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Wednesday, December 31, 2014

Vaikunta Ekadasi - December 31, 2014/ January 1, 2015

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Dear Members:

The most glorious and important of all Ekaadaasis - the Vaikunta Ekaadasi falls on January 31, 2014 this year for those living in U.S.A, Canada, and other countries of American continents, African continent, Europe, and middle-Eastern countries.

Those living in India, and countries to the east of India must observe this on January 1, 2015.

This is one of the most highly recommended fasts for a devout spiritual aspirant because it has the potential of opening the "Gates of Divine Abode of Lord Vishnu" for you if this is observed correctly. Even those who have medical conditions which prevent them from observing a full fast should abstain from rice-items and sustain themselves with alternative ritually pure foods (avoiding garlic, onions, beverages like coffee, tea, etc.). Those who are desirous of cutting off the endless cycle of births and deaths for the soul must contemplate on upanishads like Gopaala Taapini Upanishad, recite Holy Bhagavat Gita, Bhaagavatam, etc.

In Vaishnava temples "swarga Dwaar" - a sort of archway leading around the Inner Sanctum Sanctorum is erected, and crossing that is symbolic of crossing the threshold of Vaikunta and getting glimpse of our Lord. Spending time in meditation/ japam while waiting in the serpentine ques, and ultimately having the glimpse of Our Lord after crossing the threshold will definitely be gainful for your souls. Please note that you should not get angry with other devotees in the que or pick up fights, you should not "jump" ques trying to overtake the other waiting devotees with your "street smartness, pushing abilities", etc. in the que. Such activities definitely invoke bad karma, and it is not for that, that you go to a temple on a Holy Day (I am commenting on this because such activities are too common in long ques; a person who jumps ques thinking he is outsmarting others is actually fooling himself/ herself, and damning himself/ herself with that karma; on the other hand, those who wait patiently, and do what they can to help other devotees who might be finding it uncomfortable - like ladies with infants, elderly, etc. while standing in ques are invoking good karma and actually helping their own souls to progress. Selfishness and self-comfort should take a back-seat at least during these occasions - and that too for your own good! If you are entitled to temple honours in some way, and hence receive special darshan - that is different; you need not feel guilty about that; probably, you deserve such Honours and maybe, that was Divine Gift to you! But even such people - if you can, it will be real good merit to stand patiently in a que, do japams till your turn at darshan comes, and then have a darshan of the Lord along with the other common devotees because, God Himself may be in disguise among the masses during these occasions. I have felt it many times - and I request my fellow aspirants to feel such miracles of brushing shoulders with Divine in crowded temples for themselves!).

Generally, chanting of Raama naama, and recital of Shri Vishnu Sahasranaamam can be done by everyone today for obtaining religious merit, and for perfection/ progress of our Soul.

It is also recommended that you should remain awake at night and spend it in Divine Contemplation, bhajans (Divine Songs), discussing Theological matters, etc. It is traditional to play a dice game called "Paramapadham" on this night. You should not merely play it as a the traditional Indian version of this game (the western version is Snake and Ladders!, and I am not referring to that when I write this article....), you will find "ladders" corresponding to various virtues, and "snakes" corresponding to certain shortcomings of attitude/ can see where each ladder leads you, and where each snake drops you....look at the character/ attitude depicted in the box, see how progress/ downfall happens based on the ladder/ snake you encounter. This is verily a spiritual lesson of how a soul can progress or regress into various states of existence. It is analogous to the journey of your souls through the Cycle of Existence till the soul attains Liberation or Merging with Divine experience. You will also see how difficult it is to progress at the end of the game, and that is how difficult it is for a soul to reach ultimate liberation. If you play it consciously, reading all the attributes described in the chart carefully, this game can be a meditative exercise in itself, and can be a valuable tool for imparting spiritual values for children.

Of course, playing the paramapadam is not just helps you to keep awake and at the same time induce philosophical musings if played properly. Those of you who feel sufficiently spiritually awakened already may just spend the night in quiet Divine Contemplation which is best.

May our members observe this Holy day Fast diligently as per their circumstances and practical limitations to the best of their abilities and win salvation for their souls.

Blessed be.

Astrological and Remedial consultant

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Hanumath Jayanthi - December 21/ December 22, 2014

Dear Members:

Hanuman Jayanthi falls on December 22, 2014 per Tamil traditions (It is to be observed on December 21, 2014 itself by those living in USA, Canada and other nations of the American continent, countries in African Continent and in Europe; rest of the world must observe it on December 22nd).

Many temples observe Hanumath Jayanthi this year on December 21st itself as Amavasya falls on this day; BUT, in India, and countries to the East of India (also in Gulf Countries), there is conjunction of Amavasya thithi and Moola nakshatra - the birth star of Shri Hanumaan in the morning of December 22nd, and so, it is best to observe the Jayanthi on December 22nd... So, we will be observing austerities at our place only on December 22nd.

There are other various versions for this observance also - some follow it on Chaitra Pournami (this is followed in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and some parts of North India. In North Bihar and Uttar Pradesh, Hanumat Jayanthi is celebrated on Vaisakh Krishna dasami thithi. According to Tamil traditions, Hanumat Jayanthi is celebrated on the Amavasya thithi of the Tamil Month Maargazhi when Moola constellation rules. (for those of you who are from Siddha lineage of Sage Agasthya - there is another version which is not so popular as the other jayanthis! Agasthya Samhita gives Lord Hanuman's Birth details as Mesha lagna, Krishna chaturdasi thithi, Swaathi nakshatra, in the solar month of Karthigai)

The differences may pertain to different incarnations of Lord Hanumaan in different kalpas (the same Divine Events have occured in different kalpas with slight modifications and that is why you will find slight differences in version of some Divine Legends in various Puranas as they may refer to the events in different kalpas!). So, probably they are all correct in that they refer to His Jayanthi in different kalpas.

Another reason for the difference could be that each "Jayanthi" could refer to some significant "life-changing or rebirth sort of event" in Lord Hanuman's the first conception through Lord Vaayu's agency as a Rudraavataraa, His being revived by Divine Boons as a child (after He was struck by Vajraayudha when He tried to gobble the sun! thus it was a sort of second life for Him), His realizing His Divine Powers after Jaambhavaan alerts Him of the powers that He had forgotten due to the curse of rishis, His Incarnating as Panchamukha Hanumaan to tackle the challenges of Demons of the Netherworld, etc.

Generally for a devotee every day is of spiritual significance and so, these "special days" are just convenient Divine Excuses for showering additional devotion and for Divine Celebration with extra fervour! So, maybe, you can follow all those Jayanthis of the most Humble but Mighty Messenger of Lord Raam and celebrate His Incarnation thrice/ Four times a year!

In that spirit, even our brethen from North India, and other southern states may offer special worship to Lord Hanumaan on this day when their brother devotees from Tamil Nadu will be offering their respects and veneration to the Glorious Son of Vaayu.

Recital of Shri Hanumaan Chaalisaa, Sundara Kaandam chapters, AanjanEya sahasranaamam (reputed to be composed by Lord Raama Himself!), etc. are considered to be auspicious on this day.

I am not inviting any offering for this performance, preferring to do it with my own resources this time for Universal Welfare from the excess of funds from earlier homam performances which I am saving as corpus fund for funding austerities like this from time to time.  I plan to include "everyone" in these prayers and by God's Grace since I am able to manage it, I am not requesting any sponsorships for this homam this time.

May God's Grace be with us all. May the spirit of Service and Selfless Love and devotion to God embodied by Lord Hanuman pervade our psyches too!

Blessed be.

Astrological and Remedial consultant

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Saphala ekaadasi 2014

Dear Members:

The auspicious Saphala Ekaadashi falls on December 17/ December 18, 2014

 The observance of this fast for different places on the globe is as follows:
1) for USA, Canada, West Indies, and other countries in American Continent, those living in United Kingdom, and countries in Europe- December 17, 2014
2) For those living in Gulf countries, India, and countries to the east of India - December 18, 2014

Glory of Saphala Ekaadashi
This is mentioned in Brahmaanda Purana. Fasting on Saphala Ekaadashi will help in cleansing all sins committed earlier, and also helps in attaining fame in this life.

Lumbaka - the son of a king was always questioning the authority of Lord Vishnu, and due to this irreverent attitude, he was exiled from the kingdom. He continued with his irreverential attitude, and added to that began plundering the wealth of poor villagers. He took his abode beneath a banyan tree, started killing animals, and began eating raw meat. (The legend purports to describe that the king's son had fallen into sinful ways that will add severely to karmic account).

