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INACCURACIES IN PANCHANGA
An astrologer makes the charts based on the Panchangas prepared by Panchanga Karats. The Panchangas are released at the beginning of the Hindu new year, Ugadi. Once I happened to correct a chart prepared by a panchanga karta. My client had his own doubts and contacted the panchanga karta. The famous panchanga karta double checked and confirmed his calculations. The wise client fell back on me for clarification. I had great difficulty in convincing that the astrologer's calculations were correct; but his source document i.e., panchanga itself was wrong!
There is a panchanga in Kannada language that followed Vakyareeti since a long time. The sales came down heavily after 30 years. The followers of this panchanga realized the predictions based on this panchanga would go wrong. Now, this panchanga has been divided into two parts: one part contains vakyareeti positions with the instruction to decide festival dates with this and the other part has observatory positions minus Lahiri ayanasha with the direction to use this portion for making charts and for prediction work!
If you are making horoscopes using soft wares, first you should check whether it suits your exact needs. In India, many soft wares are available ranging from Rs.500 to 25,000. In most cases, it happens the programmer does not know what the astrologer desired! The planetary positions in sayana are almost similar in all the soft wares. But the ayanamsha factor differs. You should have a soft ware wherein you can work on with your ayanamsha - better still if you can add a correction factor. As the information obtained by such a programme is so vast, one should know which one are accurate as per cannons described in classical works. In KP system, the bhava chart (called cuspal chart) is from mid point to mid point. But as per vedic astrology, bhava chakra (chalit) does not begin at mid point of the cusp. The distance between two mid-points are added and divided by two to arrive at the beginning of the bhava. Many soft wares do not understand this and just make a bhava chalit using mid-points in Sripathi system!
One such soft ware shifts from Lahiri ayanamsha (while it shows Sripathi chart) to KP ayanamsha (when it displays KP chart). It does not even ask your consent also! You are taken for a ride. It is always better to learn astrology at the grass root itself - making charts in various house divisions, that one has sufficient knowledge to understand the output of a soft ware.
I have not found any soft ware which suits my complete needs. I take deviation when it does not live up to my standards and revert to manual calculations. You will not dismiss your assistant for his inabilities - but give him some job which he can discharge properly and do the rest yourself!
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