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The Kochhar clan

Excerpted from

Rose, HA (1911) A glossary of the tribes and castes of the Punjab and North-West frontier province ( Lahore: Government Printing Press) Vol. 2, p. 522


“The Kochhar claim to be an offshoot of the Seth and say their founder

was left an orphan, his father having been slain in battle. He was

brought up by his sister and their name is derived from Kochhar [should be kuchharh], ‘lap.’

The Kochhars have an interesting custom connected with a bride’s first

pregnancy. Six months after her pregnancy she deliberately feigns

displeasure with the members of the family and goes to some other

house. The bridegroom on hearing of her departure goes in search of

her after having his head, moustaches and beard clean shaved.

When he finds out where she is, he collects a few of his brotherhood

and goes to the place where she is staying. After many entreaties

he promises to give her an ornament, and then takes her back to his

own house.”

Public lecture on Rahu and Ketu, Panjab University Chandigarh 16-Jan-2017 1130am

Public lecture on Rahu and Ketu, PU Chandigarh 16 Jan 1130 am
All are invited

On 16th January, 1130am in Physics Auditorium Panjab University Chandigarh, I shall be giving a public lecture titled ‘Scientific Relevance of Rahu and Ketu’. I shall be discussing Rahu and Ketu in scriptures, astronomy and astrology. The abstract of the talk is as follows.


Astronomy, as a study of cosmic environment, was part of scriptures and mythology. Even when Indian astronomy developed as an intellectual discipline in its own right, it consciously sought to maintain links with the sacred literature. Mythology in turn modified itself to take note of scientific advancement.
Ketu figures in literature from Rigvedic times, and Rahu from the time of Atharvaveda. Their meaning however has not remained static. Before 499 CE, Rahu is a demon while Ketu denotes phenomena like comets and meteors. There is no connection between the two. After 499 CE, Rahu and Ketu become part of the navagraha, while in addition Ketu continues to be used in the old sense also.