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The late S.K. Kelkar of Pune had taken up around forty or fifty cases of marriages performed when Jupiter was in Simha and found nothing wrong. A conference of astrologers was held sometime in 1990 in Delhi and it was unanimously decided by astrologers that based on their experience there was nothing wrong in performing marriages during this period. Then in 2003 we published a book SIMHASTHA BRIHASPATI OR JUPITER IN LEO with seven women astrologers doing a research under my guidance by taking up as many 146 horoscopes of people married during Simhastha Brihaspati or Jupiter in Leo and the conclusions arrived at after an elaborate analysis was as given here from that book..

The positive cases
1. All the cases in which marriages were performed in Simhastha Jupiter are intimately known to the research team.

2. They have had the normal problems which can be explained through the normal known astrological rules. For instance, in case number six, there is Ketu in the fifth house aspected by Saturn, the fifth lord in the eighth aspecting its own house. There was a mishap in the birth of his first child after marriage but the other two children have been happy and have done well in life. In a transferrable job, he was transferred during his service career leaving his wife alone. It happens in all jobs with transfer liability. Otherwise, it is an ideal and happy married life,such as is the envy of many.

3. We have found no astrological logic for this prohibition or any explanation anywhere.

4. We have not found any astrological logic for marriages being prohibited in the first five navamshas of Simha. It seems to have come down as a tradition which has been followed without questioning or examination through any research.

5. If the navamshas of Jupiter in Mesha, Vrisha, Mithuna Karka and Simha are relevant it must be seen that when Jupiter is in other eleven rashis it cover all these four or at least two of these navamshas invariably.
a. Jupiter in Mesha, Vrisha, Makara, Dhanu, and Kanya will be in all these navamshas also.
b. Jupiter in Mithuna, Kumbha and Tula will cover Mesha and Vrisha navamshas.
c. Jupiter in Meena, Vrischika and Karka will cover Karka and Simha navamshas
d. Why is Jupiter in these navamsas when transitting other eleven rashi (other than Simha) not covered with similar prohibition is not clear.

6. It is also not at all clear why there should be a muhurta for the region between Godavari and Ganga and not the rest of the country. There was a time in Indian history when this region was supposed to be inhabited by the purest and best people of the world who had even claimed that Manu Samhita was applicable only to this region. Is this theory of marriages prohibited during the transit of Jupiter in Simha, particularly in the first five navamshas, an off shoot of that feeling of superiority? Or is it because during the transit of Jupiter in Simha there are two Kumbha melas, one in Nasik and the other Ujjain, people in this region did not want to get involved in the worldly activity like marriage and wanted to be free from it ? And therefore they sought and created an excuse?

In Bihar, in the sixties and seventies of the twentieth century, marriages were performed only during the transit of Sun in uttarayana course when Devatas(gods) are said to be awake. But rest of India did not care for this.

Negative cases
The description given under negative cases need not be elaborated here. Readers can cast the horoscopes and see themselves why what happened had to happen.

Summing up
The tabular summary given shows the impressive results of this research. The marriages from twelve to forty eight years is long enough to prove the validity of the research. Some of the marriages are very happy and ideal also.

Our research reveals that
a. Marriages done when Jupiter is in Simha does not do any damage to marriages.
b. When Jupiter is in the first five navamshas of Simha it does not do any damage to marriages.
c. When Jupiter is in the fifth, vargottama navamsha which is said to be the worst out of all these, it does not do any damage to marriages.

In the end, it must repeated that researches must be produced in astrology with evidences to rescue it from fraudulent, foolish and frivolous astrologers.

It must also be remembered that in the case of the Ramayana and the Mahabharata and other Puranas, the Bhandarkar Institute of Pune has done researches to remove interpolations from various versions. In the case of astrology such work has not been done. Diffferent publishers have published different versions of many of these books. For instance, one can see different versions of the Brihat Parashara Shastra and see some conflicting versions and contradictions in them.

It is not difficult to assume that in the Muhurtha books similar interpolations may have taken place. The prejudice attached to Simhastha Jupiter and marriages may be an interpolation. At any rate, through our astrological research we see no reason to accept it as an astrologically valid objection to marriages.
KN Rao, 10 September 2003

130,131.In these forty eight years they have had a very successful marriage and have one daughter and one son. The husband is a professor in I.I.T.

132,133. In these forty eight years of a successful marriage they have two sons. The husband is a government job.

134. Married in September 1968 and in these thirty six years of marriage have had a happy marriage with one son and one daughter. They are very rich.

135. Married in 1967, has two sons and has been having a happy married life.

136. Married in 1991, has two sons and he is in business with a happy marriage.

137. Married in 1968, has a son born in 1978 is a trade union leader and has happy married life.

138. Happily married with one son and one daughter.

139. Excellent married life, has children and grandchildren.

140. Three daughters and one son, six grandchildren and has excellent married life.

141,142. Both are excellently educated, come from a family astrologers but there is a difference between the mental level of husband and wife in an otherwise happy married life.

143. His marriage is good and has two sons.

144. Happy married and two sons.

145. see case 100 It is a very happy couple with a son. They have faced some crisis in business but the wife, a lawyer, has joined a law firm and is supporting the family very well.

Summary of our findings
Table 1: How old are the marriages?

Table 2: Marriages in first 5 navamshas of Simha - It is said that marriages should not be performed in with Jupiter in the first five navamshas of Simha. Here we are showing how many out of these 146 cases fell into the first five navamshas and even out of them how many were in the first and the fifth navamsha.

Table 3: Marriage with Sun in Mesha

When was Jupiter in Simha

From 2 October 1955 to 13 March 1956
24 May 1956 to 27 October 1956
19 April 1957 to 18 June 1957
16 September 1967 to 11 October 1968
31 August 1979 to 25 September 1980
15 August 1991 to 11 September 1992

Brief write up about the cases

21. Is a successful professional singer with a happy married and has two sons.

22. In these forty six years of their married, they have led a very happy married life. The husband of this woman was Director General in the WHS Ministry and late also a member of the UPSC. They have three daughters and one son all very well educated. Their married life has been the envy of many.

23,24. She is a lady doctor and her husband a plastic surgeon. They have two daughters and now earning very well in Emirates. She, like her husband is well employed. They are orthodox in their outlook and lead an ideal married life.

25,26 The husband is from a royal family and the wife the daughter of an ICS officer. In their thirty six years of marriage, they have had occasional differences only with regard to the education of their two children. Otherwise it has been a
successful married life.

27. He had a hole in his heart from childhood, had an ordinary educated career and joined journalism as a profession. Later, he joined television channels and is a successful anchor with his handsome face. Married to an orthodox girl, he has been leading a very happy married life with his two children.

28,29. A very rich man with his wife helping him inhis business and has a son who is now studying in Canada, after a brief spell of study in Australia. The couple have amassed their marriage. The husband has some political ambitions in which he has not succeeded so far.

30,31. Is a chartered accountant, has two sons and the marriage has survived all these twenty four years inspite of occasional marital tension.

32. A very highly successful married life in his long forty eighth years of married life with as many as four children all of whom are very well educated and well married. He himself is a rubber technologist and was educated in UK.

33,34. Husband is an engineer and wife is a computer engineer, settled abroad with one daughter and son and are very happy.

35. Happy married life with two children both settled after good education.

Keywords: KN Rao, Journal of Astrology, Bharatiya Vidya Bhavan, Horoscope, Jyotish, Hindu Astrology, Indian Astrology, Vedic Astrology, Saturn, Venus, Rahu, Ketu, Mercury, Rashi, Navamsha, Jupiter, Simha, Leo, Marriages, SK Kelkar

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