Tara Dosh in Kundali Matching

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Tara is a koot or aspect which carries 3 points or gunas according to the system of gun Milan which is used by many astrologers practicing in Vedic Jyotish for the purpose of kundali matching or match making between two individuals. The system of gun Milan is the most popular system in India when it comes to do a kundali matching or match making for the purpose of marriage and compatibility. This system of gun Milan has been in use since the Vedic ages and even today it is considered as the best possible solution for kundali matching or match making and many astrologers and most of people still believe that gun Milan is a complete process of kundali matching or match making in itself and nothing else needs to paid attention for the purpose of kundali matching. For the new readers who are not familiar with this system of gun Milan, let me mention here that the system of gun Milan is based on matching 8 aspects or koots from both the horoscopes which are called Varna, Vashya, Tara, Yoni, Graha Maitri, Gana, Bhakoot and Nadi and all of these 8 koots are assigned 1 to 8 points or gunas respectively which make a total of 36 and a final score is calculated for a particular horoscope matching or match making based on how good or bad is the matching of each one of these 8 koots. Tara lies at 6th position from the top and accordingly it carries 3 gunas or points and different number of gunas or points are assigned to a kundali matching or match making based on how the tara of bride and groom match with each other according to the rules of gun Milan.

 And before moving ahead, let’s first get to know as to what is a tara in a horoscope and what is the importance of Tara in the process of kundali matching or matching done through gun Milan. As we know that all nine planets called navagraha in Vedic Jyotish are always on their journey from one sign to the other and from one nakshatra to the other and accordingly the Moon also travels from Ashvini nakshatra to Revati nakshatra and from Aries to Pisces in a cyclic movement and at any given point of time and place, Moon is present in a particular nakshatra and in a particular sign. For example, let’s assume that Moon is present in Rohini nakshatra and Taurus sign at this time and place and accordingly all the people born under this time and place will have the Moon placed in Rohini nakshatra and in Taurus sign in their birth horoscopes. Hence the birth nakshatra of these natives is Rohini and birth sign or Raashi as it is called in Vedic Jyotish, of these natives is Taurus. Moving on, Vedic Jyotish assigns nine kinds of Taras to different nakshatras and hence all the 27 nakshatras are divided into 9 groups of Taras containing 3 nakshatras each. Tara is calculated from the birth nakshatra of a native according to the following rules laid by Vedic Jyotish : 

Birth nakshatra is taken as 1st nakshatra of the native and it is called Janam or Janma Tara.

2nd nakshatra from birth nakshatra is called Sampat Tara.

3rd nakshatra from birth nakshatra is called Vipat Tara.

4th nakshatra from birth nakshatra is called Kshem or Chhem Tara.

5th nakshatra from birth nakshatra is called Pratyari Tara.

6th nakshatra from birth nakshatra is called Sadhak Tara.

7th nakshatra from birth nakshatra is called Vadh Tara.

8th nakshatra form birth nakshatra is called Mitra Tara.

9th nakshatra from birth nakshatra is called Ati-Mitra Tara.

 10th nakshatra from birth nakshatra is taken as 1st nakshatra, 11th nakshatra from birth nakshatra is taken as 2nd nakshatra and this process goes on like this until 27th nakshatra from birth nakshatra which is taken as 9th nakshatra and it is called Ati-Mitra Tara. For example, if Moon is placed in Ashwini nakshatra in the birth horoscope of a native, then Ashwini nakshatra is this native’s birth nakshatra and Janam or Janma Tara and rest of the nakshatras are called Sampat to Ati-Mitra Tara as per the above mentioned rule of Vedic Jyotish. Following is the table of Tara relation for a native having his birth nakshatra as Ashwini nakshatra :

Janam       Sampat      Vipat      Chhem       Pratyari      Sadhak     Vadh         Mitra        Ati-Mitra

Janma                                          Kshem

Ashwini   Bharani      Kritika    Rohini        Mrigasira     Ardra       Punarv      Pushya      Ashlesha

Magha    P.Phalg       U.Phalg   Hasta        Chitra          Swati       Vishakha  Anuradha  Jyeshtha

Moola     P.Shad        U.Shada  Shravana  Dhanishtha  ShatBhi   P.Bhad     U.Bhad       Revati

