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Friday, April 30, 2010

Guru Peyarchi -Jupiter transit into sidereal Pisces on May 2, 2010

Jupiter is about to enter sidereal sign of Pisces (Meena rashi) on May 2, 2010, and it will stay in that sign for a major part of the period till 8th May 2011 (except for a short period between November and middle-December when it will re-enter Aquarius in retrograde motion).

The effects of this sojourn on persons born under various Moon signs are as follows…

ARIES: Mesha Rashi (Those born in Aswini, Bharani, and Krittika – 1 nakshatras).

For Aries Jupiter is lord of 9th and 12th houses from Moon sign. Jupiter will transit in its own sign Pisces in 12th house this year. This combination indicates outflow of money, foreign travel, spiritual consciousness, awakening of subconscious thoughts in such a way that one’s inner goals and true purpose in life get identified, and spending for meritorious deeds.

Those who have been planning for foreign travel may see their dreams fulfilled during this transit. However, you should also avoid involving yourself in unproductive activities as outflows seem high under this influence.

As Jupiter aspects the 4th sign from your Moon sign, this is a good period for acquisition of new houses/ vehicles. There is also positive planetary trigger for those who wish to make their settlement abroad (which can translate to positive movement in Green Card or such other emigration formalities). Some natives may also return back to their homeland from abroad, alternativelyJ

As Jupiter aspects the 6th house from Moon sign where Saturn is already posited, there could be necessity to take loans to fund crucial projects in life. As the 6th house indicates competitors, natives of this sign may have to encounter stiff opposition or competition before they attain success in career matters. Health should be tended to properly as there is possibility of liver-ailments or digestive complaints.

As the 8th house ruling occult and insurance matters receives aspect of Jupiter, there could be success in occult endeavours, and also possibility of insurance claims, etc. being processed seamlessly.

On the whole, this transit is only mediocre for Aries Moon sign natives – but with definitely possibilities of good developments in some sectors of life.

TAURUS: Vrishabha Rashi (Those born in nakshatras Krittika 2, 3, 4, Rohini, Mrigasira – 1, 2)

For Taurus Jupiter is the lord of 8th (Obstacles) and 11th (Gains). As Jupiter transits the 11th house from your natal Moon in its own sign, there are good possibilities of gains from various sources under the influence of this transit. There could be support from elder siblings and friends, and your long-cherished goals might come closer to realization.

Jupiter aspects the 3rd, 5th, and 7th houses from your natal Moon sign during this transit. Thus you are likely to feel more energetic and courageous, and there could be positive developments in the lives of younger siblings in the family. Your communication skills will be excellent.

This is an ideal period for pursuing higher education. Those who have been trying to conceive for some time now might be blessed with success in this under the influence of this transit. Matters of children will generally proceed smoothly much to your delight.

Eligible single natives of this sign may find wedding bells ringing soon. Those who have been on the lookout for business partnerships might be able to proceed further on that.

Overall, this is a favourable transit for those with sidereal Moon in Taurus sign.

GEMINI: Mithuna Rashi (Those born in Mrigasira 3, 4, Arudra, Punarvasu 1, 2, 3)

For Gemini Jupiter is the lord of 7th (Partnership) and 10th (Profession) house. It will transit in its own sign Pisces in your 10th house.

Generally Jupiter transiting the 10th house is feared to cause loss of position in some way. However, in your case as it happens to be transiting its own sign, the “loss” of position could rather be “change of job” rather than a job-loss per se. So, those who have been looking out for changing jobs for sometime in the recent past may do so under this transit. As long as you are careful in your professional routines, you have nothing to fear about your job prospects under this transit.

Jupiter aspects the 2nd, 4th, and 6th houses from your natal Moon sign by its special aspect factor. Thus there could be good accumulation of wealth through various sources. Loans will get sanctioned thus taking away much mental pressure regarding viability of projects – both personal and professional. There could be addition of new members in the family (either by way of birth of a child or by marriage). Family life will be generally enjoyable. Time is ripe for purchasing new property or vehicles. Those who have been trying to get transferred to native places might find things going in their favour.

