets
100% malefic
Defeated in planetary war
80% malefic

4.3 Dasha effects of Awasthas: Add up the sign numbers of lagna and that of the planets under consideration. Double the total and add to it the number of years of Vimshotri dasha of the planet. Divide the sum total by 27. The remainder gives the serial number of the Awastha of the planet for a particular chart with the results as shown below against each:

1. Snan (Bathing): respect, honour, comforts, enthusiasm and successful ventures.

2. Vastra Dharan (Dressing up): Worldly comforts, reward for excellence, exalted life style and prosperity.

3. Moda (Happiness): Gains from overseas, recognition and fame.

4 Poojarambha (Ready for prayer): Property gains from various sources, status, comforts of vehicles, and favour from authorities.

5. Prarthana (Prayer): Troubles from authorities, bad name, and migration.

6. Pooja (Worship): Honour, authority, leadership, general happiness and prosperity.

7. Yajnarambha (Ready for yajna): Biliary disorder, additional work-load, troubles, and hindrance in education.

8. Prabhu- Dhyan (Divine meditation): Overcoming enemies, and enhancement in immovable property.

9. Upveshna (Sitting): Generous & humble to all, and comforts of a prestigious vehicle.

10. Pradakshina (Circumambulating for worship): Weak digestion, disease in abdominal region, and calumny.

11. Bhavna (Desire): Great success, bliss of worldly comforts, and mental satisfaction.

12. Atithi- Satkaar (Hospitality): Enhanced reputation, wealth, respect, great name & fame at times due to illegal acts.

13. Bhojana (Dining): Disease, greed, dishonor, and social boycott.

14. Jal-Seva (Enjoying water): Hindered feeding, ill-manners, evil at heart as well as in action.

15. Krodha (Anger): Calumny for no sufficient reasons, and humiliation.

16. Tambulashana (Chewing betel): Successful execution of jobs undertaken, victory, and enhanced learning.

17. Vasati (Inhabition): Construction of a house, adequate wealth, constant gains, exalted position at work, mental satisfaction, bygone worries, easy success.

18. Mukut-Prapti (Coronation): Status of alike a great king, honour & wealth, mandate from public, Income from pious sources, and great comforts.

19. Mantra: Involvement in false activities or litigations, inattentive or drowsy, trickster in interactions.

20 Vilamba (Delay): Careless in execution of work, idle, procrastination, over confident, shirking from deep knowledge.

21 Nidra (Sleep): Anger, disease and disturbance because of dispute in family.

22 Madya-Paan (Drinking): Addiction to toxic drinks, anxiety caused by indifferent behaviour, and treatment received from noble men.

23. Mishtaan Bhojan (Eating sweets): Fine tuning with wife, comforts arisen from progeny, support from friends, and overall satisfaction.

24. Dhanagama (Inflow of wealth): Handsome earnings in business or profession, accumulating immovable property.

25. Kireeta Tyaga (Renouncing a throne): Indifferent attitude of supporters, loss of wealth, stepping down or resigning from a high position, and diseases.

26 Shayana (Recumbence): Chronic disease, post of authority/political success, and persona welfare.

27. Rati (Sensual pleasure): Distorted wisdom, melancholy, rivalry, wickedness, faithlessness, and relations with evil women.

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