Saturday, 12 April 2014

Kundli Connections


Kundli (horoscope) - the magical piece of paper that holds the answers to all questions unfathomable to the logical mind of a sane human being. Apart from holding the powers to foresee about how the child would fare in his studies, whether the beta has the yog of flying abroad and how much money would he mint; the kundli becomes the most sacred and sought-after word for Indian parents when it comes to getting their offspring married to complete strangers.

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After all, when the prospective partners aren’t allowed to talk to each other for more than a few hours, let alone allowing them to date other person, one obviously needs a measuring scale to decide whether this is ‘the stranger’ who you can get your child to spend their life with? Well well, the kundli comes to the rescue. For it is not the likes and dislikes of the children that should help choose their partner, but it is some random planetary position that gets the privilege of deciding whether this is the best dulha (groom) for your rajdulaari (princess) or she is the perfect bahu (daughter-in-law) you are looking for your eklauta beta (only son).

Your khandaani pandit (priest) plays a very important role in this ‘stranger gets married to stranger’ game. For it is him who would after some deep analysis of the rahus and the ketus residing in the kundlis of both the girl and guy, shall he let you know whether she is ‘the stranger’ who would keep your son happy, be a good daughter-in-law bringing in prosperity to your household and who shall also bear you the khandan ka varis.

The zodiacs are matched. Very necessary. For an Arian shall find it hard to get along with a Capricorn and shall be best compatible with a Gemini. The mangaliks are to be set up with fellow mangaliks only. Wait, the ones having shanis would also do at times. The planets and their positions are studied, dashas and mahadashas are calculated, matched and after trying various permutations and combinations of the planetary positions of both the stranger parties, a score is arrived at out of a total 36 points. This score is ‘the’ magical number which would decide whether to go ahead with this particular stranger for your child or not.

Anything below 18 is not acceptable at all and this rishta is to be dismissed off without another thought. Yes, even the planetary positions need a minimum number of passing marks. Well, if the scores stand anything from 25 to 32, then this particular stranger with whom the score has been achieved can be met and then be judged on other parameters.

And Holy Hell, if the score is anything above 32, rounds of gulab jamuns start circulating amongst the families already for this is ‘the’ match that is made in heaven. And come hell or high water, this rishta cannot be refused. Because this is ‘the’ bouy that is supposed to give your daughter all the happiness she deserves in the world and she is ‘the’ sanskari bahu your house would ever get. And making the guy meet the girl and other such unimportant events later, boom.. they are married !!

In this process, one might also come across families that aren’t compatible to yours. And this magical piece of paper called kundli comes in handy for warding off such families. The mother just puts up a sad face and announces with a sigh to the other mother that the kundlis aren’t compatible which is responded by the other party with another sigh and something like ‘it’s all destined’ and other such well-rehearsed lines. Both the parties know the truth, but none utters. After all, it is so rude to say that your beta isn’t earning as much as our daughter. Why say and spoil, when you can blame it all on the kundli?

So you see, things are that simple in our arranged marriage system to decide whether he/she is ‘the one’ or not. Pretty convenient, ain’t it?





This post is written as a part of April A to Z Challenge 2014 under Non-Themed category. I am doing two posts for this Challenge and Themed posts can be found here.



28 comments:

  1. Hi Jyontsna,
    Kundli reading exist in our culture too. But it's tantalizing to say that the way we see it is much similar to yours ( I mean Indian's). Perhaps it may be because our religion originated from your place. :-) Overall, yours is much informative post.

    Greetings http://somtnz.blogspot.in/

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    1. Hi Sonam, Didnt know it existed in your culture too. Thanks for visiting :) :)

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  2. kundli does not give pair if the warmth is not there .. nice post :)

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  3. Hhhaha I like the hiding sarcasm in this one!!
    KUNDALI NAHI TOH KUCH NAHI BETA!! :P

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  4. Kundali- That dreaded word, in my life there was so much drama revolving around Kundali when I wanted to marry the man I loved !
    Nice post !

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    1. Oh its a dreaded word for many of us here. And when you involve a love connection in here, it gets even more complicated. Glad you liked it Ananya :)

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  5. Thank God! We never have this one in our lives.

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  6. Kundali matching is calm before the storm Jyotsna, if you Kundali matches with somebody then he is your soulmate, if it does not match with anybody then something is wrong with you. Ask me, I am a double manglik :P

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    1. Yes, so correctly said Khushboo. And Oh my God, the manglik drama is a cherry on the top :P

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  7. Very candidly expressed, Jyotsna :) We know the importance of Kundalis :)

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  8. I read the book Matched by Ally Condi--it proposed a future in which all people are matched via a computer system that found the people who were the best matches for creating children. You could be matched with someone in another region whom you'd never even met. Perhaps it isn't such a bad idea!

    Visiting from the A to Z Challenge signup page. Great to meet you!

    Stephanie Faris, author
    30 Days of No Gossip
    http://stephie5741.blogspot.com

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    1. Thats an interesting book you told me about Stephanie. Would love to read that.Thanks for dropping by :)

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  9. U touch a chord here....so very rightly said!!! :) Poor kundli is blamed for everything.... if marriages go sour even after raj-jatak too.... :P

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    1. I swear Amrita.. As if its not just a kundli its a future telling machine !!

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  10. you know, i was always a non believer in all this stuff....and my horoscope was never matched with my hubby's......it mattered that our hearts and minds matched......and touch wood....we are in our 12th yr of marriage, with all the ups and downs and fights and love and all the drama.......but with our hearts and minds still in symphony!!! im glad i stuck to my belief!!!

    btw thanks for visiting....

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    1. See, thats exactly my point. That this kundli business is nothing but a sham. You are a living example :) :)

      btw, thanks for visiting back :P

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  11. This Kundli business is really strange. Maybe parents should pre-decide their kids' Kundli's by deciding when to have sex to bear a child. What would this be? Child designing? :p

    Nice topic.

    Cheers
    CRD

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    1. Oh, dont even suggest such things CRD. With the amount of beliefs that exist in our country, people would actually start implementing :P

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  12. You made arrange marriage so scary :p

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    1. It is scary Amrit. The earlier you realize the better :P :P

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  13. hahahaha :) I've been there, done that :D And I believe no kundli will match your heart to your spouse's.... and when you marry just becus the kundlis say OK, you'll live a life of compromise, becus nahi beta kundli gala nahi ho sakta :D :D

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    1. I totally agree Sreeja. Wish people stopped this kundli business soon :)

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  14. In depth analysis of Kundli Match can be an enriching experience. While much has been written on its influence on contemporary living, its influence on western cinema has not been given proper recognition. It is estimated that that Kundli Match is thought about eight times every day by the over 50, whom I can say no more about due to legal restrictions. With the primary aim of demonstrating my considerable intellect I will now demonstrate the complexity of the many faceted issue that is Kundli Match.

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