The stars don’t bode well for those planning a wedding this year. According to astrologers, the alignment of stars and planets from July to next August does not favour harmony in matrimony.
As families postpone weddings, Mumbai’s thriving wedding industry is taking a beating, wedding planners said.
“From July, Jupiter (guru rashi) will enter Leo (simha rashi). It will stay there for a year. For happy events such as marriages, this is considered an inauspicious phase,” said Pandit Ramdev Mishra, a Powai-based priest.
A Thakur family from Ghatkopar has stopped looking for grooms. “We consulted our family pandit and decided to call off the process this year, as a year-long wait for marriage does not suit us.”
When 300 astrologers from Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan and Gujarat, led by the Akhil Gujarat Astrological Society, met to discuss the phenomenon in February, it was unanimously agreed upon that the period is inauspicious. “If two people get married, there are likely to be disputes and tensions,” said Mahendra Pandya, president of the society.
But astrology is open to interpretation, Pandya said. “We can work out certain dates when the effect of the alignment is the least. We are meeting again in April in Gujarat. Dates towards the end of November and the beginning of December are expected to emerge.”
For those who must get married this year, Pandya suggested a precautionary pooja – a Guru/Brihaspati anushthan – could be performed before the marriage.
“This is a phenomenon that happens once every 13 years. Last time too, astrologers had gathered in Mumbai and come up with some solutions,” he said.
Thane-based Acharya Bhupendra Sharma said favourable alignment matters to many communities in Mumbai, including Marwaris, Jains, Gujaratis, Marathas and those from Madhya Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh.
Wedding managers said they have received maximum requests in Decemeber. “This has been the buzz in the wedding industry. Usually, queries begin to flow in six months ahead of the wedding, and so far, most queries are concentrated in the first week of December,” said Hemant Kale of Swaaha Wedding Management,
Wedding planners Darshan and Neha Shroff, whose five-year-old venture ‘Momente’ caters mostly to Marwaris and Gujaratis, also said queries have come down considerably.
A Malad-based Agarwal businessman, who did not wish to be identified so as to “avoid the evil eye”, is among those who have postponed his wedding. “Mine is an arranged marriage and my bride is also from Mumbai. Neither of our families want to take the chance. I believe in the power of stars,” said the 28-year-old.