On the flip side, there is possibility of health-complaints – allergies, liver-problems, and communicable diseases being the main possibilities. You should also be careful about possible secret rivals who might try to undermine your prospects.

The net effects of this transit will be slightly above-average for you.

CANCER: Kataka Rashi (Those born in Punarvasu -4, Pushya, Aslesha nakshatras)

For Cancer Jupiter is the lord of 6th and 9th houses. It will transit your 9th house in Pisces.

This is considered a generally auspicious transit by traditional classics. Long distant journeys or travel abroad are featured by this transit. Those who have been looking for on-site placements abroad might find luck smiling upon them. Your faith in Divine Matters might improve under this transit influence.

Good effects are likely in the lives of parents (especially father), and your superiors will be generally well-disposed towards you. Jupiter in this transit aspects your 1st, 3rd, and 5th houses. So, your self-confidence levels can be at an all-time high, and others will tend to gravitate towards you positively. You will be able to make a positive impression in interview situations, competitive environments, and business presentations. You will be able to take adventurous decisions that may prove to be lucky to your prospects.

Birth of a child, general good prospects to children, success in examinations and other competitive endevours, acknowledgement of good work done by you, recognition / promotion at work, etc. are some of the good results likely under this transit.

Overall, this transit is very positive for you.

LEO: Simha Rashi (Those born under the nakshatras Makha, Poorvaphalguni, Uttaraphalguni 1)

Jupiter is the lord of the 5th and 8th houses from your Moon sign. It will transit your 8th house in Pisces – its own sign.

There is possibility of getting hidden wealth – such as sudden gains through legacies, gains through insurance claims, inheritances, etc. There could also be good improvement in occult activities. Other than this, the transit of Jupiter in the 8th house is not considered that positive. Those expecting a child or planning to conceive might encounter anxious situations or obstacles. Pregnant ladies should take special care of their health and avoid potentially dangerous situations (like going on long and tiresome journeys, trekking activities, strenuous physical activities, etc.).

Students of this sign need to put in extra-efforts to maintain the academic tempo. You should be most careful while driving vehicles, and when standing surety for others. Family life happiness will only be average, and unless you keep your calm during sensitive situations, things can get blown out of proportion. Health of self and elderly relatives in the family might cause concern. This is not the right time for making major real-estate investments.

On the whole, this transit is challenging for your Moon sign.

VIRGO: Kanya Rashi (Those born under the nakshatras Uttaraphalguni 2, 3,4, Hasta, Chitra – 1, 2).

Jupiter rules the 4th and 7th houses from your natal Moon sign and it transits the auspicious 7th house from your Moon.

This is an auspicious transit - especially for those who wish to settle in marital life or are looking for soulmates in life. Those who are already in a settled relationship will enjoy cordial relationship with their partners. This is an ideal time for entering into new partnership ventures. An influential member of the opposite gender might be instrumental in helping you reach your goals during this period. Blessings of parents (especially mother), purchase of new property, improvement in educational/ career matters, good gains, cordial relationship with elder siblings in the family, increase in social status, etc. are some of the positive results you might expect from this transit.

As Jupiter aspects your natal Moon sign by its 7th house aspect, your self-confidence will be high, and there will be an extraordinary charm and glow in your face that can prove magnetic in attracting goodwill from others. You will be blessed with good communication skills and your adventurous decisions/ calculated risks will prove successful.

On the whole this is a highly favourable transit for you.

LIBRA: Tula Rashi (Those born under chitra 3, 4, Swati, Visakha 1, 2, 3 nakshatras)

Jupiter is the lord of the 3rd and 6th houses for your Moon sign. It is about to transit the 6th house from your Moon.

This is not considered a good transit from a classical point of view. You should be cautious while driving vehicles, while interacting with unknown strangers, and also try to avoid unnecessary arguments at home as stability of relationships or peace of family can get threatened if you lose your temper. Health might also be below par.

