Nadi astrology

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Nadi Astrology ('நாடி ஜோதிடம்' in Tamil), (nāḍi jyotiṣa) is a form of Hindu astrology practiced in Tamil Nadu, India. It is based on the belief that the past, present and the future lives of all humans were foreseen by Hindu sages in ancient time


The texts are mainly written in Vatteluttu, which is an ancient Tamizh (Tamil) script. They were written by a Rishi called Agathiyar who had a highly developed consciousness. These ancient records of providence were made famous by practitioners around the Vaitheeswaran Temple in the state of Tamil Nadu. First, the Naadi palm leaves are located based on the thumb impressions (right for men, left for women).[1]

These Naadi leaves were initially stored in the premises of Thanjavur's Saraswati Mahal Library in Tamil Nadu. The British capitalists later showed interest in the Naadi leaves concerned with herbs and medicine, future prediction, etc., in the hope that they could make money out of the ancient science. However, as providence would have it, they ended up leaving most of the Naadi prediction leaves to the rightful owners. The British did their best to destroy this ancient treasure, as they did with many others. Some leaves got destroyed and the remaining were auctioned during the British rule. These Nadi leaves were obtained by the families of astrologers at the Vaitheeswaran Temple and have been passed down the years from one generation to the other.[2]



In ancient history, this universe and earth were created by the cosmic public servant, Sri Brahma, who is a higher consciousness of every human being, and the entire universe is controlled by three powerful cosmic public servants or the Trimurti (Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh). While Hinduism does not have a 'god' in it, these entities were worshiped by people in various forms across the globe or universe.


Athman is the 'real' you with no body, no mind or no desire. Athman is immortal, and characterises the real you. Changes apply only to the physical bodies. Common stages are birth, childhood, teenage, adulthood, oldage, and death. The real you (the Athma) then enters into a different body depending on your Karma and takes form relative to the good or bad deeds you have done. Athman can neither be created nor destroyed. Athman manifests in a physical body as per applicable karmas.

In Karmic terms, a transition like this is like a person working in an organisation getting promoted when he or she works sincerely, honestly and efficiently, or demoted if he or she is a bad worker.

Naadi Astrology is like a mirror of your karmas in the previous birth(s). While this is not entirely accurate, for simplicity's sake, let's say there are two options associated with your Karma. You either live out your mistakes or you can overcome them by performing corrective actions in a proactive manner - this goes for all living beings.[3]

Navagrahas and siddars[edit]

All beings, irrespective of species, nationality, religion, social class, aggressiveness, etc., are controlled by the Navagrahas (nine houses or planets). The Navagrahas are very sincere in their duties as cosmic public servants and never deviate in performing their duties. They cannot be bribed. They affect individual beings as well as entire societies as per the Karma (thoughts, words and deeds of beings in this world as well as other worlds) applicable. The current life path of a person is determined by past Karma. For example, if a person is blessed with wealth in this birth, then it implies this person has done many punyas (activities that resulted in good Karma) in his/her previous births and he/she is enjoying the benefits of it in this birth. It is like a person who has saved a lot of punyas in his or her account cashing it in when the need arrives.

Birth, death, rebirth and moksha are all controlled by our karma. Paapams (activities that result in negative Karma) are obstacles that may take long to dilute whereas punyas earned can be 'spent' very soon. From the Hindu point of view, this makes it important that we always think good thoughts and do no harm to any other being. Bad Karma is committed even if we think unrighteous thoughts.

What is to be given to your lot in life, when, how and where are all decided by the Brahma using the Navagarahas and the Siddars as channels. As the Brahma cannot everything in our realm directly, 84,000 Siddars have been created to perform duties on its behalf. Siddars are only another level of public servants in the cosmos, and they have capabilities and energies many would consider supernatural, although in Hinduism this is quite normal. Of all the siddars, 84,000 are identified as very powerful and these siddars express themselves by way of Naadi. Agathiyar is the leader of all Siddars. Agathiyar along with Kakapujandar, Bokar. Agatiyar always thrived for Jeeva Karunyam (to not harm any being), i.e., taking care of all living things in this world and guiding them to the path of Gnana or the attaining of supreme self-knowledge.


  • Naadi talks about a person's past, present and future and is mostly concerned with material things like getting a job, construction of house, marriage, curing a disease, etc. Gaanda Naadi were already written by Siddars ages back and are available in Tamil Nadu with the blessed people.
  • Jeeva Naadi is like a live thing happening. It is mainly concerned with Gnana and Nakshatra.


One Wing Commander (Retd.) Shashikant Oak of Pune has a great contribution in bringing the Naadi palm leaf based astrological system into limelight. For more than 16 years, he has been conducting an original research on the aforesaid system. His research includes various scientific angles, and has given the whole subject a new dimension. To conduct the original research, he has visited almost all the Naadi centers in India during the course of last 15 years, apart from individually meeting a thousands of persons to take on account the firsthand experiences. He has also presented a detailed paper called 'Comparative Study: Nostradamus and Naadi Granthas.' Over the past few years he has been instrumental in bringing out the subject to the notice of international researchers. Apart from writing several research oriented books and detailed articles in various languages; Wing Commander (Retd.) Oak has also initiated preparing a dictionary of ancient Tamil words which appear in the Naadi palm leaves. His books are available in Marathi, Hindi, English, and have been translated into several other languages including Gujarati.

Naadi astrology in popular culture[edit]

Prince of Malacca

In the film Chandran Rutnam is set to direct, Prince of Malacca, the olai-chuvadi (palm-leaf) reading which Raj Rajaratnam sought to forecast his future is influenced.[4]

After Johny reads an article in the Newsweek magazine by a professor at the University of New York, he becomes interested in olai-chuvadi reading or Naadi astrology. The article reveals, "Rajaratnam had gone to the ola-leaf readers." It is said there was a government case against Raj, that he was in the stock business, that he was famous worldwide. That he had to close his business down. Rajaratnam revealed in the article that he doesn't generally believe in fortunetellers and astrologers. "But the ola leaves were written thousands of years ago. In those days there was no share business. I found it interesting." The leaf reader had also divined that his wife was born in "some Southeast Asian country." His wife Asha was born in the Philippines.[4]


  1. ^ Kris Dhingra (12 October 2007). "Nadi Astrology – Opening The Leaf To Your Future". Delhi Planet, India. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  2. ^ "History Of Naadi Astrology". Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  3. ^ Lois Lane (7 August 2011). "Nadi Astrology And The Secrets Of Your Past Life". Delhi Planet, India. Retrieved 28 June 2012. 
  4. ^ a b Sashi, Rathi (2012-10-05). "Chandran Rutnam set to direct "Prince of Malacca" is about a Wall Street hedge fund billionaire and his activities". PR Inside. Retrieved 2012-10-10. 


  • Shashikant Oak, Naadi Predictions A Mind Boggling Miracle (2010), ISBN 81-7182-948-1
  • Sanjay Rath, Collected Papers in Vedic Astrology (2006), ISBN 0-9765177-1-X, chapter 9, pp. 247–276.
  • Thomas Ritter, Die Palmblattbibliotheken. Und ihre Prophezeiungen zur Zukunft Europas (2006) ISBN 978-3-938516-20-1.
  • Thomas Ritter, Die Geheimnisse indischer Palmblattbibliotheken Dem Schicksal auf der Spur: Dem Schicksal auf der Spur. Das Vermächtnis der Sieben Weisen. Schicksalsbibliotheken auf der Spur (2002) ISBN 978-3-89094-350-3.
  • Shashikant Oak (Wing Commander), Naadi Predictions A Mind Boggling Miracle (2010), ISBN 81-7182-948-1