Varna, Vashya in Kundali Matching

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Varna and Vashya are the koots or aspect which carry 1 and 2 points or gunas respectively 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. Varna lies at bottom position of this pyramid of koots and accordingly it carries 1 guna or point whereas Vashya lies at number 2 from the bottom and accordingly it carries 2 gunas or points and different number of gunas or points are assigned to a kundali matching or match making based on how the Varna and Vashya 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 are Varna and Vashya in a horoscope and what is the importance of Varna and Vashya 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 and looking at the Varna first, all the 12 zodiac signs have been assigned a Varna or caste according to vedic jyotish which are as follows :

The signs called Cancer, Scorpio and Pisces are classified as Brahmin Varna according to Vedic Jyotish.

The signs called Aries, Leo and Sagittarius are classified as Kshatriya Varna according to Vedic Jyotish.

The signs called Taurus, Virgo and Capricorn are classified as Vaishya Varna according to Vedic Jyotish.

The signs called Gemini, Libra and Aquarius are classified as Shudra Varna according to Vedic Jyotish.

            Brahmin Varna is considered as the most superior of all the Varna followed by Kshatriya Varna, Vaishya Varna and Shudra Varna respectively. For the process of kundali matching or match making, the system of Gun Milan follows the rule that if the Varna of boy is superior or equal to the Varna of girl under consideration for kundali matching or match making, 1 out of 1 point or guna is assigned for Varna matching whereas if the Varna of boy is inferior to Varna of girl which means that Varna of girl is superior to Varna of boy, 0 out of 1 point or guna is assigned for such a Varna match and a Varna dosh is said to be formed in such a case of kundali matching or match making. The Moon signs or Rashi of both boy and girl under consideration for kundali matching or horoscope matching are taken into consideration for matching Varna. The formation of Varna dosh during the process of kundali matching or match making is said to disturb the married life of the couple and a couple suffering from Varna dosh is said to be incompatible and unhappy with each other according to the scriptures of vedic Jyotish. The reason assigned to his explanation is the belief of vedic Jyotish that in order for a marriage to be good and happy, the Varna of the boy should be superior to the Varna of the girl as a superior Varna husband will always be able to take care of his wife as well as control and guide his wife. There are a total of 16 combinations which are possible for a Varna match between a boy and a girl and 6 out of these 16 combinations qualify for 0 point or guna and hence in these 6 cases, a Varna dosh is said to be formed in kundali matching or match making.

         Moving on to Vashya, all the 12 zodiac signs have been assigned a Vashya which according to vedic Jyotish where these Vashyas are called dwipada or two footed, quadruped or chatushpada, ant or keet, wild animal or Vanchar and watery animals or Jalchar and these Vashyas are again arranged in an order of superiority according to vedic Jyotish like in case of Varna. In this way, the Vashya of a boy is the species assigned to the Moon sign or Rashi of the boy and the Vashya of a girl is the species assigned to the Moon sign or Rashi of the girl and this is how the Vashya of both boy and girl under consideration for kundali matching or match making is decided. The system of gun Milan believes that the Vashya of boy should be superior to the Vashya of girl under consideration for kundali matching or match making in order for the couple to lead a happy and compatible married life and hence 2 out of 2 gunas or points are assigned for Vashya match if the Vashya of boy is superior to the Vashya of girl. On the other hand, if the Vashya of girl is superior to the Vashya of the boy, the gunas assigned to such a Vashya match start decreasing in the order in which the Vashya of the girl is superior to the boy and for some Vashya matches where Vashya of the girl is far superior to the Vashya of the boy, 0.5 or 0 out of 2 gunas are assigned for such a Vashya match and a Vashya dosh is said to be formed in such a case of kundali matching or match making. The reason for this classification is again the same as for Varna and vedic jyotish believes that the Vashya of the husband should be superior to the Vashya of the wife so that the husband may guide and control the wife whereas if the Vashya of the wife becomes very superior to the Vashya of the husband, such a wife cannot be controlled by her husband and which is considered bad according to vedic Jyotish and hence a Vashya dosh is said to be formed such cases of kundali matching or match making.

                 There are a total of 25 combinations which are possible for a Vashya match between a boy and a girl and 6 out of these 25 combinations qualify for 0 or 0.5 point or guna and hence in these 6 cases, a Varna dosh is said to be formed in kundali matching or match making. Combining the data obtained from the results of Varna dosh which prohibits 6 out of 16 possible combinations for Varna match, it can be seen that about 35% of the marriages are prohibited merely on the basis of Varna dosh and 25% of the marriages are prohibited merely on the basis of Vashya dosh and combining these doshas, it can be said that about 60% of the cases of kundali matching or match making are having Varna dosha or Vashya Dosh on average according to gun Milan and accordingly 60% of the marriages should be suffering from the problems associated with Varna dosha and Vashya 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 Varna dosh or Vashya Dosh. It should also be noted here that Varna dosh or Vashya Dosh are only two 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 doshas 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 taken towards the bad results indicated by doshas like Varna dosh and Vashya Dosh.

                   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 Varna Dosh or Vashya 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 Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh to great extent and hence Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh could not cause any significant damage to these marriages. Hence it should be kept in mind that the formation of a Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh during kundali matching can cause significant problems in the marriage of the couple under consideration only if such Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh is supported by some other malefic doshas present in one or both the horoscopes and a Varna Dosh or Vashya 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 Varna Dosh and Vashya Dosh to great extents and accordingly these doshas cannot do any significant damage in such a marriage. Therefore the couples having a Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh during kundali matching or match making should not lose heart and they should get their horoscopes matched properly in order to know whether such Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh is capable of doing any damage or not. It should also be noted here that the malefic effects of Varna Dosh and Vashya Dosh 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 Varna Dosh or Vashya Dosh.

By
Himanshu Shangari