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By Swami Harshananda

Visti is a technical term used in Astrology. Viṣṭi is half of a tithi.[1] The works on astrology have raised it to the status of an ill-formed malignant demoness. Viṣṭi has to be avoided for any auspicious undertaking. Works like the Brhatsamhitā prescribe a Viṣṭivrata to appease her.


  1. Tithi means lunar day.
  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore