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Saturday, October 14, 2017

Rama Ekaadasi 2017

Dear Members:

The  auspicious Ramaa Ekaadasi  is to  be observed on October 15, 2017 this year throughout the world - except that those following Vaishnava traditions and living in Japan, North and South Korea, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji.  Vaishnavas in these above mentioned regions need to observe the fast on October 16, 2017. Smarthaa Ekaadasi for people in these regions too is to be observed on October 15, 2017 only.

Glory of Ramaa Ekaadasi

In the Brahma vaivarta Puraanaa, there is an interesting legend that is related by Lord Krishna to King Yudhishtra to explain the glory of Ramaa Ekaadasi.

King Muchukunda - a great friend of Indra (the ruler of the Heavens) had a daughter by name Chandrabhaagaa (named after the Holy River that has the same name). She was given in marriage to Shobhanan - the son of King ChandrasEna.

King Muchukunda and all his subjects were very strict in observance of ekaadasi fast. Even horses, elephants, and other cattle were not fed on the day of ekaadasi fast! Once Shobhanan happened to visit King Muchukunda's palace on the day of the auspicious fast of Ramaa Ekaadasi. His wife cautioned him that as his physical condition was then not in a fit condition to tolerate a severe fast, he must move elsewhere (out of her father's kingdom) immediately as her father's people and the whole kingdom followed the fast rigorously (people who undertake rigorous religious fast on ekaadasi never give food to anyone under any pretext on ekaadasi day; this may seem crude and inhuman to some people now - but such was the adherence to ekaadasi fast in those days! The idea was mainly to avoid tempting those who might be fasting but might lose their resolve if offer of food is extended to them).

But Prince Shobhanan offered to undergo the fast instead of opting to move to some other place. When sun set, all devotees of the kingdom were very happy to invite the long night's vigil with Lord Hari's stories and contemplation - but Prince Shobhanan was miserable as he could not tolerate the rigour of the fast. By next morning, he was found dead. The last rites of the dead prince were conducted duly with all honours; but King Muchukunda stopped his daughter from committing "sati" which was the custom of pious ladies of those times.

The deceased Prince Shobhanan became the ruler of a kingdom in Mandaraachalaa attended by wonderful Divine damsels, and Gandharvaas, due to the merit of the observance of Ramaa Ekaadasi; but, as he had observed the vrat only due to pressure of circumstances and with half-heart, that wonderful kingdom was impermanent (i.e. he will lose Sovereignity of that kingdom once the merit gets exhausted).

One day, a pious Brahmin from the kingdom of Muchukunda chakravarti happened to cross that wonderful kingdom that was being enjoyed by Prince Shobhana, and he recognized his king's son-in-law. Prince Shobhana related the fact about his enjoyment of that wonderful kingdom was not permanent, and that it may vanish any time into thin air once his merit gets exhausted. He also entreated the pious Brahmin to explain this to his wife Chandrabhaagaa.

The pious brahmin returned to his kingdom and related the wonderful matter to Princess Chandrabhaagaa. At first she was bewildered, and wondered if the Brahmin had been dreaming; but, as the Brahmin persisted with his narration, she was convinced about the factual existence of such a kingdom and was overjoyed at the prospect of being able to meet her beloved yet again. She confidently said that by the merit of the ekaadasis that she had been observing from her 8th year of life till date, the kingdom that has come into the possession of her husband could become permanent, and requested the brahmin to take her to that wonderful kingdom. The Brahmin also took her to the Mandaraachala mountain. At the foothills, they met the great sage Vaama DEvaa who chanted vedic mantras and sprinkled water on her - making her body transcendental. Due to the power of the vedic mantras and also due to the merit of her ekaadasi fasts, Chandrabhaaga reached the top of the mountain Mandaraachalaa where her husband was enjoying his kingdom. She transfered the merit that she had accumulated by all her ekaadasi fasts to her husband thus enabling him to enjoy that wonderful kingdom permanently till the next pralayaa.

Lord Krishna concluded this narration saying that by the glory of Ramaa ekaadasi Prince Shobhanan enjoyed a wonderful Divine Kingdom in the mount Mandaraachalaa. The Blessed Lord continues saying "Just as both white and Black cow give the same quality of milk, the ekaadasis in both the dark and bright fortnight are equal in their potency to confer merit, and to liberate one from the endless cycles of transmigration of soul. Anyone who hears this legend about Ramaa ekaadasi will also have freedom from sins and attain the Divine Abode of Lord Vishnu."

The import of the legend of Brahma vaivarta Puraanaa related above is that observing Ramaa Ekaadasi can help one to enjoy good fortune including high status of a permanent nature, happy reunion with relatives, and great glory.

May our members observe this auspicious ekaadasi to the best of their abilities with FULL FAITH (unlike the half-hearted attempt of Prince Shobhanan!), and become worthy recipients of Divine Grace.

Important note: Though the legend says about how the Prince Shobhanan observed the fast in a physically infirm condition and hence met his death, and then ultimately enjoyed a Divine Kingdom, we need not take it that far! As regular readers of this blog might be aware from previous posts, ekaadasi fast is exempted for those who are ailing, for the aged persons, and for ladies who are pregnant. This is in agreement with accepted dharma shastraic doctrines. Those who cannot observe a full fast may observe it to the extent possible - like fasting by drinking milk, fruit juices, etc. Even those who are exempted the full fast due to physical conditions must avoid onion, garlic, and other spicy foods that are ritually impure on ekaadasi days. Ekaadasi is the king among the Fasts, and one should be regulated in food habits (even if physical condition does not permit total abstinence from food and water). Please remember this important point and observe the fast in the way that is possible for you according to your circumstances.

May our members observe this ekaadasi as far as feasible and get the spiritual/ mundane benefits associated with this fast.

Harihi Om

Om Namah shivaya.

Blessed be


Saturday, September 30, 2017

Paasaankusa ekaadasi 2017

Paashaankusha ekaadasi falls on October 1, 2017/ October 2, 2017 this year.

Schedule of observance of this austerity:

This fast is to be observed on October 1, 2017 throughout the world except those living in North and South Korea, Eastern parts of China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji - these people in North and South Korea.

Those living those living in North and South Korea, and observing smaartha traditions must observe the fast on October 1, 2017 while those living in these places and observing Vaishnava traditions must observe the fast on October 2, 2017.

Those living in Eastern parts of China, Japan, Australia, New Zealand, and Fiji must observe this on October 2, 2017 (common to both Smaartha and Vaishnava traditions in these regions).

Form of Shri Vishnu to be worshipped on this day - Lord Ananta Padmanaabha (see the picture above of Trivandrum Ananta Padmanabha swamy).

Importance of Paashaankusha ekaadasi

Paashaankusha ekaadasi will help in removing all sins just like any other ekaadasi. Apart from that, one who observes Paashaankusha ekaadasi will be able to realize all his/ her heart-felt dreams, and enjoy other benefits like freedom from vices (addictive behaviours of any kind that are detrimental to our well-being - both physical and spiritual), freedom from chronic karmic diseases, and finally moksha (liberation from cycle of births at the end of this incarnation). So, irrespective of what your goal in life is - whether it is dharma (great goals that have tinge of duty-consciousness in them!), artha (money), kaama (mundane desires like progenic bliss, good family life, etc.) or Moksha (Final Liberation from cycle of births), this ekaadasi will aid you in realization of that goal.

Brahma Vaivarta Puraanaic accounts attribute the merits of this Paashaankusa ekaadasi observance as equal to that acquired by performing numerous yagnas! Performing social service of some kind, or helping other souls in distress on this day is believed to help in realization of one's own true spiritual self.

Maybe, as a part of Swachcha Bharat mission, you may clean the street in which you live, and gain merit out of it (you can make sweeping the street as a spiritual activity by inwardly visualizing as if you are clearing your mental impurities also while outwardly you are cleaning the impurities on the street; pray to God that just as you are cleaning the street outside with the broom, the merit acquired by this social service should give you the will power to sweep your subconscious off sinful thoughts/ impure vaasanaas of the mind)....Just one idea of what sort of service you can do on this holy day!

