śloka 1

यद्भं द्व्यंकसुतेशादिङ्मितमसौ ग्रामः शुभो नामभात् स्वं वर्गं द्विगुणं विधाय परवर्गाड्यं।
काकिण्यस्त्वनयोस्च तद्विवरतो यस्याधिकाः सोऽर्थदोऽथ द्वारं द्विजवैश्यशूद्रनृपराशीनां हितं पूर्वतः॥१॥
yadbhaṁ dvyaṁkasuteśādiṅmitamasau grāmaḥ śubho nāmabhāt svaṁ vargaṁ dviguṇaṁ vidhāya paravargāḍyaṁ|
kākiṇyastvanayosca tadvivarato yasyādhikāḥ so’rthado’tha dvāraṁ dvijavaiśyaśūdranṛparāśīnāṁ hitaṁ pūrvataḥ||1||

Translation: If the nakṣatra of the name of the town/village be placed in the 2nd, 9th, 5th, 11th or 10th sign from the nakṣatra of the name of the native it becomes auspicious for the native to reside there.
The Varga of ones own name be multipled by two and the Varga of the village be added to this. This divided by eight reveals the kākiṇī of the native. If instead the Varga of the village be multiplied by two and the Varga of the native be added, the remainder after dividing by eight reveals the kākiṇī of the village. The one among the two kākiṇī being greater is the giver of wealth.
The door is placed in the four directions of east, south, west and north as the sign (rāśi) of the native belongs to either of the four castes of brahmin, vaiśya, śūdra and kṣatriya resectively.

Hoda Chakra by Freedom ColeNāma rāśi

The means to ascertain the nakṣatra of the name is done with the hoḍa chakra. This is standardly used for naming the child and each syllable is allotted to the nakṣatra pada. An illustration of the same is here given, by Jyotiṣa Scholar and author Freedom Cole.

Example: For a person whose name is Visti, the beginning syllable ‘vi’ will define the nakṣatrapada and Nāma rāśī of the person. ‘vi’ falls in the Taurus in the degree span of 16:40-20:00 degrees of the sign. Hence, Taurus becomes the Nāma rāśi.

The same principle applies to ascertaining the Nama rāśi of a town. For the town Frederiksberg the first syllable is ‘fre’. Herein we ignore any letters preceeding the vowel sound and we get ‘fe’ as the syllable to look for. As ‘p’ and ‘f’ are interchangeable we find that the sound ‘pe’ falls between 23:20-26:40 degrees of Virgo making Virgo the Nāma rāśi of the town Frederiksberg.

If we then were to compare the two, namely place Frederiksberg w.r.t. a person named Visti we need to see where the Nāma rāśi of the place is from the Nāma rāśiof the person. Taurus is the Nāma rāśi of the native and Virgo is the Nāma rāśi of the place. As Virgo is placed in the fifth house from Taurus it is said to be auspicious based on the principles enunciated above.

Having ascertained the Nāma rāśi the tradition teaches not only to analyse the same from the Nāma rāśi of the native but also w.r.t. to yogas and other placements in the chart, but to especially pay attention to the ārūḍha lagna.


Kākiṇī means coin and can also refer to a coin toss. In this context it is applied to understand which of two entities is able to produce more money or income. G.C. Sharma comments in his translation of Muhurta Chintamani, that it is preferred that the native produces more wealth or has a higher Kākiṇī.

The Kākiṇī is calculated based on the Varga of the first letter of the name. This is based on the division of the sanskrit alphabet based on the akacaṭatapayaśa varga. These are eight divisions of the alphabet each designated a number from 1 through 8. This number is the Varga.

akacaṭatapayaśa varga
# Syllables Graha Animal
1 a ā i ī u ū ṛ ṝ ḷ ḹ e ai o au aṁ aḥ Sun garuḍa
2 ka kha ga gha ṅa Mars marjara
3 ca cha ja jha ña Venus simha
4 ṭa ṭha ḍa ḍha ṇa Mercury śvan
5 ta tha da dha na Jupiter sarpa
6 pa pha ba bha ma Saturn muśaka
7 ya ra la va Moon (Rahu) mṛga
8 śa ṣa sa ha Moon (Ketu) meṣa

 Taking the example of Visti and the place of Frederiksberg we can attempt to ascertain the Kākiṇī of the native and the town. For the native, the syllable ‘va’ belongs to the seventh Varga, and multiplied by 2 gives 14 as the result. This is to be added to the Varga of the town Frederiksberg, where the syllable ‘fa’ or ‘pha’ falls in the sixth Varga. Six added to fourteen gives us 20 as the result which when divided by eight gives us the Kākiṇī for the name Visti in the town Frederiksberg. The qoutient is 2 and the remainder if 4 and the Kākiṇī then becomes 4.

