Ever heard about Thumb Astrology, Nadi Astrology, Naadi Astrology, Nadi Shastra or Ancient Nadi (Naadi) method of Fortune Telling? Its an ancient Indian system of predicting one’s past, present and the future on the basis of some thumb impressions.
According to the Nadi Granthas there are 1008 types of thumb impressions which have almost identical life stories. This 2000 year old method of fortune telling, written on palm leaves in Tamil script and passed down from generation to generation was created by 18 pre-historic Indian sages included the famous seven sages (saptarishis).
Types of Manuscripts
There are about 18 types of ancient Nadi Manuscripts named after the sages who wrote them originally in Sanskrit in a poetic form namely Agasathya (Agathiyar) Naadi, Angirasa Nadi, Atrish Nadi, Bohar Nadi, Bhrigu Nadi, Bharadwaj Nadi, Brahma Nadi, Gautama Nadi, Jamadagni Nadi, Kashyapa Nadi, Kaushika Nadi, Kratu Nadi, Marichi Nadi, Pulastya Nadi, Shiva Nadi, Valmiki Nadi, Vashishtha Nadi and Vyasa Nadi.
These Nadi manuscripts are scattered throughout India and some copies are believed to be smuggled out of country and in possession of some readers settled abroad. Out of all these Nadi Grantham shown in bold are the supposed to be the oldest.
Today the Naadi palm leaves are also found in some other languages and carbon dating test confirms that they are authentic and 300 years old. The existence of these versions of Nadi manuscripts is credited to their translation from Sanskrit to Tamil during the regime of the Kings of Tanjore (9th-13th Century AD). When the ancient Sanskrit leaves started deteriorating with age, the Tanjore rulers appointed scholars to rewrite them on fresh ola (palm leaves). Some of the Naadi Granthas were also translated into another South Indian language, Telugu, Kannada. Later the Maratha king Sarabhoji and the Chola kings also patronized preservation of these ancient forms of fortune telling.
When the British left India they auctioned the ancient Nadi manuscripts and the Valluvar community, who specialized in Astrology at the time, bought these palm leaves and made Naadi reading their hereditary profession and means of livelihood.
Contents of a Nadi Grantham Each Nadi manuscript is a collection of the inscriptions of a particular sage, written in Vatta Ezhuthu, a Tamil script, with a sharp, nail-like instrument called Ezhuthani. The palm leaves are preserved by the application of peacock oil on auspicious occasions. Some of these palm leaves are still preserved in the Saraswathi Mahal library of Tanjore (Thanjavur), in the South India. The primary centre for Nadi Astrology is situated in Vaitheeswarankoil, near
Chidambaram in Tamil Nadu. The predictions in the Naadis are in a commentary form, but in Shiva Naadi these predictions are presented as conversations between Lord Shiva and Ma Parvathi, expressing concern for and blessings on their devotees. Every Nadi Grantham is essentially a set of highly organised manuscript divided into sixteen chapters or kandams, which details about the various aspects of materialistic and spiritual life of an individual such as the planetary positions, family history, education, profession, business & financial status, love life, marriage, children and their future, health, property, litigations, foreign visits and reveals several other secrets as well.
In my next post you will read more about the contents, the chapters of Nadi Granthas and this secret system of authentic fortune telling with the places where you may contact for a reading. Since some cheats have also entered into this noble practice, you must read carefully and act very cautiously. The basic strategy the corrupt Nadi Astrologers adopt, is suggesting you a very expensive puja (ritual) to get rid off the past life evil karmic effects.
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