Friday, October 19, 2012

Manikantan's Horoscope

Incidentally it happens to be my birthday today and I completed the article by yesterday night 12'O clock

Swamy Sharanam !

As usual Kamesh kindled my interest in one particular subject by asking a simple query. Yes ! its about the horoscope of Ayyappan !

Though there are 2-3  versions of horoscopes available, this one seems to be perfectly fitting the bill. I did a detailed study of the horoscope and amazingly the predictions were perfectly tallying with Manikanda.

Understand this is the Horoscope of Manikantan who is an incarnation of Sastha or Hariharaputra (who in turn is the original supreme devata swaroopam). Manikanta is the foster son of Rajashekara Pandiyan who finally took his abode at Sabari giri.

Lord Sastha's manifestaion happened during Panguni Uthram ie Phalguna Maasa Pournami; Whereas Lord Manikandan's incarnation in the earth took place during the month of Dhanur ie Maargazhi...

This version of Manikanta's horoscope is mentioned in a poem - the authorship is not so clear whether it is Manidasar or Neelakanta Sivan, but both are considered a great devotees and mystics.

Based on the renowned ancient texts like Bhoothanathopakhyanam, Shabarigireesha Charitham and  Sastha Paattu preserved in the Sastha Preethi Sampradayams the Horoscope of Lord Manikanta was deciphered. So I analyse the horoscope of Bhagavan Sri Manikanta based on these data. Each and every part of these details are given the text - written by our ancestors whom we all hold in high esteem. They are the basis on which the horoscope of Shri Manikanta is made. 

The most reliable source for Manikanta's horoscope up till now is the Boothanathopakhyanam. The Janana Chapter of this Purana describs the horoscope of Manikanta.  The One and Only Bhoothanathopakhyanam says "Krishna Panchamyaam Dhinau Mandhasya Vaasare - Chaapa maasasyaante...." this means on a Saturday, Krishna Paksha Panchami day of fag end of Dhanur Masam ie around Jan 14th (the exact Makara Jyothi date). The Tamil songs claim that to be on a Wednesday. Anyway this minor difference is negligible. Except for this, the horoscope matches with the famous poem of Sastha Paattu.  But the purana sloka was incomlete. We are still missing pieces of the puzzle. The chart is not given in its entirety in the Purana. The missing piece of information is available in the Tamil song;


Bagawan Manikanta was born in the month of Dhanur, on the fifth tithi of Krishna Paksha. According to Bhoothanatha Upakhyana, Manikanta was born on a Shubhamuhurtham, and at that particular moment, Moon was in Uthra Phalguni Nakshatra and Thula rashi was rising at lagna.

Immediately after the birth of Bagawan Manikanta sun moves to Makara Rasi - which means the next month has started. So its implied that Manikantan's birth corresponds with Makara Jyothi.

Since it is difficult to visualize the mathematical astronomical data of that time we can therefore only make a rough sketch of Lord’s horoscope.

Analysing the Horoscope of Lord Manikanta is something like measuring the depth of the ocean with an ordinary scale. I know that its nearly impossible to do that. And most important point to be considered is - the horoscopes of Avatara Purushas and Mahatmaas have many nuances and indirect notations and finer points- so normal astrological rules can not be applied directly here. Though I have some idea on Astrology, I also consulted with many astrologers especially with my friend (Astrologer) Amsi Shri.Vivekanandan.  After seeing the horoscope of Lord Manikanta- I now understand the greatness of a subject called astrology.   And this venture is materialized only because of the grace of Lord Dharma Sastha.

The Lagna is Thulam - the Lagnadipati Shukra receives the Dhrishti of Brihaspati; Shukra is located along with Atmakaraka Surya and Tapastanaadipati Bhudha - in 3rd house which denotes the breath; also the 3rd house is Dhanur Rasi - which is again belongs to Guru. 

Thus though brought up in a Royal Family, Manikantan renounced everything and took Yogam. 

Guru or Brihaspati is on an auspicious presence in the 7th house bestows calm and warm mental composure along with the strength of natural grace. This aspect resulted in people thronging for him. At the same time Chamatkar Chintamani says " He will be highly intelligent. He will not care very much for women. He will be powerful and very handsome." The influence of Mars in the seventh house along with Guru made him a brahmachari. It's statements are surprisingly true : Sun in the third house is also the reason for his valour. He goes on pilgrimages and always conquers his enemies in the battle field. He is provided with comforts by the king.  Sani in ninth house will have faith in Yoga Shastra and renunciation.

Also Ketu in the 8th house made him live in seclusion separating him from his dear ones and also to end the worldly avatar at an early age.

The placement of Sun in the third house would bestow much valor and vigor. The towering wisdom and intellect is because of this placement. The planet Venus or Shukra in the same 3rd house provided immense stability with peace and  persistence along with the natural charm and diplomatic blend. 

Lagnam is on the 7th house from Guru's location; Chandra Rasi is Leo(Singam) is 5th house from Guru's place; The Lagna Lord Shukra, Budha and Surya are located in dhanur rasi ie 9th house from Guru's place (Mesha) - So all these planets and position receive Brihaspati's divya dhrishti and thus it is evident that Manikandan is a divine being.


Manikandan's Rasi is Leo - Singam; Texts like Saravali lists few qualities of persons born on Leo Rasi : 
Stulostir Manda Roma............
 - One will have sturdy bones, sparse hair in the body, wide face, small and yellowish eyes, will hate women, will suffer because of stomach pain and will be charitable, Angry, will enjoy being in forests and hills, be respectfully disposed to his mother, will have broad chest, be valorous, dutiful and will have majestic looks

When comparing these qualities with Lord Manikanta the words like "Stree Dhweshi" has to be interpreted as his inclination towards penance and hatred towards marriage( and not against entire women). 

His suffering because of stomach ache - is not direct suffering; But his venture to bring tigress milk and all suffering resulted from his foster mother's Stomach ache. 

Dhaathaa - denotes his quality of bestowing boons to his devotees; 

Akaarya Kopi - one who gets angry for no reason - is actually a nature of a child; 

Next interesting part in the sloka is  Matru Vashya
ie Submissive towards mother - Manikantan entered the dense forest for the sake of his foster mother - for fetching the impossible tigress milk;

The other meaning is he is submissive to the divine mother ie Srividya; (the connection between Ayyappa and Srividya is very interesting which ive already explained in the blog many times) ie He gives himself to the upasakas of Mother ie Srividya; It is really surprising and amazing to see this particular point because most of the renowned devotees of Ayyappa are Devi upasakas. 

Another book called Garga Hora gives another information :
nisha chandre lagnaa ekadasha sthithe - koti dosha shanti

The direct meaning Chandra in 11th house (ie Simha) can nullify even crore doshas in the horoscope; But the actual meaning is Manikantan is a person who can annihilate any doshas that are present in one's life. Thus worshipping Manikanta is a solution to put an end to all doshas - whatever it may be.

Moreover, With a proper guidance of a Guru- Worshipping this Horoscope of Manikantan with neideepam (ghee lamp) itself is a great parihara for all Navagraha Doshas.

Swamiye Sharanam Ayyappa ! 

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