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Gaṇḍānta Anthony Hopkins

Mūla 1st Pada: Anthony Hopkins

In the chart of Sir Philip Anthony Hopkins Moon is in Mūla gaṇḍānta at 1°04’ just outside the Abhukta range. It is very similar to the chart of  Charles Farrar Browne and acts as the 8th lord in Lagna which gives great fame especially from a foreign country. Yet it is not alone. It conjoins the Sun, Mercury and Venus which generate a siṁhāsana yoga[1], dharma-karmādhipati yoga[2], Nipuṇa yoga[3] etc.

  1. As the 7th lord in Lagna Mercury overpowers the Moon to determine the daśā (fortune, destiny) as Dvisaptati sama daśā (72 year cycles) instead of the Moon determined Vimśottari daśā (120 years).
  2. This placement of lagneśa in 7th bhāva or 7th lord in lagna automatically empowers Venus to guide and protect the chart as it is the significator of the 7th bhāva. In addition, Venus is also in lagna conjoining the 7th bhāva.
  3. Kāla-amṛta yoga is present in this chart as all planets are in the half from Rāhu to Ketu reckoned in the zodiacal direction. This makes Ketu the dominant planet of the chart and protector and guide. Because of this feature Ketu will not cause the untold suffering that one born in Mūla gaṇḍānta has to face.
  4. Finally, there is a parivartana yoga between Jupiter which is both śubhapati (lord of Moon sign) and lagneśa and Saturn. This causes transfer of the evils of gaṇḍānta to Saturn thereby diverting the shocks and suffering.

These factors have caused the shift of the mūla gaṇḍānta to a house of Saturn instead of killing the native. Yet mars as the controller of agni tattva does its bit and he is the only child of his parents as Mars in the third bhāva destroys the siblings. Saturn is also the lord of 3rd bhāva and this is where the mūla doṣa shifted leaving the lagna to prosper. The Sun is in Lagna and he suffers from dyslexia performing very poorly at school even when he was a superb in the arts. Hopkins attended the Jones’ West Monmouth Boys School in Pontypool and then later in Cowbridge Grammer School. His path in life was very blurred until he met Richard Burton at the age of 15, which encouraged him to try acting. As a result, he joined the College of Music and Drama in Cardiff. The rest is history.

While we may attribute his three marriages to the kṛṣṇa caturdasī doṣa, but this seems to be yet another strange feature of the mūla 1st pada gaṇḍānta. It could the Mercury doṣa of Sagittarius[4] and Mercury is the 7th lord from the sign.


[1] Mercury as 10th lord in lagna promises brilliance in its line of work – he is a very versatile actor

[2] Mercury as 10th lord and Sun as 9th lord

[3] Conjunction of Mercury and Sun gives great skill relating to at least one line of activity, especially when related to lagna or 10th bhāva.

[4] Seven mixed form signs have doṣa (flaws). Pisces – Sun, Aquarius – Moon, Libra – Mars, Sagittarius – Mercury, Capricorn – Jupiter, Gemini – Venus, Virgo – Saturn. Graha devatā mantra removes doṣa quickly.

Gaṇḍānta Y.S.Rajasekhara Reddy

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Details about the chart can be read in a previous issue of the Jyotish Digest. In the chart of Y. Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR), Moon is in Mūla gaṇḍānta in the 12th bhāva. The exact position of the Moon at 1°28’ is just outside the Abhukta mūla range of 0°50’ indicating that the bay would survive. This gaṇḍānta afflicts the agni tattva and Sun is the lord of the 8th house as well in this chart.

Y.S. Raja Reddy, father of Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy, was killed in a bomb attack in his native Kadapa district while he was returning to Pulivendula from his farm house in a car May 23, 1998. This murder of father incident happened in Mars daśā Moon antardaśā in the chart of YSR showing the power of the gaṇḍānta Moon to bring sudden losses and suffering. Affliction to agni tattva also afflicts father and male elders besides son.

