Arudha Lagna (AL) and Bhav Padas

Lagna represents rising (उदय), beginning, Sunrise, and birth. Arudha means mounted one, visible. So, the Arudha Lagna means the rising that is mounted or visible or known to others. Arudha Lagna represents our status & worldly image in society. It is created by our intelligence (Lagna Lord only), knowingly or unknowingly. It keeps transforming and changing with time, depending upon the influence of this Lagna (AL) and its lord. Planets placed in, the lord, and Grahas having Rashi Drishti/Graha Drishti on Arudha Lagna influence and shape it with time.

Just as there is the Arudha of Ascendant, in the same way, there is the Arudha of other houses called Bhav Padas. Their calculation is similar to that of Arudha Lagna but we use lord of the house to do so for each house.

Method of calculation of Arudha Lagna and Bhav Pada as given in Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra.

The Pada of the ascendant will correspond to the sign arrived at by counting as many signs from the ascendant lord as he is away from the ascendant. Similarly, Padas for other houses are known by their lords. -BPHS

Example: If Leo is the ascendant and the Sun is in Gemini in the 11th house then Arudha Lagna will be in the Aries in the 9th house from Ascendant.

Exception to rules

-The same house or the 7th from it does not become its pada.

-When the pada falls into the same house, the 10th therefore be treated as its pada.

-Similarly when the 7th becomes the pada of a house, the 4th from the original house in question be treated as its pada.

-If the ruler of the bhava is in the 4th from the bhava, then the very house occupied be noted as the Pada.

The following are some scenarios to understand the concept and then read Vedic charts.

Arudha Lagna Calculator :

Various synonyms of Arudha Lagna are Lagna Pada, Lagna Arudha, and Pada Lagna.

Let us take all possible scenarios and calculate the Arudha Lagna for the placement of the Ascendant lord in different houses.

♦ If the Ascendant lord is placed in the 1st house then Arudha Lagna will be in the 10th house.

♦ If the Lagna lord is placed in the 2nd house then Pada Lagna will be in the 3rd house.

♦ If the Ascendant lord is placed in the 3rd house then Arudha Lagna will be in the 5th house.

♦ If the Lagnesh is placed in the 4th house then Lagna Pada will be in the 4th house.

♦ If the Ascendant lord is placed in the 5th house then Lagna Arudha will be in the 9th house.

♦ If the Lagna lord is placed in the 6th house then Pada Lagna will be in the 11th house.

♦ If the planet lording the Ascendant is placed in the 7th house then Arudha Lagna will be in the 10th house.

♦ If the Lagna lord is placed in the 8th house then Lagna Pada will be in the 3rd house.

♦ If the Ascendant lord is placed in the 9th house then Lagna Arudha will be in the 5th house.

♦ If the Lagnesh is placed in the 10th house then Pada Lagna will be in the 4th house.

♦ If the Lagna lord is placed in the 11th house then Arudha Lagna will be in the 9th house.

♦ And finally, If the Ascendant lord is placed in the 12th house then Lagna Arudha will be in the 11th house

⇒ So we can observe that Arudha Lagna can never be in 1st,2nd,12th,6th,7th, and 8th houses in any Vedic astrology chart.

For signs Scorpio and Aquarius, there are 2 lords. Scorpio is co-lorded by Mars and Ketu and Aquarius is co-lord by Rahu and Saturn. Whichever planet is strong in the chart is considered for calculating Arudha Lagna in that chart.

Case 1: How planets placed in the 3rd house and 6th house from Arudha Lagna govern our material or spiritual pursuits.

Natural malefic planets or Kroor Grahas (Rahu, Saturn, Ketu, Mars even Sun) are said to be well placed in the 3rd house and the 6th house from Arudha Lagna. Why? Because:

-3rd house is Duschikya Sthan (दुश्चिक्य स्थान) in the chart of Kaal Purusha! Duschikya Sthana promotes anger, aggression, and forcefulness in the character of a native.

-The 6th house is for overcoming obstacles, defeating the enemy, and being at the zenith of executing acute/pensive acts.
Consequently, when such natural malefic planets (because of their intrinsic harsh nature) are placed in these two houses from Arudha Lagna: the 3rd house and the 6th house they promote harsh treatment and ruthlessness.

Hence, the native does the karmas to help promote, maintain, and defend his material status (Arudha Lagna) aggressively and forcefully.

This is very good for most material pursuits and for professions, where one needs to prove his/her might or superiority over rivals or to be called a winner etc. Being an active attacker improves one image ( Arudha Lagna) and the scope of influence on others in the material world.

But real Saints are different from these worldly achievers, they never impose, nor do they retaliate or do any aggression. Surely, they have somya Grahas or natural benefices like Jupiter, Venus, un-inflicted Mercury and Moon in paksha bala, or having digital strength in the 3rd house and 6th house from their Arudha Lagna ( AL) or they have no planets there at all.

The image attached shows the analysis of Swami Vivekananda’s chart to judge this aspect.

Swami Vivekananda Arudha Lagna

From Lagna Pada:

-The 3rd house from Arudha Lagna (AL) has satwo guna & a natural benefic planet, Jupiter

-The 3rd lord from AL is a natural benefic planet, Venus.

-The 6th house has Mercury & Venus and Ketu is aspecting it by Rashi Drishti. The sign is owned by Saturn in strength.

-2 somya grahas & then 2 kroor grahas are there to handle enmity, competition, or blockage in his material pursuits.

From Lagna:

-3rd lord, Saturn is strong. He is placed in a friendly sign, further involved in parivartana yoga with Mercury. Saturn is one of the karaka of the 10th house.

