It is also known as Moon, Hindu or Vedic Astrology. Well, there are broadly two distinct types namely the Vedic and Western. They don’t differ just in their places of origin but also vary in some other key areas. But, whether its Vedic or Western, their chief purpose is the same: to eliminate problems and to bring about the sole purpose of goodness of human beings to the fore.

Indian system considers the following- the luminaries Sun, Moon, the planets Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and Rahu-Ketu, the two nodes of the Moon. Also, while using the 12 signs, Vedic Astro makes use of 27 lunar constellations, called Nakshatras, each one covering a span of 13 degrees and 20 minutes in each zodiac house.

Western system includes planets like Uranus, Neptune and Pluto to predict future, which are not considered by Vedic system. Besides, Western system does not consider Nakshatras or constellations.

Indian astro or Vedic or Sidereal system is a Moon-based system which covers all the areas of life. Vedic Astro refers to Indian or Hindu system that originated in ancient India and which was documented by the sages in the Vedas. No other science can be more interesting, instructive and useful to mankind in contributing to the moral and material advancement than Indian system. This is based upon the foretelling the future of individuals, nations or other events relying on the planetary movements. In Sanskrit, it is known as Jyotisha or Light.

Indianastro interprets what it conceives to be the future of the man as moulded by his previous Karma or birth and indicates by the planetary positions at the time of his birth.

The belief in astrology among the Indian populace across the globe is so deeply rooted that for even trivial decisions regarding their personal life like career or finances, they rush to the astrologers. Dates for getting married, buying a new home, a new vehicle or even giving birth to a child are all arrived by consulting astrologers across many Indian Hindu households.

Vedic System

Indian Astro is an ancient science based upon the knowledge gained by ancient Indian sages and saints on planetary influences.

It had evolved long before the Western astronomers and astrologers were born. It has its roots steeped into the Vedas which date back to 1500 BC.

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Astrology in India has three branches namely: Siddhanta, Samhita and Hora. Siddantas are those who devote to astronomical study of celestial bodies. Samhitas deal with mundane system, earth quakes, floods, volcanic eruptions, rainfall, weather conditions economic conditions,etc- anything to do with earthly or mundane matters. Hora deals with predicting the suitable timing of various events in our day-to day life.

The Rasis or the Moon signs form an integral part of Indian astrology. The term Rashi or Rasi especially refers to the constellation in which Moon is positioned at the time of one's birth. Birth Rashi or Moon sign plays a very prominent role while analysing the Natal Chart of an individual under this prediction.

The luminary Moon represents the emotions, psychology or mind . It also represents one's mother and maternal relationships. It is all about nourishment and nurturing, taking care of everyone in the environment like a mother does for her child. Hence the Moon is well-revered in Indian system. The 12 Rasis as they are called in Tamil are: Mesha, Rishabha, Karkata, Mithuna, Simha, Kanya, Tula, Vrischikha, Dhanus, Makara, Kumbha and Meena. They are much similar to the 12 Wstern zodiac signs of Aries to Pisces, however their duration in a year vary slightly.

Rasi calculator would enable you to know the sign in which your moon is placed in your natal chart. In other words, It is basically your Moon sign. Moon is the representative of Mind in Vedic system. All the activities carried out by a human are determined through the planet Moon and its placement also signifies the action and reaction of a person. It totally depends upon the mind how we are going to perceive the things and how we are going to take the necessary steps. Birth Nakshatra is also analysed through the Moon Sign as it signifies the mental stability of a person. To better understanding of rashi sign, you need to first understand about the rashi lord and planet moon.

Each of the 12 Rasi also has a particular temple associated with it. The temples are spread across the state of Tamilnadu in South India and are assigned to natives born under the various Rasis for regular worship. Check out your Rasi temple.


Rashifal is daily, weekly, monthly and yearly predictions and these predictions are observed from the natal Moon sign. Planets transiting in different signs from the natal Moon indicate favourable or unfavorable results depending on the sign they are transiting.

Through our Rashifal different phases of our life can be revealed that could affect us negatively or positively. Our Rashifal also shows some of the characteristics we inherited from our Moon sign. Rashifal informs us in advance about what will be affected by the various events in our lives and how we can face similar or unfavorable circumstances. Get your Rashifal now.