Once, he fell ill on a particular day and hence could not partake his usual meals (of raw meat!); he also remained awake all night due to his sickness. As the day was Saphala Ekaadashi fast day, he had unknowingly followed the vrat! The next day he felt better and intuitively realized that this was all due to Grace of Lord Vishnu. He realized his mistake, returned to his father with a repentant attitude, and lived happily thereafter.

Such is the glory of the Saphala Ekaadashi - even a person who unknowingly kept that fast could gain Grace of Shri Vishnu. So, what to speak of the Holy and Pious persons who undertake this fast with full faith and with Divine Contemplation? Is it not obvious that Heavenly glory is open to those who undertake this auspicious Saphala Ekaadashi Fast?

Special austerities recommended in connection with this ekaadasi:
1) Offer Pomegranate, guava, variety of nuts, coconut, betel leaves, areca nuts, mangoes, and aromatic spices (like cloves, cardamom, etc.) in Honour of Lord Aadhi Naaraayana (The Original Viraat Roopa of Shriman Naaraayana - with His Consort Lakshmi on His Breast and mounted on Shri Garuda, and carrying His Divine Conch and Disc with Full Glory) on this day. You can partake these items as prasad on dwaadasi day if you are keeping a full fast; those who are only observing partial fast (just abstaining from whole-grains and beans) may partake these in lieu of regular diet.

2) Light a ghee lamp in Honour of Lord Naraayana and Goddess Lakshmi in your pooja place and recite the Holy Ashtaakshari (Om NamO Naaraayanaaya) as many times as possible. Recital of Naaraayana Sooktham and Purushasooktham can also be done by those who are intiated into these vedic hymns.

A full-night vigil is also recommended. Those who cannot maintain a full-night vigil may at least recite Shriman Naaraayana naama as many times as possible and sleep with Divine Thought.

May our members undertake this fast and feel Blessed by Divine Grace.

Blessed be.

Friday, December 5, 2014

Tiruvannamalai deepam today

Dear All:
Tiruvannamalai Deepam is observed today; am writing this post after Girivalam and witnessing the Deepam atop the Mt. Arunachala; the atmosphere is "electric" and "vibrant" - with the whole place swarming with devotees.

On this holy day, I thought of sharing His Holiness of Revered Memory - Shri Shri Chandrasekara Saraswathy swamigal about this Karthikai deepam's significance.....(given below is the translation of Mahaswami's views - courtesy Shri. C.V. Sathya Narayanan)....


We light up a series of earthen lamps on the day of the star of Kruttika in the month of Kaartigai. At that time we are to sing this sloka as given in the saastraa-s:- keedaa: patangaa: masagaascha vrukchaa: jale stale ye nivasanti jeevaa: I drushtvaa pradeepam na cha janma baajaa bavanti nityam svabasaa hi vipraa: II
This means, "We pray that, whosoever sees this lamp that we are lighting, they be worms, birds or mosquitoes or trees and such plants; all life forms which live in water or on earth; or may be human beings of whatever caste or creed; seeing this light may have the effect on them that all their sins are washed away and they may transcend the cycle of life and death and reach ever lasting happiness"!
Not only life forms in land and water. By saying 'patangaa:' (birds) and 'masakaa:' (mosquitoes) all flying birds and insects have been included. Though they fly in the air, the mosquitoes lay the eggs in water only. Birds similarly have to come down to a nest to rest and lay eggs. There are fishes which can live only in water while some animals like frogs and crocodiles which are equally adept in land and water. Having identified each such variety, the prayer is for cancellation of all their sins and crossing over the ocean of life.
This Kaartigai Deepam seen by any of these life forms may give them ever lasting merit, it is prayed! The word 'drushtvaa' in the slokam means, 'having been seen'. 'Vruksham' the tree is also mentioned. The tree cannot see. As per science, the plants do have some senses. But, we do not know if they have any capacity to see. They do differentiate between sunlight and shadow and grow towards the sunlight! I feel that the interpretation is that, it does not matter even if they cannot see or do not see this light. The prayer is that, still the effect of cancellation of all sins should be there!
As light does not differentiate between Tom, Dick and Harry; between all castes, creeds and sects; between birds, animals, plants and insects; between mobile (jangama) and static (staavara) life forms; the Love from our hearts should be universally applicable and effective! With such inner intension, the outer earthen lamp should be lighted, with the prayer as quoted above to make the Kaartigai Deepam effective.
In the past during festivals, it was the custom to light up what is known as ‘chokkap paanai’, which was a massive earthen lamp. In Thiruvannamalai, it is a practice even in modern times, on Kartigai evening as the Sun goes down, to light up a huge Deepam in which several Kilo Grams of Ghee is poured in a wide hole in the rock face on top of the hill. The wick is several feet thick. It is a sight to be seen and heard some ten lac people shouting, ‘Arohara’ as the light comes on to be seen miles away.
107. Similarly as the pilgrimage season ends in Sabari Hills in Kerala, the light comes up on ‘Kaanta Malai Hill’ known to Ayyappa devotees as ‘Makara Jyoti’ on Makara Sankranti evening! The idea is to instill universal unconditional Love in the minds of all onlookers!
Normally there are more animals with two and or four legs. The fly, roach and beetle have six, spider has eight and some of the creepers like the centipede have many legs. There are prayers in the Veda-s seeking the welfare of two, four, six, eight and many legged animals and those without legs, such as the snake and the fish!
The fully realized soul does not differentiate between Brahmin and Non-brahmin, says Bhagawat Gita (5.18.). Though we may differ in our occupations and Karma Anushtaana, when it comes to compassion and love, there should not be any differentiation whatsoever! That is how, Rantideva did daanam to a brahmin and finally gave his last bit of water to a sudra. In this Kaartigai Deepam slokam too, all human beings are included as ‘svabasaa hi vipraa:’, meaning ‘the whole range of people from non-brahmin to the brahmin’! Our saastraa-s do not differentiate even between the good and bad, when wishing well. Our saastraa-s go even beyond and conveys its best wishes to all those residents of the Naraka (Hell) too.
Courtesy: C.V.Sathya Narayanan.

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I could not have added anything to that Mahatma's views and hence am humbly just quoting His Holiness' views here for the benefit of our blog readers.

May many blessings be to everyone.

om Namah shivaya.


Monday, December 1, 2014

kaishiki ekaadasi, Mokshada ekadasi 2014

Dear members:

The auspicious Mokshadaa ekaadashi falls in the bright half of the month Margasira.

It is also known as Kaisika ekaadasi .

It is to be observed on December 1, 2014 by those living in areas following Hawaii time zone; those living in rest of the world - including India must observe this on December 2, 2014.

Glory of Mokshadaa ekaadashi

Mokshadaa ekaadashi - as the name implies has the potential to give Liberation from cycle of endless births and deaths for our soul. Its main goal is to help us in attaining Ever Lasting Bliss in the Lotus Feet of our Lord.

Lord Vishnu in His form of DAMODARA ( kindly refer shrimad Bhaagavatam to know more about these Divine Forms of Lord Vishnu, and how He manifests in His different Forms; generally you may meditate on Four handed form of Lord Vishnu) should be venerated on this Holy Day. A ghee lamp, incense, and tulsi buds should be offered respectfully along with prayers to Lord DamOdharaa on this most auspicious of days.

Legend of Mokshadaa ekaadashi

There is a legend explained in the Brahma vaivarta Puranaa extolling the glory of Mokshadaa ekaadashi as narrated by Lord Krishna to Yudhishtra. Listening to this legend is said to confer the merit equivalent to that obtained by AswamEdha yagna (Horse Sacrifice!). Lord Krishna further adds that the glory of this ekaadasi can give heavenly bliss to the souls of all deceased relatives of the person who observes this fast religiously.

There was a saintly King of yore by name Vaikhaanasa (it is not clear whether it is the same person who gave genesis to the Hallowed Vaikhaanasa aagama - one of the major aagamaas for Vaishnavites) who ruled over a kingdom called Champakanagaram. His kingdom was glorious in every way blessed as it was with a saintly and able king who treated his subjects as his own children, and also with knowledgeable and pious priestly class who were well learnt in all vedic sacrifices and rituals. One night, the king had a terrible dream in which he saw his father suffering torments in hellish regions. When he enquired about this to the Brahmins of his court, they directed him to Parvata Maharishi - a great tapasvi. When the king approached Parvata Maharishi, after formal exchange of pleasantaries, the king broached the topic of a recent torment that he has experiened. The sage, by His Divine Vision, understood the reason for the king's anxiety and also the cause for the torment of his father's soul in hell - the king's father, in his earlier life, had enjoyed his wife forcibly against her wishes during her monthly periods. That grievous sin against a righteous woman had given him the present hellish sufferings.