YSR died due to a helicopter crash in a storm when the chopper was hit by lightening[1]. The accident (Mars or Ketu) and death happened on 2nd September 2009 at about 9.02 am. The accident and/or death occurred near Rudravaram in his Rāhu daśā Ketu antardaśā. It is noteworthy that Ketu conjoins Mars in the 6th house in navāṁśa. Jaimini teaches that if Mars and Ketu conjoin the 2nd or 6th bhāva in navāṁśa, then the native is killed by partner. This can mean spouse or any other important partner or someone travelling with the native. In any case, it just proves that affliction to agni tattva, which includes Sun, Mars and Ketu shows a violent sudden death, a gaṇḍānta that leaves a vacuum and everyone in shock.

If we were to follow the planet in 8th house, or 8th lord then, Saturn is in the 8th house and in Gemini navāṁśa. The 4th from this is Virgo which is occupied by Mars and Ketu in navāṁśa.

It is also noteworthy that in both the examples, either the Moon is in Lagna or the lord of Moon sign (śubhapati) is in Lagna. The direct association of the Lagna with the gaṇḍānta Moon does bring the gaṇḍānta doṣa on the native. Yet there can be some peculiar instances where this may not work, as in the next case of Anthony Hopkins.


[1] Mercury rules natural calamities and lightening is definitely ruled by Jupiter – these confirm the natal position of debilitated Jupiter aspecting the 3rd house from ārūḍha lagna showing the manner in which death is to come

Gaṇḍānta

Nakṣatra Gaṇḍānta

Gaṇḍa has been clearly defined by Nārada as the period of a prahara (3 hours) covering the junction of agni and jala rāśi. These junctions are (1) Jyeṣṭha-Mūla (in Scorpio-Sagittarius) , (2) Aśleṣā-Maghā (in Cancer-Leo) and (3) Revatī-Aśvinī (in Pisces-Aries).

Maharṣi Vasiṣṭha defines a flaw called ‘Abhukta Mūla’ for these three junctions and any child born during the 180 minutes when the Moon is at these junctions. Period of 90 minutes is one Kāla (as in kālachakra) at the end of Aśleṣā, Jyeṣṭha and Revatī and 90 minutes at the start of Maghā, Mūla and Aśvinī is to be treated as Abhukta Mūla doṣa. The word Abhukta implies (a) uneaten as in fasting or being denied food for sustenance, (b) unenjoyed or unused as in abstinence indicating one who is neither a source of joy nor of any use to the world (society). It shows one who is like an unexpended unannounced guest disturbing and shocking the existing structure. The conjunction of the water and fire signs is treated as the conjunction between the Moon (water) and Sun (fire) which is like amāvāsya and Soma (nectar of life and immortality) is not available for the animal kingdom as the Moon hides in plant kingdom.

The exact lunar transit in one kāla (90min) is 0°50’ arc. The Abhukta Mūla doṣa portion of water signs is at 29°10’ to 30°00’ while in the fire signs it is in the beginning at 0°00’ to 0°50’.

This view of the Abhukta Mūla as defined by Nārada and Vasiṣṭha is supported by the seers Brahma, Saunaka, while Maharṣi Kaśyapa gives a higher prominence to the gaṇḍānta in Aśleṣā-Maghā and Jyeṣṭha-Mūla as producing serious Abhukta Mūla doṣa while underplaying Revatī-Aśvinī.

Nakṣatra ṣoḍaśāṁśa

Brahma defines this Abhukta Mūla in terms of space instead of time. The span of a nakṣatra is 13°20’ (800’) and this portion of 50’ is one-sixteenth (1/16th) portion of the Nakṣatra. In essence, every nakṣatra is divided into four pada of 3°20’ each which in turn are divided into four parts of 0°50’ each. The gaṇḍānta is in the first 1/16th portion of the nakṣatra in fire/odd signs while it is in the last 1/16th portion of the nakṣatra in the water/even signs. These sixteen portions of the nakṣatra are like the sixteen tithī called ṣoḍaśī where 15 tithī manifest and the 16th is śūnya (void).

Other views

Confusions exist about the definition of the Abhukta Mūla in the definitions based on tie and space. The word Prahara (प्रहर) is defined in jyotiṣa as a fixed period of 3 hours reckoned from sunrise. There are eight prahara in a day of 24 hours and the junctions of these prahara are fixed. In North India these are also referred to as ghaḍī (घडी) meaning ‘the watch’. The first prahara or a day is ruled by the lord of the day and the subsequent follow the order of the kālachakra. Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Moon and Rāhu is the regular order of planets in the Kālachakra.

