Come July, an ‘inauspicious’ alignment of stars will ensure that many couples wanting to tie the knot will have to wait for a period of one year.
According to astrologers and pandits, the planetary positions are predicted to be such that it leaves little room for harmony and everlasting bond if two individuals enter holy matrimony this year.
While couples are postponing marriages, say pandits, the multi-million wedding industry will take a beating, according to wedding planners.
Mumbai-based Pandit Ramdev Mishra, a priest for 20 years, said, “From July, Jupiter (Guru rashi) will enter Leo (Simha rashi) and will stay there for a year. For happy events such as marriages, this is considered an inauspicious phase.”
A member of another Mumbai-based Thakur family said, “We had begun to meet potential grooms for my daughter, but after we consulted our family pandit, we decided to call off the process this year as a year-long wait to marriage doesn’t suit us.”
In February this year, Around 300 astrologers from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, led by Akhil Gujarat Astrological Society, met and discussed the issue. Mahendra Pandya, president of the society, said, “It was unanimously agreed upon that the period is indeed inauspicious. If marriage takes place, especially without performing a pooja ‘anushthan’, there are likely to be disputes and tensions in the bond.”
However, Pandya said that at the end of the day, astrology is open to interpretation and some dates when the adverse effect of the alignment is minimal, could be worked out. “For this purpose, we are gathering again in April in Gujarat. Certain dates in November end and beginning of December are expected.”
“This is a phenomenon that happens every 13 years. Last time, the astrologers had gathered in Mumbai and come up with some solutions,” he said.
Thane-based Acharya Bhupendra Sharma said a propitious alignment matters to most Hindus and, in Mumbai, Marwaris, Jains, Gujaratis, Marathas and those hailing from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh are among the communities to be affected.