Nakshatra is the term for the lunar mansions in Hindu system. A nakshatra is one of 28 sectors along the ecliptic. Their names are related to the most prominent asterisms in the respective sectors. The Ancient Hindu Sages divided the zodiac into 27 Nakshatras or lunar constellations. Each constellation covers 13 degrees, 20 minutes. The calculation of Nakshatras begins with Ashwini Nakshatra 0 degrees of Aries and ends on 30 degrees of Pisces covered by Revati Nakshatra. Abhijit is the 28th Nakshatra.

The use of Nakshatra is very important in Vedic system. Each Nakshatra is divided in four sections called Padas. Nakshatras also define the characteristics of the planets placed in them. Knowing the Janma Nakshatra or your birth star is very important as per vedic-astrology. Janma nakshatra is the Nakshatra in which the Moon was placed at the time of your birth.

The Moon travels through a Nakshatra in a day. Check out the Nakshatra for the Day. Indianastro takes into account these Nakshatras for determining the auspicious dates and Muhurtha for any religious event including marriage. The role of Nakshatras and their respective Padas in predictive astrology is unique to Indian-astrology. Find your nakshatra by entering your place and time of birth.

But keep in mind that we should also worship at the temples for the 26 other nakshatras too and not just at the one mentioned for one's own nakshatra! It is said that visiting the temple corresponding to your Nakshatra or Birth star at least once a year removes obstacles and ensures a happy life for the native. Do check out our full list of temples for the Nakshatras.

Hence according to Indianastro, each one of us is born under one of 27 nakshatras. It is also termed as birth star. And each Nakshatra under this is assigned a temple meant for lifetime worship by the natives. That particular temple would be significant for the natives born under a particular nakshatra.

Yet another important aspect under this is the prediction for marriage and its long term prospects also called as Porutham, which indicates if the male and the female are suitable or compatible enough for marriage. Also called as Jathaga porutham or Thirumana Porutham or 10 porutham is the matching of the horoscope of the boy and the girl for compatibility and peace and happiness in marriage. In India, for marriage this is an essential activity. This is a feature in that analyses the horoscope chart of the male and female native under study and looks for compatibility issues.

In-depth horoscope marrige matching analysis of birth charts includes matching of the individuals done on various factors which are together called as 10 match. This includes Rajju, Ganam, Nadi, Sthree Deergham, Yoni, Rasi, Rasi Athipathi, Vasiyam, Ayul and Mahendram. This is one of the best recommended mode of marriage match making study done under Indian Astrology.

Yoni or Yoni Kuta is one among the 10 matches that are used to analyze the perfect match of a boy and girl before they get married.

The Yonis symbolize the primal, instinctive nature of the individual. The better the Yonis between the couple the better they can act together and bond through intense situations and sex. The technique used to determine the instinctive match is known as Yoni Kuta. Yoni means “source” and refers to the sexual organs. The Nakshatra of the Moon is related to an animal, which symbolizes the primal/instinctive nature of a person.

In Marriage match making, we come across Yoni (Match). Hence Yoni koota has been described as the base indicator of satisfaction on sexual activities to both the husband & Wife.

Yoni is nothing but the private part of Men and Women. The Yoni has been classified into different categories for the 27 Stars. The type of Yoni that a Man/Woman possess varies as per his/her Birth Star. If the match is perfect, then the couple will have maximum pleasure through their intercourse or sex. If the Yoni kuta is just ordinary, then their sexual life may not bring any satisfaction; they may just live with each other to pass on the time. If the Yoni koota is not good, then either their married life could be in trouble or they might opt for extra martial relationship. The result would be decided by their individual horoscopes.

Indian-astrology uses a different zodiac than Western and is a branch of Vedic science. In India, there is widespread belief in this science and it is commonly used.

Another important aspect in Indian system is the Daily Panchang or Panchangam as it is called across India.

The Panchangam essentially consists of five parts of the day, viz., the name of the day, the tithi of the day, the star of the day, the yogam of the day, and the karanam of the day.

1. Starting any new venture on the appropriate tithi will fetch lots of wealth and prosperity for the person. Similarly, any deed done on the right day of the week will enhance the longevity of the native.

2. Any deed done on a day with a good and beneficial star or nakshatra will alleviate the ill effects.

3. When one does a deed at a time with good and beneficial yogam then that will help all diseases to disappear.

4. Lastly a deed done during the good and beneficial karanam will help the person to achieve the objective of the deed without any hurdles and impediments.

