Significance of Mahurat in Astrology

Mahurat is an ancient Vedic science and art for selecting the most auspicious moment for conducting a ceremony or commencing an event..


Mahurat is astrologically auspicious time for a particular event or ceremony.

The Vedic concept of Mahurat is based on the fact that time has a character which varies in various cyclic orders.

Well Begun is half done

There is a saying, “Well begun is half done” which means that if the commencement or beginning of anything is good or auspicious then half the job is done in positive way.

In Vedic Hindu philosophy great importance is given to the beginning or starting point in time. Our wise ancient sages and rishis knew the secrets of time and its varying character. So they utilized this knowledge and developed the science and art of Mahurat.

Does ‘time’ have a character?

Time not only has a character, it keeps changing also. A sure indication of this is the change in moods we experience at different times of the day.

The Science and art of Muhurat

In Vedic astrology the unit of time is called a Ghadi and one ghadi=24 minutes. The sages defined a mahurat equal to 2 ghadi viz. 48 minutes, in this way there are possible 30 Mahurats in 24 hours.

Mahurat in fact is the right selection of the five ingredients of Indian ephemeris (Panchaang) and these are:

(1) The lunar date or Tithi.

(2) The week day or Vaar.

(3) The constellation or Nakshatra.

(4) The Yoga, which is longitude of Sun plus longitude of Moon, there are 27 Yogas.

(5) The Karan which is half portion of a tithi (there are 11 Karans).

Basically, finding an auspicious time is based on selecting auspicious combinations of these constituents.In addition to these five constituents one needs to consider the month and year also.

Other Important Factors

In addition to many important factors it is important that any auspicious ceremony or event is not conducted during the times when the planets Jupiter and Venus are under combustion. These planets are com bust or as in other words unable to give auspicious results when these are close to the Sun. Also one should avoid the times when these two are transiting retrograde.

Article by: Jyotirvid Pawan Kumar