May our members observe this ekaadasi and become recipients of Divine Grace.

Blessed be.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Indira Ekaadasi - September 15/ September 16, 2017

Dear Members:

Indira Ekaashi fall on the waning phase of the Moon in the lunar month of Aswin (September-October by modern calendar). Simply put, it is the Ekaadashi that falls during the Mahaalaya paksha.

It falls on September 16, 2017 this year and is to be observed on the same date throughout the world - except by those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of the North and South American continents.

For those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continents,

a) Smaartha Ekaadasi must be observed on Sep 15, 2017 itself (for those following smaartha traditions).

b) Vaishna Ekaadasi in these places is also on Sep 16, 2017 like it is for rest of the world.


The importance of Indira Ekaadasi is explained in the Brahma vaivarta Puraana in a discussion between Lord Krishna and king Yudhishtra. Observance of this Ekaadasi will help in removing the sinful effects of actions done by oneself and also relieve deceased ancestors' souls from the remorse caused by their sinful actions when they lived on this earth. According to legends, King IndrasEnaa performed this fast on the advice of Devarishi Narada and saved his father from the remorse caused by his sins during his earthly life.

On the day before the observance of this ekaadasi fast, i.e. on dasami thithi, just one meal is eaten praying for ancestors' souls; on the Ekaadasi day a full fast is to be undertaken, and in the afternoon rituals for the satisfaction of pitrus are to be done; the fast is broken on dwaadasi day. If such an elaborate scheme is not feasible, you may just fast as usual on Ekaadasi day, and pray for peace of your pitrus' souls after the Ekaadasi pooja to Vishnu. What else can you do for you ancestors than undertaking this fast that can relive their souls of the burden/ remorse caused by sinful activities committed knowingly or unknowingly during their tenure on this earth?

Please note that this fast is not mandatory for those below 7 years/ above 70 years as is the common rule for Ekaadasi fasts. Similarly those who are sick and ladies who are pregnant are also exempt from this observance. Others should preferably undertake a full fast (abstaining even from water, if possible). Those who can't undertake such rigorous fasts due to practical circumstances should at least avoid all full-grains, onion/ garlic items, eating food outside, etc. and try to subsist on milk and fruits. The bottom line is - observe the fast to the best of your abilities and as best as your circumstances will permit the observance.  Remember that this is the best homage you can pay to your deceased ancestors.

May our members observe this wonderful fast and gain liberty from sinful karma not only for themselves but also for their ancestors!

Blessed be.

Astrological and Remedial consultant

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Sharada Navarathri - 2017

There are 6 Navarathris in Honour of Divine Mother of our Universe - one for each Rithu (season), and this navarathri falling in the sharad rithu is the most important one as it is the one recommended for householders.

Navarathri schedule for different parts of the world.

Navaraathri austerities begin from September 21, 2017 for those living in countries of the African continent, Middle-East countries  like UAE, Qatar, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Afghanistan, Pakistan, India and countries to the East of Indian sub-continent (including Australia, New Zealand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Hong Kong, Thailand, Fiji, Japan, China, Korea, etc.). Those living in countries of the European continent, North and South American continents must begin Navarathri austerities right from Sep 20, 2017.

Durga Pooja should be observed on Sep 28, 2017 throughout the world except those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continents who must observe Durga pooja on September 27, 2017 itself.  Even those countries of the European continent where Navarathri austerities begin from September 20th must also observe Durga pooja only on Sep 27, 2017

Saraswathy pooja is to be observed on September 29, 2017 throughout the world except for countries of the European, North American, and South American continents.  Those living in Europe, North America, and South America must observe Saraswathi pooja on September 28, 2017 (For those living in Europe, both Durga Ashtami and Saraswathi pooja must be observed on Sep 28th). This is applicable for those observing the poojas as "Saraswathy pooja" and place their literary works, books, or academic material for pooja in Honour of Goddess Saraswathy and abstain from any new learning - taking a one-day spiritual break from active learning.

Aayudha pooja - where respect is offered to machines, weapons, and gadgets, must be done on September 29th throughout the world (all countries of the world - including the places where Saraswathy pooja is to be observed on September 28th).  Similarly, those performing Navachandi homam and wishing to end the homam with a Grand Mahaa Chandi homam must perform this on September 29, 2017 - throughout the world.

Vijaya Dasami should be celebrated on September 30, 2017 throughout the world - without any exceptions. This is a good day for new beginnings of all kinds - more especially for initiating learning to infants (aksharaabhyaasam - first ritual writing of alphabets).  As per our traditional adherence, we will be performing the Mahaa Chandi homam on this Vijaya Dasami day at the end of the intense Navarathri period austerities.

Methods of celebrating Navaraathri.

It is traditional to keep "Kolu" - an arrangement of dolls during Navaraathri. This is to signify that Our Divine Mother resides as Inner Soul in all Forms. Some people make the arrangement in such a way that the various steps of the kolu represent the Order of Evolution - like keeping invertebrates and such other forms of lives in the bottom step, keeping dolls representing human life in the middle of the kolu steps, and keeping dolls representing Divine Legends, Dasa Avataars, etc. on the top most step of the kolu arrangement. It is traditional to keep 5 rows (to represent Five Elements of Life), 9 rows (to represent the Nine Forms of Divine Mother), 11 rows (to represent the 11 forms of Lord Rudra), 13 rows (one in Honour of each chapter of Durga Sapta Sati), or 15 Rows (one in Honour of each syllable of Shri Vidhya panchadasaakshari mantra) as per one's convenience; traditionally, people avoid arranging the kolu in 7 rows for sentimental reasons (there is a belief that such an arrangement in 7 rows might affect financial prospects).

I request all our members to perform simple worships as per their convenience during the Navarathri period and become recipients of Divine Grace. This is a period when we Celebrate our Universal Mother - so, that joy should be there in our minds when we observe this austerity (we should not be unnecessarily tensed or make this too complicated with too many taboos! One does not think of protocols when approaching one's mother - but just go with the moment with unbounded joy and affection; such should be our attitude when we worship Our Universal Mother during this period - assuming we are all Her Children and we are invoking Her Presence in our homes - celebrating this with affectionate respect and joy).

Recital of Lalitha Sahasranaamam, Dasa Mahaa vidhya sthothrams, simple Devi sthothrams, Abhiraami Andhaadhi, Lalitha Anubooti, Soundarya Lahiri, Dugra Sthothram, Chandi Path (Durga Saptasathi), etc. can be auspicious during this period.

During this period, we should consider all women as Forms of Divine Mother and treat them with courtesy and respect. One who observes the Navarathri austerities intensely, but insults women knowingly/ unknowingly does not get the benefit of the austerities. Remember this, and treat women (including those in your own family) with affection and respect [Ideally that should be the case always! Because Shastras say that where virtuous women are honoured, Divine Grace visits even in an uninvited manner! This is the reason why women should take special care to safeguard their basic dignity, be affectionate and gentle in dealings with family members, avoid letting corrupting thoughts/ behaviour patterns enter their life styles, etc. in an attempt to maintain their Divine nature that is intrinsic to them; All higher forms of lives spring from the feminine gender of the species, and a virtuous woman is a living Form of the Universal Mother - and can be a source of happiness and Grace to herself and to everyone who is blessed enough to move with her).

Those who have Tulsi plant in their houses, can offer prostrations to that Divine Plant and pray for prosperity and Divine Grace in its vicinity. (All the Holy Rivers are in subtle forms in the roots of the tulsi plant; All Divine Forms are manifest in the middle portion of the Tulsi plant, and All Vedas and Holy Scriptures are manifest in the tips of the Tulsi plant, as said in the Puranas).

Offering Go-Poojaa (prayers to Cow visualized as embodiment of all Divinities) on Fridays and Tuesdays of Navarathri period can give unlimited merit.

