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    T he Author is about 49 years old and holdsa Post Graduate degree in Civil Engineeringfrom Indian Institute of Science (IISc.,Bangalore). He was the University topper andGold Medallist at the Graduate level. He worked as a Software Engineer for over 22years in both Indian as well as large MNCcompanies. He did on-site softwaredevelopment work at Switzerland for a fewyears. He took voluntary retirement inDecember 2004. Since then, he is pursuing

    the study of Astrology which is one of hisinterests. The author is particularly interestedin Medical Astrology and has alreadypublished articles giving specialcombinations for Diabetes (both Type-I andType-II) and severe Dandruff problems thatcould be identified from natal charts. Hisother interest being Poetry; has published apoetry collection (in local language

    Kannada) in 2006.

    Birth TimeRectification An Innovative Approach

    ByKrishnamurthy S, India.

    A child is born on that day and at that hourwhen the celestial rays are in mathematical

    harmony with one's individual karma Swami Sri Yukteswar, Guru of

    Paramahansa Yogananda

    This is an endeavour to find themathematical harmony that SwamiYukteswar is talking about, in the abovestatement. It is widely understood that theindividual karmas manifest through theinfluence of the nine grahas on the native.And, in a horoscope, Lagna or Ascendant ina horoscope acts similar to the needle that ispointing to North in a compass. It is verylikely that the Lagna in a horoscope alsopoints exactly to a specific graha or planetin the chart. If we are able to determine whatit is pointing to, it would be possible toaccurately align Lagna to that planet and inthe process we could rectify the birth timerecording errors and arrive at the actual timeof birth. This is the philosophy behind theresearch undertaken. This author stronglybelieves that for a human birth to take placethere has to be some well definedrelationship between the position of Lagnaand that of one of the planets in the chart.The search for an answer began with thisassumption and the result is presented here.

    After assuming that Lagna is alignedto one particular planet in the chart, aquestion arises as to what are the criteria todetermine that particular planet. Obviously,

    this planet should standout on someimportant ground. In Astrology, we havemany parameters and many different scalesto compare the relative strengths of differentplanets.

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    After some study, it has been observed that how well a planet is placed in a chartemerges as the determining criteria. When a planet is most comfortably placed as comparedto other planets, that planet is regarded as the best placed planet. And, Lagna gets aligned tothat planet.

    As each sign is owned by a certain planet and the state of another planet placed theredepends on how it relates to the owner of that sign. Hence, one should look at the nature offriendship between planets to determine whether a planet is placed well or not.

    Determination of Compound Relationships between planets

    One should go by the compound relationship between the planets. BPHS states that allplanets placed in the 2 nd, 3rd, 4th , 10th , 11th and 12th houses from a planet are its temporaryfriends. If we think about the reasoning behind such a proposition, it is apparent that planetsbecome temporary enemies when they are very close to each other (as their rays interferewith each others) or when they are far away from each other (as their rays oppose eachothers). It appears that this rule is purely based on simple Physics rather than anything else.Normally, astrologers look at the houses mentioned above and take all planets present inthose relative positions as temporary friends. Keeping the spirit of the concept, this authorhumbly proposes a slightly different interpretation of what has been said in BPHS as againstwhat is commonly followed. It is proposed that, if two planets have a longitudinal distancegreater than 15 degrees and less than 105 degrees between them (irrespective of the signs theyoccupy), they should be considered as temporary friends . Here, there is no violation fromthe essence of what is said in BPHS. The definition for permanent friendships followed hereis exactly same as what is given in BPHS. The compound relationship is the resultant of

    permanent and temporary relationships:

    Permanent Temporary Compound Friend Friend Close Friend (CF)Friend Enemy Neutral (NU)Neutral Friend Friend (FR)Neutral Enemy Enemy (EN)Enemy Friend Neutral (NU)Enemy Enemy Bitter Enemy (BE)

    Order Of Importance

    From the above table, we can conclude that a planet placed in the sign of a Close Friend isbetter placed than a planet placed in the sign of any other compound relationship. However,there are even better placements for a planet than this. Following is a list of placementsordered from best to worst:

