Grah Shanti and Astro Pujas
Vedic Astrology says that the occurrence of any event in our lives is primarily driven by the planetary position in the birth horoscope. Certain planetary placements and combinations create Raj Yoga in the natal horoscope and certain other combinations and planetary placements create Doshas in the natal horoscope. This section contains a collection of such Pujas which either helps to reduce the malefic effects of badly placed planets or strengthen the effects of strongly placed planets in the natal horoscope.
According to Parashar Hora Shastra, when Mars occupies any of the following houses 1, 4, 7, 8 or 12 with no benefic aspect then Mangal Dosh (Manglik Dosh) is said to be present.Mangal Dosh may lead to troubled married life. One of the reasons why Mangal Dosha may lead to a troubled married life is because Mars represent masculine energy which brings in the qualities of aggression, passion, will power and courage. Mangal Dosh is like an excessive Mars energy.Parashar Hora also says that a Manglik person should marry a Manglik person to cancel the Mangal Dosha effects. Mangal Dosh Nivaran Puja is also done as a remedy to Mangal Dosh.
Mangal Dosh Nivaran Pooja:
Mangal Dosh Nivaran Puja is done to appease the malefic effects of badly placed Mars in the birth horoscope.
Astrologically, Mars is connected with Tuesday and is the depicter of energy, motivation, will power, self-confidence and ego. Due to its red color, the planet is considered to be furious and masculine, and is depicted as the planet of action in our horoscope. It is also known to influence conflict, competition and domination. Mangal Graha is also the ruler of passion, hence the diseases related to the same are anorexia, addictions, hypertension (high blood pressure), inflammatory conditions and burns. Praying to Mangal Graha can provide relief from these ailments to people. The color associated with Mars is red and white, and the gemstone associated is Red Coral. As per Vedic Astrology Mangal is ruled by Lord Hanumanji.Learn More
The term Navgrah denotes collection of seven solar bodies and two shadow planets which are central to the astrological calculations and beliefs. Navgrahas constitute Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn and the two shadow planets Rahu and Ketu. The collection of these nine “Grahas” or planets in our horoscope are believed to exert an influence on each one of us which leads to our Karmas.
Navgraha puja is conducted by the devotees to appease the malefic effects of badly placed planets in the horoscope and give strength to the planets placed in benefic positions in the horoscope. As per vedic astrology each of the planet in Navgraha has a ruling lord and to please each planet their ruling lords are worshiped in this puja. Navgraha Shanti Puja is a combined Puja for all nine planets. Though this Puja should be undertaken by someone who is going through a bad phase but this Puja can be done by anyone. This Puja can be done once a year by anyone.
Navgrah Puja Basic Vidhi:
Reference: Nityakram Puja Prakash
A small Navgrah Mandal (as shown below) in the NE section of the house. Take Akshat (Rice) in left hand and start reciting Mantra for each planet and leave a few grains of rice through right hand for each planet. This activity is called Ahvan for each planet. The sequence of Ahvan is as follows: Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu.
Agre rahur atho kethu, Sarve Madhya gata graham,
Yogam Kalasarpakhyam, Nripa Sasya VinasanamRahu should be ahead of the ascendant (Lagna), and Ketu should be behind, and all the planets should fall in between these 2 planets and no planet should be in conjunction with either of those 2 planets (Rahu and Ketu).Meaning: Whenever, in a birth chart, all the planets come in between Rahu and Ketu they form a Dosh called Kaal Sarp Dosh. For example if Rahu is in second house, Ketu in eighth house and rest of the seven planets (Sun, Mercury, Venus, Mars, Moon, Jupiter and Saturn) are placed in between these Rahu and Ketu than Kaal Sarp Dosh is said to be formed.Astrologers have a divided opinion on the importance of Kaal Sarp Dosh. Some astrologers consider it very important some do not consider it at all. None of the Vedic texts mention of this Dosh which leads to division of opinion amongst astrologers. The above mentioned verse came in to use sometime after 1950s and it does not appear in any of the Vedic texts.There are 12 different types of Kaal Sarp Dosh and they are classified on the basis of the placement of Rahu and Ketu.Ananth Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in first house, Ketu in the seventh House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Kulik Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in second house, Ketu in the eighth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Vasuki Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in third house, Ketu in the ninth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Shankhpal Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in fourth house, Ketu in the tenth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Padma Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in fifth house, Ketu in the eleventh House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Maha Padam Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in sixth house, Ketu in the twelth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Takshak Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in seventh house, Ketu in the first House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Karkotak Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in eighth house, Ketu in the second House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Shankhchud Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in ninth house, Ketu in the third House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Ghaatak Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in tenth house, Ketu in the fourth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Vishdhar Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in eleventh house, Ketu in the fifth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Sheshnag Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosh is formed when Rahu is placed in twelth house, Ketu in the sixth House and rest of the seven planets are placed in between these two planets.Impact of Kaal Sarp Dosh: This Dosha usually leads to delay and losses in any important work, it may keep your mind unsettled, it may affect health and longevity. An expert astrologer should be consulted to understand the general impact of this Dosha. It will be incorrect to say that everyone who has this combination of planet will suffer as there are many examples of highly successful people with this combination. Some of them are: Pt. Jawahar Lal Nehru, Dhirubhai Ambani, Margaret Thatcher, Nelson Mandela, Sachin Tendulkar, Rajnikanth.Kaal Sarp Dosha Nivaran Puja is usually conducted at a few designated places. Trimbkeshwar in Nashik and Mahakaleshwar in Ujjain are the popular ones for this Puja.
