Originally, Kota Chakra was being used for divining the outcome of a war between two warlords – one is the Lord of the Castle and the other is the Invader. Enemy's invasion is similar to raids (attacks!) conducted by punitive authorities, destruction of the castle is quite akin to fall of the ruling government, and the outcome of a dispute or lawsuit – in a way – has some similarities with the outcome of war; thus, Kota Chakra can be effectively used for these purposes – besides finding out the periods of sufferings owing to physical and mental disorders, duration of stressful periods, possibility of recovery, etc.
It should always be borne in mind that Kota Chakra only deals with the nakshatra-position of planets in transit – with reference to the Nakshatra-position occupied by Moon at Birth. As the effects of operating directional influences (Dasha-Bhukti, etc as per popularly used Vimshottari Dasha***; and/ or other Dasha-systems like Kala Chakra Dasha, Yogini Dasha, etc – if the person will well conversant with use of these) are of much more significance than those of transiting planets, erroneous (which might even be ridiculous) conclusions should never be arrived at from the transit considerations only. The effects (favorable or otherwise) can be expected to materialize only when the transit influences are perfectly in agreement with the operating directional influences.
[ ***N.B.: For obtaining the best possible results, the use of 28-Nakshatra-based Dasha-systems are recommended for studying the Kota Chakra. If in somebody's horoscope, Sun is situated in the Ascendant, then Shashti-Hayani Dasha (60 years' full-cycle) is to be used; in other cases, Ashtottari Dasha (108 years' full-cycle) – depending on the method as applicable (Krittikadi- or Aridradi-) should be followed. … However, it is a matter of deep regret that very few people actually know (and great many others are simply not interested to learn) how to use these relatively a-bit-more-complex – yet very interesting – Dasha-systems effectively. … As in these two systems the Dashas are not only of planets (as is in Dashas like Vimshottari), but are of a 'Planet-Nakshatra' combination, the 'Nakshatra' of the operating Dasha (as per Shashti-Hayani or Ashtottari) deserves to be given special importance. ]
Based on 28 Nakshatra-system (including the tiny tot Abhijit), Kota Chakra is a very important and useful tool for ascertaining the timings of possible unfavorable incidents like unexpected developments, untoward happenings, accidental mishaps, ultimate 'great escape' (particularly of violent types: like suicide, unintentional homicide, murder, assassination), etc mainly by studying transit positions of planets and their direction of motion. In certain sensitive Nakshatra-positions (which varies from chart to chart), the entry- and exit- of benefic and malefic planets, their change of direction of motion, and their rate of motion (whether faster or slower than average) are of great significance in delineation of results.
The planets termed as 'Kota-Swami' and 'Kota-Paala' – together with their afflictors (if any) – are of special importance in Kota Chakra. 'Kota-Swami' is the lord of Moon-sign***, and it is the significator of the person's physical body and wellbeing; whereas 'Kota-Paala' is determined as per Moon's Nakshatra-Charan, and it signifies the 'protector' of the person's physical body. At a particular period of time, if both of Kota-Swami and Kota-Paala are found to be weak and/ or afflicted – while some natural malefic planets and/or functional malefic planets are found to be transitting through some sensitive Nakshatra-positions, then quite unfavorable results are signified – according to the characteristics of the afflicting planets.
If a single natural malefic planet (who is a 'maraka' or 'badhaka' or otherwise a functional malefic planet too) afflicts both of the 'Kota-Swami' and the 'Kota-Paala' by conjunction or aspect, then the nakshatra-position of that malefic planet in transit deserves to be given very special importance – since it can be a potential harbinger of unfavorable happenings. But if a single natural benefic planet (who is neither a 'maraka' nor 'badhaka' or otherwise a functional malefic planet) influences both of the 'Kota-Swami' and the 'Kota-Paala' by conjunction or aspect, then the nakshatra-position of that malefic planet in transit also deserves to be given very special importance – since it will be a potential indicator of favorable happenings and even memorable events.
