ISRO has announced the launch date and time for Chandrayaan-2, the much anticipated and India’s most important lunar exploration mission. It is a part of India’s mission Moon-2. It has been revealed through ISRO’s Twitter handle that Chandrayaan-2 will be launched on Monday, 22 July 2019, around 2:43 PM (IST) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota through the GSLV-III Mark Rocket Launcher (Geosynchronous Satellite Launch Vehicle Mark III). It was also announced that the launch was earlier scheduled to take place on 15 July 2019, but due to some technical issues, which came into light shortly before its launch, it was postponed. Recovering on all parts and resolving the shortcomings, it is all set to take off. This event has attained national as well as international limelight.
Special Features of Chandrayaan-2
- Under Digital India and Make in India, the developer of Chandrayaan 2 is the Indian Space Research Institute (ISRO). This mission includes a rover, orbiter and lander, which are all developed by ISRO itself.
- The Orbiter, along with Pragyaan Rover and Vikram Lander, will attempt to make a soft landing at a latitude of 70 degrees South between two craters named Manzinus C and Simpelius N on a high plain.
- The rover named Pragyaan will operate on six wheels and solar power, and move around the Moon’s surface collecting the samples and performing chemical analysis. It will then send the samples and analysis report to the Earth station through the lander and orbiter.
India’s Chandrayaan-2 will be world’s first probe which will land on the Moon’s dark surface. This is a phenomenal mission, as no other country has till now attained any success in this endeavour.
Chandrayaan-2 Launch Date & Astrological Prediction
Information received through ISRO’s Twitter handle states that Chandrayaan-2 will be launched on 22 July 2019 around 02:43 PM (IST) at Satish Dhawan Space Centre, Sriharikota. Let’s read the astrological prediction according to the Panchang of the launch date i.e. 22 July.
- This will be a Panchami Tithi in the Krishna Paksha during the month of Sawan, which will last till 02:04 PM afternoon. Sashti Tithi will begin soon afterwards, which means that Chandrayaan-2 will be launched in the Sashti Tithi.
- As the day begins, the Moon will remain placed in the Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra till 10:25 AM, which is also governed by the planet Jupiter. During the launch, the Moon will remain posited in the Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra, whose ruling planet is Saturn. The ruling planets of both of these Nakshatras are currently in retrograde motion. Thus, it can be said that there are chances of experiencing delays in work as well as obtaining results.
- Early morning on this day, Shobhan Yoga will form and end by 07:19 AM. After this, Atiganda Yoga will begin. It is worth noticing that the formation of Shobhan Yoga is considered auspicious while initiating any journey, as the results remain prosperous and desirable. There is no discomfort either, but on the other hand, the Atiganda Yoga is said to be inauspicious and any task started within this yoga is believed to incur disappointments and problems. Hence, this is the reason why starting any auspicious task must be refrained in this duration.
- Taitil Karna will be observed till 02:04 PM in the afternoon, after which the Gar Karna will begin. It is a favorable thing that both of these karnas are considered to be movable in nature, and thus garner beneficial results.
- This date will fall on Monday, which will be Sawan’s first Somwar as well. As this day is considered auspicious and Chandrayaan is named after the Moon or Chandra and will land there as well, hence Monday seems to be suitable.
- Between the time of Chandrayaan-2’s launch, i.e. 13:51-15:26, Char Choghadiya will be present, which is favourable for tasks that need speed and activeness.
- On this day, the Moon’s Hora will begin from 13:19 to 14:23, and Shani or Saturn’s Hora will then begin from 14:23 to 15:26. The Hora of Moon is said to be more favourable than that of Saturn’s.
- Sun will remain in Cancer zodiac sign and Pushya Nakshatra and the Moon will remain in the Pisces sign.
- Vijay Muhurat will prevail from 14:23 to 15:13 on 22 July, and Yayi Jaya Yoga will get formed. Chandrayaan-2 will be launched within this duration itself. Hence, success is on the cards this time. It must be noted that Narendra Modi, India’s Prime Minister, also took his oath in the Yayi Jaya Yoga only.
- However, in the meantime, a period of Panchak will get commenced. It will begin from Friday, 19 July 2019. Also, Panchak beginning from Friday is known as Chor Panchak and isn’t favourable for travelling purposes. Therefore, scheduling the launch during Panchak isn’t recommended. Although, to increase the possibility of success, one can light an oil lamp or diya made of flour dough in Lord Shiva’s temple during the month of Sawan.
- Purva Bhadrapada Nakshatra is fierce in nature, whereas Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra is stable. Disregarding the Panchak period, the Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra can prove to be favourable, as long term projects can be initiated in this duration.
Chandrayaan-2 Launch Date: Kundli Analysis
Apart from this, we have prepared a kundli for the scheduled launch time, and tried to estimate the possibilities of success for this mission
Analysing the above kundli, the following points are noted:
- During the time of launch, the Scorpio Ascendant (stable lagna) will be on the Eastern horizon and Anuradha Nakshatra, whose ruling lord is Saturn and present in the second house in a retrograde motion.
- Moon will be in the Pisces sign and Uttara Bhadrapada Nakshatra. This Nakshatra is ruled by Saturn, whereas Jupiter (Pisces’s ruling lord) will remain posited in the ninth house from the Moon, i.e. in the Lagna house.
- Both the major planets Jupiter and Saturn are in retrograde motion. Apart from this, Venus and Mars will become combust, and Mercury will become combust in a retrograde motion.
- The dasha of Saturn will be prevalent during the period of launch, and Mercury will also undergo its sub and sub-sub period.
- For this kundli, Saturn is the ruling lord of third and fourth house and eight and eleventh house lord Mercury is posited in the ninth house.
- It is important to note that the Sun is the ruling lord of the tenth house, which also denotes the sky. It is posited in the ninth house from its twelfth house. Although it is forming a dominant Raj Yoga and getting posited with Lagnesh Mars, it must be noted that Mars is in a debilitated position and posited with the eighth and eleventh house’s ruling Lord Mercury.
- Jupiter is placed in the Ascendant and aspecting the Moon, seventh and ninth house.
- As per the Navamsha Kundli or the ninth divisional chart, Libra is the rising ascendant, which has strengthened the placement of Saturn and weakened that of Jupiter’s.
- As per the Dashmansh or D-10 Kundli, exalted Sun is placed in the seventh house, which is tenth from the tenth house.
Keeping all the above pointers in mind, it can be said that the time of launch is undoubtedly favourable and the possibility of success is likely. However, some issues are seen cropping up, which is why we can conclude that postponing the launch of Chandrayaan-2 and scheduling the launch during an auspicious muhurat can garner desired success.
All our well-wishes are with ISRO, and we hope that the lunar mission Chandrayaan-2 takes India to another heights of success.