   Similary, Tara relation can be found for all other birth nakshatras. According to the rules of vedic Jyotish, 3rd, 5th and 7th nakshatra from the birth nakshatra of a native are considered as malefic or inauspicious nakshatras for the native the same rule is applied in the process of gun Milan while doing kundali matching or match making. According to gun Milan, the Janam or janma nakshatra of boy from girl and girl from boy is calculated and the resultant number is divided by 9 in both the cases and the remainder is considered as the number of Tara for both boy and girl. Moving on, if Tara of boy is 3rd, 5th or 7th with respect to birth nakshatra of girl, it is considered as a malefic or inauspicious Tara and similarly if Tara of girl is 3rd, 5th or 7th with respect to Janam or Janma nakshatra of boy, it is considered as a malefic or inauspicious Tara. This way the mutual Tara for both boy and girl is calculated and then they are compared with each other for the purpose of assigning gunas to the combination. If Tara for both boy and girl is auspicious, then 3 out of 3 gunas are assigned for Tara match and as the auspiciousness of Taras decreases, the score or guna assigns also reduce in number and when there is a match of Shubh or Auspicious and Ashubh or inauspicious Taras, a Tara Dosh is said to be formed in such a Kundali matching or match making. It should be noted here that both Taras cannot be Ashubh or inauspicious at the same time as the net total of both Taras will always come out to be 9 or 0 and a combination of 3, 5, 7 which are the inauspicious Taras can never make a 9. For example, if Tara for boy is 3, then Tara for girl is 6 which makes one Shubh and one Ashubh Tara and accordingly a Tara dosh is said to be formed in such a Kundali Matching or match making. If a combination of 0-0, 1-8 or 8-1 is present in Tara match, 3 out of 3 points of gunas are assigned for Tara match in such a case of kundali matching.

    Vedic Jyotish associates Tara with destiny and other important aspects of the native and it is believed that the presence of Tara dosh in a Kundali matching can create serious problems for the couple under consideration for Kundali matching or match making where these problems can start from delays and disturbances in many spheres of life and they can go up to divorce or death of one of the partner and this is why Tara dosh is also considered as a strong dosh in Vedic Jyotish. It can be seen from the above mentioned data that there are only 9 combinations for Tara match based on the birth nakshatra of boy and girl and Tara assigned to these nakshatras and these combinations are 0-0, 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5, 5-4, 6-3, 7-2 and 8-1 and 6 out of these 9 combinations form Tara dosh in Kundali matching or match making according to gun Milan system because 6 out of 9 combinations include either a 3, 5 or a 7 which are considered as Ashubh or inauspicious numbers in this combination. Hence it can be said that about 66% of the cases of kundali matching or match making are having Tara dosha on average according to gun Milan and accordingly 66% of the marriages should be suffering from the problems associated with Tara dosh which means that every second girl on average is prohibited for a boy and every second boy is prohibited for a girl merely on the basis of Tara dosha. It should also be noted here that Tara dosh is only one of the doshas formed during kundali matching or match making and there are many other doshas like Nadi Dosha, Bhakut Dosh, Graha Maitri Dosh, Gan Dosh Yoni Dosh, Kuja Dosha, Sarpa Dosha, Pitru Dosha, Kemdrum Yog and other defects of this kind, each of which is capable of causing much more serious problems in 40 to 50% of the marriages according to the prevalent definition of these doshas. Taking everything into consideration, it can be easily said that almost all the marriages in the world should face serious problems and many of them should end up in divorces or deaths of partners which is not happening in real practice and therefore a different approach should be adopted towards the bad results indicated by doshas like Tara dosha.

               In my experience of kundali matching which now goes over thousands of cases of kundali matching or match making, I have seen hundreds of successful marriages in spite of the presence of a Tara dosh in kundali matching or match making mainly due to fact that the overall horoscopes of such couples were giving very good indications about the marriage and married lives of these couples and the benefic and positive factors present in these horoscopes reduced the malefic effects of Tara dosha to great extent and hence Tara dosh could not cause any significant damage to these couples. Hence it should be kept in mind that the formation of a Tara dosh during kundali matching can cause significant problems in the marriage of the couple under consideration only if such Tara dosha is supported by some other malefic doshas present in one or both the horoscopes and a Tara dosh is not capable of doing serious damages on its own in most of the cases. It should also be noted that the presence of good yogas in one or both the horoscopes can reduce the bad effects of Tara dosh to great extents and accordingly this dosha cannot do any significant damage in such a marriage. Therefore the couples having a Tara dosha during kundali matching or match making should not lose heart and they should get their horoscopes matched properly in order to know whether such Tara dosh is capable of doing any damage or not. It should also be noted here that the malefic effects of Tara dosha present in kundali matching can be rectified with astrological remedies like Yantras, Mantras and pujas in most of the cases which gives us another reason not to be afraid of Tara dosh.

By
Himanshu Shangari