The king wanted a remedy to absolve the sins of his father and to get him liberated to Higher Planes. The Sage Parvata recommended performance of this Mokshadaa ekaadasi and to donate the merit acquired by this performance to his father's soul upon which the soul will get liberated from Hell. The king did accordingly along with his wife and all relatives, and by the power of this performance, the king's father was liberated from Hell and was taken by messengers of demi-gods to Celestial Planes.

On a different note, it was on this day that Bhagavat Gitaa was initiated to Shri Arjuna by Lord Krishna at Kurukshetra. So, this day is also observed as Gitaa Jayanthi. It is auspicious to gift copy of Bhagavat Gitaa to aspirants of vedantaa or do what you can to propogate the Shrimad Bhagavat Gita on this day. Recite at least one chapter, or at least one slokha from Shrimad Bhagavat Gita today understanding its meaning and applicability even in today's life. Those who can, may even perform the Bhagavat Gitaa Homam if it is feasible for them. The merits of this performance cannot be elaborated by normal human beings like me!

May our readers observe this ekaadashi with devotion and be recipients of God's Grace that will liberate them from endless cycles of transmigration of soul.

Blessed be.
Astrological and Remedial consultant

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Dattatreya Jayanthi -2014

Dear Members:

Dattatreya Jayanthi falls on December 6, 2014 this year.

Shri Guru DattaatrEya is an incarnation possessing the Divine attributes of the Trimurthis (Brahma, vishnu, and Shiva) with Sage Atri and the sage's Wife Anusuyaa Devi as His parents. He is an Aadi Guru of the avadhoota sampradaaya. He is a Divine Form who can be easily pleased by mere remembrance of Him ("smarana maatra santushtaaya!")

Anusuyaa Devi - the wife of Sage Atri was known for Her Piety and virtues. Sage Naarada was extolling Her virtues to Goddesses Saraswathy, Lakshmi, and Paarvathy. The Goddesses requested the Trimurthies to test her virtues. The trimurthis took the form of mendicants and went as athithis to the hermitage of Sage Atri when He was not there. Sagess Anusuya offered them the traditional respects due to athithis, and requested them to partake meals in the hermitage. The mendicants imposed the condition that they will partake meals only on one condition that Anusuyaa should serve them stark naked!

Anusuyaa Devi was in a moral fix....According to customs of those times in hermitages (even normal households for that matter!), an athithi was never to be turned away without feeding him. But, at the same time, as a pious and modest wife of a sage, she cannot even think of being nude in front of grown up strangers. She meditated on her husband, and sprinkled Holy Water from his kamandal (a sort of water container kept by sages) on the three mendicants. They got transformed into three infants by the power of her pious devotion to her husband. Obviously, there can be no reservation in being nude in front of infants! She fed them in that condition and thus satisfied the conditions of modesty as well as athithi bhojana (feeding guests). When Sage Atri returned to the hermitage, Anusuyaa Devi showed the three Divine Infants and explained the course of events. Sage Atri of course could Divine the events by His clairvoyance powers.

The three Devis visited the hermitage and beseeched the couple to return their husbands in their original Divine Forms. The couple agreed, but requested that they should have a Divine Child with the potency of the three murthis. Thus was born Shri DattatrEyaa - "Datta AatrEyaa - One who was given as Gift to Shri Atri maharishi and His wife."

Though Anusuyaa Devi wanted Dattatreya to live the life of a householder, He rejected those pleas and instead chose to live in the ways of a Avadhootaa (a complete renunciate - who transcends all sorts of differences and restrictions, and living in the High State of Spontaneous Living called "SwEchaachaaryaa"; saints who live that do what they feel like doing at that moment naturally...they do not follow any rigid rules or regulations in life - allowing Divinity to guide them each and every moment in the form of random thoughts that arise in their conscious!). Datta Gitaa is a philosophical work of wonderful metaphysical depth and beauty.

Many are the miracles of Shri DattatrEyaa right from His times to the current periods. The most famous devotees of Shri DattarEyaa are Sage Parasuraama (Shri DattatrEyaa helped Sage Parasuraamaa in performing the last rites of his father and ensured that the deceased sages attained PUnya Lokhaas), and Shri Kaartaveeryaarjunaa (The Mighty King with One thousand shoulders! who was an Incarnation of Sudarshana - the Holy Disc of Lord Vishnu). In fact, Shri Kaartaveeryaarjuna was born without limbs as an infant, and it was by the power of tapasya focussed on Shri DattatrEyaa that he got 1000 pairs of hands and a mighty physique. Additionally, Shri Datta blessed him with a treasury that will never become empty, and also a boon that whosoever remembers the King Kaartaveeryaarjunaa will be able to retrieve lost property and realise rightful properties snatched away from them by force. Kaartaveeryaarjuna also had a boon that he can be defeated and killed only by a disciple/ devotee of Shri DattatrEyaa. When King Kaartaveeryaarjuna started behaving in arrogant manner, and had a clash with Jamadagni rishi, he met his end in the hands of Sage Parasuraama - the Incarnation of Lord Vishnu, and a devotee of Shri DatttrEyaa as per the boon. The Most Highly Venerated Shridi Sai Baba is one example of a modern day avadhootaa of the Datta sampradaaya. There are other saints also of that tradition who have a wide following today.


Lord Dattatreya is often meditated upon with a Cow (KaamadhEnu) at His back, and 4 dogs at His feet. The Cow - KaamadhEnu represents the truth that whatever legitimate wish you have will be bestowed upon you when you pray to Him. The 4 dogs represent the 4 vedaas. Lord DattatrEyaa - the Trimutrhi swaroopi has the characteristic Divine Weapons of the Trimurthis - in His hands and three heads representing the Trimurthis (also representing Satwaa, Rajas and Tamas gunaas!)

Yet another popular Divine Form that is usually venerated by followers of siddha/ Naath traditions is His Form with the 9 famous Nath saints.

Shri DattatrEya is easily pleased by mere Remembrance of Him. He may manifest in the form of an uninvited guest at noon, a mad beggar, a young child, or even ghostly forms (that is what His Moola mantra says ......." Baala Unmatta Pisaacha vEshaaya!"). Annadhaan (donation of food) to poor and needy is the charity that is closest to His Heart. Many devotees of Lord Datta have had Him visit their houses in the form of unknown guests at Noon. So, if possible, try to donate to charities specializing in feeding the poor on this day. As Dattatreya helped Sage Parasuraama in performance of rituals to ensure salvation of pitrus, He will help us also to get relieved from pitru doshas of all kinds. Also, yati saapaa (curse of saints/ sages/ mendicants) that might have arisen due to insult meted out to renunciates can be remedied by worship of Lord DattatrEyaa. Recital of DattrEya Vajra Kavacham will help in nullifying even most terrible planetary afflictions.
We are planning to conduct special chants and homams on Datta Jayanthi day this year also. Shri DattatrEya Moola mantra homam, Dattatreya vajra kavacham, sthothras, and Shri Kaartaveeryaarjuna homam will be conducted at my residence at Babanagar, Villivakkam on December 6, 2014 (We Honour Kaartaveeryaarjuna also today because He is a proof to the fact that Faith on Datta can transform lives even overcoming Fate; the limbless child - who was considered inauspicious by his own parents - became the mighty 1000 armed warrior whose name and mantras have proved auspicious to countless generations - all due to Guru Datta's Grace) .

Worship of Karthaveeryaarjuna is a recommended procedure in mantra shastraic classics for overcoming the activities of rivals, to get back lost positions, to reunite with estranged relatives/ friends, to get Divine Assistance in tracing missing objects/ persons,  to counter black-magic done against us by enemies, to get success in all ventures and gain favour of those in authority, and for overcoming tough planetary aspects in general. It can be a highly auspicious worship for business persons who have begun new ventures,those who are tormented by powerful foes,  and for politicians  aspiring for powerful positions of authority especially.

Those sponsors who are in a position to attend the Japam/ austerities might do so on this date. For the others, please note that the pooja parasadam will not be sent by post due to ritual purity concerns and logistic difficulties. Inclusion of your name, gothra, and star in the sankalpam will be deemed "in-absentia" participation. Those who are interested may avail the pooja service by mailing me at:

The offering options are as below (to give an idea about the cost of participation in the austerities):

a) Dattatreya and Karthaveerya homam part-sponsorship - Rs.1750 (rupees one thousand seven hundred and fifty only).
b) Dattatreya Moola mantra japam and archana in the evening with chanting of sthothras in His Honour - Rs.350 (rupees three hundred and fifty only)
c) Kaarthveeryaarjuna archana and Japam- Rs.350 (rupees three hundred and fifty only).