If sunrise is at 6:00’am on Sunday then the starting time for the prahara of that Sunday are – Sun (6am), Mars (9am), Jupiter (Noon), Mercury (3pm), Venus (6pm), Saturn (9pm), Moon (Midnight) and Rāhu (3am). Now, if on that day the Moon was to enter Sagittarius at 5:15’pm, then we can say that it entered Sagittarius in Mercury prahara. Since this prahara extends from 3-6 pm, then according to some views, the Abhukta Mūla of Mūla nakṣatra is merely 45 minutes from 5:15’ to 6:00’pm as the Mercury prahara ends at 6:00’pm.

We believe that this is a distortion of the definition of Abhukta Mūla. Brahma has done well to define this in space terms as 50’arc else this unnecessary controversy could have left us with doubts. In the above example, using Nārada and other sages definition, the Abhukta Mūla portion would be in two parts – (a) Jyeṣṭha Abhukta: 3:45’pm-5:15’pm (90 minutes before transit) and (b) Mūla Abhukta: 5:15’pm-6:45’pm (90 minutes after transit).

Blemish of Abhukta

Abhukta means that which cannot be enjoyed or adored. All the sages are unanimous in the opinion that a child born in any of the six Abhukta portions should be given away (for adoption) and taken back after 8 years have been completed. The 8 years refers to the 8 prahara portions that need to be completed [karma results of Moon manifest @ 1 prahara per year]. What is implied is that if this is not done then the separation with the child shall be very painful and severe suffering is indicated.

Maharṣi Saunaka concurs and advises that the propitiatory rituals for taking the child back should be conducted on the day of Janma Nakṣatra (which is the gaṇḍānta nakṣatra) when 9th year of the child commences.

Vasiṣṭha Riders

In the case of Mūla gaṇḍānta (nakṣatra), the first pada birth does not cause evil to father if the birth is in the night. This is because agni tattva doṣa is absent at night just as maṅgalika doṣa (caused by Mars, the ruler of agni tattva) is negligible at night. Similarly, for one born in the daytime, the second pada doṣa of death of mother will not occur as jala tattva doṣa does not manifest strongly for day birth. If the remedial measures are done within one year, then the Abhukta mūla doṣa does not afflict father whereas if it is done within 3 years then mother is safeguarded.

Kerala Tithī-aṁśa

Part

Long

Death / Danger

Part

Long

Death / Danger

1

 0° 53′ 20″

Father

9

 8° 0′ 0″

Family suffers

2

 1° 46′ 40″

Father

10

 8° 53′ 20″

Cattle, Pets

3

 2° 40′ 0″

Sister’s Husband

11

 9° 46′ 40″

Servants

4

 3° 33′ 20″

Grand Father

12

 10° 40′ 0″

Self – Native

5

 4° 26′ 40″

Mother

13

 11° 33′ 20″

Eldest Sibling

6

 5° 20′ 0″

Maternal Aunt

14

 12° 26′ 40″

Elder Sibling

7

 6° 13′ 20″

Maternal Uncle

15

 13° 20′ 0″

Maternal Grand Father

8

 7° 6′ 40″

Aunt

The nakṣatra is divided into 15 parts each called tithī-aṁśa and various results are attributed for each part.

Pada Doṣa

The effect of the Abhukta spreads to the drekkāṇa (10°) of the gaṇḍānta nakṣatra. Each nakṣatra is 13°20’ span comprising four pada of 3°20’ each. According to most authorities, the effect of the gaṇḍānta junction spreads on either side to 10° (= 1 drekkāṇa or 3 pada). The first three pada of agni rāśi (Aśvinī, Maghā and Mūla) and the last three pada of jala rāśi (Aśleṣā, Jyeṣṭha and Revatī) have flaws.