*** N.B.: If in a person's chart, Moon is involved in sign-exchange with a planet, then that planet becomes the 'mukhya' (principal) 'Kota-Swami' – whereas Moon becomes the 'gouna' (secondary) 'Kota-Swami'. In such cases, if a single natural malefic planet (who is a 'maraka' or 'badhaka' or otherwise a functional malefic planet too) afflicts both of these 'Kota-Swamis' (Mukhya and Gouna) by conjunction or aspect, then the nakshatra-position of that malefic planet in transit deserves to be watched with concern – since it can be a potential harbinger of unfavorable happenings.
As usual, the functional natures of the planets are determined from the Birth-chart only – from their respective lordship(s) and d isposition; and the 'maraka' and the 'badhaka' planets are given due consideration. From the Birth-chart, a general assessment about the probable 'longevity' is done first, and the possible nature of events likely to happen around a particular time-period is also found out. … Some astrologers use two Kota Chakras side by side – one showing the Nakshatra-positions of planets in the Birth-chart (which remains the same for life), while the other is for the Nakshatra-positions of planets in transit on a particular day – for which prediction is sought.
The Kota Chakra is variously represented as three concentric squares or rectangles or octagons; out of the three variations, the concentric rectangles are more commonly used. The space enclosed inside the innermost geometric figure is termed as 'Stambha' (it stands for the person's physical body and wellbeing); the space outside the innermost figure and enclosed by the middle geometric figure is termed as 'Madhya'; the space outside the middle figure and enclosed by the outermost geometric figure is termed as 'Prakaara'; and the space outside the outermost geometric figure is termed as 'Bahya'.
The figures are divided into two halves by a vertical straight line (or a pair of straightlines – which indicates 'paths'); these are then further divided into two – and thereby resulting in four quarters – by a horizontal straight line (or a pair of straightlines – as done before). Thereafter, by using two diagonal straight lines (or two pairs of straightlines – as done before) are used for making further divisions. Thus the three concentric geometrical shapes are fragmented into 8 parts.
The 4 diagonal lines (or pairs of lines) are called the 'entry' paths for 7 planets in transit (from Sun to Saturn) and 'exit' paths for 2 nodes (Rahu and Ketu); every one of these paths have three Nakshatras in succession. The 2 vertical lines (or pairs of lines) and the 2 horizontal lines (or pairs of lines) are called the 'exit' paths for 7 planets in transit (from Sun to Saturn) and 'entry' paths for 2 nodes (Rahu and Ketu); every one of these paths have four Nakshatras in succession.
The Nakshatra of the Moon (on the basis of 28 Nakshatra-system) is marked in the top left hand corner – on the outside of the outermost geometric figure. Beginning from the top left hand corner, along the diagonal line – towards inside – three nakshatras are marked in succession. Then next four nakshatras in succession are marked beginning from the innermost geometric figure – towards outside. In clockwise manner, this process is continued in the same manner – by alternately marking three nakshatras beginning from outside and proceeding towards inside, and four nakshatras beginning from inside and proceeding towards outside, in regular succession. Thus the places of 28 Nakshatras are marked.
For health and wellbeing, the 'Stambha' region (i.e., the space covered by the innermost geometric figure) is the most important. It will be seen that 4 different nakshatras – being the 4th, the 11th, the 18th, and the 25th, as reckoned from the Nakshatra occupied by the Moon – are in this region. These 4 naksharas are called the 'Stambhas' (pillars supporting the main structure); when the benefic planets are transitting through any of these four nakshatras, beneficial results are expected, and when the malefic planets are transitting through any of these four nakshatras, it is reasonable to expect that the results will be just the obverse.
The 'Stambha' and the 'Madhya' regions constitute the inner part of the Kota Chakra. Natural and functional benefic planets (when not in retrogression) in this area indicate inherent strength and excellent resistance to withstand adverse influences; natural and functional malefic planets do just the obverse (more so when retrograde). The 'Prakaara' and 'Bahya' regions constitute the outer part of the Kota Chakra – which represents the circumstances and surroundings. Natural and functional malefic planets indicate adverse circumstances (more so when retrograde); but natural and functional benefic planets (when not in retrogression) indicate improved condition.
