Bhrigu Chakra Paddhati & Longevity Part 1


Sampath Kumar Medavarapu

, India

Editor: M Imran, Pakistan

Sampath Kumar Medavarapu  is a practioner of astrology since 35 years. He has written 6 books on astrology in Telugu language. He is an M A in Sanskrit and has translated 64 Tantras from sanskrit to Telugu language. He has submitted several research papers in national and international conferences. 

Praise to all knowing Bhrigu who is the mentor of Saturn and other asura grahas. Thus, who can best guide the secrets of Saturn’s portfolio (karma, longevity etc.) except revered Bhrigu. However, a great part of Bhrigu’s instructions and prophecies are lost. Fragments of some Nadi readings, few unpublished manuscript, oral teachings of family astrologers, and scattered references in astrological discourses form what is known as Bhrigu’s teachings and techniques. Fortunately, Saptarishis Astrology magazine has been

endeavored to unfold the mystery of Bhrigu’s techniques. Bhrigu Chakra Paddhati (BCP) is one of best known techniques, decoded and popularized by Editor and volunteers of Saptarishis Astrology magazine.

Longevity is the most difficult area of forecasting. In olden days, first and foremost job of astrologer was to guess the expected life of native. Different schools of Jyotish have produced different methodologies for finding longevity. Today, all these techniques are part and parcel of astrological literature. However, their laws and limits are confined to experienced practitioners.

This research article is the extension of Bhrigu Chakra Paddhati (BCP) and advocates a novel method of finding longevity. Before presenting the method, let’s understand BCP rudimentary. According to BCP: 1 year = 1 house. That is, from natal ascendant, 1st house and planets occupying and aspecting it signify 1st year good or bad events; 2nd house foretells 2nd year; 3rd house prophesizes 3rd year; and so forth until 12th house foreshadows 12th year happenings. This cycle restarts from age 13 that corresponds to 1st house until age 24 that lies in 12th house.

Bhrigu Chakra Paddhati

In order to avoid the repetitive outcome, the concept of Cycle Ruler (Chakra Swami) is sometime incorporated[1]. It assigns lordship of every 12-year cycle to a certain planet. BCP with Cycle Rulers methodology says the first 12-year cycle is ruled by Moon, second 12-year cycle is ruled by Mercury, third by Venus, fourth by Sun, fifth by Mars, sixth by Jupiter, seventh by Saturn, eighth by Rahu and ninth by Ketu. It also follows BCP progression in slightly different fashion. Instead of taking natal ascendant (janma lagna), planets are used as starting points of every new 12-year cycle. 

Therefore, the first 12-year cycle starts from the house occupied by Moon and progress year-by-year until end of age 12 that corresponds to the 12th house from the Moon. Then, second 12-year cycle starts from house occupied by Mercury and covers age 13 to age 24. Then 3rd cycle starts from house occupied by Venus and covers age 25 to age 36. Then 4th cycle starts from house occupied by Sun and covers age 36 to age 48. Then 5th cycle starts from house occupied by Mars and covers age 48 to age 60. Then 6th cycle starts from house occupied by Jupiter and covers age 60 to age 72. Then 7th cycle starts from house occupied by Saturn and covers age 72 to age 84. Then 8th cycle starts from house occupied by Rahu and covers age 84 to age 96; and finally 9th cycle starts from house occupied by Ketu and covers age 96 to age 108. The following table explains the complete scheme.

Bhrigu Chakra with Cycle Rulers (Chakra Swamis)

BCP Rule for Finding Longevity

Rule 1: If ascendant is occupied by ANY planet then death may take place in the year of BCP corresponding to the house occupied by Saturn.

Rule 2: If ascendant is NOT occupied by any planet then death may take place in the year of BCP corresponding to the house occupied by Moon or 5th/6th/8th house from the Moon.


Case 1 – N.T. Rama Rao

May 28, 1923, at 4:43:00 pm (+5:30 GMT) Gudivada (80E 59, 16N27), India

Ascendant is Libra, and it is occupied by two planets (Jupiter and Moon). Therefore according to mentioned rule 1, native’s death may take place in the year of BCP where Saturn is domiciled. N.T. Rama Rao died on January 18, 1996 when age 72 was running. As per BCP, age 72 lies in 12th house from ascendant. As per BCP with Cycle Rulers, age 72 corresponds to 12th house from Jupiter. From both perspectives, it becomes Virgo. N.T. Rama Rao exact age at the time of death was 71 years, 7 months and 20 days (72 years running). Notice that natal Saturn’s longitude is 20058’ Virgo while 12th house cusp falls at 21042’ Virgo.

