Guna Milan is a set of the most famous pairing and compatibility rules for marriage in Vedic Astrology. It is the most important factor in Kundli matching for marriage. Such tables can be found in all panchangas, where, based on the nakshatras of the bride and groom, one can determine the couple’s compatibility in points.
The method of astrological comparison of two Kundli – Ashtakoot or Guna Milan, plays an essential role in analyzing the compatibility between a boy and a girl. This ratio of relationships shows a detailed study of the influence of the planets on the future bride and groom.
In total, eight Gunas coincide in their horoscope. Each Guna has its individual points and the sum of these points is 36 points. For a marriage to be well approved astrologically, it is necessary to match at least 18 Gunas out of 36. The higher the points, the higher the chances of marriage and marital happiness.
According to ancient Hindu texts say that Lord Rama and Goddess Sita scored 36 points. If we take this example into account, a good marriage means the ability to sacrifice oneself to another in difficult situations. Lord Rama and Mother Sita remained faithful to each other even in the most adverse circumstances.
Guna Milan or Ashtakoot Table
Varna – Mental Compatibility
Varna considers the mental compatibility of the couple. In this method, the moon sign (Lunar sign) is divided into four categories. Each category has a set of characteristics that suggest a person’s potential and inherent skills. This parameter also includes the mental orientation and ego of the partners. The maximum point that can be scored in this category is one.
Based on Vedic astrology, twelve zodiac signs are divided into four Varnas. Cancer, Scorpio, and Pisces are Brahmins; Aries, Leo, and Sagittarius – Kshatriyas; Taurus, Virgo, and Capricorn – Vaishyas; Gemini, Libra, and Aquarius are Shudras.
The best varna compatibility is when the bride and groom fall into the same varna. Otherwise, the groom’s varna should be higher. Both situations mean 1 total score for compatibility. If the sign of the bride is higher, then 0 compatibility points are obtained.
Vasya – Attachment
It is the faculty of magnetic influence and perception, control, and obedience that can exist between wife and husband. In marriage, there is a serious war for control over each other and common areas of life, for example, children. Who controls whom, and how much can be understood from the laws where the Moons of both are located. They are classified as follows:
- Nara (human): Gemini, Virgo, Libra, first 15° of Sagittarius and Aquarius
- Vanachara (inhabitants of the forests) – Leo
- Keeta (insects) – Scorpio
- Chatushpad (artiodactyls) – Aries, Taurus, from 15 to 30 ° Sagittarius, from 0 to 15 ° Capricorn
- Jalachara (fish; animals living in water) – Cancer, 15-30 ° Capricorn, and Pisces
According to this criterion, the maximum score that a couple will receive in case of compatibility is 2.
Tara or Dina – Relationship Duration
Tara or Dina compatibility takes into account the health and long-term relationship after marriage. This Guna is considered essential and is given a maximum of 3 points. If the Tara aspect is favorable in a couple, this indicates a long-term and healthy relationship. Tara Guna is based on the 27 Nakshatras.
To determine the Tara Milan, you need to count the number of nakshatras from a woman’s nakshatra to a man’s nakshatra. Divide the resulting number by 9. If the remnant is 3, 5, or 7, the container does not receive any points. If the remainder is different, then 1.5 points are given.
Yoni – Sexual Compatibility
It considers the sexual aspect of marriage and assesses the degree of sexual compatibility of the couple. It determines the similarity of sexual activity, sensual desires, and even the size of the genitals. The moon, being located in a certain nakshatra, is more suitable for some nakshatras than others. In accordance with this, compatibility points are distributed. Each nakshatra is given the name of an animal or its quality.
A maximum of 4 compatibility points can be obtained by this method.
Maitri – Psychological Compatibility
This method determines compatibility based on the natural relationships of the nature of the planets that govern the signs where the moon of the partners is located. If the Signs of a woman and a man are the same, this indicates the best compatibility.
The compatibility will be good enough if it is a friendly sign. Compatibility is worse if one is friendly and the other is neutral. It’s even worse for compatibility when both are neutral to each other. A variant is allowed when one is friendly and the other is hostile or neutral. The worst thing is when both are enemies. The moon has no enemies, and no planet considers Jupiter, an enemy.
5 points are allocated to obtain from this method.
Gana – Temperament Compatibility
Gana Milan is compatibly associated with the deep nature of man. It controls the temperament, so it is imperative for Milan for a long-term relationship. There are three types (ganas) of temperaments:
- Deva Gana (Spiritual) – represents the spiritual, good nature.
- Manushya Gana (human) – is a mixture of negative and positive qualities.
- Rakshasa Gana (demonic) – personifies dominance, strong will, and a tendency to violence.
The principle of compatibility is that it is recommended to marry a person of your Gana. The maximum point obtained in this Milan is 6.
Bhakoot – Happiness, and Harmony
Bhakoot is associated with the moon’s relative position of two people in the zodiac sign. The zodiac sign in which the moon is situated in the birth chart (natal moon) is called Janma Rashi, and the sector of the zodiac, with a length of 13 ° 20 ′, in which the natal is located, is called Janma nakshatra. This is the most ‘sensitive’ area – transits of all planets are considered from it. From it, a favorable or unfavorable time is calculated when choosing muhurta. A maximum of 7 points are allocated for this method.
Nadi – Physiological compatibility
The term “Nadi” can refer to many things, but in this case, Nadi indicates the type of nervous energy that shapes human physiology and also speaks of several hereditary factors. It is the channel from which Prana or Life force travels.
Nadi is the most important aspect of the Guna Milan, which is given 8 points when assessing compatibility.
There are three Nadis: Adi, Madhya, and Antya. Two nakshatras along one line create a Nadi dosha. In this case, the couple gets 0 points, and in others – 8 points. If there is an imbalance between the Nadis, it is terrible for the relationship. How much this affects offspring, or another aspect is a moot point.(Last Updated On: June 9, 2022)