Gowli sastra or the astrology of predicting the immediate future based on movements and sounds of lizard is quite popular in Kerala. Predictions are made depending on the shape of the lizard seen each day and how it falls. There are several types of lizards. When each type falls on a particular part of the body, a certain incident may occur. Even then, there are some general effects mentioned in the lizard astrology.
According to the ‘puranas’, snakes and lizards are considered auspicious. It is believed that killing or even harming lizards in any way invites danger to your coming generations. Destroying the eggs of lizards can also bring a curse on you.
Another premise of this branch of astrology is that if a lizard gets inadvertently crushed between the doors, some misfortune awaiting us would have passed. However, seeing a dead lizard is not auspicious.
In that case, remedial measures like praying to the family deity and making an offering may be resorted to. Another point to remember is to never invite other people to see a dead lizard.
The most inauspicious sign is a lizard falling on a traditional oil lamp. If a lizard falls on a vehicle while travelling, it's believed that a mishap may occur. So, stop the vehicle for some time and then resume the journey.
A lizard falling on the bed is a sign of some misfortune in the future. If it falls on the chair, a mixed fortune awaits you.
A lizard falling in front of you while starting a trip is not considered a good indicator. In such a situation, cancel the journey if possible or resume it after a prayer and an offering of a coin to your deity.
Disputes between family members and relatives are predicted if two lizards fall down together.
The following chant will help you overcome misfortunes:
Agrato Narasimho me/
Sakarau Rama Lakshmanau/
Rakshataam Rama Lakshmanau/