Saturday, October 1, 2011

Moksha (Liberation/Emancipation)

The ultimate goal of any soul in this material world is liberation. In this generation where every other person claims to be a Guru and says that he is a Jeevanmukta, I see it as a responsibility of genuine astrologers to discuss the horoscopes of such people. In this post, I will list down the combinations put forth by our sages to predict liberation. I hope to find some genuine practical examples to discuss these rules.

In general, the 12th house is associated with Moksham.

From Jataka Narayaneeyam by Vadrevu Suryanarayana Murthy:
  • If the 12th lord is Venus and he is with Jupiter or Ketu in quadrants (kendras) or trines (trikonas) or 12th house.
  • For any lagna, if Saturn or Ketu are in the 12th house. It is the same(?) with Jupiter and Mercury.
  • If Sun is in the 2nd house and Mars is in the 12th house.
  • If the 11th lord is along with Ketu.
Comment: These conditions are too liberal. We should probably not take them literally.

From Phaladeepika by Mantreswara:
  • If the lord of the 10th house in association with four planets be posited in a quadrant (kendra) or trine (trikona)
  • If at the time of his birth, the end of a sign be rising (i.e., Lagna is close to end of a sign), the sign is owned by a benefic, and Jupiter occupies a quadrant or trine.
From Brhat Jataka by Varahamihira:
  • If exalted Jupiter is in the 6th or 8th or any quadrant.
  • If Lagna is in Meena and occupies a beneficial Navamsa and Guru is the strongest of the planets.
From Vedic Astrology - An Integrated Approach by Sri P V R Narasimha Rao:
  • We can analyze navamsa chart with respect to Karakamsa. The 12th house from Karakamsa shows the liberation of the soul and the situation of Ketu there is conducive to moksha.
From Jaimini Sutras by Maharshi Jaimini:
  • If the Karakamsa Rasi is Pisces, the native will be abide by dharma and attain emancipation (kaivalyam). The Samskrtam line corresponding to this is: "ucche dharmanityataa kaivalyam cha".
  • Due to the nature of Jaimini Sutras, a few rules can be interpreted in more than one way. A few such verses can be translated in one of the following ways: 
    • If Ketu is in the 12th house from Karakamsa Rasi, the native will attain liberation. If the 12th house from Karakamsa Rasi happens to be Aries or Sagittarius, this yoga is particularly effective.
    • If the Karakamsa Rasi has benefics, the native will attain liberation. If it is either of Aries or Sagittarius and has benefics there, this yoga is particularly effective.
  • If the Atmakaraka is exalted and has beneficial aspects and conjunctions without any malicious influences the man will get emancipation, so ardently coveted by all devotees and the yogis.
From Brhat Parasara Hora Sastra by Parasara Muni:
  • (Chapter-33) If Atma Karaka falls in Meena Navamsa, the native attains emancipation.
  • (Chapter-33) If Ketu is in Mesha or Dhanus (which happens to be 12th from karakamsa) and aspected by a benefic, one would attain full enlightenment.
  • (Chapter-23) If there is a benefic in Vyaya, while its Lord is exalted, or is yuti with, or receives a Drishti from a benefic, one will attain final emancipation.

Also, please refer to this excellent piece of writing by Sri Somasekhar Sarva.


  1. Respecte Guru ji

    I have sun as my atmakarka of aquairious on that there is drishti of guru,budh and mars of leo in navamsa and and 12th from sun there is sauturn of capricon on which there is drishti of moon which is swagrahi (cancer). i request you to guide me who is my ishtadevata??? B4 my merraige i was devotee of shiva but after merraige i m more incline to vishnu i m also strictly observing ekadashi vrats. i request you to guide me abt my ishta devata whether i should worship shiva or vishnu and if vishnu then which avtaar of vishnu that take me more nearer to god. plz guide me

  2. My ketu is of sagtariaus in 11th house from atmakarka sun. plz guide me abt my spiritual progress, i want to visit mount kailash, in future is there any chance that i will attain this. i had great attachment with lord shiva b4 merraige, i already visited 11 jyoyirlingas of god shiva, but after merraige i m more attached with vishnu.... plz guide me that m i on right path?

  3. Manu

    One should not pick Ishtadevata based on astrology. You should worship God in that form which inspires you to progress spiritually. Depending on your sincerity, God will guide you through that form. It is not wrong to pray to different forms at the same time initially. But eventually, you should converge into worshiping one form. This is my experience.

    Even the best astrologer can go wrong about horoscopes a lot of times. But the inspiration in you does not go wrong. I would recommend following the same. Persistent effort is what matters.

  4. ketu in 12th from atmakaraka in navamsa chart and atmakaraka in meena navamsa this indicates moksha


  6. Sachin

    Ketu in 12th house from AK in D-9 and AK in Pisces are both indicative of moksha. But like several other things in a horoscope, these are merely indications. A lot of such indications put together will form a strong point.

  7. I came to this web page by searching about moksha. I would like to know if you could let me know why do my elders and everyone I meet ask me to focus on my life and not think about moksha. I feel frustrated and bound to them at the same time. I have Ketu in the 12th house in D-1 aspected by Jupiter from the 6th house pisces. I have Vargottam Jupiter in 12th house Pisces in the D-9.

  8. In this life i am facing troubles in all aspects of life but still i live this life because of some spiritual guidance not in traditional sense.

    Please tell me

    Whether the below position will take me to the proper path of moksha?

    In Raasi chart for Capricorn ascendant with ascendant lord in 10th house Libra

    Kethu exalted in 11th house in Scorpio with its lord mars in its own house Scorpio.

    Jupiter in 12th house in its own house Sagittarius in constellation of kethu "Mula"

    Atmakara sun in its own house in 8th house.

    In Navamsha Chart

    For Cancer ascendant 12th house contains Mercury(own house) in Gemini with Jupiter also in 12 th house with 7th aspecting moon in Sagittarius. But kethu is in 3rd house

    My Date of Birth:

    12th September 1984
    4 : 20 P.M

  9. @livelythoughts

    I hope you'll resolve all the troubles surrounding you.

    Without the intention of disappointing you, let me make one thing clear. Nothing good "just happens". Even though you reap the benefits of your good karma, most good things happen because of Saadhana. So, please continue Adhyaatmika Saadhana as much as possible. Astrologers may go wrong. But not God.

  10. In recent times the chart of UG Krishnamurthy who stained liberation in his 49th year has some of the above combinations. Lagna is at the end of the sign, which happens to be Mithuna,29 degrees, 58 minutes. 5th lord in 12th Venus in 12th house, another indication of strong desire for Moksha. Ketu and Venus in 12 th house, Taurus. A true Jivanmukta in recent times.


Please don't post your birth details here and ask me about your future. Please don't try to argue against the validity of Vedic Astrology.