origin of the nadi inscriptions can be traced back to approximately
2000 years ago. It is said that the ancient Indian Rishis or sages had
written the life patterns of each person on palm leaves by their Yogic Intuitive powers.
These unique leaves were initially kept in the Saraswati Mahal library
of Tanjore city (Thanjavur ) of Tamilnadu State in India. Later
during the British Rule, the British sold these leaves to the locals
who very very much interested in getting them. People belonging to a
particular sect called the Valluvar community of South India who specialized
in astrology bought most of these leaves. Some of these were also acquired
by the astrology families in Vaitheeswarankoil, a place near Chennai,
the capital of Tamilnadu, a state of India.
The leaves were found lying idle in Vaitheeswarankoil aorund the 13th century.
Some interested in Astrology realized their values and copied the contents
on palm leaves and made exact replicas. These leaves have been handed
down over generations to make predictions.
They earned their livelihood through Nadi-Astrology. They got trained from their elders to do Nadi reading.
The then Marata King Sarabhoji and Chola Kings patronized this form of astrology
and translations. It seems that these Nadis were originally written
on animal skins and some leaves and later they were copied on palm leaves.
They are preserved by applying oil extracted
from peacock's blood. The
primary centre for Naadi Shastra is in Vaitheeswarankoil, near Chidambaram
in Tamil Nadu, a state in South India. Here Lord Shiva is said to have
assumed the role of a vaidhya or doctor, who alleviated the miseries
of his devotees.