Normally, kalathra sthanam — the house signifying marriage and husband — is taken to be the 7th house. That is correct as far as male horoscopy is concerned. However, kalathra sthanam for females is the 9th house. It is not me who is saying this but the saptarishis in horoscope 48 of Saptarishi Nadi.

"நாரிக்கு மாரன்தானம் நவமென்றோம்"

Saptarishi Nadi

Saptarishi Nadi is a collection of books containing discussions of horoscopes by the seven sages (saptarishis) and the consort of Lord Siva, Devi Parvati, herself. It is written in poetic form in the Tamil language. These books were compiled from palm manuscripts found in various parts of Tamilnadu, India, and published by the Government Oriental Manuscripts Library, Madras. Most importantly, they are a treasure house for those who want to analyze the predictions of the horoscopes by the ancient sages. I have discussed at length about this collection in the Saptarishi Nadi section. I have compiled the portions where the saptarishis put forth their arguments in favor of/against some of their predictions in the form of an eBook titled, “Elucidation of astrological predictions by saptarishis: Saptarishi Nadi, Aries ascendant collection.”

Horoscope 36 – Aries ascendant collection

In horoscope 36 of my eBook, the position of the planets is given thus:


The ascendant is Aries; the Moon is in Cancer; Mars and Rahu in Virgo; Mercury and Saturn in Capricorn; Sun and Jupiter in Aquarius; and Venus and Ketu in Pisces. Sage Vashista says this is a female horoscope.

Kalathra sthanam for females

As we can see, the 7th house is Libra and its lord Venus is placed in the 12th house of loss along with Ketu. Therefore, one cannot predict good things about the husband for this jataki.

The sage says that the jataki (female) will get married at 14 years of age, and he goes on to describe her husband. In short, the sage predicts good things about her husband.

The groom will be from the southern direction. He will be handsome, reddish in complexion, have clear mind and pleasant speech, have padma Rekha in his hand, attract others, be trained in two different skill sets (two types of education), be employed by the king, help the poor, be famous in his country, be clean and respected by his kind, acquire old lands, listen to his wife, and like to eat milk and curd. The groom will not face poverty, have servants, and have good character. He will help the common man and be devoted to God.

Now, sage Virudha stops sage Vashista and questions his predictions about the groom:

“As the 7th lord Venus is with Ketu in the 12th house, how can you predict so?”

To clarify for the readers here, two things go against making a good prediction:

  1. The association of the 7th lord with Ketu is not good.
  2. The 7th lord being located in the 12th house of loss is also not good.


Sage Vashista replies that the house signifying husband for a female is the 9th house. As the 9th lord (Jupiter) is in the 11th house with the Sun, it leads to a yoga. Therefore, the husband will be famous in his country and live a long life. The exact words are:

நாரிக்கு மாரன்தானம் நவமென்றோம் நவத்தோன் லாபம்
Naarikku maaran sthanam navam endrom navathon labham

For women, the house signifying husband is the 9th house; the 9th lord is in the 11th house.

Kalathra sthanam for females is the 9th house

Certainly, this explains why the sage made good predictions for her husband, and it also shows that for a female horoscope, the house signifying marriage is the 9th house and not the 7th! However, this is something I have not heard of, and so I searched other books for confirmation. In fact, I found such a reference in the book வீமேசுர உள்ளமுடையான் (Veemaesura Ullamudaiyan), an old astrology book in Tamil.

Please note that the saptarishis used a tropical zodiac with sidereal nakshatras — which I have established conclusively in another article — and the rules discussed in Saptarishi Nadi were intended for interpretation of a chart computed with tropical zodiac, as opposed to sidereal zodiac.