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History Of Nadi Leaves


Many centuries ago, some of the Great Sages of India who could foresee the future of many individuals, wrote the same on palm leaves (known as Nadi) for their welfare of by spending their whole lives in order to ease their lives. Perhaps, this was the effort extended by them to preserve “Dharma” during the Kalyuga. However, they intended to help the humanity to be on the right track by spiritual wisdom. Lord Shiva bestowed exclusive clairvoyance powers on some of these sages on being pleased with their devotion and prayers. These sages created the records on palm leaves associated with an individual's past, present and future.


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    These nadi records are not available for the entire humanity but are limited only for the destined souls. These destined souls are involuntarily attracted to get readings of the leaves by force of circumstances or under compulsion or intuition at the right time, as per their destiny.

    The language inscribed on these palm leaves is in old poetic Tamil and it is understandable to very few who are well versed in this art of nadi reading.


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    Nadi Jodhidam (Jotish) was written originally in Sanskrit on palm leaves by the great Rishis of ancient India, like Bhrigu, Agasthiya, Koushika, Vashishtha and others, and it is more popular in South India. His highness Shri Venkoji Maharaja, a descendant of Sivaji Maharaja, established the Maratha rule in Tamilnadu in the year 1676, with Tanjore as their Head Quarters. The Marathas during their rules were true patrons of Arts, Science, Medicine, Vedas, Astrology etc. The great works of ancient India were all kept in the famous Saraswati Mahal Library at Tanjore and maintained by them.

    During the reign of the great king Sarabhoji Maharaja, the Sanskrit works, including those relating to Naadi Astrology were translated into old poetic Tamil Language and written on Palm leaves and kept in Saraswati Mahal Library. During the same period, though the whole North India was under the control of Mughals, the great Marathas managed to preserve all such great works in their Saraswati Mahal Library. Thus Nadi Astrologers owe a gratitude to the Marathas for preserving the Nadi Leaves.

    After the Britishers took control over Tanjore, the palm leaves passed into their hands. However, as they did not know about the importance of Nadi Astrology, the original palm leaves were not taken by them but were leased and/or auctioned. Around 1875, our ancestor started giving predictions at Vaitheeswaran Koil and this tradition is being carried on.