Pada Doṣa – Male Nativity

Table 1: Janma Nakṣatra: Aśvinī, Maghā and Mūla

Pada Long Danger Tattva Āyana
1  3° 20′ Danger Father, Patri-lineage Agni Dharma
2  6° 40′ Danger Mother, Matri-lineage Jala Mokṣa
3  10° 0′ Danger Pets, Food, Wealth Pṛthvi Artha
4  13° 20′ Good Results, Sibling? Vāyu Kāma

Table 2: Aśleṣā, Jyeṣṭha and Revatī [Reverse of previous]

Pada Long Danger Tattva Āyana
1  3° 20′ Good Results, Sibling? Vāyu Kāma
2  6° 40′ Danger Pets, Food, Wealth Pṛthvi Artha
3  10° 0′ Danger Mother, Matri-lineage Jala Mokṣa
4  13° 20′ Danger Father, Patri-lineage Agni Dharma

Pada Doṣa – Female Nativity

Table 3: Janma Nakṣatra: Aśvinī, Maghā and Mūla

Pada Long Danger Tattva Āyana
1  3° 20′ Danger Pets, Food, Wealth Pṛthvi Artha
2  6° 40′ Danger Father, Patri-lineage Agni Dharma
3  10° 0′ Danger Mother, Matri-lineage Jala Mokṣa
4  13° 20′ Good Results, gains wealth Vāyu Kāma

Table 4: Aśleṣā, Jyeṣṭha and Revatī [Reverse of previous]

Pada Long Danger Tattva Āyana
1  3° 20′ Good Results, gains wealth Vāyu Kāma
2  6° 40′ Danger Mother, Matri-lineage Jala Mokṣa
3  10° 0′ Danger Father, Patri-lineage Agni Dharma
4  13° 20′ Danger Pets, Food, Wealth Pṛthvi Artha

Additional Blemish

Sage Nārada adds that birth in Mūla nakṣatra will destroy (very evil) the father-in-law while birth in Aśleṣā will destroy Mother-in-Law. Jyeṣṭha is evil for Elder Brother-in-Law while Maghā is deadly for Younger Brother-in-Law. But this blemish does not apply to the last quarter of Mūla (and Maghā) and 1st quarter of Aśleṣā (Jyeṣṭha) which are actually auspicious being beyond the 10° range of Abhukta blemish.

Names changes and Mūla

One interesting observation is that the popular name drops “Philip” and uses only “Anthony Hopkins”. Charles Brown also changed his surname to “Browne” and became famous with yet another name “Artemus Wand”. “Al Gore” has almost become the name for “Albert Gore” while Carlos Irwin Estevez is popularly “Charlie Sheen”. Even Ingeborg Bachmann when in Italy in 1954-1955, wrote political columns under the pseudonym Ruth Keller for the Westdeutschen Allgemeinen Zeitung.

Observation: If the afflicted tattva is in the 7th bhāva (Rudra gāyatrī), then the native shall become very successful in business or trade and shall amass a fortune. They tend to create a brand or an exclusive commodity.

Mūla Nakṣatra Birth

Mūla 1st Pada: Charles Farrar Browne

Artemus Ward was the pen name of Charles Farrar Browne, who started at 13 as an apprentice to a printer. He set type for several newspapers in New England before a Boston printshop hired him in 1851 in Venus daśā Jupiter antardaśā. His first humorous sketches, signed ‘Chub’ appeared in the Boston Carpet-bag. During the next 2 years he was a printer in several Ohio towns. In 1853 (Saturn antardaśā) he became an editor on the Toledo Commercial. Between 1857 (Venus-Mercury) and 1861 (Sun-Mars) he was an editor of the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

With the advent of Sun daśā his fortune turned as in 1860, he became editor of Vanity Fair, a humorous New York weekly, which proved a failure. His Janma Nakṣatra is Mūla and although he is not in the very dangerous Abhukta (0°50’) portion, his birth is still in the first pada which shows affliction to agni tattva. Although prima facie exalted, the Sun actually becomes very malefic for Mūla gaṇḍānta born natives. In addition, it combusts the lagneśa Jupiter[1]. His pen named character “Artemus Ward” was the favorite author of U.S. President Abraham Lincoln. Before presenting ‘The Emancipation Proclamation’ to his Cabinet, Lincoln read to them the latest episode, ‘Outrage in Utiky’. Mark Twain was also very inspired by “Artemus Ward”.

