Dig Bala

Dig Bala is the strength of planetary directions, i.e. their position relative to the angles of the chart.

Signification

Digbala has high influence on the effects of the planets.

  1. Planets with high Digbala will have auspicious effects in the direction of their strength.
  2. Planets with bad Digbala will cause losses and difficulties in their direction of strength or the opposite direction.
Remark: It is difficult to determine the correct direction in which events will take place because there are different views of planetary directions. Digbala is the source of strength but events may take place in the directions attributed to the planets, i.e.

Calculation

Each planet has directional strength in an angle of the chart. These points of strength are: the cusp of 1st house (Ascandant), 7th house (Descendant), 4th house (Nadir, Imum Coeli) or 10th house (Meridian, Medium Coeli).

Sun and Mars are strong in the 10th, Jupiter and Mercury in the Ascendant, Moon and Venus in the 4th and Saturn in the 7th.

Dig Bala of a planet is the distance between his position and the corresponding point of mimimum strength (in Virupas). Values greater than 180° or 60 Virupas must be deducted from 360° resp. 120 Virupas, so the Dig Bala of a planet must be between zero and 60 Virupas.

The table below shows the strongest and weakest points of Dig Bala for the planets.

Planets Strongest Weakest
Sun, Mars Meridian Nadir
Mercury, Jupiter Ascendant Descendant
Moon, Venus Nadir Meridian
Saturn Descendant Ascendant

Examples

1. Let Moon be in 3° Taurus and Meridian in 17° Cancer. Dig Bala of the Moon is therefore

digbala = ( 97° - 33° ) / 3 = 64/3 = 21 Virupas

2. Let Sun be in 12° Capricorn and Ascendant in 23° Cancer. Dig Bala of the Sun must be calculated from the Descendant i.e. 23° Capricorn

digbala = ( 293° - 272° ) / 3 = 21/3 = 7 Virupas