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 astrology for the purpose of match making between two natives. Tara lies at third position from the bottom and accordingly it carries 3 Gunas or points; and different number of Gunas or points are assigned for Tara matching, based on how the Tara of girl and boy match with each other according to the rules of Gun Milan.
Before moving ahead, let’s first get to know as to what a Tara is in a horoscope and what the importance of Tara is in the process of match making done through Gun Milan. We know that all nine planets called navagraha in Vedic astrology are always on their journey from one sign to the other and from one nakshatra to the other. Accordingly, Moon also travels from Ashwini 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. Accordingly, all the people born during this time and place will have Moon placed in Rohini nakshatra and in Taurus sign in their birth horoscopes. Hence the birth nakshatra of these natives is Rohini and the birth sign or Raashi as it is called in Vedic astrology, of these natives is Taurus.
Moving on, Vedic astrology assigns nine kinds of Taras to different nakshatras and hence all 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 astrology.
Birth nakshatra is taken as 1st nakshatra of the native and it is called 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 Janma Tara; and rest of the nakshatras are called Sampat to Ati-Mitra Taras as per the above mentioned rule of Vedic astrology. Following is the table of Tara relation for a native having his birth nakshatra as Ashwini nakshatra.
Janma Sampat Vipat
Ashwini Bharani Krittika
Magha PoorvaPhalGuni UttaraPhalGuni
Moola PoorvaShada UttaraShada
Kshem Pratyari Sadhak
Rohini Mrigasira Ardra
Hasta Chitra Swati
Shravana Dhanishtha Shatabhisha
Vadh Mitra Ati-Mitra
Punarvasu Pushya Ashlesha
Vishakha Anuradha Jyeshtha
PoorvaBhadrapada UttaraBhadrapada Revati
Similarly, Tara relation can be found for all other birth nakshatras, using this procedure. According to the rules of Vedic astrology, 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 match making. According to Gun Milan, the distance of Janma nakshatra of boy from girl and girl from boy is calculated and the resultant number is divided by 9 in both the cases. 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 Janma nakshatra of boy, it is considered as a malefic or inauspicious Tara. This way, the Tara relation 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, 3 out of 3 Gunas are assigned for Tara match and as the auspiciousness of Taras decreases; the score or Guna assigned for Tara matching also reduces in number.
Whenever there is a match of Shubh or auspicious and Ashubh or inauspicious Taras, Tara Dosh is said to be formed in such match making. It should be noted that both Taras can’t 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 and 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 gives us one Shubh Tara and one Ashubh Tara. Accordingly, Tara Dosh is said to be formed in such match making. If a combination of 0-0, 1-8 or 8-1 is present in Tara match, 3 out of 3 points or Gunas are assigned for Tara match in such a case of horoscope matching.
Vedic astrology associates Tara with destiny and other important aspects of the native; and it is believed that the presence of Tara Dosh in horoscope matching can create serious problems for the couple under consideration for match making. These problems can start from delays and disturbances in many spheres of their lives and they can go up to divorce or death of one of the partners, as per the scriptures of Vedic astrology. This is why Tara Dosh is also considered as a strong dosh in Vedic astrology.
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 Taras assigned to these combinations of nakshatras are 0-0, 1-8, 2-7, 3-6, 4-5, 5-4, 6-3, 7-2 and 8-1. Moving ahead, 6 out of these 9 combinations form Tara Dosh in match making according to the rules of Gun Milan, because 6 out of these 9 combinations include a number 3, 5 or 7 which are considered as Ashubh or inauspicious numbers in this combination. Hence it can be calculated that about 66% cases of match making are having Tara Dosh on average; according to Gun Milan.
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 Dosh. It should also be noted that Tara Dosh is only one of the defects formed during match making; and there are many other defects like Manglik Dosh, Kaal Sarp Yog, Pitra Dosh, Nadi Dosh, Bhakut Dosh, Graha Maitri Dosh, Gan Dosh, Yoni Dosh and other defects of this kind, which may come to the scene.
Each one of these defects is capable of causing much more serious problems in 35 to 50% marriages according to the prevalent definitions of these defects. Taking everything into consideration, it can be easily said that a high percentage of marriages across the world should face serious problems and many of them should end up in divorces or deaths of partners, as indicated by this system of Gun Milan. This is clearly not happening in real practice and therefore a different approach needs to be taken towards the bad results indicated by defects like Tara Dosh.
In my experience of horoscope matching which now goes over thousands of cases of match making, I have witnessed hundreds of successful marriages despite the presence of Tara Dosh in match making. This happened due to fact that the overall horoscopes of these couples were giving very good indications about the marriages of these couples as the positive factors present in these horoscopes reduced the malefic effects of Tara Dosh to great extent. Hence Tara Dosh could not cause any significant damage in these marriages.
Hence it should be kept in mind that the formation of Tara Dosh during horoscope matching can cause significant problems in the marriage of a couple under consideration, only if such Tara Dosh is supported by some other malefic defects present in one or both the horoscopes. Tara Dosh is not capable of causing serious damages in the marriage of a couple on its own, in most 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 defect may not cause any significant damage in such a marriage.
Therefore the couples having Tara Dosh during 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 causing any damage or not. It should also be noted that the malefic effects of Tara Dosh can be rectified with astrological remedies like Poojas, Yantras and donations in most cases, which gives us one more reason for not being afraid of Tara Dosh.