5. Therefore it is very important to start any new venture or deed at the appropriate time. The good time is learnt with the help of the Panchangam.

Our daily and monthly Panchang gives you all these details for any day of the months and helps you to plan your deeds for the day.

Indianastro would be quite incomplete without the mentioning of Nadi shastra or Nadi reading. It is a branch where predictions are pre-cast in the Nadi texts, and based on your precise birth time, if predictions are available and pre-written for you, they can be read for you.

The temple town, famous for Nadi Astrology in South India, is Vaitheeswaran Kovil, in Tamilnadu State. It must also be noted that for some, the predictions might just not be available at all, that is, they were never written or not available since the ages. It requires a precise birth time to be stated to the reader.

Nadi reading is a totally different stream of divination where the reader himself has little scope for the predicting act, except for reading what is already there and to explain the possibilities if you don't understand, and to narrow down the right chart for you based on successive queries to you about your birth time etc.

Dasa periods

Dasa Bhukti Periods or the planetary periods indicate the good or bad effects period are produced according to their placement by Moon Sign (Rasi), House (Bhava), Combinations (Yogas or Raja Yogas) or Aspects (Drishti). Vimshottari Dasa is the most important Dasa of Vedicastro, which is a cycle of 120 years based on the maximum possible life span for an individual.

Each of the seven planets and the two lunar nodes (Navagraha) has its own period or Mahadasa in the cycle. The Vimshottari dasha is linked to the system of Nakshatras or Lunar mansions by the fact that each of the Navagraha is the lord (or ruler) of three of the twenty seven nakshatras which together with the position of the Moon.

Vimshottari Dasha assumes that the maximum duration of life of an individual human being is 120 years which is the aggregate duration of all nine planetary periods. Ketu 7 Years, Venus 20 Years, Sun 6 Years, Moon 10 Years, Mars 7 Years, Rahu 18 Years,Jupiter 16 Years, Saturn 19 Years and Mercury 17 Years in the order of their operation. The order of the main periods (dasa) under the Vimsottari dasa system is the dasa of the Sun followed by the Moon, Mars, Rahu, Jupiter, Saturn, Mercury, Ketu and Venus.


'Shad-bala' is a quantitative analysis method of planetary strength in Vedic astrology. 'Shad' means '6' in Sanskrit, i.e. there are 6 main criteria for assessing a planet's strength. As the name suggests Shadbala means six fold strength. A graha or planet acquires strength in various ways, such as being placed in a certain Rasi, Bhava, Varga, Day or Night time, Shukla or Krsna paksha, being Vakri or victorious in Graha Yuddha etc. Shadbala is a mathematical model to quantify the strength attained from 6 different sources.

Although these strengths are jointly used for finding the effect of planets on the lives of the natives, there is more use of the strengths and we get the clue of those uses from their names.

Gowli panchangam

This is the lizard mythology which is being believed by most of the South Indians. However there are no scientific studies or logical conclusions available on this mythology. Lizard Astrology (Palli Dosha shastram / Gowli Pathana Shastram / Palli Vizhum Palangal-Tamil) is a part of Hindu-Astrology which tells the effects of lizard falling on body parts of men and women. Most of the Hindus believe in it.

The movement and the falling of the wall lizard finds special mention in the Gowli Shastra. The falling of the lizard on different parts of the human body has different significance and it predicts certain future events as well. The effects of the lizard falling for men and women are different as per the shastra.

Questions To Ponder

1. Are Indian zodiacs different from Western?

Western astrology use the tropical zodiac, based upon the seasons and the orientation between the Sun and Earth, while Indian Zodiac is based upon the position of the Moon.

2. What is Indian astrology based on?

Indian Astrology also called as Vedic astrology is based on the belief that the stars and planets have a powerful influence on our lives.

3. Which is better, Indian or Western astrology?

It has been observed that predictions based on Vedic astrology are more accurate and reliable than those based on Western astrology.

4. What is Rasi in Indian astrology?

The position of the Moon when you were born is known as Rasi.

5. Why do Indians believe in astrology?

Rooted in the Vedas, India's ancient system of knowledge, is Vedic astrology and hence Indians believe it strongly.

6. Why is Vedic astrology more accurate?

The Vedic system is more accurate because it is based on the knowledge used in both ancient and modern astronomy.