    Exalted (EX) (Not the entire sign, within 15 degrees approaching the deepest point)Vargottama (VG)Moola Trikona (MT) (Not the entire sign, look for actual degrees)Own (OW)

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    Close Friend (CF)Friend (FR)Neutral (NU)Enemy (EN)Bitter Enemy (BE)Debilitated (DB) (within 15 degrees approaching deepest point)

    Treating for Planets in Parivartana/Srinkhala 2

    There is one very important concept that affects the determination of how a planet is placedin a chart. It is very important to check if a planet is either in Parivartana or in Srinkhalaand apply necessary adjustments. In the experience of this author, a planet which hasundergone Parivartana/Srinkhala behaves as if it is placed in its own sign (the sign that hasparticipated in Parivartana/Srinkhala). Except for considering combustion and effects ofother conjunctions and aspects, for other purposes, such a planet should be treated as if it is

    in its own sign. As a result of Parivartana/Srinkhala a planet is entitled for two differentplacements, one in the house actually placed and the other the resultant own house. Thatplanet should be assigned the better of the two placements. Hence, a planet debilitated but inParivartana should be assigned a GO (Goes to Own) placement while a planet exalted andin Parivartana/Srinkhala should be assigned EX placement.

    However, one should note that more the planets in Srinkhala, less the effectiveness ofParivartana. A three planet Srinkhala should be definitely considered while a Srinkhalainvolving more than three planets could be ignored.

    Checking Some Important Conditions

    1. Planets placed in a Rasi Sandhi or Gandanta are considered to be weak irrespective oftheir placement status. Even the planets disposited by planets in Rasi Sandhi shouldbe ignored unless they are extremely strong like being Vargottama.

    2. If a planet is debilitated (either in Rasi or in Navamsha) or closely conjunct adebilitated planet (within an orb of about 6 degrees) or even if it disposits a debilitatedplanet (either in Rasi or in Navamsha), then one should not take it into the reckoning(unless the debilitated planet is under Parivartana/Srinkhala). Only Exalted or

    Vargottama planets should be kept in the reckoning even if they are tainted bydebilitated planets.3. A planet exalted in Navamsha that has a lesser status in Rasi should be given a status

    EXN. Entire sign in Navamsha is fine, no need to look at specific degrees.4. Those planets which are more than 50% combust should be ignored. One should not

    disqualify Mercury even when it is deeply combust. And, the planets that aredisposited by such combust planets should also be ignored.

    5. Ketu by default should be left out as its placement depends on placement of Rahu.Hence, there are only eight planets in the race including Rahu. For Rahu, Taurusshould be considered as the sign of exaltation and Scorpio should be considered as thesign of debilitation. Rahu owns Aquarius and Ketu Scorpio. This comes handy whilechecking Parivartana/Srinkhala.

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    6. No need to make any special adjustments for a planet which is retrograde

    Care should be taken to verify all such conditions that make a planet weak and ensure thatthe planet considered is well placed in all respects.

    Determining The Best Placed Planet

    After filtering the planets for all their negative qualities, one should look for the planets inthe following categories (in that order of importance) rejecting the others and also rejectingthose with other blemishes (as described in the above paragraph):

    1. Vargottama (EX or MT)2. Exaltation (EX)3. Moola Trikona (MT)4. Vargottama (VG) (other than EX or MT)5. Exalted in Navamsha (EXN) (not in DB, BE or EN in Rasi)6. Own (OW)

    One should first look for planets in the number 1 category, if none found, then look for thenext best category etc., and reach the best placed planet. Some points to note beforefinalizing the best placed planet:

    If there are two or more planets in the same top category, the best of them should bedetermined by comparing their Shadbala.

    If none of the planets fall in the qualifying categories, then such horoscopes should be

    carefully looked into to find the best placed planet. When a planets Shadbala is relatively much higher as compared to that of any otherplanet, this planet also becomes a contender.

    When two planets are in Graha Yuddha3 , there is no consensus on the resolution of

    the criteria to determine the winner. As a result, there could be some errors in thecalculation of Shadbala of those planets. Also, Graha Yuddha should be consideredonly between the five nonluminous physical planets. There are other considerationswhich could affect the Shadbala calculations. In such conditions, relying fully on theShadbala could cause problems.