It is also auspicious to read a small portion of Divine Legends that depict how the Gracious and Kind Mother Manifested in Angry Forms to annihilate all enemies to peaceful life on Earth every night during this navaraathri period, and invoke such Manifestation of Power in our lives also to annihilate all our enemies (both intrinsic like anger, greed, laziness, and ignorance within us, and our external enemies/ unruly elements who try to disturb peaceful and gentle citizens in the society unnecessarily).

Recital of Chandi Paaraayanam is a powerful remedy not merely for our families but for ensuring peace in the land where we live in. In fact, if austere persons of Faith keep reciting the Chandi Path and Shri Rudram regularly, and if there are many of them in a land, shastras proclaim that the elements of nature's Fury like floods, pestilence, droughts, etc. will never harm that land and prosperity will rein in that land. So, it is partly our duty as Universal Citizens to offer special worship to Divine Mother during this period and pray for relief to all the distressed souls who have been harassed much by natural calamities in various parts of the world, and also pray for peace throughout the world in these troublesome days where you can never read a newspaper without coming across some inauspicious event/ mishap in one corner or other of the earth.


As usual special worships will be done in this regard at my residence (Bangalore).

The part-sponsorship of each day's austerities (beginning from early morning till night.....Ganapathy homam, Laghu chandi homam, Full recital of Devi Mahaatmyam, Lalitha Sahasranaamam, Soundarya Lahiri sthothras, Dasa Mahaa Vidhya japams, Select verses from Devi Bhagavatam, etc.) is Rs.5000 (rupees five thousand only) for one day's part-sponsorship. Those who wish to be part-sponsors for more than one day's rituals are also welcome to do so.

Mahaa chandi homam is planned on September 30, 2017 on Vijaya Dasami day. The part-sponsorship for this Mahaa chandi homam on September 30, 2017 is Rs.25000 (rupees twenty five thousand) - all costs inclusive - including cost of gold coin, silver coin, silk saree, rare herbs, and other pooja articles to be offered in the Mahaa Poornaahuti.

Those who wish to participate in these austerities may write to me through my email-id: with the subject line "Part-sponsorship of Navarathri homams 2017."

Members of our group who have already availed such services in the past and know my bank account details through which they made remittances earlier may directly make the remittance in favour of that icici account as earlier, and keep me informed through email.

Even those who are unable to offer sponsorships for these rituals need not feel let down; prayers are offered for Universal Welfare at the end of each day's austerities, in addition to the prayer for specific special sponsors, and the prayer for Universal Welfare covers everyone - including you!

May Divine Mother Bless us all.
Blessed be.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Cauvery Mahaa Pushkaram - 2017

Cauvery Mahaa Pushkaram 2017: This is a once in a 144-year special event from Sep 12, 2017 to Sep 23, 2017 (first 12 days of Jupiter's transit into Tula is called Cauvery Pushkaram; such a pushkaram happening after 12 such rounds of Jupiter is called Mahaa Pushkaram - that happens once in 144 years - none of us alive today will get to see the next one!)....So, those who are living in banks of Cauvery or places near Cauvery please make it a point to do theertha snaanams, tarpanams, dhaanams, etc. after taking the Holy Bath, and offering respects to Mother Cauvery. This year She is bustling with energy and flowing well - and so this can be celebrated happily - all along the course She traverses in our Holy Land. The arrangements are excellent (I visited the ghats at Srirangapatna after the Guru Peyarchi homams yesterday - visited both the Raaja ghat and the Sangam ghat at Srirangapatna- and the bathing ghats are clean, the slippery steps have been cleaned and made safe for pilgrims, and there are ample , trustworthy purohits deputed by the organizers to help pilgrims).The security personnel are very helpful, courteous, and every-ready to assist pilgrims (like old pilgrims who sometimes struggle due to the force of gushing water - yes, Cauvery is Gushing - almost as if She is as eager as the pilgrims to wash away their bad karma!)...
I guess similar arrangements would have been in place in Tamil Nadu also - especially in places like Mayilaaduthurai, Kumbakonam, Srirangam, etc. Kanchi Aachaaryas have issued instructions for special arrangements in this regard
at Mayilaaduthurai (Thula snaanam is special at Mayilaaduthurai - and by that logic - Mayilaaduthurai - Maayavaram as it is affectionately called by Tanjore district natives, is very special for this Pushkara snaanam and tarpanam activities too). May our members observe the Cauvery Mahaa Pushkaram, and add to their karmic merit. Theertha snaanam, tapam, Dhaanam, aatma-vichaaram, and Adhyayanam are 5 fast-track ways for emancipation of our soul - and it is Divine Kindness that even those who cannot indulge in intense tapams and adhyayanams can benefit by theertha snaanam when Pushkara amsa pervades the Holy Rivers of our land (you might remember the Godavari pushkaram we had last year....). Blessed be. Pandit R DAKSHINA MOORTHI.

Friday, September 8, 2017

Guru peyarchi 2017

Dear All:
 Jupiter enters sidereal Libra sign (Tula rashi) on September 12, 2017 (due to different in siddhanta calculations, vaakya panchangams have indicated the transit on earlier date - which even some temples have observed as Guru peyarchi day; BUT, the transit on Sep 12, 2017 is more correct by using siddhanta calculations and per astronomical indications). I will comment on the Elemental status, and general auspiciousness/ challenging nature of Jupiter transit for various rashis so that those born in rashis that are under challenging Jupiter transit influences may perform appropriate remedies and brace themselves up, and these indications are applicable to everyone. 
As these results are moderated by other influences to some extent – like ashtakavarga bindus in Tula rashi in Jupiter’s ashtakavarga in your natal chart, and placement of other planets in your birth chart, it is best that you should consult your family astrologer or other expert astrologers to know how exactly the actual results may manifest for you specific to your birth chart.

For Mesha rashi natives (those born under Ashwini, Bharani, and Krittka 1st padam stars), Jupiter transits the auspicious 7th house from your rashi. Wedding bells ring for eligible single natives of this sign, and those already in a wedded life will find that dynamics with spouse improves significantly. Others will warm up to you now and there is scope for improving your societal standing. This is an auspicious transit for you. As Jupiter attains Rajata Moorthy lakshana (Silver Elemental status), the positive effects of this transit can be experienced to nearly 80% (80% probability of good effects and success in your efforts along good lines).

Moderation to the above due to Saturn's transit influence: Since Jupiter and Saturn will jointly trigger the 3rd house from your rashi from October 26, 2017, there could be gains to you by taking calculated risks, by networking with others, gains through expression of views in writing (good for creative writers, and those who work in roles that require presentation skills), and some improvement in the life of younger siblings.

Remedies: No remedies needed for your sign as this transit is auspicious for you.  However, you may recite portions of Sundarakaandam on Saturdays, Sundays, or Thursdays praying for auspicious vibes in the family, and as a prayer for the welfare of others in the family who may be having tough planetary cycles impacting their lives.

For Rishabha rashi natives (those born under Krittika 2, 3,4 padams, Rohini, Mrigasira 1, and 2 padams), Jupiter transits the sensitive 6th house from your rashi. Health needs to be tended carefully, and you must avoid unnecessary arguments with anyone. Legal issues must be preferably handled by negotiations rather than with a "gladiatorial fight to the end" attitude. Avoid lending/ borrowing huge sums based on over-optimistic projections and play it safe in money matters. Jupiter has attained Swarna Moorthy Lakshana (Golden Elemental status) which waters down the tough aspects of this Jupiter transit to a great extent for you.  Thus, there could be occasional unexpected victories coming your way if you keep working hard and in a planned manner.

Moderation to the above due to Saturn’s transit influences: You will be additionally under tough Ashtama sani influences from October 26, 2017.  So, do not test your luck too much on any matter and err on the side of caution in all matters.  The joint trigger of Jupiter and Saturn on the 2nd house from your rashi can manifest as reasonable good luck in financial matters, and minor gains arising out of intelligent communication of ideas.  Support of family members could be crucial for your well-being in many ways.  So, try to resolve pending family issues and try to establish harmonious dynamic with family members to enjoy reasonably stable prospects in life.  Long awaited promotions at work can happen after prolonged efforts.