-Karaka for bravery, Mars is strong and well placed in his own sign, Aries.
Further lord of the Ascendant, Jupiter is well placed in 11th H in Yoga with Mars ( planets are placed in 1/7 house from each other).

-Jupiter is Karaka of 11th H. Strong Sun as 9th lord & AK in LA.

-Brave personality: 3rd house, 3rd lord, karaka of bravery Mars and Lagna all are strong.

-Conclusion: we can say that this native has no upfront tamas, does not like to hurt anyone, and does not do aggression, despite being brave.

Case 2: Placement of Saturn in 2nd house from Arudha Lagna or Lagna Arudha.

Saturn in 2nd H from Arudha Lagna (AL) will always impoverish the image and material status of a native. Saturn is the Naisargik karaka (natural significator) of poor, scarcity, abandoned, and unfortunate hence his placement where he has to provide food and shelter (2nd house) is undesirable for high status. 2nd house is very important for sustenance and lasting effects for any Arudha pada. Swami ji was a monk, a renunciate with no attachment to wealth.

However, if Saturn is exalted, in its sign or Multrikona sign then the impoverishment is considerably low.

If Saturn is so placed in the 2nd house from Arudha Lagna ( AL) and native wears a blue sapphire (नीलम) then surely he will start behaving as if he has a lesser or scarce resource at his disposition so does his material status will sink. This will hold well for Rashi Chart.

In some other context, say in the Siddhamsha (D24) chart (used to see Siddhis or knowledge of a native) placement of Shani in the 2nd House from Arudha Lagna can indicate someone who sometimes makes blunders or mistakes and shows a lack of knowledge in some areas hence can degrade honor in the field of academics. Cause, Arudha Lagna, or the manifested social image, is sustained in a very poor way, there is inadequate feeding to sustain it healthily.

Likewise, the meaning and context of the proper divisional charts should be understood and relevant information should be drawn for clear and crisp readings.

Case 3: Placement of Rahu in 3rd house from Lagna Pada

When Rahu is placed in the 3rd house from Arudha Lagna the person will mislead/cheat/deceive or will be manipulative and cannot be truthful in all his/her dealings; unfortunately!

Rest all we can judge from the influence of Grahas and Rashis on Lagna. The more the influence of Satwa guna planets (Sun, Moon, and Jupiter) on Lagna the better. Even the influence of Rajo guna planets like (Mercury and Venus) is fine.

When we are considering the Drishti or aspects of planets on the Lagna, we should only see Graha Drishti in this regard.

Case 4: Placement of Lagna Lord in the 11th house from Arudha Lagna

Normally, the placement of Lagna Lord in 3rd house is very good for material prosperity. As it makes the Arudha Lagna in the 5th house.

So from Arudha Lagna, the Lagna Lord is placed in the 11th house of actual gains. Native’s intelligence, Paka Lagna can now have a governing say on the acquisition of wealth, being placed there and hence influencing it directly.

It means a native’s intelligence makes him accept or renounce material gains.

Positive influence (please refer to Jaimini Sutras for financial relationships between Grahas promoting financial growth or demoting it ) makes the native accept happily and negative makes him deny/renounce wealth or wealth is not proposed to him, via this placement (again negative).

The most troubling situation is that of Devguru Brihaspati, Jupiter! Because it is the Marana Karaka Sthana (MKS) for him. Eg: Lagna is Sagittarius or Pisces and Jupiter is placed in the 3rd house.

Case 5: Shatru Pada (A6), when placed in the 12th house from Arudha Lagna

Bhav Pada of the 6th house of enemies & obstruction is called Shatru Pada or A6 in some Jyotish software.
One of the best placements of Shatru Pada (A6) is in the 12th house from Arudha Lagna (AL).

Shatru Pada (A6) represents: the tangible and real physical enemies (people) or competitors (people) of a native and 12th is the house of ignoring or giving up and loss.

So in such placement, the native constantly ignores his enemies (A6) in the practical world and focuses on his work only: very good for success in the long run.

On the contrary side, the enemies/ competitors of the person make sure that the person is well remembered in the world because of their actions in this context. Consequently, the image of the native gets the visibility and attention of the people.

For enemies/competitors (Shatru pada, A6), the Arudha Lagna of the native is in the 2nd house and the 2nd house is very important for the sustenance of any Arudha Pada. So to help sustain themselves, the enemies or competitors will do so for the natives.

Case 6: How do we judge the manifestation of any Bhav Pada

Planets placed in any Bhav Pada tell us about the manifested qualities of that person in the life of a native.

For example, if one has Ketu in Upa Pada ( Bhav Pada of the 12th house, depicted as UL), the representation of one’s spouse and the person with whom one shares his/her life and all resources, etc: can be very spiritual and/or quite headless with sudden developments taking place all the times in the life of the spouse. Likewise, we can judge the same for any other Bhav Pada.

Case 7: The houses from Lagna show where Bhav Pada(s) will manifest in life and/or circumstances in which they happen in our existence.

For example:

Daar or Kalatra Pada (A7) placed in the 5th house from Lagna can mean that native finds love/business partners in followers, students, or people having such engagements in the beginning.

Putra Pada (A5) placed in the 7th house can also mean that a native has a romantic relationship with someone from his following/students or a native can have business partnerships with such people.

If both the above-stated placements are present in a chart then surely these readings are possible with great probability.

-5th is the house of following, children and students.
-7th is the house of relationships, desires, and business

-Putra Pada is the manifestation of the 5th house (or Pada of the 5th house represented by A5 in Jyotish software). Putra means children & Pada means manifestation. Hence, the Pada of Lagna called Arudha Lagna is also termed as Lagna Pada.

Just as there are padas of Bhava there are padas of Grahas as well they are called Graha Arudha. To read about Graha Arudha please click. 

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