Please note:  Part-sponsors of the main homam will be automatically included in Dattatreya Moola mantra japam, Karthaveerya Arjuna japam, and Dattatreya Vajra Kavacham recitals.  So, those who are availing that sponsorship scheme need not remit additionally for the other japams.

As paypal does not work for me any more, you have make the remittance only directly via my bank account, or send money via money2india site of icici bank. I will share the details of my account when you get in touch with me via email if you are interested in the participation.  Regular sponsors - who have made remittance to my bank account for earlier austerities may use the same account for this remittance too; once you make the remittance, please keep me informed via email about the remittance particulars for me to follow up with the bank regarding that.

Apart from prayers for the benefit of the sponsors, prayers will also be raised for Universal Welfare. You may also attend poojas/ homams conducted by other pious persons near your place on this holy day.

Those who are not in a position to attend special on Datta jayanthi may still become recipients of His Grace by just repeating the mantra "Om Jai Guru Dattaa" or "Om Jai Satguru Shri DattatrEyaaya namah" as many times as possible on His Jayanthi day - whenever time permits - even in between your normal activities in life. This is a siddha mantra and needs no initiation; anyone without any distinction of class, creed, religion, and gender can recite this at ANYTIME. He is easily pleased and His worship is without unnecessary frills and procedures such that even a child can perform the pooja (because you may do it in any way you wish to do!)
Try to feed at least one poor person or sponsor annadhaan at any holy place as per your capacity - because Guru Dattatreya might come in any form and accept annadhaan, and performing annadhaan to needy persons is one of the easiest ways to become recipients of His Grace.

May our members become recipients of Lord DattatrEyaa's Grace by observing simple austerities in His Honour on His Jayanthi day as per their convenience and enjoy blissful lives.

Blessed be.

Astrological and Remedial consultant

Monday, November 17, 2014

Utpanna ekaadashi - November 17/ November 18, 2014

Dear Members:

The auspicious Utpanna Ekaadasi falls on November 17/ November 18, 2014 this year.

The fast schedule for different places on the earth:

1) Sarva Ekaadasi for those residing in USA, Canada, and other nations of the American continent that are in the time-zones to the West of UTC -4.00 zone on November 17, 2014.
2) Sarva Ekaadashi for those residing in countries of South America and Trinidad and Tobago observing UTC -4.00 time zone must observe it on November 18, 2014.
2)Sarva Ekaadashi for those living in other parts of the world - including India - is to be observed on November 18, 2014.

This Utpanna Ekaadasi is special because this was the day when Ekaadasi Devi - the Patron Deity of this Fast manifested from the Power of Lord Mahaa Vishnu.

Mura - a demon brought all the planes of existence under his control and forced the demi-gods like Indra away from their positions of authority. The devas approached Lord Mahaadeva for a solution to their predicament. Lord Shiva instructed them to claim protection by surrendering to Lord Maha Vishnu. The demi-gods accordingly approached the Holy Abode of Shriman Naaraayana, praised Him with devotional fervour extolling His virtues, His Divine Might, and His Glories, and requested His help in the matter of vanquishing the demon Mura.

Lord Vishnu instructed them to advance to the abode of the demon, and Himself went along with them. The demi-gods scattered away from the battle-field on meeting with relentless aggression from the demon army. The attacking demons met their nemesis in Shriman Naaraayana - who vanquished hosts and hosts of demons with His Divine Weaponry.

At last, the chief of the demons - Mura himself came to meet our Lord in the battle field. The Divine Weapons caused no harm to Mura due to his previous boons. At last, Lord Vishnu decided to engage the demon in arm-to-arm combat; this combat went on for one thousand celestial years! Lord Vishnu decided to retire from the battle and retired to a deep cave. (He feigned tiredness and fear! Though the Bhavishya Uttara Purana uses words such as "I went there (to a cave) out of fear and also to sleep,"we should take it as our Lord's Play only. Lord Maha Vishnu - the Ultimate Supreme Being need not be "afraid" of a demon, nor can he ever feel "tired". This was a Divine Play to vanquish the demon in a special way, and He must have feigned tiredness and fear....only this can be the right interpretation of this episode).

The demon Mura followed Lord Vishnu, and on seeing Him asleep, the demon decided to finish Him off. However, from the body of Our Lord, a young Divine Maiden manifested, and She fought tirelessly with the demon, and ultimately vanquished him, putting an end to the saga of his unrighteous domination over the Universe.

The Divine Maiden pleaded a boon from Lord Vishnu upon His Waking up (His sleep and Waking up again are all Divine Plays! It should not be taken too literally).

The maiden said, "O Lord, if You are pleased with me and wish to give me a boon, then give me the power to deliver that person who fasts of this day from even from the greatest of sins . I wish that half the pious credit obtained by one who fasts will accrue to one who eats only in the evening (abstaining from grains and beans), and that half of this pious credit will be earned by one who eats only at midday. Also, may one who strictly observes a complete fast on my appearance day, with controlled senses, go to the abode of Lord Vishnu for one billion kalpas after he has enjoyed all kinds of pleasures in this world. This is the boon I desire to attain by Your mercy, my Lord, O Lord Janardana, whether a person observes complete fasting, eats only in the evening, or eats only at midday, please grant him a religious attitude, wealth, and at last liberation."

"'The Supreme Lord said, "O most auspicious lady, what you have requested is granted. All My devotees in this world will surely fast on your day, and thus they will become famous throughout the three worlds and finally come and stay with me in My abode. As you, My transcendental potency, have appeared on the eleventh day of the waning moon, let your name be Ekaadasi. If a person fasts on Ekaadasi, I will burn up all his sins and bestow upon him My transcendental abode."

Ekaadasi fast is thus the greatest of all fasts as it was sanctioned by the Supreme Lord Himself. Fasting on ekaadasi properly helps a person to vanquish all the dangerous enemies who can threaten one's prospects (the greatest enemies are a person's own undesirable vaasanaas, and obsessions which are internalized in the person's psyche. That is the actual mystic import of this legend though it might have occured in reality also in a distant kalpa!), and thus bless the person with material prosperity while alive, and Eternal Salvation after this incarnation on earth.

The day when Lord Vishnu's Yogic power manifested outwardly as Ekaadashi is Utpanna Ekaadashi. By tradition, a child who attains 7th year of age in this life is initiated into Ekaadashi fast gradually beginning from this Utpanna Ekaadashi of that year(the first fast of a tender child should not be too intense; the child should be taught the basics of ekaadashi fast like abstaining from certain foods - grains, beans, and outside food; chanting Divine Names of Lord Vishnu; the child should not be made to endure a full fast - rather, the child should be trained to survive on fruits/ juices, milk, etc., or just made to skip meals once. Then gradually, the child can graduate to a full fast if it agrees well with the child). This is an auspicious day to begin ekaadasi fast as a life-time discipline for anyone who has not fasted before, but wishes to do so in the future. [More guidelines about ekaadasi fast can be checked in previous write-ups in this blog].
The glory of a fast on this Holiest of Days need not be elaborated any further. May our members enjoy Divine Bliss by observing this Holy Ekaadasi fast to the extent of their abilities. My best wishes to the Faithful parents who are about to initiate their young children who have attained the eligible age for beginning Ekaadashi fast on this Holy Day. Believe me - initiating a child into Ekaadasi fast is one of the best gifts you can give to your child :) 

Blessed be.
Astrological and Remedial consultant

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Utthaana ekaadasi - November 2/ November 3, 2014

Dear Members:

Utthaana ekaadashi falls on November 2/ November 3, 2014 this year.

Schedule of observance of this fast for different regions of the world:

a) Those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continents, Europe, and African countries must observe this on November 2, 2014.
b) Those living in rest of the world - including middle-East countries (Gulf countries) and India must observe this on November 3, 2014.

This ekaadashi is also known Devouthaani ekaadashi and Hari PrabhOdhini Ekaadashi (capital "O" indicates that this is to pronounced as long vowel sound as per standard transliteration schemes for sanskrit words).

The Kaartika dwaadashi - the day of ending this HariprabhOdhini fast is also the day when chaturmaasya austerities are to be terminated. It is to be noted that Lord Vishnu - who begins His Yoga Nidra on sayani Ekaadashi gets up on Utthaana Ekaadasi and hence this ekaadasi is very special to all devotees. (This is one of the few mandatory fasts that are to be observed at least minimally by EVERYONE).

