Even if ten gunas match, the marriage could be happy. And there could be divorce even after 32 out of 36 gunas match.
In India, the Society attaches great sanctity to Guna Milan or kundali matching or horoscope matching for marriage. Our society believes that for a fortunate marriage, more than 18 out of 36 gunas should match. The pandits aim for an ideal Ram Sita kundali match. They reject horoscopes if less than 18 gunas match between them.
But, why does divorce happen even when 32 plus gunas match?
Horoscope matching is a very complex phenomenon. Proper match-making cannot be done in five minutes by using computer software. Finding guna score through Kuta method is very simple. There is a standard table showing 36 points. The astrologer only needs the position of the moon in a particular nakshatra and check from the table how many of 36 points are matching.
However, matching gunas by ‘kuta method’ is just a small part of horoscope matching. Let us understand it with a crude analogy. If Match Making is a 100 marks question paper, matching gunas is only a 20 marks question. If 36 gunas out of 36 match, you get 20 marks, NOT 100. But let’s say, for a fortunate marriage, we would need 75 or 80 marks.
Essentially, we are deciding pass/fail of a 100 marks question paper based on performance in only one question of 20 marks. It is quite possible that a couple scores poorly in the 20 marks question but does exceedingly well in the remaining questions having 80 marks. This means, even if enough gunas don’t match, the marriage can be successful.
Other important horoscope matching parameters:
For proper horoscope matching, several parameters count such as the position of Lagna, Chandra and other planets; the grah dashas, grah arudhas, arudha Lagna positions; the Varga chakras, tithi pravesh chakras, gocharas and much more. We should also analyse the Bala or strength of planets, their avasthas, rashi and grah drishti aspects etc between the two charts. The longevity in the charts is a very important dimension in matchmaking.
Each of these parameters have their own complexities. Astrology offers so many parameters in horoscope matching which we would not be able to discuss in this article.
What if Birth time of either bride, groom or both is incorrect?
Birth Time Rectification is an essential pre-requisite before anyone can attempt to match the horoscopes. If the birth time is not accurate, every other analysis of matchmaking goes for a toss.
So, should we go for horoscope matching at all?
This is tricky to answer. A lot depends on the beliefs. First, there may not be Astrologers who can undertake this complex time-consuming exercise. And if there are any such Astrologers, they would charge a fortune.
Since people blindly believe in 36 guna Kuta method, Astrologers find it easy to match the horoscopes through freely available software. Why will the Astrologer attempt the full question paper of 100 marks if the seeker is interested in only one question of 20 marks?
The chances of a successful marriage are higher if we decide marriage on parameters such as family culture, sanskars, education and professional status of bride and groom. Relying on 36 gunas Kuta method is dangerous.
If we can’t do without matching the horoscopes, we should at least ask these two basic questions to the Astrologer:
Whether you would only rely on Kuta method for matching 36 gunas? and,
Whether you would undertake detail birth time rectification exercise of the bride and groom?
If the answer to the first question is YES and that of the second question is NO, please avoid matching horoscopes altogether while fixing marriage.
In conclusion, please do not present your horoscope to an astrologer who uses only Kuta method of Guna Milan while doing matchmaking. It is dangerous to decide important marriage matters through such simplistic ways.
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