Moon is the lord of the 8th bhāva and according to Jaimini, the manner of death is to be known from the sign in the 4th bhāva from its navāṁśa position. Moon is in Aries navāṁśa making Cancer, the chest region, as the area of disease which can bring death (gaṇḍānta). As 8th lord in Lagna conjoining the 12th lord Ketu it shows foreign residence. Moon in lagna also promises fame and popularity. With the advent of Moon daśā in 1866, Charles went to England. He became exceedingly popular both as a lecturer and as a contributor to Punch, as promised by the Moon in Lagna.

In the spring of the following year, his health gave way and he died of tuberculosis (lung/chest disease as indicated by 4H from navāṁśa Moon) at Southampton on March 6, 1867 in Moon daśā Mars antardaśā. Moon is the 8th lord whereas Mars is in the 3rd bhāva, which is 8th from 8th bhāva. It is also the dispositor of lagneśa and is stationed in malefic sign. In navāṁśa it conjoins Ketu forming piśāca yoga and will carry out the mūla gaṇḍānta ‘agni flaw’ of first pada as it is the significator of agni tattva. The Moon transited over natal Mars in Aquarius on the date of death. Tithī was śukla pratipada ruled by the Sun (agni) in 5th house. It is evident that Moon in gaṇḍānta did give premature and sudden death by disease based on 64th navāṁśa[2] and Moon is the 8th lord.


[1] Jupiter (23°57’) is within the 11° combustion range from Sun (14°50’) and shows the starting phase of combustion – which going to be experienced for about 22 years from birth in entirety and thereafter he will shine with spiritual luster. But the burnout rate is high for one born in Mūla gaṇḍānta.

[2] The 64th navāṁśa is the sign in the 4th bhāva from the navāṁśa position of the Moon in navāṁśa (Aries) which is Cancer indicating Chest region, Tuberculosis. Method is emphasized by Jaimini.

 

Sun in Kṛttikā

This entry is part 3 of 3 in the series Nakṣatra

Kṛttikā nakṣatra extends from 26°40’ Aries to 10° Taurus and has four pada indicating the four ayana of life.

No. Position Navāṁśa Tattva Ayana D1 Lord D9 Lord
Pada 1 Ar 26°40’ – Ar 30°00’ Sagittarius Agni Dharma Mars Jupiter
Pada 2 Ta 0°00’ – Ta 3°20’ Capricorn Pṛthvi Artha Venus Saturn
Pada 3 Ta 3°20’ – Ta 6°40’ Aquarius Vāyu Kāma Venus Saturn
Pada 4 Ta 6°40’ – Ta 10°00’ Pisces Jala Mokṣa Venus Jupiter

Sun

Planetary Relationship with the Sun in Kṛttikā nakṣatra:

  • Mars: the native is capable of removing every impediment. He has good earnings due to his enterprise and courage.
  • Mercury: the native has interest in music and arts and is very talented. He has a decent personality and is very likeable.
  • Jupiter: among his family he is the best. He is very good in political strategy and leadership which can lead him to being a minister or topmost adviser. He has ample wealth and financial resources to fulfill all desires.
  • Venus: the native has very attractive and beautiful eyes. The beautiful, well-formed body becomes the topic of discussion making him a celebrity.
  • Saturn: both the health and wealth of the native are poor. Due to fights and internal strife within the family, his home life becomes intolerable and gradually the entire life becomes meaningless as everything (including work, business etc.) collapses.

Pada-1
If the Sun is in the first pada and has the association of any benefic planet then the native has a normal life. His wealth gradually improves and he becomes wealthy. He is blessed with many children. Without aspects or the aspect of malefic planets can drastically change the situation making him poor and underprivileged. He takes to learning vedic astrology, palmistry or other secret knowledge but his partial learning (bookish knowledge without a guru) is not helpful. His eyesight weakens with time but he is blessed with excellent appetite and is very fond of food. His life can take a drastic turn due to some hazard like fire accident or electricity etc.

Pada-2
If the sun is in the second pada the native has a very long life. He is blessed with children, grandchildren and may even live to see great-grandchildren. Prosperity and fame come as age advances. The native has a sharp brain and is intelligent. He becomes the follower of some sadhu (saint) and gets spiritual knowledge and insight. The native is fond of music, art and drama. If the native gets proper education in childhood then he can become a skin specialist (doctor, healer, massage therapist etc.) or a chemist.