For Frederksberg the Kākiṇī is ascertained as follows: Varga for Frederiksberg is 6 which when multiplied by 2 is 12. The Varga of the persons name is then added to this which is 12+7=19. This is then divided by 8 giving us a qoutient of 2 and a remainder of 3 which is the Kākiṇī. As the Kākiṇī of the name (4) is higher than that of the town (3) the native is said to be better off financially in that place.

ResearchIt is obvious from the calculation that the remainder will always be a number from 1 through 8. Therefore it would be worthwhile to analyse the importance of this number w.r.t. the eight vargas themselves and the planets ruling over them (refer: akacaṭatapayaśa varga). Example: for the given case the Kākiṇī of the name has a remainder of 4 and the 4th Varga is that ruled by Mercury, hence Mercury in the persons natal chart will reveal from where this Kākiṇī or money will come from in the natives life.

In the given example of Visti and the name Frederiksberg, the Kākiṇī for the person comes to 4. Mercury is the lord and can show earnings from writing, schools, students or business, etc. More details can be inferred from the chart in question.


The last part of this śloka speaks of the placement of the door of the house. It refers to the nature of the rāśi to decide this placement, but is not specific in its reference to which rāśi. Traditionally the term rāśi refers to the Moons sign, which is an acceptible translation, but the importance of the directions w.r.t. the four castes and the work they perform is here brought to fore. As searching for directions of peoples homes can be cumbersome in ascertaining to which extent they are adhering to this advise we leave this part for further research.

In the life of Śrī Kṛṣṇa we find that his divine incarnation exhibited his living circumstances in mainly three distinct places, namely his birth place Mathura, his place of refuge and growing up in Vṛndāvana and finally Dvārakā where he spent the majority of his adult life.

His lila or lifetime exhibited itself through many trials where he even as an infant was placed in harms way by a myriad of beings who sought to torment his family and kin or do away with himself.

To understand the events and how the came to fore in his life here is analysed the Kākiṇī and Nāma rāśi of these three distinct places. his name being Kṛṣṇa makes the first syllable ‘ka’ and the Nāma rāśi is placed in Gemini.

Birth place Mathura
The rāśi for Mathura is Leo and we find that Sun is placed here. This is in the third from the Nāma rāśi in Gemini which is an inauspicious placement causing strife and possible movement. Being that this is placed in the twelfth house from the ārūḍha lagna from which the Sun is badly placed, the place of Mathura does not bode well for Śrī Kṛṣṇa’sexperiences with his father (sun) and mother (fourth lord and house). The Lagneśa in a chart is a clear indicator of the birth experiences of a person, and herein the same is Venus which is afflicted by Mars and Rāhu in the third house of strife and battles indicating these trials. Sixth lord being involved in the yoga speaks of enmity towards Śrī Kṛṣṇa bringing about the danger, and the junction of Rahu and Mars indicates that Takshaka Naga has incarnated to torment.

The Lagna and its ārūḍha will identify the persons birth and when afflicted can show danger. Depending on the placement from the Varṇada Lagna we can ascertain who is bringing about the danger. Lagna has an auspicious exalted Moon which cannot be said to be inauspicious. Instead the ārūḍha despite having the auspicious conjunction of Jupiter and Mercury are actually undergoing a planetary war with each other. This is placed in the sixth from the Varṇada Lagna which can bring such danger from mothers brother (maternal uncle).

However, the Parivartana Yoga between Moon and Venus takes the baby Śrī Kṛṣṇa out of such a state and out of harms way. He was thus immediately taken away from his birthplace on the eve of his birth and to the town of

Chart of Dhirubhai Ambani

A true Rags to Riches story applies to the Multi-millionaire Dhirubhai Ambani. He was born in Jamnagar in the smaller town of Kukasvada to a humble middle class family. His Nāma rāśi is in Sagittarius.

His living there was also somewhat humble but was quite ingenuitive in his ways of earning extra money for himself and the family by setting up an onion/potato fries stalls during the Village fair. Nāma rāśi for Kukasvada is placed in Gemini which is the Badhaka sthana for Sagittarius proving to inhibit the young Dhirubhai from attaining his true purpose. The Kākiṇī of the name (Nāma Kākiṇī) is 4 whilst that of the village (Grāma Kākiṇī) is 1. But the Kākiṇī of the name corresponds to the fourth varga of Mercury. Mercury is placed in inimical sign

At 16 he travelled to Aden (Nāma rāśi: Aries), Yemen.

He later Majin Bunder

South Mumbai


Place Akṣara Nāma rāśi Nāma Kākiṇī Grāma Kākiṇī
Kukasvada ku Gemini 4 1
Aden, Yemen a Aries 3 7
Bombay ma Leo 8 1
South Bombay sau Aquarius 2 5