Nadi History

“Nadi Astrology is an ancient art of predicting the destiny of man.” The belief is that during Dwapara the yuga seven saptarishis or rishis which include Agasthya, Kaushika, Vyasa, Bhogar, Bhrigu, Vasishta and Valmiki out of an infinite compassion for humanity through their yogic powers, were able to predict the events in the lives of humans in the past and the future. they shared the transcendental wisdom about Nadi forecasts in a poetic way. According to them, man’s suffering is because of his actions in the past and they offered solutions to overcome it and lead a healthy life.

About Nadi

  • The Nadi was written in the ancient Tamil script known as Vatta eluzhuthu and was written down with palm leaf writing.
  • There are various types of nadis that were recorded by the Rishis. Also, there is an nadi known as Siva nadi which is a dialogue with the Lord and his wife Parvati.
  • The saint Kakabusanda also sang to his devoted disciple Goraknath about the fates of the human race. The nadi he sang is, kakabusanda nadi.
  • There are Nadis like Ganesh Nadi, Brahma Nadi, Muruga nadi, tantra nadi, Shakti nadi, Atri nadi, Nandi nadi, Dhruva Nadi, jeeva nadi and Suka nadi.
  • The leaves of these nadis are preserved by applying peacock oil to it on occasions of auspicious luck.
  • There is a belief that the leaves are intended for the chosen souls who will look for the leaf on their own, when they reach their time.

In 1540, the moguls attacked Tanjore’s palace. Tanjore and discovered the Nadi leaves hidden in the areas of the palace. Nadi leaves had no meaning to them, so they ordered that it be destroyed. In the night, the sage Agasthya came to life in a dreams of an Brahmin astrologer. He instructed him to keep the leaves from being destroyed. The astrologer was required to walk around 120kms to reach the palace, and to his surprise, he was able to discover the leaves. The sage had promised him by Agasthya that he and successors would be blessed with an abundance of success and a prestigious merit for protecting the nadi leaves from danger. From that point on, the Brahmin’s family as well as his subsequent generations were blessed to be that was referred to as “Shiva family”, who became the first curator of the Nadi manuscripts. They continued the legacy of spirituality of the nadi leaves’ prediction.

History of Nadi Leaves

The leaves were scattered, and were sorted and collected under the chola regime in Tanjore and then preserved within the Saraswati Mahal. The leaves were destroyed and burned in the course of Muslim invasion. Later, during the British government, they gave the nadi leaf to a few families and others were auctioned off and sold. They held only those that contained knowledge about the alchemy, herbs and other medicines. Nadi leaves were sought out by Astrologers belonging to a community known as Valluvar and were part of Vaideeshwaran Koil, near Chidambaram in Tamilnadu. Vaitheeswaran Koil became the heart center of nadiastrology. Astrologers earned their livelihood by predicting nadi astrology, and learned to read the predictions of their elders, and then passed through generations. In the 13th century, a few nadi leafs that were scattered across Vaitheeswaran Koil were collected and kept by the Maratha ruler the king Serfoji. He was a true supporter of science and arts who kept these nadi leaf collections in the renowned Saraswati Mahal in Tanjore. However, the Vaitheeswaran Koil is the primary location for Nadi astrology. Numerous Brahmin groups that practice the art of astrology have been able to acquire the nadi leaf ensembles, and some are taken to other regions of India also from this location. Shiva Nadi Jyotisha is most well-known among nadi astrology predictions. Predictions are based on the thumb impressions of the individual and is believed the existence of 108 kinds of thumb impressions that exist on planet. The leaves are located across India, Sri Lanka, Tibet, Nepal and they are not written only for people from Indian origin, but also to all souls looking for relief from this bind of pain and suffering. The leaves are written by only a handful of people and, if they were to be used to be found, it is likely that one will be seeking the leaf for the possibility of a new beginning.