Pada-3
The sun in the third pada indicates a person who lives life as a petitioner or a beggar. He suffers from unnatural or incurable diseases. If other negative combinations are present then this adds to the danger of bālāriṣṭa (premature death). The native earns money through businesses like makeup artist, hair dressing, barber or anything to do with leather like cobbler or business involving leather products. With malefic planetary influences, even professions like prostitution can become the vocation and danger of sexually transmitted diseases or death due to the same can happen.

Pada-4
If the sun is in the fourth pada of Kṛttikā nakṣatra, the native lives a normal life and belongs to the lower class. The native serves others. If malefic planets influence the sun, the native can be unfaithful or even a murderer. His mind has cruel thoughts and he causes great hurt to his wife and children. He wastes money and time indulging in alcohol (drugs etc.), gambling and suffers from water-related (circulation or water-borne) diseases.

Illustrations

Thakur Natwar Singh

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The fourth son of Thakur Govind Singh of Deeg and his wife Thakurani Prayag Kaur, Singh was born in the princely state of Bharatpur to an aristocratic Jat family related to the ruling dynasty of Bharatpur. He attended Mayo College and Scindia School, Gwalior, both traditionally for Indian princely clans and nobles, and took an undergraduate degree at St. Stephen’s College, Delhi. He subsequently studied at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge University and was a visiting scholar for a period at Peking University in China. The Sun is in the second pada of Krttika naksatra which is considered the most fortunate of all the four pada. Given the right education the native will make a mark for himself in life.
The Sun is conjoined lagnesa Mercury and Jupiter in the ninth house enhancing the result “sharp brain and is intelligent”. Read the impact of Jupiter on the Sun in Krittika. Singh joined the Indian Foreign Service (IFS) in 1953 [Sun dasa Jupiter antara] and served for 31 years. In 1984 [Rahu dasa Mercury antara], after resigning from the Indian Foreign Service, Singh joined the Congress party and was elected to the 8th Lok Sabha from Bharatpur constituency in Rajasthan.In 1985 [Rahu dasa Mercury antara] he became the Minister for Steel and Coal and in 1986 [Rahu dasa Venus antara] he became the minister for External Affairs. Venus has parivartana rajayoga with Jupiter that influences the Sun in Krittika nakshatra. His fortunes nosedived in the last part of the Rahu dasa, Sun antara to the end in 1991, as Rahu has a malefic aspect on the Sun.
He was elected to the Rajya Sabha from Rajasthan in 2002 [Jup dasa Ven antara]. The Congress party came back to power in 2004 [Jup dasa Moon antara], and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh appointed Natwar Singh the Minister for External affairs (23 May 2004). However Mars is a very malefic planet in this chart being in debility in the seventh bhava from arudha lagna. It has rasi drsti on the Sun which is very damaging especially as it is a debilitated malefic, and a dire malefic for Virgo lagna. On 27 Oct 2005 in Jup dasa Mars antara the “oil for food” scandal surfaced which forced him to resign and gradually he was pushed into retirement. He got into a war of words with Sonia Gandhi and in August 2014 [Sat dasa Ketu antara], Natwar Singh’s autobiography which promised to be a ‘say-it-all’, “One Life is Not Enough”, was released. Ketu also has rasi drsti on the Sun and is another malefic for Virgo lagna. I guess when a politician publishes memoirs it means retirement.
Sun in second pada promises children and grandchildren – he has a son, Jagat Singh (b. August 1968 Mars dasa Rahu antara) and a daughter, Ritu Kaur (b. November 1970 Mars dasa Saturn antardasa). He has two grandsons from his son – Hanut Singh (b. 1995) and Himmat Singh (b. 1997). Unfortunately his daughter-in-law committed suicide by jumping from the balcony of her room at the Delhi Hyatt Regency Hotel and later his daughter Ritu hanged herself in her bedroom on 9 May 2002. Atmakaraka Venus in ksaya bhava in Gandanta can bring a lot of sorrow from daughter, daughter-in-law when it is 9th lord.