Legal matters can proceed well if you take special care in the proceedings and leave nothing to chance. Those employed in legal and medical professions might enjoy better prospects than others.

As Jupiter aspects the 2nd house from your Moon by its 9th house aspect, loans could get sanctioned and you might be able to enjoy progress in export-related business activities. If you have been planning foreign journeys, that is also well-favoured under this transit.

On the whole, this transit has mixed influence on your sign.

SCORPIO: Vrischika Rashi (Those born under Visakha 4, Anuradha, Jyeshta nakshatras).

Jupiter is the lord of the 2nd and 5th houses of your sign. It will be transiting your 5th house from Moon sign from May 2, 2010.

This is considered a highly auspicious transit as per classics. This period can turn out to be an excellent one for romantic developments, speculative gains, gaining recognition, winning in competitive environments, etc. Students who have been struggling till date might find that their academic tempo begins to pick up under this transit. Those who have been trying for a break in entertainment industry might get the lucky break now. Couples awaiting birth of a child will be blessed with a beautiful and healthy child. Those who wish to conceive may also find stars smiling favourably at them.

Professionally also, luck will favour you. Your inclination towards charitable/ religious activities could increase. Good luck is seen for elderly relatives – especially father. There will be gains from different sources. There could be positive developments in the lives of close friends/ elder siblings.

Name, fame, peace, prosperity, and growth are all possible under the positive impact of this transit. Make the best use of this period to propel yourself to great achievements in life.

On the whole, the influence of this transit is highly positive for your sign.

SAGITTARIUS: Dhanus Rashi (Those born under Moola, Poorvaashaada, Uttaraashaada 1 nakshatras).

Jupiter is the lord of the 1st and 4th houses for your Moon sign; it will transit the 4th house from your natal Moon.

According to classics, transit of Jupiter in the 4th house from natal Moon is only ordinary. However, as Jupiter happens to be your Moon sign lord and also transits the own sign in 4th house, the effects can be better for you than it would have been for other signs under a similar transit.

Family atmosphere will be very happy. There is possibility of some auspicious function taking place in your house. Those who have been trying to purchase a landed property unsuccessfully in the past may find luck smiling at them now. Health and prospects of mother will be quite good. Those staying away in distant lands may get the opportunity to visit their homelands and kith and kin under this transit. However, on the flip side, journeys might be somewhat tiresome, and in some cases, the possibility of health coming under the cloud under strenuous journeys/ infections is not ruled out.

Professional luck is just average. So, do not take unnecessary risks in professional matters (like trying to change jobs in a hurry, latching on to dubious opportunities in greed, etc.). You will have to generally work hard to manage decent appraisals at work from your superiors.

As Jupiter aspects the 12th house from your natal Moon sign by its 9th aspect, there could be increased expenditure on many counts. If you are planning to dispose off fixed assets, be very careful during the transactions as there is the very real risk of underselling your asset. Also, you should avoid risky speculative activities.

On the whole, this transit is just average for your sign.

CAPRICORN: Makara Rashi (Those born under Uttaraashaada 2, 3, 4, Sravana, Dhanishta 1, 2 nakshatras).

Jupiter rules the 3rd and 12th houses from your natal Moon sign, and it transits the 3rd house from your Moon.

Generally the transit of Jupiter in the 3rd house from Natal Moon is considered to be anxiety-inducing. However, there are some positive things also about this transit.

Your courage/ confidence levels can be high. Short journeys can prove more productive than long journeys. Your communication skills can diffuse many potentially sensitive situations. Those involved in counseling, communication sector jobs, journalism, and armed forces professions will do better than others.

As Jupiter aspects the 7th house by its 5th house aspect, there is possibility of marriage for eligible single natives who are on the look out for a compatible match. There will be average harmony in the lives of those already married, and they may have to compromise a lot to maintain domestic peace. Though there could be some positive developments in all sectors of life, the actual results may not match up to your expectations in most cases leaving you somewhat disturbed or restless. There is the real risk of strained relationship with elder siblings. ealth of elderly relatives – especially father or father-in-law can cause anxiety to many natives.