Remedies: 1) Recital of the 41st chapter of Sundarakaandam of Shrimad Vaalmiiki Raamaayanam on Thursdays will help you in overcoming obstacles and attaining your cherished goals.
2) Pray before a picture depicting Lord Hanumaan holding Sanjeevani mountain if you or someone in the family becomes sick.  Alternatively, you may contemplate performance of Dhanvantari homam for relief if the situation is very critical.
3) If possible, have Saura sooktham and Aruna Prashna recital done on your behalf by reputed vedic scholars on 7 consecutive Sundays to ensure good health for self and family members.

For Mithuna rashi natives (those born in Mrigasira 3 and 4 padams, Arudra, Punarvasu 1, 2, and 3 padams), Jupiter transits the auspicious 5th house from your rashi. Those of you who have been waiting desperately for conception may find that Heavens open their Benevolent Grace on you this year. This is a great year for planning your long-term investments, for getting initiation into mantra deekshas, for visiting ascetics, Holy Men and gaining their Grace, and for embarking on ambitious ventures. However, since Jupiter attains Loha Moorthy Lakshana (Iron Elemental Status) which markedly reduces the good impact of this Jupiter transit.  You may be able to enjoy manifest good outcomes only if you take concentrated efforts along right channels and are patient and thorough in your efforts.  Impatience or carelessness could lead to less than optimum realization of good luck.

Moderation to the above due to Saturn’s transit influences: Saturn and Jupiter jointly trigger your Moon sign from October 26, 2017; this can enhance the already positive Jupiter transit influences.  Stick to your own counsel, and be conscientious in your approach to all matters to enjoy good results.


As Jupiter’s transit is generally good for you, no specific remedy is required; BUT, you can enhance the good effects by regular prayers and by practicing meditation/ yogic exercises or by undertaking intense austerities that will help you to tap your inner powers and manifest positive outcomes in your life.  Visit to kshetras (spiritually potent places), getting initiated into new mantras by competent spiritual persons, and signing up for advanced training courses pertaining to your field of activity all could enhance your good luck further.

For Kataka rashi natives (those born in Punarvasu 4th padam, Pushya, Aslesha), Jupiter transits the 4th house from natal Moon sign. This is not an auspicious transit. Since 4th house indicates homeland/ residence basically, the inauspicious effects may manifest as unsettled situations at home, possible relocation or confusion regarding one's prospects (like dilemma regarding one's roles at work place), or simply lack of domestic peace at home. But, since Jupiter attains Swarna Moorthy (Golden elemental status) for your sign, there is relief seen by remedial prayers, and by performance of remedies good results regarding academic matters, blessings of mother or elderly maternal relatives, and even positive developments regarding property settlements might be expected after initial confusions/ challenges.

Moderation to the above due to Saturn’s transit influences: From October 26, 2017, Jupiter and Saturn will jointly trigger the 12th house from your Moon sign.  This can prove auspicious for matters pertaining to foreign travel/ settlement, and for resolving hidden issues that have been bothering you in your life.  You must avoid unnecessary spending and impulsive speculative activities since the joint trigger of Jupiter and Saturn on the 12th house can manifest as increased outflows; ensure that money flows out only along desirable channels.

Remedies:  a) If relationship with mother/ maternal relatives is strained, OR, if health of mother/ maternal relatives seems to be impacted, recite the mantra "Om Bhaalachandraaya hum maatru vatsalaaya GanapathayE namah" 32 times till situations improve.

b) Light ghee lamp with a wick made of banana fibres or lotus fibres on Thursday evenings at home and pray for family welfare.

For Simha rashi natives (those born in Magha, Poorvaphalguni, Uttaraphalguni 1st padam),

Jupiter transits the 3rd house from natal Moon sign. This is an inauspicious transit - but where danger lurks ONLY if you take wrong decisions or make unethical moves. You must remember that Universe will give you chance to redeem yourself and correct your errors, but if you stick on to egoistic ways and continue with wrong choices, you may manifest your own doom. Those who are patient, and ethical by nature have nothing to fear from this transit influence except that there could be varying degrees of anxiety due to situational factors. Since Jupiter attains Thaamra Moorthy Lakshana (Copper elemental status), patience and good planning are needed to side-step avoidable issues.  Anxiety element could be high - so take conscious efforts to induce calmness in your psyche (by meditation, venting out with stable-minded well-wishers, getting suggestions from spiritually evolved persons, etc.).

Moderation to the above due to Saturn’s transit influences: From October 26, 2017, Jupiter and Saturn jointly trigger the 11th house from your Moon sign.  Friends or elder siblings/ cousins could be valuable sources of support for you while you handle critical situations.

Remedies: Light a lamp (either ghee or oil lamp) in a temple praying to Lord Raama could help in handling sensitive situations successfully. Recite the mantra “Raam Raamaaya Dhanush paanayE namah” 18 times daily as a protective talisman, and help you to handle anxieties in your life with equanimity.

If there are minor issues of misunderstanding with siblings, recite the mantra “Om Bhraatru vatsalaaya Lakshmanaagrajaaya Raamaaya namah” 36 times to maintain family unity.

For Kanya rashi natives (those born in Uttaraphalguni 2, 3, and 4 paadams, Hasta, and Chitra 1, 2), Jupiter transits the 2nd house from natal Moon sign. This is considered a good transit which is auspicious for new acquisitions, resolving family issues, enjoying respect for one's words, benefits arising out of recital of auspicious mantras, and generally a positive trend in life.  Jupiter attains Rajata Moorthy Lakshana (Silver Elemental Status) - which is 80% auspicious.  So, there is potential to enjoy the good results indicated by the transit to a great extent.  Auspicious events in the family that have been inexplicably delayed may finally happen this year.

Remember that this transit makes it auspicious for you to gain through your words, control of mouth (implying regulation in speech and diet), by learning new slokhas/ mantras, and by spending money on auspicious charitable activities to earn karmic reward points too:)

When you perform austerities, or perform dhaan (charitable offerings) do it with a sense of detachment and with the understanding that you are just paying back some karmic debt with all these, and don’t expect immediate results.  Such matured approach and spiritual attitude will attract the blessings of noble souls that will help you to enjoy the potential good effects of this transit.

Moderation to the above due to Saturn’s transit influences: In the period after October 26, 2017, Jupiter and Saturn jointly trigger the 10th house from your Moon sign.  This can be helpful for realization of goals, removal of obstacles to auspicious events in the family, and in-general a relatively happy/ stable domestic atmosphere. Though ardha-ashtama sani influence will be there giving you occasional issues, the overall positive impact of this Jupiter transit is not afflicted much.

REMEDIES:  Recite the mantra “Om Achyutaaya namah Anantaaya namah GOvindaaya namah” 36 times daily and consume water placed before your pooja place visualizing positive strength and healing energy entering you through that blessed water. (If possible, you can immerse Tulasi leaves in such water; this can be shared with all close relatives to ensure good health in the family).

Recite the mantra “Om Raama Dhootaaya kaarya saadhakaaya asakaaya sooraaya HanumatE namah” when you face challenges to your progress, or you feel that some mediation is needed to resolve conflict with powerful personages.

For Thula rashi natives (those born in Chitra 3, 4 padams, Swathi, Visakham 1, 2, and 3),
Jupiter transits the rashi itself which goes by the technical name of "Janma Guru." This is reputed to give stressful situations in life, and situations where you need to take objective decisions to march ahead in life. Often allusion is made to "Janma Guru caused exile of Shri Raama" - and it is observed that many people do relocate to distant lands or experience some sort of adverse transfers or challenging situations under this transit influence.  Jupiter has attained LOha Moorthy Lakshanaa (Iron elemental status) during this transit for your sign.  This indicates that you must not lose patience under any circumstance and cultivate perseverance even if situations are very trying and people around you seem to do you injustice.  Such acceptance of situations with a calm mind will help you to burn your praarabhda karmas and with time you will be able to neutralize the setbacks effectively and regain much more than what you lose during this period.  But, if you lose patience and act out of vengeance or anger, things could go from bad to worse; please remember this and strategize yourselves.

