Kancheepuram- Part 2- Nadi astrologers’ revelations

Part 2- Nadi astrologers’ revelations

( Disclaimer:

I have only given my experience here. I neither recommend nor dissuade you to go or not to go,its up to you. Please do not ask me personal questions on whether this is true, etc. I cannot guarantee for your visits…I have been flooded with unnecessary personal mails probing my personal and family details…sorry, I will not answer beyond this blog—Author)


Sri Agathiyar Nadi Jothida nilayam

( D balasubramaniam)

189, Periyar Nagar,


Tamil Nadu – 631501

landline: 044-27269283

mobile:94436 89363 ( S. kumar)

It was quite early in the day for the place, I guess, when I stepped into the small verandah of the Nadi centre and was greeted by a Dhoti-clad Receptionist wearing sandal paste and vibhuti ( Holy ash) on his forehead. He spoke in a mix of chaste Tamil and broken English which worked just fine for me, because I have fluent English but halting Tamil. A sort of equalizer, that one!

I was asked to wait for five minutes till they got the ink pad and paper ready to collect my thumb impression, which is about the only input they require from you to decipher your past, present and future from the readings of olai leaves written in cryptic and poetic Tamil by great sages of yore like Agashtya . ‘Nadi’ in Tamil means ‘to search’, I was told by a fellow customer who waited with me and not ‘pulse’ as a kannadiga like me would immediately conclude wrongly.

They brought an ink pad and took my right thumb impression and wrote my initials on it.

They did not ask me for any other details like age, place of birth or whatever. When I volunteered to inform them, the guy who collected my thumb print held up his hand and said, that is not required as they would ‘come to know’ all my ‘details’ shortly, smiled at me mysteriously and went away. I was sort of baffled as to how any person’s complete details could be available on some preserved ancient palm leaf leaves supposed to be centuries old. But that was what had brought me here and there are no easy answers.

The guy next to me says. ‘This place is ‘romba pramathama’ etc ( meaning its great, fantastic ! ), “why, even Americans and Japanese come and get their predictions done too” he tells me wonderingly. I nod my head with all amazement as I am expected to.

I was shortly escorted to the thatched roof terrace, which I noticed has small cubicles with doors for individual consultations. The palm leaf manuscripts are supposedly stored at a secluded corner away from prying eyes of the visitors.

The fair vibhuti donning astrologer who asked me to be seated on the visitor’s chair introduced himself as Jayakumar.

He had a roll of manuscripts with him bound with wooden covers and he proceeded to open them in front of me. He asked me where I had come from. I was all eyes and ears now.

He told me that there are two or more such rolls matching my thumb print and he would go through them asking me short personal questions and I should answer them only Yes or No and nothing more. He would get to the correct manuscript by elimination method.

I nodded enthusiastically urging him to get going.

He started off reading short cryptic Tamil poems on the first roll and lift his head and start firing questions at me in English. It went like this, answers in brackets mine:-

Your father’ name is Govinda ( No), Your mother’s name shankari( No)

You are a Brahmin (Yes), You are married (yes), This is your second marriage (Certainly Not!), you have two degrees in education ( Yes). You are a business man ( No) etc etc.

He closed this roll saying, ‘this one does not belong to you’ as most of the answers are ‘negative’. ‘Wait,’ he says, ‘I will get the next one’ and goes away. He was back in a few minutes carrying a similar one . The first question he asked me after reading the first poem or line or whatever in it was- your father’s name is Srinivasa Murthy ( Bingo, Yes), then he goes on more assuredly-Your mothers name is Leela and she is alive ( Yes again…heart thumping!!), your father is no more( Yep! I croak), you have one brother and a sister, both married ( Correct). Your name is Nagesh Kumar ( Yes..thats it!!)., wife’s name is Shyamala ( Whew!!)

I was stumped. He had done it!…

‘How you’..’this one’..’really’ I blubbered in a dazed state.

‘Happens all the time’, he says smiling at my predicament knowingly.

“I had told that my name was Nagesh Kumar in the reception, so you got it from there….” I was trying to rationalize weakly.

“Whether you tell us or not, we can always get the right palm leaf containing all your family details correctly”, he assures me good naturedly, “But ha!… Some investigations may take hours and some even a couple of days, But we don’t go wrong”, he exudes confidence and asks me whether I have brought my horoscope with me.

Now, I am all for co-operation and try to take it out of my bag. But he smiles away the necessity and says “I will cast your horoscope without the panchangam (Hindu calendars are called panchangams) now, you can verify with yours”

He reads the next paragraph from the leaves and says, ‘you were born on 13th march ‘61 and your age is 46’. Of Course, he is right!!

Then amazingly without having a 1961 year Hindu calendar, he quickly wrote out the position of the nine planets on the twelve houses of zodiac signs of my horoscope, out of the blue. I have been to astrologers for such tasks before and I know that such exercises consume time and involve essentially some mathematical computations as well.

