Ram Navami is one of the most celebrated festivals in the Hindu Calendar and carries a great importance in astrology as well. It is celebrated on the same day as Chaitra Durga Puja and Vasant Navratri. Hinduism states that Lord Rama is the 7th avatar (incarnation) of Lord Vishnu, in ascendency.
Do you know that the actual birth year of Lord Rama is neither mentioned in Valmiki’s Ramayana nor in other Vedic scriptures or recognized theological texts. Regardless of this, the remarkable planetary positions shown in Lord Rama's horoscope can only occur once in many-many thousand years. We attempt here a Vedic Astrology analysis of Lord Rama’s horoscope.
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However, Sage Valmiki in Canto XVIII of Bala Kanda stated that Lord Rama was born after about a year had passed from the date of the completion of the Aswamedha sacrifice, which was the ninth lunar day of the bright fortnight of Chaitra, when the star Punarvasu was in the ascendant. Furthermore, the five planets (Sun, Mars, Jupiter, Venus, and Saturn) were in their respective exalted positions - Sun in the 10th degree of Aries, Moon in the 3rd degree of Taurus, Mars in the 28th degree of Capricorn, Jupiter in the 5th degree of Cancer, Venus in the 27th degree of Pisces and Saturn in the 20th degree of Libra.
Also, Jupiter and Moon formed a conjunction in Cancer. The three padams (quarters) of Punarvasu were in Gemini, and the fourth pada was located in Cancer. As Jupiter was exalted in Cancer and was in conjunction with Moon, it must be the fourth pada of Punarvasu at the time of birth of Lord Rama. Also, the ascendent must be Cancer.
Lord Rama, though born as a human, undoubtedly exhibited divine qualities. However, this horoscope is solely based on the fact of his birth as a human on earth.
Lord Rama's Horoscope is not only just extraordinary but a perfect one. It is important to recognize that the exaltation of five planets is par remarkable and this horoscope possibly is the only one in the world to have an exaltation of all five planets. Also, as per classical Vedic astrology texts, five or six exalted planets in one’s horoscope, clearly results of that person becoming an emperor or a mighty king.
Chapter X of Sarvartha Chintamani (a classical Vedic astrology textbook) covers raja yogas where stanza 1003 says that if six planets are in exaltation, then a person will become an emperor, and if five planets are in exaltation and Guru (Jupiter) is powerfully placed in Lagna, then the person will become a "mighty sovereign.” In Lord Rama’s horoscope, Jupiter is in an exalted position in Lagna and the other five planets are in exaltation.
The five exalted planets in Lord Rama's chart are in the first (Jupiter), fourth (Saturn), seventh (Mars), ninth (Venus) and tenth (Sun) houses. Thus, four planets are in quadrants and Venus is in a trine.
The position of Moon at birth is the key to calculating the major periods or Dasas, based on Vimshottari system. The dasa at birth is indicated by the constellations occupied by the Moon at the time of birth. Although the specific birth time of Lord Rama is not known, Sage Valmiki has clearly indicated that he was born on the 9th lunar day of the bright half of Chaitra with Punarvasu as the ruling constellation.
The ruling period (Dasa) during his birth time was that of Jupiter. Total years for the different periods covering the seven planets and the two nodes are 120 years. Also, Vedic astrology considers 120 years as the maximum natural life period of a human being.
In a world where finding even two planets in exaltation is uncommon, lord Rama’s horoscope without a doubt confirms exceptional traits with five exalted planets. Although Sage Valmiki gave locations of the six planets, the locations of Mercury, Rahu and Ketu are not available. When five planets are exalted, and Moon is in its own house and in conjunction with exalted Jupiter, does it really matter where Rahu, Ketu and Mercury are located? It is generally considered that Rahu and Ketu provide results similar to Saturn and Mars. Mercury is not in its exaltation position. Mercury should be near the Sun. Could Mercury be in Aries or Taurus? We do not know.
Also, Mercury is the Lord of third and twelfth house and its Dasa follows Saturn’s Dasa. Mercury Dasa lasts from 23 years to 40 years .
The trials and tribulations that Lord Rama faced after the abduction of Sita Devi can be attributed to the influence of Mercury as the Lord of third and twelfth house. Lord Rama's victory over Ravana and the triumphant return to Ayodhya can be attributed to Mercury, if one accepts Mercury is in the eleventh house (Taurus).
This detailed study gives a glimpse of various effects of the planetary positions in the horoscope of Lord Rama. Read about Lord Hanuman’s significance in relation to Lord Rama.