‘Guardian God’ and ‘Ishta’ (Personal Deity) – A Vedic Astrology Analysis

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Ishta Devata is the term in Hinduism for a worshipper’s personal preferred deity. In English Language, I just out of my own thought named the same as ‘Guardian God’.

It can be a celestial deity whom one always focuses on. The celestial deity becomes one’s guardian in all circumstances. In this world, most people are unhappy because they face many problems. Amongst all these obstacles, some get their strength, and some couldn’t sail through. The question arises as what would happen, if you can’t go through the problem and the same persists. What is there in some people, who exists and fights amongst the problems and tirelessly go on with their efforts. What is that strength that helps them? Is it faith? Is it their inner motivation or is it just destiny? It’s difficult to answer these questions as I have seen many strong people crumble when mountainous like problem comes in front of them. They see the mountain and they think that it cannot be moved. They stop and the world stops for them.

But life has to move on and we all need to move ahead. We need to perform the duties or fulfil the reason for which we were born on this planet Earth. If the same reason remains unfulfilled, our task remains incomplete. We need to understand that anything in life is not permanent, it’s temporary. What was yours today, will be someone else’s tomorrow. It’s just the cycle of life.

So, why it is important for anyone to know one’s ‘Ishta’. What has someone to do with One’s Personal Deity and why is it important? Your ‘Ishta’ Dev/Devi may not be same as someone else and the opposite may also be true. Any two individuals can have the same ‘Ishta’. So, generally as per people and their feelings, what happens when one comes in contact with one’s Ishta? That simply means that one starts finding oneself.

There is always a personal feeling as said by many that when they find their ‘Ishta’, they find their ‘life’ and this birth becomes beautiful & simple. This is a strange connect which one feels, when one hear about any holy deity, any holy soul or some forms of Mother Nature, which is a source of inspiration. It’s just which makes you – ‘YOU’.

When I lost my father, Prof Prodip Mazumder in the month of April, 2020 due to brain stroke and subsequently heart attack, I was miserable and was not in a position to get through. There were lot of problems and even my astrology write-ups and interests were diminishing. But somehow after my research for many months, I was not able to understand who my ‘Ishta’ was.

There are various theories about finding one’s Ishta. It is said that the 5th house from the Ascendant Lord and its Over-lord becomes one’s Ishta. Then there are other theories which states that the 9th Lord from its Ascendant and its Overlord becomes the Ishta Devta. There is one more theory that the Atmakaraka Planet wherever it sits in Navamsha, becomes the Karakamsha and from the Karakamsha, the 12th house lord need to be analysed and the planets sitting in the 12th house sign, it’s strength and it’s overlord helps in understanding the Ishta Devata.

There are times as per some sages, Ishta Devata is the God, whom we prayed in our previous births and the feeling related to that God/Goddess comes automatically in this birth. So, whatever be the astrological calculations, if one is inclined by birth to one particular God that becomes its Ishta Devata or Guardian God in this birth. This is what I have found out in my own research.

But then you should not be of the view that your ‘Ishta’ will relieve you from all your problems and give you abundance. It’s not so. It’s all about finding ‘oneself’, when one hear about one’s own personal deity. This calms one’s mind and one get connected to that eternal divinity.

It’s also a fact that in rare occasions one’s ‘Ishta’ tries to connect with you, but because of one’s busyness, hectic work schedule, personal problems, one cannot get connected and understand one’s personal deity, the holy soul or any form of Mother Nature, who is actually one’s spiritual Guardian for this birth. Thankfully, I completed my astrological research and I understood my ‘Ishta Dev’, from my own Horoscope and also through my natural instinct.

So, when you get connected to your ‘Ishta’, you are supposed to get the strength to face the world in a new way. Its faith which makes one to move forward and even a mountain problem also seems to be small. This is all from me, on one’s ‘Ishta’ and finding oneself.

The above small brief is a general prediction and my personal views which may not match with astrologers or others in the same or related sectors. I look forward to your comments.

While Destiny is hard work and luck, we wish everyone great success in one’s good endeavours. The above article is based on my experience of reading astrology subject and looking into the practicalities of the situation based on horoscope analysis for years.


Mainak Majumdar, Astrologer


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