Is tarabala the same as the tara-kuta of the traditional Indian “kuta” compatibility system?
Yes, in fact it is!
(Check this post, Tarabala 101, for an intro to what “Tarabala” is.)
Tara-kuta is based on the simple idea that odd numbered tarabala are negative, and even numbered are positive. By “odd numbered” we mean
- janma – coborn (1),
- vipat – falling apart (3),
- pratyak – turning away (5), and
- naidhana – regressing (7)
The “even numbered” positive tarabala are
- atimitra – bonding in mutual love (0),
- sampat – coming together (2),
- kṣema – staying in safety (4),
- sādhana – progressing (6), and
- mitra – bonding in friendship (8)
Its done like this:
- Take the Moon nakshatras of the two people in the marriage / partnership
- Count nakshatras from partner A to partner B (with Partner A’s nakshatra itself being counted as “1” – If A’s nakshatra is Rohini, count Rohini as “1”, Mṛgaśīrṣa as 2, etc.).
- Divide this count by 9 to find the remainder. If it is even, give it one and a half points.
- Do the same, counting from B to A.
If you have 3 points, the couple has total tara-kuta compatibility. If you have 1.5, they have half compatibility. And if you have 0 they have no tara-kuta compatibility.
Note that the 4th step is unnecessary. I just described it this way because its the conventional way of explaining it, and it makes it clear how the 3 points are divided equally. The 4th step is unnecessary because if the remainder found in step 3 is 1, it will also be 1 found in step 4 – so you can give 0 points to tara-kuta. If the remainder is 0 or 2, it will also be 0 or 2 in step 4 – so you can give 3 points to tara-kuta. And if it is any other number, it will be the other type of number in step 4 (if step 3 gives and even number, step four will give an odd one) – so you can give 1.5 points. This is because only janma-janma (1/1) and atimitra-sampat (0/2) tarablas are reciprocal. Please see Tarabala 101for an easier-to-understand explanation of this.
Tara-kuta is one of eight compatibility factors in traditional Indian compatibility. It contributes 3 out of 108 total points, so its not considered extremely important. Also, most couples (statistically 3 out of 5) will have 1.5 compatibility, and only a few (statistically 1 out of 5) will have 0 or 3, so it is not a very sensitive scoring system.
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