For serious affection of health (or affliction to the physical body) owing to external influences, the 'Prakaara' region (i.e., the space outside the middle geometric figure and enclosed inside the outermost geometric figure) is the most important. It will be seen that 8 different nakshatras are there; one set of 4 different nakshatras are on the 'entry' paths and another set of 4 different nakshatras are on the 'exit' paths. For the 7 planets (from Sun to Saturn), the 4 Nakshatras on the 'entry' path are – as reckoned from the Nakshatra occupied by the Moon – the 2nd, the 9th, the 16th, and the 23rd respectively, and the 4 Nakshatras on the 'exit' path are the 6th, the 13th, the 20th, and the 27th respectively. As mentioned earlier, the reverse holds good in case of the 2 nodes (Rahu and Ketu), the 'entry' becomes 'exit' and vice versa.
If in some person's Kota Chakra, one or more natural malefic planet(s) – more so if they are functional malefic planet(s) too – transit through any of these 4 nakshatra lying on the 'exit' path of the 'Prakaara' region at a certain point of time, then the planet(s) is/ are become capable of delivering potentially dangerous 'blows' to the person's physical body – which might even prove to be fatal if the person is passing through the Vimshottari Dasha-Bhukti of 'maraka' or 'badhaka' or otherwise adverse planets. … The timing(s) may coincide with the onset of "retrogression" of that particular malefic planet or within a few days from it; it is obvious that such planets can be Mars and Saturn – as Sun can never be retrograde, and the nodes (Rahu and Ketu) are always retrograde.
Similarly, if one or more natural benefic planet(s) – more so if they are functional malefic planet(s) too – transit through any of these 4 nakshatra lying on the 'exit' path of the 'Bahya' region at a certain point of time, then the planet(s) is/ are become capable of delivering potentially dangerous 'blows' to the person's physical body – which might even prove to be fatal if the person is passing through the Vimshottari Dasha-Bhukti of 'maraka' or 'badhaka' or otherwise adverse planets. … The timing(s) may coincide with the onset of "retrogression" of that particular benefic planet or within a few days from it.
If a natural benefic planet becomes a functional malefic for being a trika-lord (i.e., the lord of 8th or 6th or 12th), then also its behavior can prove to be quite tricky when in transit it crosses over one of the 'Bahya' nakshatras – just outside and 'Prakaara'; it could be more so if in transit it conjoins with a dire malefic planet like Mars or Saturn. … However, such a thing can only happen the running Vimsottari Dasha is of a planet – who is a trika-lord (or is placed in a trika-house), the Bhukti is also of a planet – who is a trika-lord (or is placed in a trika-house). … Besides, the dispositors (or the sign-lords) of Rahu or Ketu can behave mischievously – more so when Rahu and/ or Ketu in transit is/ are occupying 'Stambha' nakshatra(s), and the concerned dispositor is close to 'Prakaara' – inside (or in a 'Prakaara' nakshatra) if the dispositor is a natural malefic, or outside (or in a 'Bahya' nakshatra) if the dispositor is a natural benefic.
Commencent of "rerogression" of any planet is always bad. In case of natural malefic planets, it is indicative of accidental mishap, untoward happening, etc; and in case of natural benefic planets, it signifies withdrawal of support or protection. Planets in 'atichara gati' (accelerated motion) also produce unfavorable results; if Mercury in accelerated motion is transitting through a sensitive nakshatra, accidental mishaps may occur resulting from vagaries of nature or stemming from human errors.
If two or more natural malefic planets are transitting over any of the 'Stambha' nakshatras, or at least one natural malefic planet is transitting such a nakshatra – while one or more malefic planets are about to enter, and no natural benefic planet is transitting over any of such nakshatras, the person's defence or resistance becomes very weak. Further, if two or more natural benefic planets are on any of the 'Madhya' nakshatras of the 'exit' path, vulnerability increases further. Additionally if at least one natural malefic planet – which is transitting over any of the 'Prakaara' nakshatras of the 'exit' path – turns retrograde, then the worst possible happening of calamitous type is feared. Such sort of combinations highlighting the predominance of malefic influences are termed as 'Durga Bhanga Yoga' *** (destruction of the castle), and there are many variations of it.
