Astrologers insist the serial blasts in Mumbai, a couple of days ago, and Wednesday's stampede in Kumbh Mela in Nashik are all because of Mars' increasing proximity to the Earth.

 

"I have been telling anyone who cares to listen that according to my calculations the earth will face serious and violent convulsions," Lachman Das Madan, chief of the Delhi-based Astrological Study Institute says.

 

Not too many would ordinarly believe what the soothsayers say.

 

But these are extra-ordinary times and their predictions have suddenly acquired a ring of invinciblity.

 

With Mars getting closest to the earth on the day - a phenomenon happening after 60,000 years - speculation had already been rife about its possible impact.

 

For many, the planet portends violence, wars, bloodshed and combat.

'I have been telling anyone who cares to listen that according to my calculations the earth will face serious and violent convulsions'

--Indian astrologer

 

Astrologers had been predicting bad times under the influence of Mars.

 

Some even had gone to the extent of linking the recent heat wave in France and the forest fires in Canada to the approaching planet.

 

In India, astrolgers and their catastrophic predictions are now sure to find attentive audience. 

 

Stunned by the Mumbai blasts that killed 52 people and the stampede in Kumbh that left 39 dead, Indians may tend to turn to astrology to explain the sudden misfortune.

 

"As we can see India is already being sorely tested. There have been scores of deaths and more violence is to come," Das Madan says.

 

Some other astrologers say the spell of misfortune would not ease until 20 September.