Planetary positions seem to have decided the day and the time when the first BJP chief minister in Haryana, Manohar Lal Khattar, and his cabinet colleagues will take oath on Sunday morning.
It is evident from the official invite to the swearing-in ceremony, where the time of oath-taking is printed as a precise 11.23am. “The date and the time seem to have been chosen carefully,” said Chandigarh based astrologer Prem Kumar Sharma, adding: “Tritiya tithi and Anuradha nakshatra fall on October 26, which are quite favourable (star positions),” he said.
Another city-based astrologer said that on the time, Mangal (Mars) would be in lagna (ascendant). “Mars is a planet of aggression, which shows that the new chief minister would be an assertive individual. During this period, Sun will be in the 11th house, which is a house of gains but associated with enemy planets Venus and Saturn, indicating loss of sheen in governance,” said the fortuneteller.
Sharma predicts certain challenges that the new dispensation will have to face. “During the period specified, the lagna lord, Brahaspati (Jupiter) is in the eighth house and the lord of the eighth (Moon) is in the 12th, which is not a favourable placement. The government may be mired in controversies or there could be health-related issues,” he said from his reading.
Yet another astrologer said the muhurat (auspicious time) sign of the time chosen for swearing-in was dual in nature, implying that the government would be flexible, sympathetic, sensitive, versatile but a bit inconsistent.
He said that lagna lord’s being in the eighth house indicated frail financial health of the new government. That anyone could have predicted, since the state’s fiscal position does remain poor.
Hindus consult astrological charts for the right position of planets to decide on an auspicious time before they start a major venture.