|NADI ASTROLOGY - MYSTERY
Nadi astrologer Mr. Durai Subburathinam
interviewed by Hemamalini Raghunathan
Natives, whose leaves are with us, are
destined to come to us at the appropriate age specified on the
leaves from any part of the world.
is a valuable gift handed over to us by our intellectual ancestors.
However, it is quite unfortunate to note that no other form of
astrology has been criticised or manipulated as much as Nadi
Astrology. Due to the cloud of mystery surrounding Nadi Astrology, a
number of quacks play havoc with the gullible public. They should be
made aware of the fact that sincere, devoted Nadi Readers also exist
who possess genuine palm leaves transcribed by our ancient Rishis.
These sincere Nadi Readers are more than eager to wipe away the
doubts in the minds of doubting Thomases. Our EST team visited
Durai Subburathinam of Kausika Agasthiya Nadi Jothida Nilayam
in Tambaram, Chennai. Mr. Durai Subburathinams Nadi centre
commands the faith and respect of thousands of people who have
tested the authenticity of the leaves he holds.
Mr. Subburathinam, in this eye-opening article, offers some
pointers by which the common public can distinguish between
genuine Nadi Readers and hoaxes.
: Sir, you seem to possess a good
collection of old palm-leaves. Could you tell us the history of
: Yes. The origin
of these leaves can be traced back to approximately 2000 years ago.
Later during the British rule, the British were very keen to acquire
these types of ancient leaves which deal with herbal cure, alchemy,
different types of rasayans, Kayakalpa to increase longevity,
different branches of fortune-telling etc. In some, the basic rules
of the modern scientific inventions are explained. The British were
very keen to take all these but left some of the astrological leaves
to their loyalists. Some were put on auction also. People belonging
to a particular caste who specialised in astrology bought these
leaves and they earned their livelihood through Nadi-reading. It is
a hereditary profession for us. We belong to the place called
Vaitheeswaran Koil, in South Tamil-Nadu. We got trained from our
elders to do the Nadi-reading. The language is poetic and the script
is also different. It is the same as in the ancient temples. We have
only a certain amount of collection of leaves. Natives whose leaves
are here will, somehow or other, come to us at the appropriate age
specified on the leaves from any corner of the world. Leaves are
there not only for Indians but for foreigners also belonging to
other religions. Whoever is destined to look into the leaves will
come to us on his own accord. The very word Nadi in Tamil means
(destined) to come on own accord.
Do you mean to say that you dont possess
the leaves of those who are not destined to come to you.
: Exactly. They may
not even know that such a type of astrology exists. Even the very
age when the native is destined to come to us is marked on the
leaves. So, we do not advertise for our profession. Whoever is
destined to come will come. Faith is the root of our system.
What is the first step in Nadi
: We take the
impression of the right thumb for males and the left thumb for
females. There is no need to disclose your name, place or horoscope.
Q : How
do you proceed further with the thumb impression?
: Lines on the
thumb are classified into 1008 types. Palm leaves are arranged
according to these types. We identify the particular type of
lines on the thumb and the corresponding set of palm leaves are
taken. For example, a particular type is called conch shell with
a circle. Among this, there are many sub-divisions based on the
number of dots on the thumb. Impressions with 5 or more dots are
What is the significance of
: There are twelve
chapters (parts). The first chapter contains the natives name,
parents names, present details of profession, brothers, sisters,
children, spouse and a gist of future predictions for all the twelve
bhavas. There is also a poetic description of the planetary
positions in the natives horoscope. The other chapters deal
elaborately every aspect of your life. For example, the fifth
chapter deals with children, their birth, death, reasons for not
having children, adoption, future- -life of the children, remedial
measures etc. The 7th chapter indicates the time of marriage, name,
ascendant and the planetary positions of the horoscope of the spouse
and life after marriage. Chapters 2 to 12 will give the future
predictions upto the end of the life from the date of perusal of
that chapter. There are four more chapters Chapter 13 and 14 deal
with the previous birth and the sins committed therein. Remedial
measures are also given for getting rid of the effect of the sins of
the past birth. Chapter15 prescribes the medicines and methods of
consumption for chronic diseases. The 16th chapter gives predictions
for the current dasa and bhukti periods in detail. In addition to
these, there is also a special chapter for Prasna where any query
is answered. All these were written hundreds of years ago by our
Q : Amazing.