The glory of HariprabhOdhini ekaadashi has been explained in detail in Skanda Puraana. To summarise those - "Offering yellow colour flowers to Lord Vishnu is very auspicious on that day. One who fasts the whole day extinguishes the sins accumulated over several past births. One who remains awake the whole night and sings/ listens to the glory of Lord Vishnu will enjoy the merit that can be accumulated by donating valuable things like Horses and elephants and performing an elaborate vedic yagna. One who recites at least a portion of a sacred scripture on this day will gain the merit of GOdhaana (gift of cows to a qualified Brahmin). It is said that all places of pilgrimmage come to reside in the house of a devotee who observes this HariprabhOdhini fast properly.

The ekaadashi fast on Hari PrabhOdhini ekaadasi removes sins even if they are in magnitude as the glorious Meru Mountain; all sins of the devotee who remains awake on the night of Hari PrabhOdhini ekaadasi are burnt just as a cart load of cotton gets reduced to ashes before a mighty fire!"

Please note that ekaadashi fast should be undertaken with permission from one's spiritual preceptor (in case of ladies, husband should be informed of the fast). If you don't have a spiritual preceptor, (in case of ladies - if husband is abroad or away from you, or in case of widows/ unmarried women) - you may stand before the Sun and declare you intent of the fast (assuming Lord Sun as your Guru). Similarly, the fast should be broken in front of the Sun (or after permission of Guru or husband as the case may be).

Tulsi Vivaah is associated with this fast and is celebrated as Brindaavana Dwaadashi. One who offers Tulsi garlands to Lord Vishnu on this Holy day gains indescribable merit. Those living in countries in the American continents, and also those living in U.K. and WesternEuropean countries should observe Brindaavana Dwaadasi on November 3, 2014 itself.

Tulsi vivaah is to be observed by people living in Middle EAst countries and other eastern countries including India on November 4, 2014.

On Tulsi Vivaah day , one can celebrate the elaborate ritual of marriage of a Tulsi plant with a Salagram idol or any image of Lord Vishnu. This grants great merit to the devotee and gives upliftment to the devotee's whole dynasty (i.e. generations before and those to come after him also!).

Decorating Tulsi plant with turmeric paste, sandalwood paste, and sindhoor; lighting a ghee lamp under Tulsi plant; offering obeisance to it; offering water to it; showing lit camphor as Aarti to it, etc are simple means of worship that can be done by those who cannot afford to perform the elaborate Tulsi Vivaah as per established procedures.

A simple prayer to Tulsi

"Om Brindaa Brindaavanii viswapoojitaa viswapaavani

Pushpasaara Nandinii cha Tulasii Krishnajeevanii"

Recite this at least thrice before Tulsi plant and offer your salutations to Tulsi Maa. This can be done everyday also - but at least on Tulsi Vivaah day known as Brindaavana Dwaadashi.

We are planning to perform the Tulsi pooja grandly in our temporary residence at Tiruvannamalai where there are both Tulsi plants and the Dhaatri tree (Amlaki tree signifying Lord Krishna); prayers will be raised for Universal Welfare after that pooja (we intend to do this pooja after our return from Parvathamalai Pradosham worship on November 4, 2014).


Those who cannot maintain the full fast, may eat just once or twice on this day skipping the mid-day meal or eating only supper at night (i.e. even missing one meal time in honour of this PrabhOdhini fast is considered as fasting though the merits are somewhat less). As this is a mandatory fast, such relaxation has been extended. So, everyone should try to fast on this day - at least by skipping one meal on this day. The meal that is eaten on this day should be free of onions, garlic, non-veg items, chillies, whole grains, etc. You may consume chappatis without much salt, or such simple foods on this day if your physical condition requires you to avoid complete fasts.

Skanda Puraana says that mind should be diverted from money-making ventures and instead focussed on charities on this Holy Day. So, you should donate what little you can to vedic experts (genuine experts whom you know to be following rituals and High Spiritual Precepts diligently, and are of noble disposition) on this day. Those who cannot donate anything due to dire financial circumstances should at least have a kind word to speak to an expert vedic practitioner and offer respects to them to get their blessings. Lord Hari Himself will manifest in those Blessings from qualified experts and remove all your sins (a note to spiritual guides who might be reading this: NEVER BLESS ANYONE WITH MATERIAL BOONS ON THIS DAY; JUST SAY "BHAGAVAAN HARI PREETHI SIDDHIRASTHU" - meaning "Let God Hari be satisfied by this!")

May our members enjoy spiritual bliss and removal from karmic burden due to the proper observance of this fast.

Blessed be.

Astrological and Remedial consultant

Friday, October 31, 2014

Sani Peyarchi - Saturn transit into Vrischika rashi on November 2, 2014

Saturn transit effects – November 2, 2014 to Jan 26, 2017.
Saturn transits into sidereal Scorpio sign (Vrischika rashi) on November 2, 2014 and stays there until January 26, 2017. Let us see the effects of this transit on people born under different sidereal Moon signs (rashis also called “Chandra Lagnas” – please note that as per majority astrological classic view, transit effects are to be seen primarily from Chandra lagna.  Though the transiting planets triggering crucial houses from natal lagna can also have significant effects –but those are to be studied on individual chart and is unique to each individual , and the general effects given here are for the rashis / Chandra lagnas and these influences are likely to dominate the general theme of events in lives)…
By general principles of transit, this is likely to be auspicious for those born with sidereal Moon in Virgo (Kanya rashi), sidereal Moon in Capricorn (Makara Rashi), and sidereal Moon in Gemini (Mithuna Rashi).
The transit could be tough for those born under Mesha Rashi (sidereal Moon in Aries), Simha Rashi (sidereal Moon in Leo), Tula Rashi (sidereal Moon in Libra), Vrischika rashi (sidereal Moon in Scorpio), and Dhanus rashi (sidereal Moon in Sagittarius).
For rest of the signs, the transit effects will be mixed.
However, due to special factors like elemental status that Saturn attains for each Moon sign during the transit and other factors like rulership of Saturn over certain houses with respect to Moon sign, the above general effects can be modified.
I have taken special efforts to recommend remedies taking into account various influences that moderate the effects of this transit, and have suggested the remedies after a Deva Prashna erected in this regard.  Hope this write-up will be of help to everyone. 