Moderation to the above due to Saturn’s transit influences: In the period after October 26, 2017, Jupiter and Saturn will jointly trigger the 9th house from your natal Moon sign.  This helps to reduce the impact of Jupiter transit to some extent.  Blessings of father/ elderly paternal relatives, or Grace of spiritual mentors/ Saints will be shields to your prospects.

Remedies: Visiting places where siddhas/ saints have attained Jeeva Samadhi and lighting prayer lamp praying that they should show you the right way will be auspicious for you.

If you are in public life, try indulging in works of public utility like installing street lamps in places where the lighting is not optimum, sponsoring Fire Rituals during auspicious religious occasions, helping poor people to obtain cooking gas connection or electricity connection, etc. can help you. These meritorious deeds will shield your prospects- especially where there is threat to existing positions (like falling out of favour of influential leaders resulting in danger of losing one’s position).

Don’t jump into conclusions in any matter. Be patient with everyone, accept things as they come, and then form your strategies as “reaction” to situations. Don’t exacerbate issues by speaking out of turn, or trying to aggressively push matters as such moves may fire back on you this year.

For Vrischika rashi natives (those born in Visakham 4, Anuradha, and Jyeshta), Jupiter transits the 12th house from rashi (Viraya Guru - Jupiter transit productive of expenses/ wastage/ losses, and possible loss of position).  However, such setbacks will manifest only if you insist on egoistic persistence with your plans. Otherwise, this will just be a period when expenses might mount - but on auspicious matters.  You may not be able to avoid certain wasteful journeys or frustration in efforts, but that won’t affect your prospects too much except being an inconvenience for the smooth flow of life. Do not resign from a current position in haste or on egoistic compulsions voluntarily - because such a move can lead to prolonged anxiety regarding finding an alternative placement under this tough transit influence. You must spend on essentials but avoid luxurious expenditure, and be ready with reserve cash to face exigencies in life. Health could be somewhat below par. As Jupiter during this transit attains Thaamra Moorthy Lakshana (Copper Elemental Status), the negative impact of this transit could be felt in a biting manner for many of you.  So, plan your moves and exercise patience.

Moderation to the above due to Saturn’s transit influences:  Since the 8th house from natal Moon sign is  jointly triggered by Jupiter and transit, you should be extra-careful while driving vehicles.  Health of elderly relatives will also cause concern.

Remedies: Recite Chatru samhaara vel pathigam or Skanda Shashti kavacham after lighting a prayer lamp and spreading Holy Ash in a clean brass container or plantain leaf in front of the Deity.  That Holy Ash can be used as lucky talisman to reduce issues in life.

Offer Nakshatra deepam (light 27 ghee lamps) in any temple on birthday praying for auspiciousness.

Organizing a saadhu/ Braahmana (Braahmana here means someone who lives by vedic/ religious precepts; a person who is Brahmin by birth alone can't be considered Brahamana for this purpose!) Bhojana in a Saint's samaadhi or a vedic paatasaala can help reduce potential for losses and unnecessary expenditure (when money is spent on worthy charities, that will be an alibi, and help avoid losses/ wastage).

For Dhanus rashi natives (those born in Moola, Poorvaashaada, Uttaraashaada 1st padam), Jupiter transits the auspicious 11th house from rashi. This is a very positive transit indicative of gains from various quarters, support of companions/ society for your good activities, ability to relate on a friendly basis with everyone, gains through elder siblings and business activities, and your good luck will shield your children and ensure positive developments in their lives. Jupiter attains Swarna Moorthy Lakshana (Gold Elemental status) during this transit for you. So, there is a good possibility of enjoying a high intensity of positive results due to this transit.

Moderation to the above  due to Saturn’s transit influences:  From October 26, 2017, you will be under Janma Sani influence (Saturn transiting natal Moon sign). However, since the 3rd house from your natal Moon sign is jointly triggered by Jupiter and Saturn during this phase, courageous decisions and networking with capable persons will help you to boost your prospects.  Similarly, since the 7th house from your Moon sign is jointly triggered by Jupiter and Saturn in the period after October 26, 2017, good luck of spouse/ partners can shield you from difficult situations to a great extent.  So, try to maintain harmonious dynamics with life partner/ associates at work/ partners in business to enjoy good prospects.

Remedies: Recital of Vishnu Sahasranaamam on Saturdays, worship of Lord Hanumaan on Thursdays, and special prayers to Lord Ganesha on Chaturthi days will help you to enjoy the full benefit of the auspicious Jupiter transit for your sign (these remedies are mainly to insure against sade-sathi influences spoiling the otherwise good Jupiter transit).

For Makara rashi natives (people born in Uttarashada 2, 3, and 4, Sravana, and Dhanishta 1, 2 padams), Jupiter transits the sensitive 10th house from rashi. There could be uncertainties in professional matters, possible loss of professional dignity in some way (either loss of face in some way in controversial situations, or adverse transfers from prestigious roles to insignificant operational duties), and karma will catch up with you (some setbacks/ difficult situations arising out of your own activities/ choices; positively, if you have been working hard and if the previous 9th house transit of Jupiter failed to reward you, karmic reward can come now and you may be in for pleasant surprises!).  Jupiter has attained Rajata Moorthy Lakshana (Silver Elemental Status) - which markedly reduces the negative impact of the transit and gives potential for positive developments for those who have been working hard and conscientiously.

Moderation to the above due to Saturn’s transit influences: From October 26, 2017, Saturn and Jupiter jointly trigger the 2nd house and 6th house from your Moon sign.  This could manifest as financial gains accruing as a cumulative of your past efforts in the recent past, and ability to raise funds to support your ambitious ventures.  On the flip side, if you over-extend yourself or stretch your resources, there is risk of falling into a debt trap.  So, calculate your repaying capacities and risk-reward ration of any venture carefully before raising loans to fund major projects.  Health may also be below par.

Remember that you are under sade-sathi influences, and straight-forward approach and hard work are essential to avoid unnecessary issues during this period.  This prevails – regardless of the positive potential seen due to the joint transit influence.

Remedies: Recite the mantra “OM Krishnam vandE Jagat Gurum, maargam darshaya darshaya swaaha” whenever you feel uncertain about career decisions (i.e. if career matters look confusing and you are asked to make a choice – where every option has its share of pros and cons and your decision could make or mar your future, use this mantra to get clarity and right intuition regarding the best decision under the circumstances).

Recite the mantra “Om Ganaadipaaya namah sarvakaarya saadhakaaya Bhaalachandraaya hum” 36 times daily to side-step the tough impact of Jupiter’s transit, and turn challenges into opportunities.

If possible try to have a recital of Bhagavat Geetha organized at your place (recital of the Moola grandha in original Sanskrit form along with elucidation of the meanings by a good scholar).

For Kumbha rashi natives (people born in Dhanishta 3, 4, Satabisha, Poorvaphadra 1, 2, 3), Jupiter transits the auspicious 9th house from your rashi. This is an auspicious transit that favours positive relocation influences (like if you have been planning on relocating to a place for better prospects), initiation into new spiritual routines/ deekshas, long journeys, joining higher education courses, and you may enjoy increased self-confidence in all that you do. Natives of this sign who have been trying unsuccessfully for on-site assignments may get their lucky break this year.  Relationship with father or other mentor figures will be smooth and their blessings/ words of wisdom will prove invaluable in boosting your prospects.  These positive influences are slightly reduced, and the full potential can be realized only by taking intense efforts since Jupiter during this transit has attained LOha Moorthy lakshana (Iron elemental status).  If you just drift through life without taking intense efforts or if you are careless, the good impact of this positive transit will be around 20% of its positive potential or even less! So, ensure you augment the positive transit influence by prayers, charitable activities, and by enlisting the support/ blessing of elders.

