Strength of Stars - Tara Balam
II Tadeva lagnam, sudinam Tadeva
Thara balam, Chandra balam Tadeva
Vidya balam, daiva balam Tadeva
Lakshmipathengri yugam smaraami II
This is the one Shloka we often listen whenever we attend any auspicious event. This Shloka is chanted when we are about to begin the pooja. The meaning of the Shloka is that whenever we worship lord Lakshmipati’s holy feet having faith in him that is the best lagna, the auspicious day which has the strength of all stars, strength of the moon, it has the power of knowledge and the blessings of all gods whom we worship.
We check various strengths to select a muhoortham for any auspicious event that we want to perform. For this we check for Tara balam (strength of Stars), Chandra balam, Guru Balam, Surya balam, lagna Shuddhi etc. Getting all these strengths in a specific time which we prefer is not possible. To get out of such doshas and correct the things those are not in a good position we must worship Lord Vishnu’s (Lakshmipati) holy feet. He is the tithi, vara, nakshatra, yoga, Karana. Hence worshiping him will result in making the things right and remove all the doshas.
Tara balam is the strength provided by the stars in ones horoscope or the particular time which we choose to celebrate an auspicious event. We all know that there are 27 stars according to our Vedas and Indian astrology. These stars position needs to be in a favorable position in casting a muhoortham. It is calculated that the Moon takes 27 days (roughly) to pass through these stars. The daily motion of the moon decides the strength of the star from that of one’s birth Star(Janma nakshatra). The transit of the Moon one star to another marks the favorable and unfavorable to one’s birth star. This is divided into three sets consisting 9 in each (Navakam). It is calculated from the position of daily star from ones birth star. If the result is 2, 4, 6, 8, 9 or 0 then it is taken as good otherwise bad.
Chandra Balam means the position of the Moon from the Lagna. It is calculated from the native’s Rasi 1, 3, 6,7, 10 and 11 are good.
Surya Balam is also calculated from the native Rasi. This is calculated as 3,6,10 and 11(as per gochara phalam).
Guru Balam or daiva balam is calculated from the native Rasi 2, 5, 7, 9 and 11. If Guru Aspect is present on the lagna it will give strength to the lagna and removing the bad effect over it.
The word Lagna Shuddhi stands for lagna without any planets in it.
Wednesday, Thursday and Friday are said to be auspicious for any event.
तदेव लग्नं सुदिनं तदेव ताराबलं चंद्रबलं तदेव।
विद्या बलं दैवबलं तदेव लक्ष्मीपतेः तेंघ्रिऽयुगं स्मरामि॥