Mesha Rashi – Aries Moon sign (Ashwini, Bharani, Krittika 1st Padam).
Saturn transits the 8th house from your natal Moon sign which is generally supposed to be a tough transit influence.  There is real risk of encountering obstacles and difficult situations for no fault of yours, and patience will be the only shield against bad luck during this period.  Though there is scope for windfall gains for some natives who may be under auspicious directional influences (even those gains could be due to sudden developments or even through legacies after loss of significant relatives), majority of Mesha rashi natives must be careful regarding financial matters to keep financial health healthy.  Risky speculative activities are to be strictly avoided.  In career matters, you must take extra-precautions to avoid becoming scape-goat in office politics, and even if things don’t seem to move per your expectations, have the patience to stick on with things.  Drastic decisions like change of job seeking better fortune/ positions are to be avoided, and if change is necessitated, it is best to work closely with your confidential family astrologer to assess the situation before you accept new roles/ jobs. Health of self and family members must be carefully tended to.
The beneficial glance from exalted Jupiter will help in keeping things manageable till July 14, 2015, and many of you may even gain professional recognition/ progress in the period till July 14, 2015.  But, avoid voluntary change of job roles/ work place in the period between July 14, 2015 and Jan 26, 2017.
After July 14, 2015, Jupiter’s transit becomes auspicious for your rashi and that triggers your 5th house….so, there could be reasonable happiness arising out of activities of children, and good luck will seep into your life through the agency of your kids.  Also, the period between July 2015 and August 2016 can be good for acquiring positive karma by indulging in religious prayers or by undertaking austerities that will improve your overall good luck in life.
You must be careful in all activities in the period between August 2016 and January 26, 2017 as it could be a very tricky period for you.
As Saturn during this transit has attained Golden Elemental status (Swarna Moorthy lakshana), the negative indications will be toned down to a great extent, and the positive modifiers explained above will have greater likelihood of manifestation. So, on the whole, as long as you are careful in your activities, conscientious in your outlook, and hardworking, this transit of Saturn won’t be too bothersome for many of you.  Yes…there could be some karmic events – including loss of some close relatives, BUT, the general trend will be positive, and even when some tough situations arise, they could rather be “educative” rather than “punitive” for you.
REMEDIES:  Recite the mantra “PraanaklEsha naashanaaya Mahaa DEvaaya namah” if any close relative is suffering from ill-health and is hospitalized to improve chances of their recovery, and in case of very old relatives who may need to pass over to other planes from our plane also, this mantra will ensure that the passage is smooth and fear-free.
Recite the mantra “Krishnam vandE Jagat Gurum sadaa smaraamii” whenever you encounter situations that seem to be double-blinds and there is no sane option that seems apparent. This will help you to do your work with a “karma yogic” detachment that will help you to ultimately manage the situation without losing motivation.
Rishabha Rashi – Moon in sidereal Taurus (Krittika – 2, 3, 4 padams, Rohini, Mrigasira 1, 2 padams)
Saturn transits the 7th house from your natal Moon sign which is supposed to be one of the tougher transits.  You have been under a good transit of Saturn so far, and so this shift of Saturn could come as a jolt for many of you marking the end of a smooth ride and the onset of a bumpy ride that is to be negotiated with caution.  Relationship with spouse/ close business partners can become strained due to arguments, or ill-health/ minor set-backs to spouse could cause you anxiety.  Journeys could be cumbersome with travel plans going haywire, and you also need to take care of your belongings carefully during journeys.
As there is joint trigger on the 7th house from your rashi and 9th house from your rashi in the period between 2nd November 2014 and 14th July 2015, single natives of this sign looking for matrimonial alliances might get good offers till July 2015.  Similarly, for those looking for  opportunities abroad, or for admission to higher education courses, the period till 14th July 2015, and again between 11th August 2016 and January 26, 2017 can be good.
Women of this sign might have minor gynaecological issues, and urinary tract infections could bother natives of both genders.
Students of this sign can enjoy good progress if they shake off lethargy and work hard.  Partnership matters should be handled with abundant care – especially between July 2015 and August 2016.  When you sign business deals during this Saturn transit period, ensure that the agreements are unambiguous and there is no room for disagreement or subjective interpretation of the clauses.
As Saturn attains Copper Elemental Status (Thaamra Moorthy Lakshana) during this transit, you must be careful in all activities, and exercise patience – but the effects are overall mixed which – by itself – must be a consolation (since the transit is basically negative, the indication that the results will be mixed is a moderation of the tough transit influences).
REMEDIES:  Recital of Shri Vishnu Sahasranaamam and offering deepam (with sesame oil) in your pooja place on Saturday will help in reducing the adverse impact of this transit to a great extent.
For ensuring domestic harmony and for maintaining peaceful vibes with everyone, consider organizing recital of Sundara Kaandam during Vasantha Navarathri periods (around Shri Raama Navami – March-April period) or in the month of Maargazhi (Margasira month – December- January period).
As a secular remedy, you may consider donating drinking water (sanitised drinking water) to underprivileged sections of the society or to mutts/ ashrams to overcome the tough transit influences of Saturn for your sign.
Mithuna Rashi – Moon in sidereal Gemini (Mrigasira 3, 4 padams, Arudra, Punarvasu 1, 2, 3 padams)
Saturn transits into the 6th sign from your rashi which is a highly auspicious transit influence.  This auspiciousness is further enhanced by the fact that Saturn attains Rajata Moorthy status (Silver Elemental status) during this transit.
 Competitive situations will bring out the best from you, you will be able to clear old debts, and also recover dues that others owe you, and cures can be identified for ailments that might have been troubling you in the past. The period between November 2014 and July 14, 2015 could be the best due to the fact that Jupiter’s transit is simultaneously auspicious during that phase of Saturn’s transit.
Since both Jupiter and Saturn jointly aspect the 8th sign from your natal Moon sign in the period until July 14, 2015 and again between 11th August 2016 and 26th January 2017, there could be sudden gains from legacies, good returns on LIC or such other Insurance instruments, and possibility of windfall gains in general.  Old debts can be successfully paid back, and money due to you can be recovered without major hassles.
Career matters which might have been uphill for some of you will begin to ease.  Obstacles will no longer deter you – but will rather motivate you to up the ante and invest more efforts which will propel you towards success.  Those in public life will garner public attention and will be able to cultivate sustainable goodwill if they act with altruistic motives and with a service-oriented mindset.
Those natives who are under auspicious directional influences will hear wedding bells ring. It won’t be out of place to observe that you may be somewhat inclined to behave in a dominating manner towards everyone during this phase of Saturn transit ; while this might work in your favour in your dealings with competitors/ rivals, you should take care that your loved ones and family members are not alienated by those displays of brashness now.  Try to be consciously soft and accommodative while dealing with family members – especially your siblings to avoid unnecessary domestic issues.
Students of this sign can do well in competitive examinations/ entrance tests. As this transit is generally positive, things will be well in control in all sectors of your life.
Remedies:  As this transit is generally positive for you – there is no real need for remedies for your sign.  However, you may be a source of goodluck to your family members and friends by praying for them when you find any of them under stress.
Those appearing for competitive examinations could enhance their good luck and prospects of success by reciting the mantra “Shree Raama naama smaranam sarvatra  vijayam dadhati” 108 times on the days of those exams/ interviews.
A visit to Rameshwaram and offering special prayers can be a general purpose austerity that can enhance your good luck regarding all matters in life.
Kataka rashi – Moon in sidereal Cancer (Punarvasu 4th padam, Pushya, Aslesha)
Saturn is transiting the 5th house from your Moon sign which can be challenging for romantic matters, matters related to children, and for speculative activities.  Since Saturn attains the status of Iron – Loha Moorthy the negative effects might be pronounced and hence require you to be very cautious in all your activities. However, since there is joint trigger of Jupiter and Saturn on your 5th house from Moon sign between 2nd November 2014 and 14th July 2015, there could be luck in speculative activities during this phase, and also good luck could seep into your life through the agency of your kids (their good luck – especially if they have auspicious transits will rub on you).  Major investements should be preferably restricted to the period before July 14, 2015. The same periods are good for matters related to children also.   In the period between 14th July 2015 and 11th August 2016, Jupiter's transit is auspicious for you, and that can help in boosting your financial prospects. The other periods are likely to be somewhat stressful for you in many ways.
Health of children must be taken care of. Women in the family way must take adequate rest and nutrition to ensure birth of healthy child.  Those having teen-aged children in the family must be very diplomatic in their handling of such children, taking care to groom them carefully without coming across as being overly restrictive/ dominating.
Single natives of this sign may find moderate good luck in matrimonial matters, and alliances can progress into matrimony only if you tone down your expectations and are willing to be realistic.  Due to the fact that there is joint trigger on your 7th house from both Jupiter and Saturn between 2nd November 2014 and 14th July 2015, and again between 11th August 2016 and 26th Jan 2017,  and also Jupiter’s transit by itself is auspicious between 14th July 2015 and 11th August 2016, matrimonial matters are not obstructed in spite of the general pattern of things being tough for your sign.
Remedies:  Women in the family way and those aspiring to conceive can benefit by recital of the following mantra: “Om Raam Raamaaya Kousalyaa Aananda vardanaaya namah” 41 times daily. Dried grapes/ dates can be offered after the recital, and this can be shared with everyone in the family.
Those having children who must appear for major examinations in the near future can benefit by reciting: “Om Aham VEdmi Mahaatmaanam Raamam Sathya Paraayanam” – whenever time permits, throughout the day.
Simha Rashi – Moon in sidereal Leo (Makha, Poorvaphalguni, Uttaraphalguni 1st padam)
Saturn transits the 4th sign from your natal Moon sign – called Ardhashtama sani. This is also a Kantaka sani transit – which can be highly sensitive to general prospects. There could be unnecessary issues related to domestic life, career matters, and general social interactions mainly due to misinterpretation of your motives by others, and partly due to your own losing temper at inopportune times due to all these stresses.  Since Saturn attains the status of elemental status of Copper (Thaamra Moorthy), the results are expected to be average (at least it is not wholly bad!)
Health of elderly relatives – especially mother and maternal relatives could cause concern. Those who have recently lost mother might suffer due to that sudden loss of support/ anchoring influence in life and feel desolate.  Vehicles could give lot of problems like developing sudden snags etc., and property related transactions should be carried out carefully. Jupiter’s transit in the 2nd house from your rashi  from August 11, 2016 can be a slight relief in the general pattern of challenging situations for your sign. Career matters do look challenging – including possible loss of job at worst, or transfer to distant places/ placed in projects that are highly strenuous and less rewarding at best, or just a general lack of satisfaction at work where things don’t seem to progress much in tune with your efforts.