Moderation to the above due to Saturn’s transit influences:  After October 26, 2017,  Jupiter and Saturn will jointly trigger your Moon sign and the 5th house from your Moon sign.  So, you will enjoy enhanced self-confidence and good luck.  This is a good time for starting a family if such an idea is in your mind.  You will prove to be a lucky mascot for everyone in the family during this phase.  Children in the family will enjoy good progress.

Remedies: No specific remedies are needed for you as the transit influence of Jupiter is by-and-large auspicious for you.  Still you must remember that there is potential for spiritual progress indicated during this period, and so, you may – without seeking manifest mundane benefits, try to indulge in spiritual pursuits, visit to kshetras, and service to elders/ preceptors to augment your punya account which will stand by you during other critical periods in life later on.!).

For Meena rashi natives (people born in Poorvabhadra 4, Uttarabhadra, Revathi), Jupiter transits the sensitive 8th house from your rashi. This is productive of unnecessary issues in life that could threaten loss of peace, danger of ill-health to self or close relatives, and last-minute reversals that might take success away from you. Jupiter during this transit attains Thaamra Moorthy Lakshana (Copper elemental status) for your rashi.  This indicates that the challenges influences are likely to be felt to a great extent. Patience, perseverance, and prayers will be effective shields against the tough planetary impact on your life.  Those who lose hope, faith, or patience will expose themselves to the negative planetary influences. Take care of your health and health of close relatives, and avoid unnecessary litigation/ arguments.  Exercise abundant caution while driving vehicles, trekking through treacherous terrain, and while travelling through unknown places.  Do not take any mandatory compliance issue (like submission of IT returns, or whatever compliance document is applicable to you) for granted during this sensitive period.

Moderation to the above due to Saturn’s transit influences: After October 26, 2017, Jupiter and Saturn will jointly trigger the 12th and 4th houses from your natal Moon sign.  This indicates that expenses could mount for some of you (including hospitalization expenses on account of ill-health to elders in the family).  On the positive side, there is possibility of gains through unexpected sources, or by association with people of other nationalities/ cultures.  There could also be gains through landed property and support of maternal relatives/ mother.  Academic pursuits will bring you laurels if you work hard enough.

Remedies: Recite the 36th chapter of Sundara Kaandam of Shrimad Valmiki Ramayanam on Thursdays.

Offer honey to Lord Shiva on Pradosham days (you may give it to the priests doing the abhishekam requesting them to use the honey for temple-worship purposes as they deem fit) praying for Divine Assistance and Protection.

Whenever possible, try to take part in collective homams - especially those in Honour of Lord Dakshinamoorthi, Lord DattatrEya, Lord Hayagreeva, Lord Narasimha, or Lord Sudarshanaa. This can be a powerful shield to your well-being.


Special homams connected with the transit are planned at our place on September 12, 2017.  Those born in Rishabha, Kataka, Tula, Vrischika, Makara, and Meena rashis have tough transit influences due to this Jupiter transit and may benefit by a remedial prayer on the transit day.  So, natives born in these signs may try to avail the remedial homam (either with me or with any other suitable priest whose expertise and mantraic powers you can rely upon based on your intuition), or at least do simple prayers at your own place as suggested in the remedial indications for your sign in this write-up to protect yourselves against the malefic indications of the transit.

Will be offering oblations with mantras in Honour of Lord Dakshinamoorthi, Lord Hayagreeva, Lord Narasimha, Lord Dhanvantari, Lord Dattatreya, Lord Hanuman, Sapta Rishis, and end the havan with specific mantras in Honour of Lord Devaguru Brihaspati during these homams.

At the end of the homam, I intend to do Brihaspati sthothra and Brihaspati kavacham (Shield of Jupiter) recitals.

Also, since this is a Kaaveri Mahaa pushkara period, special prayers are intended to be done in Honour of Mother Kaaveri (invoking Her in a kalasam) and respects will be offered to Sage Agasthya in this connection.  All homam part-sponsors will be included in these special worships too.

The suggested offering for part-sponsorship to take part in that homam performance is Rs.1500(rupees one thousand five hundred only) or equivalent. Those who are interested in participating in these for remedial purposes may write to me at: with details of the name of the person for whom the remedial performance is desired, their nakshatra, and gothra. Please write "Jupiter transit 2017" in the subject line for my easy tagging of such mails.  Regular clients/ disciples who have participated in austerities under our guidance in the past may make the remittance in favour of our bank account as usual and keep us informed about the same. I will try to include all those who approach me with the prayer request till night of September 11, 2017 (India time) - but please try to confirm your participation as early as possible, as it makes it easier for me to update the sankalpam sheet appropriately and plan the logistics.

Please note that I won't be sending prasad/ holy ash by post due to ritual purity considerations of the holy articles.  My sankalpam on your behalf during the homam is deemed "in-absentia" participation, and the karmic benefits of the performance will accrue to you.  Sign up for participation as a part-sponsor in the homams only if the above condition is acceptable to you.

May Divine Grace bless us all.

Best regards,
Blessed be.

Saturday, September 2, 2017

Pitru Paksha (Mahaalaya paksha) - 2017

 Pitr Paksha (Mahaalaya Pakshaa ) is to be observed from September 5 to September 19, this year (2017)  in most parts of the world - including India.  Exceptions:  Those living in eastern parts of China, Korea (both North and South), Fiji, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan need to observe the pitru paksha from September 6 to September 20.  Please note that for those living in India,  September 5th is Pournima thithi and this needs to be observed ONLY IF you have an ancestor who died on Pournami thithi (so Poornima shraardh of Mahalaya Paksha is to be done for that soul on Sep 5th). Others may begin observing the austerities from Sep 6th - which is the Pratipat thithi.... Same goes for those living in places where the Pitru paksha begins from Sep 6th as mentioned above (i.e. only if they have ancestors who died on Pournami thithi, they need to observe austerities on 6th - the beginning day of the Mahalaya paksha).

If there is any confusion regarding interpreting this info., please get in touch with reputed vedic pandits in your region.

It is a powerful period for propitiation of manes(ancestors). Pitrus are said to Grace the households of their descendants with Divine Permission from the other Planes of Existence and are waiting to Bless any descendant who is willing to Honour them in whatever little way they can.

Austerities during Pitr Paksha (applicable to those who have lost atleast one parent) include:

1) Not eating non-veg (in case of non-vegetarians).

2) Not eating onion, garlic, outside food, processed foods,drumstick, etc (for pure vegetarians).

3) If possible avoiding shaving for the entire fortnight till Mahalaya Amavasai; obviously it may not be possible for everyone due to current secular life restrictions (like office policy requiring an executive placed in a cutting-edge responsibility to be clean shaved). Even in these cases, shaving should be avoided at least on the thithis of one's ancestors (father/ mother).

4) Performing obsequies (shradh) on the thithi of the ancestor's death to the extent possible or at least offering "anna dhaanam"(offering food) to poor persons/ priests as per one's convenience.(On this day, you should not shave as already stated)

5) Abstaining from carnal intercourse with members of opposite gender during the fortnight as a mark of respect to Pitrs.

6) Doing recitals like Garuda Puraanam (depicting passage of asoul), Nachiketa story from Upanishads (where Yama Gitaa is there -it contains Lord Yamaa's elucidation of the journey of a soul  which was first revealed to the devoted Nachiketaa), Pitru sthothra and Gangaa Avatarana chapter from Shrimad Vaalmiiki Raamaayan. These recitals are stated to grant satisfaction of Pitrs and thereby ensure their blessings upon us. In fact these recitals can be done even by those who have parents alive! (The other rituals like tarpanam should not be observed by those who have parents living). These recitals are auspicious and do not come under the category of shraardha - but at the same time have the potency to give peace and happiness to the souls of ancestors of one's dynasty when they are recited. Those who cannot recite them personally may organize such recitals in honour of their ancestors with the help of vedic/ puranic experts.  If possible, everyone - including those who have parents alive (and hence should not do pitru tarpanam) - should try to do Vaiswadeva homam (the daily homam enjoined on a pious vedic person) and offer sarva Bhoota Bali (the pinda-bali for the satisfaction of all dis-embodied souls that are roaming the Universe without satisfaction and without anyone to satisfy their quests/ hunger/ and pains).

