Janam Kundali Marriage Matching through Hindu Vedic Astrology - Joshua Voss
Indian marriages are typically prepared by analyzing a Jaman Kundali, which is a method of horoscope matching based on astrology, also called nakshatras, meaning lunar constellations. The purpose of Kundali marriage matching is to bring together two individuals in counseling to predict future events, and then to determine whether or not those two individuals are compatible for marriage. During the Kundali matching process, general predictions are shown by matching the horoscopes of both individuals. If both individuals horoscopes do not align, then they are not compatible, and are warned not to get married. If both horoscopes align, then they are compatible, and are given blessings for marriage.
In many cultures, astrology is known to be a symbolic language meant to predict an individual's life-path by carefully interpreting the relationship between a person’s birth date and the position with the heavens. Astrology comes from the Greek word astrologia, which means "telling of the stars”, and also from the latin word astrologiai, which means “the science of heavenly bodies”. The word Astrology is derived from the Greek words astron and logos, which literally translates as “star-word”. In Sanskrit, Hindu astrology is called Jyotisha, which means the science of light and celestial objects.
In Hindu culture, astrology remains an important practice to this day, because it is thought that planetary bodies are the “fruits of Karma”; due to this, many Indian newborns are traditionally named based on their Jyotisha chart. Other areas of life, like decisions made about marriage, starting a business, and moving into a new house, are carefully analyzed with astrological charts. Astrology is even seen as science in different regions of modern India, whereby some Indian universities offer advanced degrees in astrology.
The roots of Indian Astrology can be traced back to a collection of ancient Hindu scriptures called the Vedas. There are four Vedas: the Rig Veda, Sama Veda, Yajur Veda and Atharva Veda. Scholars have determined that the Rig Veda, the oldest of the four Vedas, was composed circa 1500 BC, and collectively organized at about 600 BC. It is uncertain when the Rig Veda first took on a written form, however this was...