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 By Guru Rajesh Kotekal
Dear friends,

“The Sanskrit text of Devakeralam has its own problems in its current form. Portions of some horoscopes are incomplete or mixed up, while same horoscopes have been explained at multiple places. Devakeralam requires thorough study, re-editing, re-interpretation and re-translation. The initial step would be to group the text according to the different horoscopes described. Then the conventional and Nadi Amsa analysis applied in the interpretation of the horoscopes are to be documented and separated into different categories based on the techniques employed. The next step includes the extraction of general rules from this study. Finally, these rules have to be applied on real-life horoscopes to check their veracity.” With this statement I had concluded my article series ‘Decoding Devakeralam’.

Accordingly I have taken up the job of re-editing, re-interpretation and re-translation of the text. Here I am presenting the English translation of the slokas. This is a draft translation and does not include the deductions and interpretations. As I said earlier, some charts are explained at multiple places. 

I have translated every sloka where the chart appears in the first instance and in the subsequent places, I have translated only the slokas which give extra information or differ from the first. It can be seen that the internal information within the slokas will help rectify many corruptions in the Sanskrit text and sometimes better meaning emerges when the text of different places is compared. I know this is a huge project and it may take much time to finish. And perhaps, no publisher may come forward to bring out the entire re-translation. 

Hence, I am sharing my work as and when it progresses. THIS IS NOT THE FINAL VERSION. This entire translation is hoped to form the basis of a book where specific astrological rules applicable for horoscopic analysis will be explained. I believe this endeavour of mine will add value to the extant astrological literature and the learned astrological fraternity will welcome it. 



This chart has been discussed from Sloka 54 to 96 in Book-1 and Slokas 1510 to 1549 in Book 2. The birth star of the native is Anuradha 4th quarter (Book 1 & 2 refer to the versions published by Sh. R. Santhanam).


54. Native will be born in first part of Abalamsha in a fixed lagna, in a brahmin family and will be dark and handsome in appearance. 

55. He will be liked and fond of his elder brother and will be gentle in disposition. He will have troublesome childhood. He will earn in fortune in a foreign land because of his sister’s husband. 

56. The native having Mars in the ascendant and Jupiter in the 5th house will not have younger brothers. Even if they are born they will die. 

57. He will have two sisters and one elder brother. He will be bereft of comforts from his father and mother. 

58. The person born in later half will have long lived parents while born in the first half will have long-lived elder brother. 

59. The native will live in a small village and go to a foreign country during Sampat dasa (Mercury dasa). That place will be near Gokarna, on the banks of a river flowing west 

60. (1515. On the coast of western sea). He will roam in his childhood suffering from the pangs of penury. But the person born in the latter half will be fortunate in his own country. 

61. He will leave his place because of civil unrest and later come back to his native place. The native born in Taurus ascendant with Aries navamsa will be fortunate in pilgrim centres. 

62. Later he will become prominent in the court of an Andhra ruler. The person born in the middle portion of the first half will lose his father in his childhood.

63. But his mother will live long. For the native who was born with Sun in the 11th joined with Saturn, 

64. Father will die in the Sampat dasa (Venus dasa) and he will leave his native country. During the currency of the 8th lord from the Chandra lagna and in the bhuktis of malefic planets, 

65. Native will lose his father and mother (1521. And later his mother also). The native will have three wives 

66. (1521-1522. 7th lord being aspected by Saturn will give three wives to the native as per some scholars). He will be bereft of comforts from his wives. When Moon occupies the first half of abalamsa, and being aspected by the 12th lord, 

67., (1522. When the 7th lord is aspected by Saturn) the native will have two wives and his first wife will be poor. When the 5th lord is joined with Rahu, (1523. 5th lord aspected by Rahu?) 

68-70. And Saturn occupies the 11th house, the native will face difficulties in begetting children. In the latter half he will be very wealthy (1524. He will suffer serious disease) and otherwise, his elder wife will be kakavandhya (lady giving birth to a single child). In the first half, he will not have sons. But as per some other texts the native will have a son after delay (1526. Will have a son after delay through his 2nd wife). When Jupiter occupies the 5th house aspected by two malefics, 

71. The native had a curse from a Brahmin from his earlier life. To ward off this sin, he should do sethusnana and worship lord shiva. (1528. By donating the idol of Nagalinga he will be blessed with progeny) 

72-73. By the blessings of lord Nageshvara, the native will beget children. He should observe fasting on Mondays as prescribed in the scriptures and should donate palam or half of the amount in the evening after pradosha puja. The native who was born in the first half of abalamsa and having Sun in the 11th house, 

74. Will be blessed with sons without any doubt after observing Bhanuvratha. Jupiter being the 8th lord and joining the 5th house aspected by Saturn, 75. Indicates destruction of progeny. By the blessings of nageswara, the native will be blessed with little progeny in his old age.

76-77. The lord of 5th house that rules over progeny from the 11th house that rules over the elder brother (Moon), placed in his debilitation sign and debilitation navamsa aspected by Mars results in the danger of the son of elder brother through water (1531. His elder brother’s son will die by drowning in water). The native’s sisters will have sons. 

78. The native will enjoy comforts because of his paternal and maternal uncles (1532. He will have comforts because of his maternal uncle, since from his childhood). For the native born in latter half, two sisters will be blessed with good sons. 

79. For the native born in first half, a sister will be bereft of children and suffer widowhood. When the 3rd lord occupies nirmalamsa, 

80. The native will have five brothers (1534. Five or seven brothers) among whom two or three will be long lived. For the native born in uttaramsa one sister will suffer widowhood. For the native born in first half two sisters will suffer widowhood without any doubt. 

81-82. When Mars occupies the 7th from Moon aspected by Saturn, the native will suffer because of loss of mother (1534-1536. When Venus occupies the 7th from Moon aspected by Saturn, the native’s mother will die during the dasa of the owner of Tula or hora?). During the currency of the dasa of 5th lord and the bhukti of 7th lord, 

83. The native’s mother will expire after his father’s death. For a native born in the middle portion of the first half, mother will predisease his father. 84. Death will happen in the Sampat dasa (Mercury dasa) after native completes his 10th year. The native’s parents may die in his 8th or 12th or 16th or in the 24th year.

85. When the Moon is placed in vargottama in Scorpio, the junction of the Vipat dasa (between Mercury and Ketu dasa) will be unfortunate. 

86. For a native born in first half Manu said that the native’s parents will leave the native country and die in a foreign place. 87. The minute timing of these things should be fixed based on the prasthara ashtakavarga. This will be explained at some other place. 

88. When the 10th lord occupies his exalted navamsa, the native will have knowledge of Vedanta and will follow the vedic way of life. (1542-43. He will do ahnika karma – prescribed daily rituals- every day and will have great devotion). 

89. He will be devoted to saints. 

90-91. He will be of pure and calm disposition, will be eloquent and devoted to shiva and Vishnu. After his 10th year, he will be uprooted because of a civil unrest. After his 12th year he will roam about in various countries and will suffer a lot because of the loss of his parents. 

92. He will ultimately live on the banks of a great river and start enjoying great comforts from the end of Vipat dasa (Ketu dasa). 

93. The native will have great fortune during kshema dasa (Venus dasa) and will face a grave danger during his 40th year. 

94. After his 30th year the native will enjoy great fortune after the change of the ruler. As per the transit of Saturn he will suffer yogabhanga and mental affliction. (1547. When transit Saturn moves in a sign that is in trines to the navamsa sign occupied by the 10th lord, the native will suffer yogabhanga and mental affliction as per the transit effects of Saturn) 

95. When transit Saturn moves in a sign that is in trines to the navamsa sign occupied by the 6th lord, the native will suffer great difficulties. He will attain to normalcy after performing remedies (1548. He will leave his country). 

96. During the dasa of the 4th lord Sun the native will enjoy great comforts. The native will take to apatsanyasa and leave this world during the currency of the 8th lord dasa (Jupiter dasa). (1549. During the dasa of the ascendant lord the native will have great wealth. But he will die in the dasa of the 7th lord Mars after taking to apatsanyasa - Sanyasa taken in extreme situations like impending death when there is no possibility of taking Sanyasa in prescribed way).
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