Some important days during the pitru paksha
The following are auspicious days to perform shraardha to pitrus - irrespective of the thithi of their demise.
Those who cannot observe the ritual procedures/ restrictions outlined above through the pitru paksha may at least observe the ritual guidelines on these auspicious days in honour of their pitrus.

1) Mahaa Bharani - This falls on September 10, 2017 - for those living in India and other places where pitru paksha begins on Sep 5th.  For those places where the pitru paksha begins on Sep 6th, Mahaa Bharani shraardham is to be done on Sep 11th - Monday.

The significance of this is that Bharani is the star ruled by Yama - the Lord of Death, and observing austerities in Honour of deceased ancestors on Mahaa Bharani day (the Bharani nakshatra falling during Pitru paksha) can give relief from Naraka experiences to ancestors who might be enduring that karmic difficulty [Relief to ancestor's souls directly manifests as peace and prosperity in family; Universe has been designed in such a way that when you help a karmically suffering soul - especially of an ancestor - you get rewards from the Universe in the process].

2) Madhyaashtami - This is to be observed on September 13, 2017 for most places in the world (including India, Gulf Countries, and those countries to the east of India - including those countries like Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, Japan, Korean, East parts of China, etc.).  However, those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continents must observe Madhyaashtami shraardha on Sep 12th itself (Both Sapthami and Ashtami shraardhas need to be observed on Sep 12th in these places).

3) Mahaalaya Amaavasya - This should be observed on Sept 19, 2017 throughout the world except that it is to be observed on Sep 20, 2017 by those living in North and South Korea, eastern parts of China, Japan, Australia, New Zeland, and Fiji.

4) Magha shraardha:  Shraardha during pitru paksha (or special prayers in Honour of ancestors) done on Magha nakshatra is auspicious because Magha is the nakshatra ruled by pitrus. This is to be observed on Sep 18, 2017 throughout the world except in USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continents, where this should be observed on Sep 17, 2017 itself. Please note that this is an optional shraardha - however, it would be doubly auspicious to do something in Honour of pitrs on a day ruled by the constellation that Pitrs rule is it not?

For those whose ancestors have taken sanyaasa.....

Those who have ancestors who might have taken sanyaasa and then died, Sanyastha Mahaalayam may be done on Sep 17, 2017 invoking the Grace of such a soul (technically a sanyaasi has cut the karmic bonds and so karmas for a sanyaasi must be done differently and not with the attitude we do the sharaardham of a grihasta, this sanyaastha Mahaalayam must be done like a yati samaaradhana though tarpanam, etc. might be done by the descendant ).  So, those who observe sanyastha mahaalayam may do it like an aaraadhana - remembering the Yati lineage in which the ancestor got sanyaasa, remember other Saints who inspired the ancestor to take sanyaasa, etc. and invoke Blessings of those liberated souls.  This Sanyaastha Mahalaya should be observed on Sep 16, 2017 itself by those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continents.

RECITALS AT OUR PLACE IN THIS CONNECTION:  Those who want to offer special recitals for pitru trupti (satisfaction of deceased ancestors) might get in touch with me through my (please write "Pitru paksha recital request" in the subject line).

The suggested offerings are as below:

Ganga Avatarana sargas recital (from Raamaayana) - and associated poojas, recital of Pitru sooktham (from Vedas) and Pithru sthothra recital (from Puranas) on one day : US$25 (US Dollars twenty five only).

For the above recitals on all the days of the pitru paksha : US$300 (US Dollars three hundred only).

Our regular members who have availed such services from us in the past may directly make the remittance (indicating your name while making the remittance for our reference) and send us the mail with details about the name of the ancestor, your relationship with the deceased ancestor, the gothra/ family name, and thithi of the ancestor so that I can include the same in the sankalpa of the recitals.

Others may get in touch through the email-id indicated with the subject-line "Participation in pitru paksha recitals" - and I will guide you regarding the same.

Some controversial issues regarding the observance of pitru paksha rituals/ shraardham and dharma shastraic clarification for the same

1) There are many persons who feel that Mahaalaya paksha rituals need not be done in honour of step mother (called Sapatnii maataa - by shaastraas); doing it for just one's mother and father is enough. There are some who feel that only the eldest son of the second wife of one's father needs to do the shraardha if the first wife of the father died without issues.

Clarification: Though the eldest son is the first Adhikaari for rituals, when property has been divided among the brothers or when they have started living apart from each other as separate families, shraardha and other pitru rituals need to be done by each brother individually. The same holds true for honoring the Sapatnii maataa (Step mother who has died without issues also). Just think....will that Honourable Mother have taken care of just the eldest son and left the other sons in the lurch if she had been alive and the biological mother had been dead? Please use this logic for your clarity in this regard. Just as the step-mother cannot ignore the other children (nor should she!), the children also should not be partial towards performing rituals in Her Honour for Her Soul - especially if she had died without issues. This applies more sternly in cases where the eldest brother of the family is not alive. Unfortunately many families do this mistake of leaving the poor step-mother (the first wife of one's father who died without issues) after the eldest brother is dead. As long as at least one brother is alive, the sapatnii maataa should be honoured during pitru paksha on the day when you do the shraardha of your father (you can invoke one Brahman priest to represent the step-mother's lineage just as you do for your own mother's lineage). Please note that this guideline does not apply in cases where the other woman has voluntarily left one's father (say divorce), or has been indicted by a dharma parishad for undesirable behaviour and hence denied karma benefits in accordance with dharma shastraic principles after giving ample opportunity to exonerate herself. In cases where the father has done an injustice to another woman (who is no more) and has married one's mother, the son who performs rituals in honour of that wronged woman (father's first wife - who is deemed one's saptnii maataa) redeems himself from that dosha. A righteous son should try to do what he can to set right the wrongs done by his deceased parents - as and when he comes to know of that possibility. Though each person is answerable to his/ her own karma and sins, family doshas do arise out of adharmic activities of one's ancestors and these doshas do affect the family for many generations to come (usually seen as Stree saapa in the horoscope of many members of a family). Such doshas are cleared when that wronged soul is honoured appropriately in consultation with dharma shastraic experts in this regard.

2) Some think that if the annual shraardh is done properly, Mahaalaya paksha (pitru paksha) shraardha/ tarpanam need not be done!

Clarification: If you get double-increment will you say "I already got one; so please ignore me for this increment!" No one does that. Yet, when it comes to accumulating spiritual merit, we often tend to say "I have done that and so I need not do this." This attitude of excusing ourserlves from dharmic duties should be overcome consciously. Rather, we should think that the Mahaalaya paksha is a God -Given opportunity for us to honour our pitrs yet again. In fact, Mahaayalaya Paksha shraardh is mandatory, and there is no way out of it, and the benefits accruing out of Mahaalaya paksha shraardha/ tarpanam are actually more than what can accrue out of annual shraardha. The pitru paksha observance gladens our pitrus and we should not miss it for any reason. If we are unable to offer the shraardha/ tarpan on the thithi of our father, we should at least do it on the other special days like Mahaa Bharani, Madhyaashtami, or Mahaalaya Amaavasya (any one of these days). We should not miss it giving any excuse - because no such excuse exists!

3) There are some who think that if Gaya Shraardha has been done, there is no need for Mahaalaya paksha shraardha/ tarpanam.