On the whole this transit has mixed influence on your sign.

AQUARIUS: Kumbha Rashi (Those born under Dhanishta 3, 4, Satabisha, Poorvabhadra 1, 2, 3 nakshatras).

Jupiter is the lord of the 2nd and 11th houses – two auspicious houses from your natal Moon, and it transits the 2nd house from your natal Moon sign from May 2, 2010.

Increase in wealth, immense family happiness, your words gaining acceptance everywhere, profitability of investments, acquisition of both movable and immovable assets, and happy occasions in the family are some of the positive indications of this transit for you.

You will shine in any situation that requires forceful voicing of thoughts/ ideas, and hence enjoy unalloyed success in all negotiation environments. Relationship with close family members is set to improve, and there is chance of happy family reunions.

As Jupiter aspects the 6th house by its 5th house aspect, you will be able to curb debts, and handle your financial commitments quite easily. You will dominate your enemies/ rivals, and even the secret activities of enemies with the desire to harm your prospects will actually serve to spur you on for greater achievements. There will be good support from maternal aunt/ uncle under this transit.

Insurance investments or mutual fund transactions will prove profitable. You may enjoy good success in occult activities; this is a good period for initiation into new occult routines and for performing special remedies to improve your general good luck.

Good progress is indicated in professional matters whether you are employed under others, or pursuing own business. New opportunities to improve your prospects will knock at your doors many times during this transit. Matters related to government agencies will be settled amicably.

On the whole, this is a highly positive transit for your sign.

PISCES: Meen Rashi (Those born under Poorvabhadra 4, Uttarabhadra, Revati stars).

Jupiter rules the 1st and 10th houses from natal Moon sign, and it is about to transit your natal Moon sign from May 2, 2010.

Traditionally this is considered to be a tough transit, but often times the toughness of this transit is more often a “birthing pain” sort of stress, that actually helps you to handle vital challenges in life in the process of bettering yourself, or having a date with your destiny.

This transit can trigger intellectual achievements though peace of mind can often be a casualty during this period. Regular meditation and exercise will help to keep you grounded as you tackle your challenges during this period.

Those who have favourable directional influences to support them will enjoy positive developments in personal life. As Jupiter aspects the 5th house, there could be positive developments in romantic matters. However, you should avoid letting your mind wander unnecessarily as promiscuous behaviour or flirtatious behaviour can spoil existing relationships. As long as you are responsible in your romantic attitude, things will go fine in this sector.

You should also avoid the tendency to test your luck too far in speculative activities. Devil often lurks in the form of greed,…more so, when you are under a natal Moon Jupiter transit.

On the positive side, any remedial prayer or charitable activity will help to improve your karmic account balance that can have important positive impact on your general good luck in the near future. Prospects of parents - especially father will be good, and the activities of children in the family will do you proud.

This is not the best of times to make major investments.

On the whole, this transit is average for you – but with lot of scope for positive developments at the end of this period.

Special transit worship at our place in connection with transit of Jupiter.

Those born under sidereal Moon signs of Aries, Gemini, Leo, Libra, Sagittarius, Capricorn, and Pisces (Mesha, Mithuna, Simha, Tulam, Dhanus, Makara, Meena rashis) might benefit by performing remedial worships in connection with this transit. You may offer special worships consistent with your Faith on May 2, 2010 praying that the challenging aspects of the transit should be under control and the good effects indicated here must manifest in full measure by Divine Grace.

As usual we will be performing special Fire Worship at our place in connection with this transit of Jupiter.

Vaancha Kalpa Ganapathy homam, Medha Dakshinamoorthi homam, Dhanvantri homam, Brahma Gayathri homam, Hayagreeva homam, Brihaspati moola mantra homam (beeja mantra and vedic mantra will be used in these), and Brihaspati Gayathri homam will be conducted in this austerity.