Pitra is referred to our ancestors and family members who are dead. Pitra Dosh is referred to the situation when the departed ancestors or family members have not attained peace or salvation. Importance of blessings from Pitra is explained in Rig Veda (Book 10: Hymn 15). This hymn contains a set of 14 verses and these verses outlines the importance of pleasing Pitra along with the basic procedure to please them and benefits of pleasing the Pitra.
Following are three important verses from Rig Veda which speak about Pitra:
आच्या जानु दक्षिणतो निषद्येमं यज्ञमभि गर्णीतविश्वे |
मा हिंसिष्ट पितरः केन चिन नो यद व आगःपुरुषता कराम ||
Rig Veda: Book 10 - Hymn 15 - Verse 6
Bowing your bended knees and seated southwards, accept this sacrifice of ours with favour. Punish us not for any sin, O fathers, which we human frailty have committed.
आसीनासो अरुणीनामुपस्थे रयिं धत्त दाशुषे मर्त्याय |
पुत्रेभ्यः पितरस्तस्य वस्वः पर यछत त इहोर्जन्दधात ||
Rig Veda: Book 10 - Hymn 15 - Verse 7
Lapped in the bossom of purple mornings, give riches to a man who give oblations. Grant your sons a portion of that treasure and give them energy.
ये नः पूर्वे पितरः सोम्यासो.अनूहिरे सोमपीथंवसिष्ठाः |
तेभिर्यमः संरराणो हवींष्युशन्नुशद्भिः परतिकाममत्तु ||
Rig Veda: Book 10 - Hymn 15 - Verse 8
Our ancient fathers who deserve the Soma (Nectar) who came, most noble, to our banquet. With these let Yama (God of Death), yearning with the yearning, rejoicing eat our offerings at his pleasure.
The above mentioned three verses very clearly highlight the importance of remembering our Pitras along with offering them food of their choice (mostly Kheer).
Astrologically Pitra Dosh is usually seen by Sun - Rahu conjunction or Rahu aspecting Sun in the natal horoscope. The result of Pitra Dosh will largely depend on the house in which Sun and Rahu are conjunct. Moon and Rahu conjunction may also lead to Pitra Dosh, which at times is referred as Maitri Dosh. Some astrologers take Maitri Dosh to be arising on Mother's side and Pitra Dosh on the Father's side. There are some other combination of planets in the birth horoscope which may lead to Pitra Dosh too. An expert astrologer is the best judge to decide over the extent and the effect of Pitra Dosha.
Pitra Dosh may arise due to any of the following reasons:
- Bad deeds (bad karma) of our ancestors in earlier life
- Bad deeds (bad karma) of children, knowingly or unknowingly, embarrassing the soul of the ancestors
- Unfulfilled desires of our departed ancestors
- Intentionally done abortions may lead to Pitra Dosha.
- A sudden and unnatural death of any relative / ancestors in early age. If someone fails to remember and honour the ancestors properly.
Some of the impacts of pitra dosh on individuals are:
- Pitra Dosha may bring to disgrace to the family
- Pitra Dosha results in repeated failure in examinations
- Obstructions in conceiving baby
- Delay in marriage and strained married life
- Kids may frequently fall ill
Pitra Dosh Nivaran Puja helps in overcoming the negative impacts of Pitra Dosh. This Puja is often performed at a few designated places like Gaya, Banaras, Pehowa, Tryambkeshwar, Hardwar etc. Gaya is believed to be the best place for Pind Daan and it is believed that many mythological figures like Lord Rama, Yudhistra, Bhisma Pitamaha, Marichi (Brahma’s son) performed Pind Daan at Gaya. Some people choose to perform this Puja at home too. An expert astrologer or a senior Pandit should be consulted when performing this Puja at home.Learn More