Gāyatrī Mantras

gayatri5Gāyatrī is a chandas, a vedic meter, designed with 24 syllables (phonemes) and having three pada (feet) each having eight syllables. This conception of gāyatrī is based on (a) the standard mantra pada which is of eight syllables called aṣṭākṣarī. This is the simplest form of the mantra-pada. स-स-व-द प-र-र-ज | sa-sa-va-da pa-ra-ra-ja and (b) the fact that Agni devatā, the deva of bhū-loka (earth plane of consciousness) has three legs. [ॐ भूर् अग्नये स्वाहा | om bhūr agnaye svāhā]

Each leg is pointed at a direction of 120° from the other. Together, the three legs cover the 360° of the geo-centric zodiac. These feet are exactly at 0°, 120° and 240° of the zodiac which are the gaṇḍānta points. When any planet is at these junctions, it is subject to destruction under the feet of Agni devatā. We speak about gaṇḍānta at the Sivananda Ashram 15th Annual Vedic Astrology Conference. Suffice is to say that we need mantra(s) that would prevent various types of destruction under the terrible flames of Agni at the gaṇḍānta. These mantra are in the gāyatrī chandas, which alone is most adored by Agni Devatā,  and are from the Mahānārāyaṇa Upaniṣad. Unlike the gāyatrī of the Ṛk Veda which require initiation to function, these mantra shall work by the mere recitation.

These gāyatrī are based on the kavacha mantra of the devatā. For example, consider the Nārāyaṇa Kavacha which is composed of three nāma mantra –
ॐ नमो नारायणाय | om namo nārāyaṇāya à nāma ‘Nārāyaṇa’
ॐ विष्णवे नमः | om viṣṇave namaḥ à nāma ‘Viṣṇu’
ॐ नमो भगवते वासुदेवाय | om namo bhagavate vāsudevāya à nāma ‘Vāsudeva’

These three names are used in the Nārāyaṇa Gāyatrī as taught in the Mahānārāyaṇa Upaniṣad. Just as the three nāma-mantra of the Nārāyaṇa Kavacha can protect the brāhmaṇa (Jupiter) from false allegations and every kind of evil, so also the Nārāyaṇa gāyatrī protects when Jupiter passes through gaṇḍānta.
नारायणाय विद्महे वासुदेवाय धीमहि।
तन्नो विष्णुः प्रचोदयात्‌॥ २९॥
nārāyaṇāya vidmahe vāsudevāya dhīmahi |
tanno viṣṇuḥ pracodayāt || 29||

