The Garbottam observation in March shows an exciting re-confirmation of the 8th day of the Solar Garbottam that indicated rainfall towards the end of Navarathri. This year Navarathri starts on October 1st with Maha Navami (Saraswathi Puja) coming on October 10th, 2016. The exciting feature of March Garbottam is that from October 5th onwards there will be rainfall in the first half of the night going till midnight on all days until Ayudha Puja (as per the observation until the time this article is written on 2nd April, 2016)
The 8th day Garbottam looked very pronounced after 12 PM on that day. Look at the sun hidden behind dark clouds of aquatic shape after 12 PM on that day.
Garbottam after 12 PM on 6th January 2016.
In the corresponding fortnight between 26th September and 10th October 2016, rainfall can be expected in the last quarter. The last week of March corresponds to the 195 day period for this last quarter. And we could see fish like clouds and huge dark clouds hiding the sun for 2 or 3 times in the morning / forenoon times from 28th March onwards. The brief Garbottam in the forenoon on 28th March can be seen in the photograph below.
Sun seen as a small disc behind dark clouds before noon on March 28, 2016 – corresponding rainfall date – October 5, 2016 (4th night of Navarathri)
This date (28th March) was unique on two counts (1) on that day a mini cyclone like condition prevailed in the south east Bay over Srilanka and South Tamilnadu with many parts of South Tamilnadu receiving rains. (2) That date saw the exact conjunction of Venus and Ketu within one degree.
Looking at past records, rainfall (of SW monsoon) started on the day Venus became conjunct with Ketu on 31st May, 2010.
Then after a hiatus, rainfall once again resumed on 30th June, 2010 when Mercury became conjunct with Ketu.
Again in 2011, when Venus was in conjunction with Ketu, it had rained heavily causing floods.
But in all these occasions, the rainfall combination of planets was there in considerable strength. Particularly the closeness between Mercury and Venus was there on those occasions.
This year on March 28th, the most important rainfall combination of closeness between Mercury and Venus was absent. The gap between them is increasing day by day since 23rd March 2016. Therefore whatever was noticed as movement of favourable winds in North India could not bring rainfall.
However just one feature of Conjunction between Venus and Ketu created a flutter by bringing some rainfall in South Tamilnadu. In addition planets such as Saturn, Mars, Sun and Mercury were there in watery signs at that time.
These days are very crucial for observing the meteorological conditions and relating them to planetary movements. As such the following are some of my observations.
Observation no 1:-The closeness between Mercury and Venus is very crucial for rainfall or snowfall or cold air wherever applicable. The last such closeness ended on 24th March 2016. Ever since it started on January 15th, some place of the globe had witnessed snowfall or chill airs and an escalation in cold conditions (wherever applicable).
As far as I could observe, the snowfall and cold winds ended in northern latitudes by 24th March.
In India, as per IMD reports the air / cyclonic circulations or rainfall got dissipated after 24th March.
Observation no 2:- Conjunction between Venus and Ketu is important trigger of rainfall. Venus became conjunct with Ketu on 28th March, 2016. Cloud cover and rainfall was reported in south Tamilnadu and Srilanka.
If this conjunction is supported by closeness between Mercury and Venus, the rains could have been more and widespread.
In the coming rainy season, this conjunction is not going to recur. However, Venus will conjunct with Rahu (means exact opposition with Ketu) on 15th August 2016. The February Garbottam chart shows that there will be heavy rains on 15th August. Some trigger element or presence of some rainfall feature will be there on that day when Venus conjuncts with Rahu / Ketu.
Observation no 3:- Moon became conjunct with malefics like Saturn and Mars between 27th and 30th March. This gives rise to hail storms and thunder showers on the 195th day. But it looks possible that such conditions could prevail on the date itself in the rainy or pre-monsoon season. It was reported that Belgaum experienced hail storm on 28th March.
In the coming days, Venus, Mercury and Sun are going to be together in Pisces (watery sign) while Saturn and Mars will be in another watery sign (Scorpio). But there is absence of closeness between Mercury and Venus until May 10th, 2016.
The solar Garbottam for the next 2 days (9th and 10th days) also does not support rainfall in April 2016 for Chennai.
The dates to be watched to link a meteorological event with planetary movement:-
(1) 24th April 2016:- Venus enters Aries where it joins Sun and Mercury.
(2) 30th April 2016 :- Mercury begins combustion.
(3) 8th May 2016 :- Venus begins combustion.
(4) 10th May 2016:- Mercury and Venus begin moving close to each other.
(5) 10th May to 7th June 2016:- Rainfall.
(6) 13th to 14th May, 2016:- Venus overtakes retrograde Mercury – sudden spurt in rainfall or some event can be expected.
(7) 20th May 2016:- Venus enters Taurus and joins Sun, but comes in opposition to Saturn and Mars. Rainfall may be affected after this. The combination indicates earthquakes on or in the days after this.
(8) 13th June 2016:- Venus enters Gemini and is ahead of Mercury. Good for continuing rainfall.
(Previous months' Garbottam are reproduced below for easy reference)
Click the figures to see the 7th (time of rainfall) and the 8th column which is about rainfall in Chennai in general.