Well, none of that here. It was over in as much time as it took to write.

He showed me his version of my horoscope and asked me to compare with my copy now.

I did and found only Saturn from his version in a house preceding that in mine . he says that is because “ Yours is computer generated and when the time falls in the grey area between the two planets , we ( manually) take the earlier whereas softwares are programmed to take the latter, he explains knowingly.

‘Ah, ha!’ I said brightening up to the idea! ‘Software glitches’, I surmise, not the first time anyway…

Wow, I look at him in admiration…. Personal details correctly predicted without my help and then horoscopes thus matched… Well, he has another satisfied customer in me there.

‘Now sir, your work is over here’…He says. “You can wait downstairs in the reception”

I had not done much work since coming there anyway except blurt ‘yes’ or ‘no’ in monosyllable answers like in an oral objective type test!!

‘I will write the details in Tamil and someone will take record the same in an audio cassette for you translating to English’, he says as I get up and go out.

‘Sure, perfectly OK’, I mutter and take a break.

I sip coffee from a petty shop near by and start making any sense out of what had happened or how. Like how a sage like Agasthya could have known about a certain Nagesh Kumar or his family ages ago..I had come to understand how this works but I was going to go away none the wiser…

But was it ‘paisa vasool’? Sure.

The ‘nadi’ predictions are contained in 12 chapters and each one costs Rs 300 or thereabouts for English ones. Tamil Predictions are cheaper by a hundred rupee.

I will skip the rest of the details as they are very personal and can be shared only with my family members privately. Suffice to say he told me all he could from the first chapter and would be taking up the reading of the other chapters of my choice later as I was supposed to pay a visit to a Murugan temple and perform archanai on a Tuesday and only then…’I could call him on his mobile from Chennai and let him know to start,’ you see. The rest of the reading will be couriered to me soon after…

With a cassette of the recording in my pocket, I left from the shop, a satisfied customer like many others.

As it was around 12 noon by then, I had my vegetarian lunch at Saravanas at the Hotel and availed the luxury of a moderate sista during the hot afternoon.

In the early evening I visited the ‘vamana murthy ‘ temple described as ulagalanda perumal wherein the deity stands tall with two legs akimbo, one encompassing the entire universe ostensibly and the other on the head of mythological King Bali.

Then there is a Kumarakottam temple dedicated to Lord Murugan nearby. Nothing great but a small old regular kind of place again hailing with some sage having written skanda puranam at the very premises ages ago.

With that, time had come to bid farewell to the ‘temple town’ of Kancheepuram this time around.

I checked out of the Hotel and made my way to the Bus stand nearby.

It had cost me less than a thousand rupees for one day’s accommodation and food and travel. That should give you some dope on how the expenses are. Excluding the ‘Olai’ leaves ‘Nadi’ reading charges, of course.

The short autorickshaw ride cost me just ten bucks to reach the Town Bus stand.

The Bus stand at Kancheepuram needs a lot of work done to be able to garner anyone’s respect, is all I can say, as I don’t like to queer the pitch or spoil the mood after having had a memorable trip.

The sun was setting on the horizon after another oppressively hot day but I was smiling my way home wondering about it all.

( Disclaimer:

I have only given my experience here. I neither recommend nor dissuade you to go or not to go,its up to you. Please do not ask me personal questions on whether this is true, etc. I cannot guarantee for your visits…I have been flooded with unnecessary personal mails probing my personal and family details…sorry, I will not answer beyond this blog.—Author)


31 responses to “Kancheepuram- Part 2- Nadi astrologers’ revelations

  1. Enjoyed reading every bit. Great command over english. I have heard a lot about Nadi Joshiyam but it was never narrated in sylish fashion like this with ofcourse due editing of all personal details. Great going.Regards,Sairam

  2. Thanks for your mail alerting me.I immediately clicked on the link and was engrossed in reading it.I have been a sceptic all my life as regards astrology.But I am fascinated to hear stories like yours.I have heard similar stories from others too and often wonder if I should continue to be sceptical and try to find rational explanations for how this astrologer manages to do what he does, or to change from scepticism to blind belief and faith.While I am not curious about what he revealed about you personally, I would like to know what percentage of success he had in revealing your personal details.Was he on target in every bit of what he revealed?Do let me know.Keep blogging.RegardsGV=========

  3. Very compelling account of your encounter with the mystic. I am always intrigued by such tales. Being a sceptic like our friend Vish, I am not convinced that there is not some modicum of trickery involved. But who am I to say? I’m sure if I had been there in your shoes, I would have been every bit as amazed and perplexed by his knowledge of all things about me. Truth be told, I would love to have an experience such as yours. Maybe someday….