Clarification: Gaya Shraardha is definitely a wonderful ritual for satisfaction of pitrs. But, having done that is no excuse for exempting oneself from Mahaalaya paksha tarpanam/ shraardha and annual shraardha. These should be continued as long as one is alive (or at least till one is healthy enough to carry on the rituals). Only those who are bed-ridden are exempt this due to obvious reasons! It is a sin to skip these rituals in mistaken sense of having attained a level where these are not necessary - no human being living an ordinary life is exempt these karmas. Even great rishis who were highly spiritually evolved and avatars like Shri Raama, Shri Krishna, have observed these, and obviously we are not above all of them in our spiritual standing! Only sanyaasins are exempt these because they don't have karmaa adhikaara (ritual right to perform a karma). Everyone else who has karmaadhikaara (due to death of one's parents) should observe this - even if they have done the Gaya Shraardha and Akshaya vata pinda daan.

4) Only those who have lost their parents can do any ritual to satisfy pitru devatas..

Clarification:  Shraardhas in Honour of pitrus and tarpanam in their Honour are the only activities that are restricted by the above taboo.

Activities like offering greens to cows in memory of deceased ancestors of the family, recital of Raamaayana chapter to ensure peace to the soul of deceased ancestors,  performing annadhaanam (donation of food to needy) in honour of deceased ancestors, and recital/ arranging recital of Pitru sthothra are austerities that anyone can do in honour of pitrus. In fact, if one's father or other main kartas are not enthusiastic in performing pitru related rituals and there is consequent pitru saapa indicated in charts, descendants of such families, if they are believers must take measures to please pitrus by their own austerities or by arranging suitable recitals for peace of their ancestors.

5) QUESTION: We have pitru dosha in the family but my parents won't do shrardha or any austerity in this regard.

Solution: You may offer greens/ grass to cows; you may organize recital of Ramayana chapters (especially Ganga Avatarana sarga, Samkshepa Ramayana, etc.); you may recite or organize recital of Yama Gita; you may recite Pitru sthothra, or organize recital of it.

Apart from that, you may do simple things like reciting Raama Naama japam and offering arghyam praying that this should give trupti to ancestral souls.


May our members observe these dharmic guidelines in connection with Mahaalaya paksha (Pitr paksha) and become recipients of the Grace of pitrus - our Benevolent Ancestors who have the capacity to shield us from the dangers of existence and improve our luck with their Blessings.

Blessed be.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Paarshva ekaadasi (Parivartini ekaadasi) - Sep 1/ Sep 2, 2017

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Dear Members:

Parviartini ekaadashi also called Paarshva ekaadashi  is believed to be the day when Lord Mahaa Vishnu in His Yoga Nidhra changes his position in sleep - from left side to right side.

Just as the Lord shifts in His Yoga Nidra from one side to another, may His Grace allow you to explore all aspects of your life and may His Grace allow you to expect a positive turn of Fate in your lives!

It is traditional to venerate Lord Mahaa Vishnu in His Form of Vaamana on this day.


1) Sep 1, 2017 for those living in Iceland, USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continents.

2) Smaartha Ekaadasi for those living in West European countries , South European countries, and Scandinavian countries - Sep 1, 2017.

3) Vaishnava ekaadasi for those living in West European countries, South European countries,and Scandinavian countries - Sep 2, 2017.

4) Sarva Ekaadasi (common to both Vaishnava and Smaartha traditions) for rest of the world - including middle-East countries, India, and all countries to the east of India - Sep 2, 2017.

This Ekaadasi is considered to be the most Holy of the fasts that come during the Chaaturmaasya period.

May our members observe this fast and become recipients of Universal Grace.

Blessed be.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Aja Ekaadasi - August 17/ August 18, 2017

Dear Members:

Aja/ Annadaa ekaadasi is a powerful fasting day.

Schedule of observance of the ekaadasi in different parts of the world

Those living in USA, Canada, and other countries of the American continents (North and South America) must observe this on August 17, 2017.

Those living in European countries, countries of the African continent, and Middle-East (Gulf Countries, West Asian Countries) and observing Smaartha traditions must observe this fast on August 17, 2017.

Those living in European countries, countries of the African continent, and Middle-East and observing Vaishnava traditions must observe this on August 18, 2017.

For those living in India and all countries to the east of India must observe this on August 18, 2017.

Glory of this Aja Ekaadasi

The glory of this Aja Ekaadasi has been explained in Brahma- Vaivarta Puraanaa in a discussion between King Yudhishtra and Lord Krishna.

Lord Krishna narrates the legend of King Harischandra, who though a great king of the Surya dynasty, fell from fortune (due to a test of dharma kept by Sage Viswamitra), and lived a miserable existence as a keeper of crematorium - separated from his virtous wife and loving son who even died due to circumstances.

One day King Harischandra came across Sage Gautama and thought "Lord Brahma has created Brahmins just to help others" (i.e. they can suggest powerful remedies to help negotiate vagaries of Fate). He payed his obeisances to the great sage and narrated his tale of woe and requested a remedy to come out of his sorry state of affairs.

Sage Gautama recommended observance of this Aja Ekaadasi Fast which is reputed to absolve one of the karmic effects of sinful activities of the past. King Harischandra duly observed the fast and was reunited with his relatives and also got back his Kingship. After his demise from this Earth, he ascended to Higher Spiritual Regions with all his relatives by the power of this fast.
Lord Krishna says that even those who hear of the glory of this fast or read about this with devotion will get merit equivalent to that obtained by Aswamedha sacrifice!

My notes: This is a shuddha ekaadasi, i.e. it is preferable to fast completely if possible (even avoiding water and fruits/ milk), and keep awake throughout the night. Please note that a full fast is not to be followed by pregnant ladies observing this ritual, or by ailing patients. They should subsist on fruits and milk, and as per shastras they will enjoy the full merit of a full fast due to their special condition.

Observance of this fast rigorously even without other accompanying rituals like Vishu pooja is very powerful. Just chant the name "Om HrishikEshaaya namah" with devotion throughout the day whenever you have time between your regular activities. This has the potential to remove the troubles that we are facing in this existence due to the effect of our past sins, and help us to enjoy peaceful existence.

May our members observe this fast and become freed from the clutches of negative karma, and enjoy peaceful and prosperous lives in a spiritual way.

Blessed be.

Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Vishnupati Punya Kaalam - August 16/ August 17, 2017

Dear Members:

The auspicious Vishnupati Punya kaalam falls on August 17, 2017(this is one of the 4 vishnupati punya kaalams that fall in a year) for persons living in all parts of the world except American continents. Those living in U.S., Canada, Caribbean Isles, and other nations of American continents should observe the punya kaalam austerities on August 16, 2017 itself.

Dharma shaastra says that any meritorious deed done during periods like Vishnupati Punya kaalam will ensure Divine Protection for the next 7 years. Also, the results of the meritorious deeds (punya) get multiplied 1000 times!

The whole day is auspicious and you may perform special worships or charities at any time from dawn of the date mentioned (16th August 2017 or 17th August 2017, depending on your geographical location) till the sunrise of the next day. So, even those of you who may have busy schedules should make it a point to some how squeeze time to do special prayers/ meditation on this punya kaalam day and become recipients of Divine Grace.

Reciting sthothras like Shri Vishnu Sahasranaamam, Shrimad Bhaagavatam, Shrimad Raamaayanam, Shrimad Bhagavat Geetha, etc. will be very auspicious on this Vishnupati period. Also, it will be auspicious to offer oblations in Honour of Deities, Sages, and ancestors during this Punya kaalam.

The least you can do is to recite "Raama Raama" whenever you get time throughout the day.

Japa, Tapa, HOma, and Dhaana are the limbs of punya, and by performing any of these on Holy Days like these, we can erase the tough writings of Lord Brahma from our foreheads and have our Destiny rewritten favourably by the Golden nib of the Lord. May our members indulge in charitable/ religious deeds on this Holy Day and become recipients of Divine Grace. Divine Grace is the only Wealth that will never get eroded by "recession" or "macro economic factors." May we earn this Wealth of Divine Grace zealously on Holy Days like these and invest in our own bright future (it is punya that gets translated as good luck - sooner or later!).

Om Namah Shivaya

Om NamO Naaraayanaaya

Shri Raam Jaya Raam Jaya Jaya Raam.

Blessed be


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