While scores of vessels and aircraft are still scouring the seas of southeast Asia for the missing Malaysia Airlines plane, a Vasthu Shastra expert has claimed the aircraft will be found on or before Saturday.
Yuvaraj Sowma, a Chennai-based astrologer and Vasthu Shastra expert, told the Malaysian Star Wednesday that he was making the prediction based on the current alignment of the planets, the sun and stars.
According to Sowma, a seventh generation astrologer, the aircraft went missing on an inauspicious day - Saturday - which was an Ashtami, the eighth day of the Hindu lunar calendar.
"Based on scriptures, days are numbered according to the state of the moon and the eighth day after the new moon is regarded as unfavourÂable," the report quoted him as saying.
"All the energy and efforts put in by people in the search for the aircraft will see some success starting tomorrow (Thursday). Thursday is governed by the planet Jupiter, which gives out positive vibrations and is the best day in the week," he said.
Sowma said in India people often refer to their astrology reading to pick an auspicious period based on their moon sign to determine their travel date, and not on their gut feelings.
He was also of the view that that an indiviÂdual's horoscope became inapplicable once he or she was not in touch with earth energy or off the ground.
He called for global prayers in all faiths to enhance the chances of finding the aircraft.