Students should shun distractive influences and concentrate harder to get good grades.  If you are planning to take a temporary break from education and gain work experience in the interim, after completion of the basic education, it could well be a good idea for most of you during this transit influence.
Women of this sign may be prone to respiratory ailments, allergies, and general feeling of depressiveness that could hamper conjugal happiness.  Generally, natives of this sign should avoid argumentativeness consciously to maintain domestic peace and harmony. Financial luck is mediocre.
Remedies:  Offering a Tulsi garland to Lord Hanumaan on Tuesdays and reciting “Om AanjanEyaaya Anjana devi soonavE namah” 32 times can be a good remedy to improve relationship with mother/ maternal relatives and for ensuring good health to elderly relatives in the family (especially mother).
Before taking out vehicles or before embarking on long journeys, recite the following mantra:
“Om Pavana Nandanaaya AanjanEyaaya sarva sankata naashayaanaya namah” thrice meditating upon Lord Hanumaan, for safety and hassle-free journey.
Kanya rashi – Moon in sidereal Virgo (Uttaraphalguni 2, 3, 4 padams, Hasta, Chitra 1, 2 padams)
Saturn moves into the auspicious 3rd house from your natal Moon sign – ending your sade-sathi period of trials and challenges.  And when Saturn has relieved you off Sade-sathi, it is doing it with style – by attaining Swarna Moorthy status for your sign (Elemental status of Gold) which is highly auspicious.
It is accepted astrological wisdom that when sade-sathi ends, it could be a period of rewards as compensation for all challenges and difficulties faced during the sade-sathi period.  Jupiter’s transit is also concurrently favourable till 14th July 2015.  Success, favourable circumstances regarding most matters, relief from restrictive influences in life, enhanced courage and confidence, and clear thinking will come your way as boons from this transit.
In the period between 2nd November 2014 and 14th July 2015 Jupiter and Saturn will jointly trigger the 3rd and 5th houses from your rashi, and again between 11th August 2016 and January 26, 2017 Saturn and Jupiter will jointly trigger the 5th house from your rashi.  During these periods there could be marked good-luck when you appear in competitive exams, in romantic matters, and for progenic bliss.
You will be able to regain much of whatever you lost in the recent past – including peace of mind, domestic peace and harmony, and those who had been searching for suitable life mates in vain in the recent past will experience good luck in that sector too.  Misunderstanding with siblings will be resolved amicably much to the relief of all family members.
It must be easier for you to get better assignments or even better jobs in some cases.  Those trying for onsite opportunities will find planets smiling on their lives favourably.  Students will do well in academics and will be able to shake-off the depressive influences of the past, and secure coveted admissions in prestigious institutions of higher learning. Those in show-biz will enjoy good appraisals for their works.
Just one word of caution – the transit of Rahu/ Ketu is tough for you till end of 2016….Rahu transiting your natal Moon sign might cause
Remedies: This is an auspicious and favourable transit for you – so, there is no need for remedies as such for you.
Tula Rashi – Moon in sidereal Libra (Chitra 3, 4 padam, Swati, Vishaka 1, 2, 3 padams)
You are still in the last leg of Sade-sathi period – technically called “paada sani.” Saturn is attaining Silver Elemental status (Rajata Moorthy) which moderates the challenging influences to a great extent.  Family trouble and financial worries might eat into your peace of mind.  Since Saturn transits your house of speech, you must be guarded in your speech to stay out of trouble.  Loose talk or abusive speech in anger might land you in unnecessary problems. Expenses might outweigh the inflows – especially medical expenditure on unforeseen fronts could cause financial stress at times. Journeys might be tiresome and not exactly productive to the desired levels.
However, since the 2nd house from your rashi is jointly triggered by Jupiter and Saturn between 2nd November 2014 and 14th July 2015, there is scope for resolution of family issues and also scope for improving your finances during this period.  Again your 4th house will be under joint trigger of Jupiter and Saturn between 2nd November 2014 and 14th July 2015, and again between 11th August 2016 and 26th January 2017 which augurs well if you have any domestic improvement plans in mind, or are planning to make real-estate investments.  Just don’t forget that the general trend of transits is tough for you and hence you must be careful to make the best of opportunities coming your way.
Career front could be somewhat challenging for most natives of this sign.  Expected promotions/ increments might be delayed, and there could be increased work-loads straining your health to some extent.  Transfer to projects that are not to your liking, or incurring the displeasure of superiors who may appraise you harshly in an unjustified manner are some of the possible situations that you might encounter at work.
Those in business might suffer hassles due to official agencies or difference of opinion with business partners. Those in politics must avoid loose-talk and wild allegations against opponents because such activity will only undermine their stature in the eyes of the public..
Students of this sign can get decent grades only if they work hard and avoid distractive influences.  Those appearing in competitive examinations will enjoy only moderate luck, and hence have to compensate for that by working harder than what might be expected normally of candidates for such exams.
Remedies:  Recital of Raama Naama regularly is the best possible remedy for you.
Those appearing for competitive exams can improve their luck by visiting a temple near their house bare-footed on Saturdays and offering garland of betel leaves/ Tulsi Leaves to the idol of Hanumaan there.
Behaviour-wise, follow the policy of “talk less and work more” to avoid unnecessary issues – both at work and at home.
Avoid cursing or bad-mouthing anyone as that can attract too much of bad luck your way during this transit influence.
Vrischika rashi – Moon in sidereal Scorpio (Vishaka 4th padam, Anuradha, Jyeshta)
You will be under Janma sani influence (the second phase of sade-sathi period).  This phase is known to give medicinal allergies, mental anxiety, generalized pains/ feeling of not being fully fit, and facing new situations that are potentially stressful. As Saturn attains Iron Elemental status (Loha Moorthy status), this could be a particularly stressful influence.
Since Jupiter and Saturn will conjointly aspect your 3rd house till July 14, 2015 and again between August 11, 2016 and January 26, 2017 there could be some positive developments in the lives of younger siblings.  In your own life, some courageous decision taken by you will prove to be highly auspicious for your long-term prospects during these periods.
You should be most careful regarding litigations as there is danger of judgments going against you due to Janma sani influence; it is better to work on negotiations/ mutual compromise while handling legal issues.  The period between November 2nd 2014 and July 14, 2015 is ideal for such efforts to diffuse legal issues which can help protect your interests.
Businessmen should plan their ventures very carefully and avoid impulsive moves based on improper assessment of ground realities.  Risky speculative activities are to be avoided by everyone.
Students should avoid distractions and devote themselves to their lessons – because last-minute preparations can go out-of-gear due to unexpected developments around examinations.  So, it is best to prepare for exams well in advance so that nothing can detract your progress. Procrastination of projects/ lessons should never be done if you wish to get decent grades in exams, or wish to ace in competitive examinations.
Remedies:  Try to attend Pradosham poojas in temples near your place and offer simple abhishekam items for the pooja (ideally sesame oil, Rose water, and milk should be offered to Lord Shiva on Pradosham days whenever feasible).
Undertaking a pada – yatra once a year to any hill temple could shield you against the ill-effects of Janma sani….it could either be trekking up the Tirumala Hills, or a Giri-Pradakshina of any hill-temple near your place. Try doing it on sani-pradosham days – whenever possible; such observance of sani-pradosham can actually make this transit auspicious for you, and ensure fulfillment of your desires.
Dhanus rashi – Moon in sidereal Sagittarius (Moola, Poorvaashaada, Uttarashada 1st padam)
You are entering the first phase of Sade-sathi period.  Saturn’s transit which was auspicious till now is turning challenging.  Saturn during this transit has attained Copper Elemental status for your sign (Thaamra moorthy lakshana).  This is supposed to give average results, and we must at least be thankful that things are not worse!
You have to be on guard in all your activities under this sensitive transit.  Lot of activities will encounter obstacles for no apparent reason, or delays in business matters could frustrate you.  Health of life-partner and children might need to be taken care of with alacrity.  Inexplicable lethargy in activities, or sudden hesitation could lead to missed opportunities in life.  Jupiter’s auspicious transit between 14th July 2015 to 11th August 2016 can offset some of these challenges to an extent – but the remaining periods are likely to be generally tough.  So, if you wish to begin new ventures, or take crucial long-term decisions, it is best to time those in the period between July  2015 and August 2016.
If you maintain financial discipline and avoid over-extending your resources, you can enjoy decent prospects as Jupiter and Saturn jointly trigger the 2nd house from your rashi between November 2014 and July 2015, and again between August 11, 2016 and January 26, 2017.  Health could, however, be below par between August 11, 2016 and January 26, 2017 due to joint trigger of Jupiter and Saturn on your 6th house.
In business matters, you should focus on success of smaller ventures first before embarking on major projects.  It is best to avoid risky ventures that have dubious success possibilities during this period.  Journeys could be tiresome and only moderately productive except in the phase between July 14, 2015 and August 11, 2016.  In the phase between July 2015 and August 2016, the auspicious transit of Jupiter can make journeys productive and enjoyable, and during this phase, some of you may visit kshetras in the company of loved ones. Career matters need to be handled with care, and you should avoid impulsive change of jobs as sometimes it could be a case of jumping from frying pan to the blazing fire.  If you get new offers, analyze whether there is security in the new position before leaving the current roles.
Matters related to overseas projects or relocation to distant lands can be positive in the phase between July 2015 and August 2016.
Students should concentrate harder if they wish to maintain decent academic progress.  Saturn transiting the 12th house from Moon sign can impel you towards pleasurable pursuits like partying, hanging out with friends, keeping yourself awake to watch entertainment programs, etc….all of which can be counterproductive to healthy academic preparation.  You must be responsible with your time and focus yourself harder to achieve your academic goals – which are the foundation for your brighter future.
Remedies:  Meditate on Lord Hanumaan just before going to sleep and recite the following mantra 32 times before falling asleep:
“Om Namo Hanumantaaya maarga darshanam kuru kuru swaaha”
This will help you to reorganize issues at a subconscious level and help you to take right decisions in life.
Donate medicines to orphanages/ old-age homes on your birthstar day to reduce the adverse impact that this transit can have on your health.
Makara Rashi – Moon in sidereal Capricorn (Uttarashada 2, 3, 4 padams, Sravana, Dhanishta 1, 2 padams)
Saturn is transiting your 11th house from Moon sign which is considered very auspicious.  Saturn has attained Elemental Status of Silver (Rajata Moorthy Lakshana) which is productive of good results, and hence the positive impact of this transit is augmented.
Long pending projects will get cleared; auspicious events will happen in the family.  New friends can be added to your social circle.  There will be surplus of gains from many sources. Time is ripe for making major investments – including investment on houses/ landed property.  Those who have been trying to start a family may find stars smiling at them favourably now.  Old debts can be recovered, and funds for power up new projects will be easily raised.  Prospects of children will improve.
 Speculative activities will give good gains if you calculate your odds carefully.  Many natives of this sign will have opportunity to make fruitful journeys either on business or for pleasure/ religious purposes.  Career matters look optimistic.
Students of this sign stand a good chance to do well in competitive examinations and have a dream start to their careers.  Both curricular and extra-curricular activities will prove ample scope for you to display your capabilities.

