Dr B.V. Raman, the notable
astrologer of yester years, in his book,
‘Notable Horoscopes’ published in the year 1956,
has constructed the horoscope of
taking cue from Puranas, Bhagavad Gita and
other records of Indian origin.
According to him,
krishna was born on
at about .
(Krishna janma bhoomi at Mathura in the picture below.
The birth place is close to below the white domes of the dargah!
The janma bhoomi is without gopuram or dome!!)
Here are some of the interesting notes from his prediction.
The beautiful appearance of
His crimson cheeks, ‘coral lips’, fascinating face
and a sky-blue complexion are attributed
to the delicate blending of martian, saturine, venusian
and lunar features.
His lagna is Taurus. The exalted moon in Taurus
aspecting saturn in the 7th indicates
The neecha-bhanga by Mars (by varghotthama)
in the 3rd house of courage ensured
invincible prowess in battle techniques.
Mercury (buddhi karaka) was in exaltation in the 5th and
jupiter (vidhya katraka) was in 4th in Leo
with Sun in swakshethra.
B.V.Raman tells about how he arrived at the birth date
by relying on the death date.
His computation is based on scriptural information
on His death and the corresponding planetary position
that were to be arrived at to stand scrutiny
In this regard B.V.Raman chose to
differ from the computation made by
Sri Surya narayana rao whose findings were published
In “Royal horoscope”.
B.V.Raman relied on the information
from Matsya purana (271-51 752) which says that
The year and day on which
marked the commencement of Kali yuga
which took place on
corresponding to the 1st day of the
lunar month Chaitra of the cyclic year Pramadhi.
This is further corroborated by Bhagavatham (
which says that Kali entered immediately after
shuffled off his mortal coils.
Subtracting the life span of
B.V. Raman arrived at the birth date of
From Bhagavatham, (11 –6) we come to know that
Vishnu purana also suggests (Amsa 5, chapter 37)
that He lived for 125 years.
From vishnu purana, Srimad Bhagavatham
and Hari vamsa,
it is inferred that
on the 8th lunar day of the cyclic year Srimukha,
in the 126th year counted backwards from the
date of commencement of Kali yuga.
This corresponds to
the of 19th (20th) July 3228 BC.
According to B.V. Raman,
the horoscope computed at this time
shows the position of planets in accurate degrees that
tally with the life and characteristics of
Kethu is the mokshakaraka is in the 9th from the Moon
and aspected by the martial planet Mars.
The 9th lord, Saturn is well fortified .
This is seen as the factor
by B.V.Raman to decide the timing of Gita.
at the fag end of Kethu dasa in the battle field
(implying that Gita could not
have taken place at any other place).
The remaining dasas of
It was with the dawn of Kuja dasa, that
dissensions started appearing among the yadavas and
consonance with the nature of mars,
by being hit by the arrow.
Two questions of interest come into my mind
as I read this information.
One is whether the horoscope
B.V. Raman thinks so, indicated by His horoscope.
The clubbing together of kalathrakaaraka Venus and the 7th lord
Mars with Rahu explains this.
But as Venus is nearer to Rahu and away from the sensual Mars,
His love for His wives had no tint of carnality
as He was free from attachment of any kind.
Though “associated with Prakriti He was never affected by its qualities.”
Birth in the sign of Venus no doubt endowed Him with
a vital nature but it was under conscious control.
Another question is whether He too comes under the influence of planetary position.
I can only think of
two explanations. Planetary positions are only
indicatory, not creationary –
a thing Paramashivan tells Parvathi
as retold by Bheeshma in Mahabharatha
while telling about the factors that affect a person’s life.
The Lord doesn’t stifle the very rules
He has created and made astrology a sastra
indicatory of time and events.
He adhered to it by ‘squeezing’ Himself into the formations and characteristics so indicated.
Secondly, did not Rama and Sita put themselves under
unbearable circumstances and called it ‘karma-gathi’
at many places in Ramayana?
When born in human form, even the Gods lived like humans
and more importantly suffered (seemingly) like humans.
That is why
‘sirai irundadum’ and ‘ thoodu sendradum ‘
became acts of
kripa and ‘yettram’.
These ‘acts’ lighten our distress
of mundane nature and make it appear as dew that is
soon to be wiped out by His gleam!