    All such cases should be studied carefully as it is difficult draw a clear line.

    Aligning Lagna with the Best Placed Planet

    Here comes hitherto unknown bit. This might appear a bit strange to some. But, this hasbeen proposed after testing numerous charts for the accuracy of birth time.

    This step can not be easily done without using software as this is a highly iterative process.This author has used JHora. It could be performed using any software that gives nakshatralord, sublord, subsublord. table for all the planets like the one in JHora. In JHora, this is

    3 Graha Yuddha = Planetary War, when two nonluminary physical planets are less than a degree apart.

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    found by clicking the KP tab at the right bottom on the default screen. One will see theinformation like below:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub As Ju Sa Ve Ma Ju SaSu Ju Mo Mo Ju Ra VeMo Ma Ke Ve Mo Mo MaMa Ju Mo Me Sa Sa KeMe Me Ra Mo Me Sa Ju Ju Mo Ve Su Ra Ke JuVe Mo Sa Ve Mo Su MeSa Ju Ve Ju Mo Ke MoRa Ve Sa Me Ra Sa Ve

    Assuming that Rahu is the best placed planet, one could focus only on the relevantinformation of this table as below:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Ju Sa Ve Ma Ju SaRa Ve Sa Me Ra Sa Ve

    Now, in an iterative process, adjust the birth time such that both Lg and Ra have identicallords from Sublord onwards in the above table. Stop adjusting the birth time once thefollowing configuration is reached:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Ju Sa Me Ra Sa VeRa Ve Sa Me Ra Sa Ve

    The adjusted time to reach this alignment is the rectified birth time of the native.

    Other than the above suggested alignment, two more alignments are possible which alsoinvolve the Naklord of either Lagna or that of the planet in question. These alignments aredemonstrated below:

    Alignment2

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Ju Ve Sa Me Ra SaRa Ve Sa Me Ra Sa Ve

    Here, Sublord level of the Lagna is aligned to Naklord level of the planet in question.

    Alignment3

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Sa Me Ra Sa Ve VeRa Ve Sa Me Ra Sa Ve

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    Here, Naklord level of the Lagna is aligned with Sublord level of the planet in question.

    The time that gives an alignment that is closest to the given/recorded birth time should beconsidered as the rectified birth time.

    Normally, in case of well documented births, such an alignment is seen within a couple ofminutes from the recorded birth time. If not, following three situations are possible:

    a. There is an error in identifying the best placed planet, orb. The given birth time is grossly erroneous, orc. Could be a rare case that fails this theory (needs a closer look)

    The truth of this fact is demonstrated taking examples of some of the well recorded birthdetails of famous personalities. The given examples could be studied to understand theprocedure better as well as a proof that Lagna always points to the best placed planet in thechart. That is the time when the celestial rays are in mathematical harmony resulting in ahuman birth.

    Applicability Advantages of this method

    This method is applicable for the final finetuning of the birth time when birth time isavailable within a range of few minutes from the time of actual birth, or when ahospital record is available which invariably would have some variation due torecording errors.

    The advantage of this method is that there is no need to cast a Prashna chart, or thereis no need to know some important events in the life of the native, and there is no

    need to drill through many divisional charts and finetune them based on the eventsin the natives life. The method of finetuning poses inherent traps as it calls for avery good knowledge of delineating divisional charts. This method uses the availablebirth details and looks for the mathematical harmony between Lagna and anotherentity in the chart. Hence, is prone to fewer errors.

    This method is not too sensitive to small changes in Ayanamsha (like a difference ofeven around one degree), it still gives the same rectified time irrespective of theAyanamsha used in a small range. For example, the method gives same rectified timewhen either Lahiri or Raman Ayanamsha is used. Here the difference is more thanone degree between these two Ayanamshas. Hence, Astrologers can use anyAyanamsha of their choice. However, it should be noted that in some charts, theNavamsha placement of planets when on the border are sensitive to small changes inAyanamsha and this could hijack the end result.

    More than 100 charts with well recorded birth times have been tested to see if such analignment between the Lagna and the best placed planet exists around the given time of

    birth. There were only handful of misses and the success rate is exceptional.