Those who are interested in sponsoring the same might do so by clicking the paypal link below……If you are sponsoring the homam - the first item in the drop-down menu, you need not avail the other recitals separately....I will do those recitals automatically for you; the other recitals (Brihaspati Kavacham recital and Brihaspati sthothra recital) have been given in the drop down menu to enable those who cannot afford the homam sponsorship fee and still want to perform some sort of remedy on that day for their welfare.

On a different note, apart from our sponsors, prayers will be raised for Universal Welfare. So, obviously someone who really wishes to take part in this as a sponsor - but is unable to afford these sponsorship fees will definitely get covered by our performance. So, even those who are unable to sponsor these events need not feel disappointed. Those who can afford it, please think it as an opportunity given to sponsor a special vedic worship that is done at a spiritually powerful period (associated with transit of an auspicious planet) and be a part of a Universal Remedy done for the welfare of everyone.

Different prayer schemes
Name, nakshatra, and gothra

Kindly note that we won’t be shipping Holy Ash or other Prasad by post to anyone due to logistic and ritual purity challenges involved in the process. Inclusion of your name during the sankalpa (Prayer Declaration) is deemed “In-Absentia participation” and the karmic benefits will accrue to you by Divine Grace automatically. However, those who are in Chennai or are likely to visit Chennai, might, if they so desire, take part in the homams at our residence in person – if it is convenient for them.

May this transit of Jupiter be auspicious to everyone by Divine Grace.

Om Namah shivaya.

Blessed be.


Tuesday, April 27, 2010

chitra Pournami on April 27/ 28, 2010

Dear members:

The auspicious Chitra Pournami vrattam falls on April 27/ April 28, 2010 this year.

Those in the U.S. and other nations of American continents should observe this on April 27, 2010. Persons living in other regions of the world should observe this on April 28, 2010.

Please note that those who perform monthly Pournami pooja or Sathyanaaraayana vratam should perform that on April 27, 2010 - throughout the world. The different in dates is applicable only for observance of Chitrapournami austerities.

Austerities in connection with Chitrapournami/ chitragupta pooja:

It is customary to eat curd rice (preferably curd of buffalo!) without salt on that day and to fast without eating anything else. In any case, avoiding salt in food items throughout the day is recommended on that day, if possible.

Special worship is done in Honour of Lord ChitraGupta - the Divine Accountant - who keeps an account of our karmas, and appeals for forgiveness for our shortcomings are raised on this day. Those who can afford a visit, should pay a visit to Kanchipuram Chitra Gupta temple -an ancient one which is very ancient and powerful.

In Madurai Meenakshi amman temple, DevEndr Pooja is done on Chitra Pournami day (it is believed that it is on this day Indra came across a Golden Lotus in a pond with which He worshipped Lord Shiva of the temple; the temple tank of Madurai Meenaakshi amman temple is called Golden Lotus tank still). So, paying a visit to Shri Meenaakshi SundarEshwara temple today is also auspicious and can relieve one of the sins such as insult to Gurus (In fact, Indra did the pooja on Chitra Pournami to propitiate Lord Shiva and get remedied from burden of sins that He committed in the absence of His Guru Brihaspati, who was incognito for some period following an argument with Indra).

Chitra Gupta can be easily pleased by uttering the following names:

"Om Chitraaya namah"
"Om Chitraguptaaya namah"
"Om Karma saakshine namah"
"Om nirdoshaaya namah"
"Om Kaarunya roopine namah"
"Om Dharmaraaja parivaarakaaya namah"

While reciting these names, Chitra Gupta should be meditated upon as a short human form attired in traditional Indian attire with a turban, shining ear rings, and having a bunch of palm leaf scrolls and a pen for writing karmic accounts. His consort is Goddess Karnaambikai.
Mantra for praising and saluting Shri Chitragupta

"Chitragupta namastubhyam lEkaaksharadaayakam

LEkanii katinii hasta chitragupta namOastutE"

The day should be spent by giving contributions to charities, doing meritorious deeds as per one's convenience, and spending the day in contemplation and introspection with the firm affirmation to reduce performance of sinful activities in the coming year.