Case 2 – Sri Satya Sai Baba (Puttaparthy)

November 23, 1926; at 6:23:00 am (+5:30 GMT), Puttaparthy (77E45, 14N15), India

Sri Satya Sai Baba Puttaparthy

Ascendant is occupied. In fact, it is occupied by four planets (Sun, Venus, Saturn, and Mercury). So the death may take place in the BCP year corresponding to the house where Saturn is placed as per Rule 1 . Sri Satya Sai Baba breathed his last on April 24, 2011 when he was running age 85 (to be exact, 84 years, 3 months). As per BCP, age 85 is equal to 1st house. In Sri Satya Sai Baba chart Saturn is sitting in 1st house. As per BCP with Cycle Rulers, age 85 corresponds to 1st house from Rahu which is in the 8th of death from Ascendant.

Case 3 – M.S. Savithri

November 21, 1927, at 9:30:00 pm (+5:30 GMT), Guduru (80E59, 16N27), India

M.S. Savithri

Gemini is ascendant. Since no planet occupying the ascendant therefore death may take place in the BCP year corresponding to the house where Moon is placed or 5th/6th/8th from Moon. She died on January 25, 1993, when age 66 was running (65 years, 2 months, 3 days). According to BCP, age 66 falls into 6th house. In this horoscope, 6th house is Scorpio, which is neither occupied by Moon, nor be 5th/6th/8th from Moon. Despite the vacant ascendant, 6th house (Scorpio) is occupied by Saturn[1]. Since the age at the time of death is 66 therefore Cycle Ruler is Jupiter that lords the age-group 61 to 72 in all charts.  Here Jupiter is very powerful in rashi and navamsa, but it is simultaneously a maraka for Gemini lagna.


Case 4 – M.P.S. Sastry

January 20, 1888, at 8:27:00 pm (+5:30 GMT), Bhatlapalika (82E04, 16N48) A.P. India

No planet is in the ascendant. Hence, as per given rule, the death may take place in the year of BCP corresponding to the house where Moon is placed or 5th/6th/8th from Moon. Sastry passed away on November 3, 1969, at the age of 81 (to be exact 80 years, 9 months, 13 days). According to BCP, age 81 falls into 9th house. In Sastry’s horoscope, 9th house (Aries) is occupied by Moon. The Cycle Ruler at the time of death is Saturn. It is relegated in 12th house Cancer (enemy sign) with Rahu.

Case 5 – K.S. Krishnamurhty (Astrologer)

November 1, 1908, at 12:11:00 pm (+5:30 GMT), Thirivaiyyur (79E06, 10N53), T.N., India

Since ascendant is occupied therefore death may take place in the BCP year corresponding to the house where Saturn is placed. Krishnamurhty passed away on March 30, 1972 when he was under currency of age 64 (to be exact, at 63 years, 3 months and 29 days). As per BCP, age 64 equals to 4th house. However, 4th house (Aries) in Krishnamurhty’s chart is not occupied by Saturn. Actually, Saturn is placed in 3rd house (Pisces). Hence advocated longevity rule does not fit here.

Now looking longevity from BCP with Cycle Ruler. Jupiter is the cycle ruler (chakra swami) for 12-year cycle that starts from age 61 and ends at 71 (see the table above). Cycle Ruler Jupiter occupies the 8th house-Leo, and aspecting 4th house-Aries (age 64).

Here one point is noteworthy. Age 64 as per BCP falls in Aries ruled by Mars. While age 64 as per BCP with Cycle Ruler falls in Scorpio (4th from Jupiter) also ruled by Mars. Note Mars is in debilitation in navamsa (D9).

Case 6 – Rajiv Gandhi

August 20, 1944, at 7:11:00 am (+5:30 GMT), Mumbai (72E50, 18N58), India

Rajiv Gandhi

Ascendant is occupied therefore it is feared that death may occur in BCP year where Saturn is occupied. Rajiv Gandhi was assassinated on May 21, 1991 at the age of 47. According to BCP, age 47 falls into 11th house from lagna. In this chart, 11th house (Gemini) is domiciled by Saturn.


Two simple rules, presented in this research article, cannot supersede fundamental longevity approach and time-tested aphorisms of sages. Before applying scribe’s rules, astrologers should first determine whether native is destined to lead a short, middle or long life.

Finally, readers are requested to scrutinize these rules rationally, so that we can collectively establish well-defined longevity principles based on Bhrigu Chakra Paddhati (BCP).

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