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    Examples

    Those who would like to study this approach in detail are urged not to miss the last exampleof Jawaharlal Nehru . That example clearly demonstrates the power of this approach. TheAyanamsha used is True Chitrapaksha Ayanamsha.

    1. Client Eastwood 4

    Birth Date: 05/31/1930 (May 31, 1930)

    Birth Time: 17:35 (05:35 PM) PST (+8:00)Birth Place: San Francisco, CALatitude /Longitude: 37 N 47 / 122 W 26

    Rodden Rating /Source: AA / BC/BR in hand

    Source Notes: B.C. in hand from Steinbrecher, obtained by Bob Garner. (SameContemporary American Horoscopes and Gauquelin Book ofAmerican Charts)

    Planet Comments on the placement of the planet Sun NUMoon OWMars OW Mercury In Rasi Sandhi Jupiter Dispositor in SandhiVenus Dispositor in SandhiSaturn ENRahu BE

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    There is a tie between Moon and Mars. However, Mars has a higher Shadbala than Moon.Hence, Mars is the best placed planet in this chart.

    The relationship between Lagna and Mars is as follows:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Ju Me Sa Ra Ra MaMa Ke Ra Ra Ra Mo Ra

    The birth time is adjusted to have the alignment in the following manner:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Ju Ke Ra Ra Ra MoMa Ke Ra Ra Ra Mo Sa

    The birth time that gives the above alignment is 17:37:0.94 (as against the recorded time of

    17:35 hrs.)

    2. Pablo Picasso5

    Birth Date: 10/25/1881 (Oct 25, 1881)Birth Time: 23:15 (11:15 PM) LMT (+0:18)Birth Place: Malaga, SpainLatitude /Longitude: 36 N 43 / 04 W 25

    Rodden Rating /Source: AA / Quoted BC/BR

    Source Notes: B.C. in hand from Filipe Ferreira ("a las once y cuarto de la noche.")Formerly, Filipe Ferreira quoted Josep Palau Fabre in his well

    5 http://www.astrodatabank.com/NM/PicassoPablo.htm

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    documented, "Picasso Vivent," Ediciones Poligrafa, Barcelona, 1982,"according to the testimony of his father in the birth certificate." Thesame information is in the book of Picasso's secretary, Jaime Sabartes,"Picasso: Documents Iconographiques," p.113114 and 302303, Cailler,Genebra, 1954 (Formerly, times were given variously as 9:30 PM, 11:59PM, 12:03 PM, 11:35 AM, 7:30 AM and 7:30 PM)

    Planet Comments on the placement of the planet Sun DBMoon DBMars Disps DB Moon, DB Sat & DB RahuMercury VG(OW) Jupiter BEVenus Disps DB SunSaturn DBRahu DB

    Mercury is under Parivartana/Srinkhala both in Rasi as well as in Navamsha, as a resultbehaves as a Vargottama planet in own sign. Mercury is the best placed planet in the chart.

    The relationship between Lagna and Mercury is as follows:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Sa Ra Sa Sa Ra MoMe Ju Ra Sa Mo Ke Mo

    The birth time is adjusted to have the alignment in the following manner:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Ra Ra Sa Mo Ke RaMe Ju Ra Sa Mo Ke Ra

    The birth time that gives the above alignment is 23:15:47.2 (as against

    the recorded time of 23:15 hrs.)

    3. Queen Elizabeth II 6

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    Birth Date: 04/21/1926 (Apr 21, 1926)Birth Time: 2:40 (02:40 AM) GDT (+0:00)Birth Place: London, EnglandLatitude /Longitude: 51 N 30 / 0 W 10

    Rodden Rating /Source: AA / Quoted BC/BR

    Source Notes: Fagan quotes official announcement AA 3/l976

    Planet Comments on the placement of the planet Sun EXMoon OWMars EX Mercury DB, Dispositor in Sandhi Jupiter In Rasi Sandhi, disposits DB MercuryVenus NUSaturn GO

    Rahu VG (CF)

    Here, there is a tie between Sun and Mars. However, Mars has higher Shadbala than Sun.Hence, Mars is the winner and is the best placed planet in the chart.

