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What is Moodhami or Moodham?

In Vedic astrology, Moodhami / Moodham is considered as an inauspicious period and social functions like marriages, grihapravesam, upanayanam etc are not performed during this period. The term 'Moodham' is originally a Sanskrit word which means 'dull' or 'inactive'.
In Hindu mythology, it is believed that Planet Jupiter known as Guru or Brihaspati is the Deva Guru i.e teacher of Devas and Planet Venus i.e Shukra Graham is the guru of Asuras. As per Vedic astrology, these two important planets remain dull or inactive for a certain period of time. Hence this period is known as Moodhami / Moodham which literally means 'dull' in Sanskrit.

During planetary motion, when Guru and Shukra go closer to Sun (Ravi), these planets lose their energy and power. Thus these become dull and remain inactive. Hence, this period is known as Moodhami / Moodam. Astrologically, these planets become malefic and inauspicious during this period and hence it is not auspicious to perform social functions during this period.

Accordingly, when planet Brihaspati goes closer to Sun and becomes dull, the period is known as Guru Moodhami and when planet Venus goes closer to Sun and remains inactive, the period is known as Sukra Moodhami.

These two planets are believed to bestow all good effects on the individuals depending on their positions in the individual's horoscope. When such planets become dull and remain inactive, they cannot do any good to the individual. Hence, it was recommended by the ancient astrologers that auspicious functions like marriages should not be celebrated and one should not start new venture during this period as there won't be any good effect.

Moodhalu this year - 2017/2018
  1. Sukra Moodhami begins on Marcb 20, 2017 and ends on March 30, 2017. Again Sukra moodhami starts on Nov 28, 2017 and ends on February 19, 2018.
  2. Guru Moodhami begins on October 12, 2017 and ends on November 9, 2017.
(The above dates are as per TTD's Relangi Tangirala vari gantala panchagam / calender)


  1. Thanks for the details. How about travel during Moodhami times. Can my wife travel from her home to inlaws house ? Are there any restrictions placed in terms of travel. I somehow hear different answers discussed between my parents and inlaws.

    1. Hello,
      You haven't mentioned whether this is your wife's first visit after marriage to her in-law's (your parents) place? If yes, it is not advisable to step into her in-laws house for the first time after marriage. There could be certain amendments in case there is no other option i.e if her travel is a must. You need to consult the priests / astrologers for the same.


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