But how is it possible?
: With divine
grace, our Maharishis were able to foresee a lot. They have foreseen
and predicted the type of name and the events of life for a person
born at a particular moment with corresponding planetary positions.
Nadi astrology is written by Sapta Rishis Vasishta, Agasthya,
Kaushika, Sukar and others. Sage Agasthya has written in Tamil.
Other Sanskrit texts were translated into Tamil. Marata King
Sarabhoji and Chola kings patronised this form of astrology and
Could you share some of your experiences with us?
: I would like to
tell the people that we are only Nadi Readers. What is written on
the leaves is read and explained by us. We ourselves donot add
anything. Some clients get irritated when some of the facts are
unpleasant. We cannot help it. With utmost patience, we clear their
doubts. Common people and VIPs from all walks of life have consulted
us. We show them the particular leaf where the predictions for the
native is given. Some of our customers are able to read the leaves
on their own. Some even buy their leaves for preservation.
Q : Could you pick the leaf
for one of us who have come from EST?
: Yes. Of course.
You can even take photographs of the names in the leaf. (Leaf was
promptly picked up from the thumb impression. Name and other details
of the native were verified by the EST team and photographs were
Q : There
is a general complaint that the Nadi readers collect a lot of
informations from the client himself? What is your answer to this?
Some of the leaves give the natives name as such in full. In some
the names are only suggested indirectly giving details about the
number of letters in the name, clues of a corresponding deity etc.
In those cases, we ask questions to find out the right leaf. We tell
the clients to say only yes or no and nothing more. You can also
verify your horoscope with the description of the horoscope given in
the leaf. Without truth and integrity, we cannot survive for so many
years and generations. Of course, there are places where there
are fake leaves. They will not be able to show you the leaf with
your name and other details.
Q : Also
there is a opinion that the remedial measures are suggested only by
you and that they are money-making gimmicks?
: No. This is not
true at all. We only read the remedial measures given in the
particular chapter. Generally remedial measures are like visiting
particular temples, feeding the poor etc. There is no compulsion to
do them. Corresponding to the sins, the remedial measures are
suggested in the leaves. The clients can themselves verify them in
their leaves. In some cases, while reading the 13th chapter, there
is a suggestion of giving alms to the Nadi reader for preserving the
leaves. He helps the native to amend his sins by Informing the
native of his poorva-karma. But these are only optional.
these remedial measures really reduce the troubles?
: Yes. I have seen
many people getting benefitted by this. We get the feed-back from
the clients. Pleased with our service, they bring their friends and
other relatives for Nadi-reading.
People say that they have to
wait for hours to get the Nadi reading. How far is it true?
: The time duration
depends upon the identification of the thumb impression. Some
impressions are identified easily and the corresponding leaves are
Q : I
have seen many foreigners waiting outside to see you. How far do
they believe this Nadi-astrology?
: I have clients
from U.S.A., Canada, Japan, Hong Kong, Singapore, Sri Lanka,
Malaysia and other places. They have complete faith in Nadi-reading.
Some even fast their thumb impressions and get the predictions. We
have translators with us to serve them.
your children take up the same profession?
: Yes. Our children
are also interested in this profession and they are learning the old
script and other languages. With the blessings of our ancestors, we
will continue for generations.
impressions are unique scientifically and are used for legal
purposes. What is the difference between your classification and
: For legal
purposes, the whole thumb is studied minutely. But we concentrate
only on the centre part of the thumb and the sub-divisions therein.
This is a humble attempt to clear some of the doubts and mysteries
surrounding Nadi Astrology and to bring out the authenticity of the
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