    The relationship between Lagna and Mars is as follows:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Su Ma Ra Ve Ve Ra

    Ma Ma Sa Sa Ve Ke MeThe birth time is adjusted to have the alignment in the following manner:

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    Lg Ra Ma Sa Sa Ve KeMa Ma Sa Sa Ve Ke Me

    The birth time that gives the above alignment is 02:40:29.5 (as against the recorded time of02:40 hrs.)

    4. Albert Einstein 7

    Birth Date: 03/14/1879 (March 14, 1879)Birth Time: 11:30 (11:30 AM) LMT (0:40)Birth Place: Ulm, GermanyLatitude /Longitude: 48 N 24 / 10 E 00

    Rodden Rating /Source: AA / Quoted BC/BR

    Source Notes: Ebertin quotes B.R.

    Planet Comments on the placement of the planet Sun CFMoon GOMars FR (far away from deep exaltation point)Mercury DB Jupiter Disps DB MercuryVenus EXSaturn VG(MT) Rahu CF

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    Saturn has undergone Parivartana both in Rasi and Navamsha and as a result behaves as aVargottama. It also overcomes the blemish due to close conjunction of debilitated Mercurybecause of that.

    The relationship between Lagna and Saturn is as follows:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Ra Ma Ju Ra Sa SaSa Sa Mo Ve Me Ju Ju

    The birth time is adjusted to have the alignment in the following manner:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Ra Mo Ve Me Ju JuSa Sa Mo Ve Me Ju Ju

    The birth time that gives the above alignment is 11:28:24.7 (as against the recorded time of11:30 hrs.)

    Here are some famous Indian personalities for whom the birth details available are believedto be accurate.

    5. Swami Vivekananada

    Planet Comments on the placement of the planetSun VG (CF) Moon NUMars Disps DB RahuMercury GO Jupiter NUVenus EXN, (NU in Rasi)Saturn GO

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    Rahu DB

    Sun is a clear pick.

    The relationship between Lagna and Sun before rectification is as follows:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Ve Ke Ve Ju Ju JuSu Su Ra Ra Ve Ju Me

    The birth time is adjusted to have the alignment in the following manner:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Su Su Ra Ra Ve JuSu Su Ra Ra Ve Ju Mo

    Aligning Lagna with Sun, the rectified birth time will be 6:36:13.3 as against the recordedbirth time of 6:33:00 (from Sri Sanjay Raths book)

    6. Sri Satya Sai Baba

    Planet Comments on the placement of the planet Sun NUMoon NUMars OW Mercury NU Jupiter Dispositor combustVenus CombustSaturn CombustRahu NU

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    Though Mars is placed in the debilitation sign in Navamsha, it has undergone Srinkhalawith Moon, Jupiter and Mercury. Hence, it has no blemish of being debilitated inNavamsha. It is the only planet that qualifies. However, considering that the Srinkhalainvolving 4 planets is not very effective and disqualifying Mars on that ground, yet Marsqualifies as the best placed planet by virtue of having higher Shadbala than all other planets.

    The relationship between Lagna and Mars before rectification is as follows:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Sa Me Ju Ra Ve JuMa Ke Me Sa Sa Ke Me

    The birth time is adjusted to have the alignment in the following manner:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Sa Me Sa Sa Ke Me

    Ma Ke Me Sa Sa Ke Me

    Aligning Lagna with Mars, the rectified birth time is 6:26:07.1 as against the recorded birthtime of 6:26

    7. Indira Gandhi

    Planet Comments on the placement of the planetSun VG(MT) Moon GOMars GOMercury FR

    Jupiter GOVenus GOSaturn GORahu BE

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    This is a strong chart with three pairs of Parivartanas. Sun undergoes Parivartana with Marsin Rasi and is in its own sign in Navamsha. Hence, Sun is a clear pick.

    The relationship between Lagna and Sun before rectification is as follows:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Me Ju Ra Su Ve RaSu Sa Sa Ve Ve Ke Ju

    The birth time is adjusted to have the alignment in the following manner:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Me Sa Sa Ve Ve KeSu Sa Sa Ve Ve Ke Sa

    Aligning Lagna with Sun, we have the rectified time as 23:13:45.9 as against the recorded time

    of 23:13 (From Sri BV Ramans book)

    8. Jawaharlal Nehru

    This is a very interesting case to study using the proposed method of Birth TimeRectification. The reason being that there are different views on the correct birth timewithin a narrow range of about half an hour and it would be interesting to check what theresult of rectification indicates.