Performance of this Chitra Pournami vrattam is a powerful remedy for afflictions of ketu in the horoscope.
So, those under ketu dasa/ bhukti or those suffering from marital difficulties or delay in progeny caused by affliction of ketu in horoscopes can benefit much by this Chitra Pournami vratta and Chitragupta poojaa.

May our members celebrate this Holy Day and get relief from burden of sins.

Blessed be.

Friday, April 23, 2010

Padmini ekaadasi

Dear Members:

The rare Padmini ekaadasi which is observed only during an adhika maasa falls on April 24/ 25, 2010 this year. The schedule of observance of the fast is as follows:

1) For those in USA, Caribbean Isles, Mauritius, and other countries of the American continents, U.K., European countries, African nations, and those living in the Gulf countries - the ekaadasi fast should be observed on April 24, 2010.

2) For those living in India, - the smaartha tradition adherents should observe the ekaadasi on 24th April 2010, and those observing Vaishnava traditions should observe the ekaadasi fast on 25th April, 2010.

3) For those living in Malaysia, Singapore, Myanmar, Japan, New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji - the ekaadasi (for both smaartha and vaishnava traditions) should be observed on April 25, 2010.

This Ekaadasi has a very special significance - it is named after Kaartaveeryaarjuna's mother Queen Padmini.

King Kritaveeryaa - a famous and mighty kshatriya king of yore enjoyed all glory in his life except that he had no heir to succeed his throne. So he decided to go to the forest and do intense tapasya to please Lord Vishnu and possibly get the boon of a child. Queen Padmini also followed her mighty husband; they made their ashram near the ashram of Sage Atri.

Even after intense austerities, the royal couple could not get manifest boon. Queen Padmini consulted Sage Atri's wife - Anusuya Devi (the Mother of Dattatreya - the avatar who incorporated the Powers of the Trinity and took His Form), and was promptly advised to observe ekaadasi in the adhika maasa (a solar month that has two Amaavasyas; in lunar calendar, it is the extra lunar month - because lunar month begins the day after Amavasya, so the first month after the first amaavasya of the solar month is the extra or adhika maasa; this is adhika vaisaakha month this time). By observance of this adhika ekaadasi, the royal couple were blessed with the son named Kaartaveeryaarjuna. The glory of Kaartaveeryaarjuna needs no special mention. He was so mighty that He could defeat even the mighty Raavana (He did not kill Raavana because that was not the destined way; so, by a turn of Fate, they became close friends to each other after their initial encounter!).

It is worth mentioning that Kaartaveeryaarjuna was none other than the Holy Disc of Lord Vishnu who was cursed to take human birth due to his pride and jealousy (The Holy Disc thought that it was its own power that enabled Shri Vishnu to annihilate demons and hence deserved equal reverence and glory as Shri Vishnu without realizing that the yogic power of Shri Vishnu only manifested as the Disc's power to destroy demons; hence the Holy Disc had to incarnate as a human being and have an encounter with Parasuraama - the Avatar of Shri Vishnu and be defeated so that the taint of unworthy pride is removed from its Holy Aura!).

Thus this Padmini ekaadasi - the ekaadasi that enabled Queen Padmni to beget a glorious son - who was actually a Divine Soul - can bless us all also with rare boons in life.

Incidentally the adhika maasa (literally means the extra month) is dedicated to Lord Vishnu and hence named Purushottama maasa.

Let us all observe this glorious of fasts and be blessed with rare boons in life.