In the period between 2nd November 2014 and 14th July 2015, Jupiter and Saturn will jointly trigger your 11th house from Moon and rashi making this an auspicious period for realization of heart-felt desires.  Single natives of this sign will get the good luck to marry suitable persons, and married natives will find great improvement in the dynamics of relationship.

In the period between 11th August 2016 and 26th Jan 2017, the 5th house from your natal Moon sign, and your Moon sign will be activated jointly by Jupiter and Saturn again making it an auspicious period for progenic matters, romance, speculative luck, and also for gaining spiritual merit by performing special prayers/ austerities to boost general good luck throughout life.
Except in the phase between 14th July 2015 and 11th August 2016 when transit of Jupiter is tough, you may expect a generally favourable run of things due to this transit of Saturn.
Remedies:  As the transit of Saturn is generally positive for you, there is no major remedial activity needed for your sign.
Kumbha rashi – Moon in sidereal Aquarius (Dhanishta 3, 4 padams, Satabisha, Poorvabhadra 1, 2, 3)
Saturn is transiting the 10th sign from your natal Moon sign which is considered somewhat inauspicious (though not as inauspicious as sade-sathi or kantaka sani).  Luckily since Saturn attains status of Swarna Moorthy (Elemental status of Gold), the transit won’t be all that inauspicious actually.
Financial worries can bother many natives of this sign as unexpected medical expenditure might sap your resources.  Those who are under good directional influences will be able to purchase a house or new vehicle in the period between 11th August 2016 and 26th January 2017, but it is best to avoid major investments on land/ houses during rest of the period of this Saturn’s transit. Even during the period between 11th August 2016 and 26th January 2017, the dealings must be done with care – as Ashtama Guru influence will be on during that phase.
Jupiter and Saturn jointly trigger your 12th house between 2nd November 2014 and 14th July 2015, and again between 11th August 2016 and 26th January 2017. During these periods expenses can mount, but maybe mostly on self-improvement activities, dharmic channels, and for auspicious events.  Natives of this sign who are aspiring for travels abroad or resettlement in foreign shores may find planetary energies in their favour during these periods.
 You need to be open about your preferences and concerns to avoid misunderstandings in relationships.  Those in job might be transferred to distant locations that might necessitate temporary separation from loved ones.  Work-related protocols should be adhered to strictly to avoid penalization from superiors.  Word load will increase without accompanying compensation for some natives.  Those in business should be careful in their dealings to avoid brushing of shoulders with enforcement or IT authorities. 
In the initial phase of Saturn’s transit till 14th July 2015, your 10th house is under joint trigger of Saturn and Jupiter – making that an auspicious phase for your career matters.  Rest of the period of Saturn’s transit is mediocre for your sign regarding career matters.
Students of this sign should work hard to maintain good academic tempo. Though planetary triggers do seem to support foreign travel, admission processes to foreign universities might be hassle-prone for most natives of this sign.
Remedies:  Recital of Raama Pattabhisheka sarga from Vaalmiiki Raamaayana will be a good remedy for ensuring good luck in professional matters.
Recital of the mantra “Om Maryaada purushaaya  Dharma maarga pravarthakaaya Shri Raama ParamaatmanE namah” 108 times will help in invoking Divine Grace whie trying salvage your reputation during critical periods (like if your superiors unnecessarily cast aspersions on your honesty at work and initiate disciplinary proceedings).
Meena Rashi – Moon in sidereal Pisces (Poorvabhadra 4th padam, Uttarabhadra, Revati)
Saturn transits into the 9th sign from your natal Moon sign which is considered to cause danger to father/ paternal relatives, experiencing many obstacles, possible loss of money, and anxiety-inducing situations.  Saturn is attaining Iron Elemental status during this transit (Loha Moorthy Lakshana) which further adds to the challenging aspects of this transit.  Still this transit can be considered as a “toning down” of saturnine influences on your life – because you are becoming free off the Ashtama Sani influences due to this transit.  So, though issues might persist, they are likely to be of lesser intensity than they were in the past.
Since Saturn and Jupiter conjointly trigger your 9th and 11th houses till 14th July 2015, you will have no lack of self-confidence or energy to face your issues during this period.  Honours and recognition may come your way as a cumulative effect of your previous efforts over long years.  The period between November 2, 2014 and July 14, 2015 can be the best period during this transit course for you in many ways.
Some natives of this sign may have to take crucial decisions against the wishes of elders in the family causing some amount of heart-burn in close relationships.  As long as everyone handles the situation in a matured manner, things will be well in control.  Matters pertaining to children will progress well, and those who have been denied progenic bliss in the recent past might be blessed with a child under the impact of this transit. Matrimonial luck will be average – neither bad nor too good for major part of this part, and significant good luck regarding matrimonial matters could be experienced after 11th August 2016.
Since Saturn and Jupiter will jointly trigger the 11th house from your Moon sign till July 2015, and again between 11th August 2016 and 26th January 2017, many of you will enjoy timely assistance from friends/ elder siblings while handling crucial life issues.  Those in business will thrive well generally.  Those in employment will find honours and recognition coming their way – after initial experience of hardships/ obstacles/ rivalry at work.
Students of this sign will enjoy moderate good luck.  Those appearing for competitive examinations can make the grade if they burn the midnight oil conscientiously.  Your success will be directly proportional to your planning ability and willingness to work hard.
Remedies:  Recital of the mantra “Om Raghukula Thilakaaya DaasarathE Pitru Vaakya paripaalakaaya Shree Raamachandra para BrahmanE namah” 108 times daily will help to ensure smooth relationship with parents, and ensure well-being of paternal relatives.  If possible, try to visit Rameshwaram along with parents/ other elders in the family for overall family welfare.
Recital of Vishnu Sahasranaamam on Saturdays/ recital of Rudra japam on  Pradosham vratam days every fortnight will improve your general good luck during this transit. 


I am planning to perform the austerities on that day out of own resources for Universal Welfare as a gesture of my thanks to the Universe for the Blessing I have got this year recently in the form of a healthy and sweet girl child. So, every one of our readers will be automatically included as beneficiaries in that Universal Prayer.  Any offering that any of our regular readers/ my disciples reading this may make voluntarily will be used for dharmic purposes – but I am not requesting any offering at all for this prayer on Sani peyarchi (Saturn transit) day.
May Divine Grace bless us all.

Blessed be.

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