Devatā Nāma Gāyatrī [Mahānārāyaṇa Upaniṣad]
tatpuruṣa
mahādeva
rudra
तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महादेवाय धीमहि।
तन्नो रुद्रः प्रचोदयात्‌॥ २३॥
tatpuruṣāya vidmahe mahādevāya dhīmahi |
tanno rudraḥ pracodayāt || 23||
tatpuruṣa
vakratuṇḍa
danti
तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे वक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि।
तन्नो दन्तिः प्रचोदयात्‌॥ २४॥
tatpuruṣāya vidmahe vakratuṇḍāya dhīmahi |
tanno dantiḥ pracodayāt || 24||
tatpuruṣa
cakratuṇḍa
nandi
तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे चक्रतुण्डाय धीमहि।
तन्नो नन्दिः प्रचोदयात्‌॥ २५॥
tatpuruṣāya vidmahe cakratuṇḍāya dhīmahi |
tanno nandiḥ pracodayāt || 25||
tatpuruṣa
mahāsenā
ṣaṇmukha
तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे महासेनाय धीमहि।
तन्नः षण्मुखः प्रचोदयात्‌॥ २६॥
tatpuruṣāya vidmahe mahāsenāya dhīmahi |
tannaḥ ṣaṇmukhaḥ pracodayāt || 26||
tatpuruṣa
suvarṇapakṣī
garuḍa
तत्पुरुषाय विद्महे सुवर्णपक्षाय धीमहि।
तन्नो गरुडः प्रचोदयात्‌॥ २७॥
tatpuruṣāya vidmahe suvarṇapakṣāya dhīmahi |
tanno garuḍaḥ pracodayāt || 27||
vedātman
hiraṇyagarbha
brahma
वेदात्मनाय विद्महे हिरण्यगर्भाय धीमहि।
तन्नो ब्रह्म प्रचोदयात्‌॥ २८॥
vedātmanāya vidmahe hiraṇyagarbhāya dhīmahi |
tanno brahma pracodayāt || 28||
पाठभेदः pāṭhabhedaḥ
caturmukha
kamaṇḍaludhara
brahmā
चतुर्मुखाय विद्महे कमण्डलुधराय धीमहि।
तन्नो ब्रह्मा प्रचोदयात्‌॥
caturmukhāya vidmahe kamaṇḍaludharāya dhīmahi |
tanno brahmā pracodayāt ||
nārāyaṇa
vāsudeva
viṣṇu
नारायणाय विद्महे वासुदेवाय धीमहि।
तन्नो विष्णुः प्रचोदयात्‌॥ २९॥
nārāyaṇāya vidmahe vāsudevāya dhīmahi |
tanno viṣṇuḥ pracodayāt || 29||
vajranakha
tīkṣṇadaṁṣṭra
narasiṁha
वज्रनखाय विद्महे तीक्ष्णदंष्ट्राय धीमहि।
तन्नो नारसिंहः प्रचोदयात्‌॥ ३०॥
vajranakhāya vidmahe tīkṣṇadaṁṣṭrāya dhīmahi |
tanno nārasiṁhaḥ pracodayāt || 30||
bhāskara mahaddyutikara
āditya
भास्कराय विद्महे महद्द्युतिकराय धीमहि।
तन्नो आदित्य्यः प्रचोदयात्‌॥ ३१॥
bhāskarāya vidmahe mahaddyutikarāya dhīmahi |
tanno ādityyaḥ pracodayāt || 31||
पाठभेदः pāṭhabhedaḥ
āditya
sahasrakiraṇa
bhānu
आदित्याय विद्महे सहस्रकिरणाय धीमहि।
तन्नो भानुः प्रचोदयात्‌॥
ādityāya vidmahe sahasrakiraṇāya dhīmahi |
tanno bhānuḥ pracodayāt ||
vaiśvānaraya
lālīla
agni
वैश्वानरय विद्महे लालीलाय धीमहि।
तन्नो अग्निः प्रचोदयात्‌॥ ३२॥
vaiśvānaraya vidmahe lālīlāya dhīmahi |
tanno agniḥ pracodayāt || 32||
पाठभेदः pāṭhabhedaḥ
pāvaka
saptajihva
vaiśvānara
पावकाय विद्महे सप्तजिह्वाय धीमहि।
तन्नो वैश्वानरः प्रचोदयात्‌॥
pāvakāya vidmahe saptajihvāya dhīmahi |
tanno vaiśvānaraḥ pracodayāt ||
kātyāyani
kanyākumāri
durgi
कात्यायनाय विद्महे कन्याकुमारि धीमहि।
तन्नो दुर्गिः प्रचोदयात्‌॥ ३३॥
kātyāyanāya vidmahe kanyākumāri dhīmahi |
tanno durgiḥ pracodayāt || 33||
पाठभेदः pāṭhabhedaḥ
mahāśūlini
mahādurgā
bhagavatī
महाशूलिन्यै विद्महे महादुर्गायै धीमहि।
तन्नो भगवती प्रचोदयात्‌॥
mahāśūlinyai vidmahe mahādurgāyai dhīmahi |
tanno bhagavatī pracodayāt ||
पाठभेदः pāṭhabhedaḥ-2
subhagā
kamalamālini
gaurī
सुभगायै विद्महे कमलमालिन्यै धीमहि।
तन्नो गौरी प्रचोदयात्‌॥
subhagāyai vidmahe kamalamālinyai dhīmahi |
tanno gaurī pracodayāt ||
navakula
viṣadanta
sarpa
नवकुलाय विद्महे विषदन्ताय धीमहि।
तन्नः सर्पः प्रचोदयात्‌॥
navakulāya vidmahe viṣadantāya dhīmahi |
tannaḥ sarpaḥ pracodayāt ||
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