Click the Buy Now button below if you wish to sponsor this Padmini ekaadasi special pooja (you can offer any amount you wish to donate for this pooja; I am not putting a tab on it so that anyone can participate in this even by offering a very nominal fee as per individual financial situation or convenience)

Please note that we will not be sending any prasad by post after completion of this pooja. Your offering will be used to cover pooja costs or other charitable expenditure to ensure that the merit of this offering accrues to you. You may also offer any donation to charitable institutions of your choice in your own area instead of clicking on the buy now button of this site. This "buy now" button is purely to allow persons who wish to donate or sponsor charitable activities through this blog on this very special day. This is for your information.

Blessed be.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Varuthini Ekaadasi, April 2010

Dear Members:

The auspicious Varuthini Ekaadashi (Chaitra Krishna ekaadashi) falls on April 09/ 10th/11th, 2010 this year depending on the geographical location as given below:

1) This is to be observed on April 09th by those in the U.S. , Canada, South American countries, and West Indies, and those living in European nations.

2) This is to be observed on April 10th by those living in Gulf countries, India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Hong Kong, Maldives, China, Japan, and Australia.

3) This is to be observed on April 11th by those living in New Zealand and Fiji Islands.

Glory of the Varuthini ekaadashi

The glory of the Varuthini Ekaadashi has been explained in the Bhavishya uttara puraaana in the form of a discourse between Yudhishtira Maharaaj and Lord Krishna.

On a specific request from Shri Yudhisthira, Lord Krishna explains that whosoever observes a complete fast on this sacred day has his sins completely removed, obtains happiness, and achieves all good fortune. Fasting on Varuthini Ekaadasi makes even an unfortunate woman fortunate (There are some horoscopic combinations in a female chart - like Visha Kanya yoga, vaidavya yoga, vandhya dosha, etc. that can spoil family happiness and bring much ill luck; Lord Krishna's saying that this fast will make even an unfortunate woman fortunate refers to such horoscopes. So, this ekaadasi fast on Varuthini ekaadashi can be suggested as remedy for such horoscopes). Lord Krishna further says that this ekaadashi has the potential of freeing a soul from the miseries of repeated rebirth.

Various kings like King Maandaatta, Dhundhumaaraa, etc. have been benefitted by this. King Mandaattaa obtained liberation; King Dhundhumaara - who suffered from leprosy as a result of curse from Lord Shiva was freed from it.

Whatever merit one obtains by performing austerities and penances for ten thousand years is achieved by a person who observes this Varuthini ekaadashi properly.

The method of observing this ekaadashi

The following things should be given up on the Dashami thithi (the day before the fast) - eating on bell-metal plates, eating any kind of urad-dhal, eating red-lentils, consuming honey, eating in other's houses, conjugal relationships.

On the day of ekaadashi, one should observe fast (complete fast is recommended), and listen to Shri Hari's stories from the mouth of spiritual persons, or engage oneself in Divine Contemplation quietly. One should avoid speaking ill of others (even sinners should not be spoken about badly on this day), keep oneself ritually clean, and spend the day in Divine Worship and contemplation. [My notes: Those who cannot fast completely should at least avoid eating beans and rice/ whole grains on this day, and should just consume fruit juices/ milk without honey].

On the Dwaadashi thithi, again one should avoid eating in bell-metal plates, eating urud-dhal (black-gram), hard exercises, eating more than once, having oil bath, shaving body, face, or head, and eating in other's home. [Eating in other's home refers to eating outside; home of parents, in-laws, daughter/ son, disciple's house/ Guru's house, close friend who is alike oneself in observance of spiritual duties are not considered other's houses as per shastras; so, one can consume food in these places as long as the food has been prepared as per ritual conditions of purity].

One who remains awake on this ekaadashi night and meditates upon/ worships Lord Janaardhana will nullify all sins of previous birth and will attain Supreme Abode of Lord Vishnu.

Lord Krishna says that listening to/ reading the glory of this Varuthini Ekaadashi with devotion is equivalent to the merit obtained by gifting 1000 cows!

May our members observe this holy fast and become more lucky, and also become blessed enough to attain Ultimate Salvation by the Grace of Shri Hari Vishnu.

Subham Bhavantu!

Blessed be.


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