    Following are the different birth times available for Nehru:From Sri B V Ramans book (How to Judge a Horoscope Vol. II) 23:03 hrs. (LMT)From Sri Sanjay Raths book (Crux of Vedic Astrology) 23:21 hrs. (IST)Astrodatabank Rodden Rating A (from Memory) 23:36 hrs. (LMT)

    The second of the above three times is used cast the chart as it is the near average. In anycase, nothing much changes in Navamsha for all the three times except Navamsha Lagnawhich is not relevant to the method being used.

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    Planet Comments on the placement of the planet Sun In Rasi SandhiMoon VG(OW) Mars NUMercury NU

    Jupiter VG(OW)Venus OWSaturn Dispositor is in Rasi SandhiRahu NU

    Jupiter and Moon both are in their own sign in Rasi and they are in Srinkhala in Navamsha.Hence, they both behave like Vargottama planets in their own sign. As there is a tie betweenthem, Shadbala comes into picture. Clearly, Moon has a much higher Shadbala than that of Jupiter and hence Moon is picked as the best placed planet in this chart.

    The relationship between Lagna and Moon before rectification is as follows:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Me Ju Me Ju Me VeMo Me Me Ju Ju Ra Ke

    Looking at the above combination, one can see that out of the three possible alignments,only one is likely if the given timeframe is +/ 30 minutes from the assumed time, which isaligning Nakshatra lord of Lagna with Sublord of Moon. For any other alignment to take

    place, the rectified time undergoes a drastic change.

    The birth time is adjusted to have the alignment in the following manner:

    Body/Cusp * NakLord * Sublord * Pratisub * Sookshmasub * Praanasub * Dehasub Lg Me Ju Ju Sa Ve KeMo Me Me Ju Ju Sa Ve

    Aligning Lagna with Moon, we have the rectified birth time as 23:18:00 hrs (LMT). This isequivalent to 23:20:00 hrs (IST). This is very close to the time used by Sri Sanjay Rath (23:21IST). It appears that his source is the authentic in this particular case.

    It is clear from this example that in case of small errors in recorded birth time, this approachshows the way to narrow down to the likely correct birth time.

    Conclusion

    The above examples demonstrate that there is a clear affinity between Lagna and the bestplaced planet in the chart. Hence, it is appropriate to conclude that the correct birth time iswhen the Lagna is perfectly aligned to the best placed planet in the chart.

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    Extending the scope of this study

    It is always challenging to apply any Jyotish principle to a twins chart and verify it. As thenews of octuplets birth was breaking, it was indeed interesting to see how to apply thistheory for such births. The birth details are as follows:

    January 26, 2009 between 10:43 and 10:48 hrs, at Bellflower, California, USA.

    It was highly exciting to see that 8 alignments (one with each of the 8 planets) wereavailable in a span of just 5 minutes, roughly between 10:39 and 10:44! It is really very rare toget so many alignments in such a short span of time. Anyone who looks into this wouldunderstand that availability of 8 alignments to the Lagna in a span of only 5 minutes is notjust a coincidence. Though this theory has not been tested over a large number of twinscharts yet, this author believes that the principle given above could be successfully applied totwins (multiple births) charts as well.

    Muhurta

    In the presence of Ravi Yogas, the evil yogas have no effect.Count the Suns transit nakshatra to the Moons nakshatra. Ifthe Moons Nakshatra is the 4th, 6th, 9th, 10th, 13th and 20th

    Ravi yoga forms If the Amrita yoga and Siddhi yoga form simultaneously,

    the day is considered evil, like the combination of honeyand ghee (clarified butter) Jyotishtatva

    The nakshatra in which the solar or lunar eclipse occursshould be avoided for auspicious functions for 6 months, if itis full eclipse, for 3 months if half and 1 month if it is 1/4th

    - Muhurtha Sindhu by ranganti Rangacharya