  4. Dear Nagesh,wonderful narration and stylish expression of your NADI experience, there are many things in this world beyond our scientific understanding , NADI is one among them, though i am a molecular biologist , i believe in the environmental influence of characters, i certainly, cannot understand, how they are able to reveal, family details and predict the future. I went to the Kancheepuram nadi astrology center almost every time, i visit my home in ranipet. everytime, iam surprised by the accurate information they give about someone, born in gujarat, bihar, himachal ( all my lab colleagues). Now, i have started respecting our culture.Elangovan MNational chemical labPune, maharashtra.

  5. Hi Mr. Nagesh !!!Wow !! What a fascinating read it was !! Awesome !! Amazing !!I got the link for your blog while searching for Nadi Astrology on google. I also want to get a Nadi Astro reading. I am currently working in Chennai. Can you please tell me how should I go about it ?? I am not very familiar with chennai, nor do I know Tamil. It will be great if we could talk sometime.. Please do let me know … my mail id is vineet8181(at)gmaildotcom. Thanks and Regards,vineet.

  6. I had a similar experience at Vaitheswaran Kovil; I went there a couple of years after first having heard of it 20 years back; I dont know how they do it but I was really surprised when they got my dads name, my wife’s name correct;then I had one guy translate into Telugu as I did not know Tamil.All their predictions were not completely accurate though. There are so many of these places now-a-days that we need to know the right place.

  7. Great post! I’m amazed at the acuracy of the reading. I’ll be in bangalore in September and would be very interested in getting a reading from this place. could you post the address please? Thanx loads

  8. Greetings Mr Nagesh ,I shall be visiting south india soon. Am very interested in nadi josiyam.Can u plz give the contact and address of the nadi josiyam centre u vMy email :shyamala6211@hotmail.comShyamala

  9. i am really in need of a nadi reading,and desperately searching for a genuine reader..guess my time has come for it..plz help me with details,or let me knw ur no bro,so that i can get in touch..!maverick0783@gmail.com

  10. Sri Agathiyar Nadi Jothida nilayam( D balasubramaniam)189, Periyar Nagar,Kanchipuram, Tamil Nadu – 631501landline: 044-27269283mobile:94436 89363 ( S. kumar)Isn't this the address and phone number you are all asking for? This is mentioned in his first blog on this very topic.

  11. Please Sir, may you send me the adress of the Nadi Center? I am going to Chennai in the next month and I would like to contact them. My email is:sahara_4004@hotmail.comRegardsSahara SilvaBrasilia,Brazil

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  13. Very interesting.But am not sure what happened in the questions before the second bundle was recovered. You dont need a computer to write 9 planets, people are trained to do it – it is their business.I am sure he would have asked you in between questions like your rasi is rishaba, kanya or dhanur. You would have said no. Then he would wait another 5 minute and 20 leaves later would have asked you if your star is in revathi, moolam or swati. like wise very key information like you had health issues (yes) you are an engineer (excited yes), then your fathers name is robert (no 😦 ). He keeps aside that leaf but gathered two yes in that leaf. It happens so rapidly that you dont realise that all your yes is being documented by his friend. That is the reason he visits back to get the newly transcribed script and hits the bulls eye. Well done!

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  20. hello Nice to read your nadi experience but i just want to know that in nadi astrology future predictions will not be 100%accurate..please share your experience about this.please tell me if your future predictions are also accurate coz i am facing lot of problems in life and want to get my nadi reading done.so it would be a gr8 help for me.regards

  21. I agree, please share with us your experience about your future predictions. Do not tell us what they told you, just please tell us if till now they have been 100% correct, or 50-50 or what.. I got my nadi reading in delhi, as I have many problems in my life, but I dont know whether to believe in what they said about my future or not.

  22. Guys, Please don't spend time and money on this. This is the biggest and the most ridiculous scam on the face of earth. I have been there. They literally make you say all your personal details. Following which they ask you about date and time of birth, and then ask you to pay for various so called "khandams". Their idea is to fool people by making them believe in the seriousness of the entire thing by saying that we have found a leaf for you. And then in the end just let you know about your horoscope from date and time itself. Please please don't fall far it. This is an utter utter waste of time. Cheers

  23. Please dont waste your time in this…I also been there to Kanchipuram Nadi Center (balasubramaniam – chief nadi astrologer)….under him there are more than 10 nadi readers. One guy read my nadi leaf…full bogus, fake…he got every info from me and reproduced the same…no astonishing about it…hoax…to understand we need certain amount of deep watching and introspection…They are fakes, fooling people…and local people are not visiting this place…they warned me about their fakeness but avoided before visiting that place…later i realised that i should have avoided visiting that place…please dont go and waste your time and money. Till now i have been to 8 nadi centers, like tambaram, vaideeswaran kovil, kuttalam, kanchipuram…all are famous but fakes, no one is genuine here. All are fooling people and making money. Please dont waste your money and time.

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