BHOPAL: The stars are smiling on the astrologers in Madhya Pradesh. The Shivraj Singh Chauhan government will flag off its first-of-a-kind Astro-OPD in September, staffed by soothsayers under the aegis of Maharshi Patanjali Sanskrit Sansthan (MPSS), a state government institution in Bhopal.
For three to four hours twice a week, and possibly on weekends too, astrologers, Vastu experts, palmists and proponents of Vedic karmakanda will delve deep into the horoscopes and life lines of patients in such OPDs.
“Like OPDs where junior doctors work under supervision of seniors, aspiring astrologers will be assisted by experts in dealing with every case in the astro OPD,” MPSS director PR Tiwari told The Sunday Standard.
These experts are faculty members who teach aspiring astrologers, vastu experts and purohits under three annual diploma courses for astrology, vastu and paurohitya (priesthood) started by the MPSS a few weeks ago.
“The students in these diploma courses will not only act as assistants to qualified astrologers in the OPD, but will also get hands on training in devising astro-based solutions for different ailments, in the manner junior doctors get from senior specialists in regular OPDs,” said Tiwari.
Patients seeking astrological diagnosis will pay a registration fee of Rs 5. “The OPD will help to establish that astrology is not hunch, but a calculative science,” maintained Tiwari.
At these outpatient departments, the teams of experts and neo-astrologers will study the planetary combinations and changes reflected in horoscopes of patients. The prognosticators will also analyse the diseases of the patients who come without horoscopes using the prashna kundali technique. “The astrologers will study the planetary combinations at the exact time the questions are asked to arrive at the right astrological medical solution,” said Tiwari.
Based on the success of this novel effort, similar OPDs are likely be spring up at 138 Sanskrit schools run by the MPSS in the state, inspired by School Education Minister Kunwar Vijay Shah to produce a pool of qualified astrologers and vastu experts in the state.