*** In case of (Late) Shri Rajiv Gandhi, on the fateful day (21/ 05/ 1991), two natural malefic planets – Mars and Ketu – were transitting over one of the 'Stambha' nakshatras (Punarvasu); out of the two planets, one was retrograde (Ketu), and no natural benefic planet was transitting over any of the 'Stambha' nakshatras. Two natural benefic planets were on the 'Madhya' nakshatras of the 'exit' path – Jupiter in Pushya, and Mercury in Ashwini. Saturn was transitting over one of the 'Prakaara' nakshatras of the 'exit' path – Shravana. As Saturned turned retrograde on 18/ 05/1991, the dreadful
'Durga Bhanga Yoga' (destruction of the castle) combination became complete. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on 21/ 05/ 1991.
With great precision and exceptional accuracy, Kota Chakra indicates the 'timings' – which can possibly trigger the event.
We wish to mention about a certain observation. While the Vimshottari Dasha-Bhukti periods of unfavorable planets operate (of Trika-lords, Marakas, or Badhakas), if a natural malefic planet in transit conjoins with the 'Kota'-Swami planet or 'Kota'-Paala planet in either the 3rd or the 22nd nakshatra as reckoned from the Nakshatra occupied by the Moon at birth, the possibility of suffering from serious health-affection increases. It is understandable that these two are unfavorable nakshatras if the reckoning is as per 27 nakshatra-system – since 3rd is Vipat and 22nd is Vainashika. But why should it happen so when the reckoning is as per 28 nakshatra-system (as followed in Kota Chakra) had baffled us since long.
In Kota Chakra, as per tradition, only the 7 Planets (Sun to Saturn) and 2 Lunar nodes (Rahu & Ketu) are considered. In respect of Rahu (and Ketu) it should be noted that their 'mean' positions are taken into account, and these two are considered to be 'always retrograde'. The 'true' positions of Rahu (and Ketu) are not to be used; this is since such positions can at times differ by about 1*45' (max.) – which might alter their Nakshatra-positions, and 'true' Rahu (and Ketu) can at times be 'static' or even in 'direct' motion. Although the transit-positions of Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto could be experimented with, yet no premature conclusion should be arrived at from the positions of these planets in isolation. All sorts of possible events and happenings – including those indicated by the Trans-Saturnine planets – can very well be gleamed from the positions of 9 planets (Sun to Ketu).
Some open-minded students have experimented with the transit-positions of the Trans-Saturnine planets in Kota Chakra – Uranus, Neptune, and Pluto. Although the results have not been found to be very encouraging, still it has been observed that when Pluto is on the 'entry' path, and is proceeding towards the 'Madhya' region or 'Stambha' region – while it is conjoined with a natural malefic planet, and this too happens in a nakshatra owned by a natural malefic planet, the person's vulnerability increases greatly. In case of (Late) Smt. Indira Gandhi, on the fateful day (31/ 10/ 1984), transit Pluto was on 'entry' path proceeding towards the 'Madhya' region; it was conjoined with Sun (a natural malefic planet) in Nakshatra Aridra (owned by a natural malefic planet, Rahu) – while Rahu (and Ketu) were afflicting two 'Stambha' nakshatras. The exact conjunction of Pluto and Sun was on 25/ 10/ 1984, and Sun had been transitting over this nakshatra (Aridra) from 23/ 10/ 1984 to 05/ 11/ 1984.
The sacred subject of Astrology does not endorse a fatalistic doctrine; it only indicates the prevailing tendencies around a particular time-period. As it is said that being forewarned is almost like being forearmed, the observations from Kota Chakra can be of immense practical usefulness – as the persons can made to become extremely careful and cautious during the indicable vulnerable period(s), and resort to all sorts of preventive and precautionary measures.
It is of interest to note that Kota Chakra has considerable similarities (and differences also) with Kala Chakra – which is used in Horary Astrology (Ref. Prashna Marga, Vol-2, Chapter-XVI). In Kala Chakra, certain nakshatras gain special importance by becoming the significators for Prana, Deha, Mrityu, etc. For the purpose of avoiding a confusing mix-up, we have covered Kala Chakra separately in following.
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