By Narayanachandra Jyotirbhushana
Sri Ramakrishna was born in the year A.D. 1836 on the 2nd day of the bright fortnight of the month when the sun was in the zodiac of Aquarius (Kumbha- February 18), early in the morning at about 5 a.m His birth took place when it was Siddhi Yoga owing to the auspicious union of Sukla Dwitiya with Purvabhadrapada Nakshatra. His natal star was Purvabhadrapada (Pegasi), the twenty-fifth lunar mansion. In his Janmalagna, i.e., in the zodiac at the time of his birth, there was the conjunction of the three planets, viz., the Sun, the Moon and Mercury (Surya, Chandra and Budha) and the other three planets, namely, Venus, Mars and Saturn (Sukra, Mangala and Sani) were in exaltation in the 12th, 10th, and 7th houses respectively. And again, according to the sage Parasara, the planets Rahu and Ketu (two other ascending nodes of the moon) also occupied the highest positions as they were in the 2nd and 8th houses respectively; Jupiter (Brihaspati) occupied the 3rd house and so it had a tendency towards ascendancy (Tungavilasi). The result of this natal arrangement of the planets is, according to Bhrigu Samhita, that the man becomes the head of a religious movement, virtuous, highly honoured, always engaged in doing virtuous deeds; he lives in a temple, and gets a large following of disciples; he is called a great man by all, and is born of the spirit of Lord Narayana; he is worshipped by all.