What is Numerology? How to calculate it?

Prediction based on numbers of a person’s behavior, health, etc is Numerology. In Sanskrit, it is called ‘Sankhya Shastra’, which is being practiced since the Vedic period.

In simple terms, numerology is the study of numbers in your life. You can know about your health, wealth, personality, etc through numerological analysis. It is the study of the numerical value of the letters in words, names. It is often associated with Astrology. Sankhya Shastra i.e numerology was used since ancient times, but nowadays it has become trending due to digital media, therefore, you may have often heard this word Numerology from various sources.


In numbers 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 these total nine single digits are used for the numerical analysis. Planets Sun (Surya/Ravi), Moon (Chandra/Soma), Mercury (Budha), Venus (Shukra), Mars (Mangala/Angaraka/Kuja), Jupiter (Brhaspati/Guru), Saturn (Shani), Rahu, Ketu are equally divided with nine numbers. Every single planet represents one number as below.

1Sun (Surya/Ravi)6Venus (Shukra)
2Moon (Chandra/Soma)7Ketu
3Jupiter (Brhaspati/Guru)8Saturn (Shani)
4Rahu 9Mars (Mangala/Angaraka/Kuja)
5Mercury (Budha)
Planets representing each number
Date of BirthTotal Number equals to (single digit)Adhipati (belongs to the planet)
1, 10, 19, 281Sun (Surya/Ravi)
2, 11, 20, 292Moon (Chandra/Soma)
3, 12, 21, 303Jupiter (Brhaspati/Guru)
4, 13, 22, 314Rahu
5, 14, 235Mercury (Budha)
6, 15, 246Venus (Shukra)
7, 16, 257Ketu
8, 17, 268Saturn (Shani)
9, 18, 279Mars (Mangala/Angaraka/Kuja)
Date of birth number belongs to respective Planets

Same as alphabets A to Z in total 26 alphabets are also determined with every single-digit number which then belongs to respective planets as shown in the below table.

AlphabetsNumberAdhipati (belongs to the planet)
A, I, J, Q, Y1Sun (Surya/Ravi)
B, K, R2Moon (Chandra/Soma)
C, G, L, S3Jupiter (Brhaspati/Guru)
D, M, T4Rahu
E, H, N, X5Mercury (Budha)
U, V, W6Venus (Shukra)
O, Z7Ketu
F, P8Saturn (Shani)
A – Z Alphabets = Numbers = Planets
  • Birth number: On converting the date of birth to a single-digit number, is called a Birth number/ Janma Sankhya.
    • For example, if a person is born on the 28th, then 2+8 = 1 is the Birth number.
  • Name Number: On adding every alphabet’s respective number of anyone’s name and converting it to a single-digit number, is called Name number/ Nama Sankhya.
    • For example Name- SUDHA = 3+6+4+5+1 = 19 = 1 is the Name number.
  • Destiny number: By adding the date of birth+month+year, and converting it into a single-digit number we get destiny/fate number/ Bhagya Sankhya.
    • For example in 28/11/2015, 2+8+1+1+2+0+1+5 = 20 = 2 is the Destiny number here.

If planets belonging to the Birth number, Name number, and Destiny number are friendly with each other then a person’s future is said to be bright. We can’t change a person’s date of birth therefore with respect to the birth day if we give a proper name that can have a friendly planet then it will give good results/phala.

For instance we can see that in the above examples of birth number and destiny number,

Date of birth = 28 = 1 birth number = Sun (Ravi).

28/11/2015, 2+8+1+1+2+0+1+5 = 20 = 2 destiny number = Moon (Chandra/soma).

Numbers 1 and 2 belong to Sun and Moon respectively and both the planets are friendly with each other. On the negative side, if someone’s birth number is 5 and name number is 8 then it is not a good combination.

Some of the Bollywood celebrities who had changed their names as per numerology are as follows; Sunil Shetty to Suniel Shetty, Ayushman Khurana to Ayushmann Khurrana, Tushar Kapoor to Tusshar Kapoor, Ajay Devgan to Ajay Devgn, Rajkumar Yadav to Rajkummar Rao, Karishma Kapoor to Karisma Kapoor, Rani Mukherji to Rani Mukerji.

(Also read: What is Mangal/Kuja dosha)

In the next blog on Numerology, we will see the Numerological value each number holds and the characteristics of each number in a person’s life. If you like this post don’t forget to share. For any queries related to Astrology, Numerology, and Vastu contact me at [email protected]

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