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What is Rahu and Ketu in Hindu Vedic Astrology

f. w. murnau faust GIF by Maudit


MEANING the Supreme Lord seats himself in the hearts of all his creatures, setting them into action, deluding them as if they are being so driven by some mechanical power. Action begets reaction and thus Karma is anadi, i.e., beginning less and endless. Karma is productive of good and bad; and one has to enjoy the fruits of the good and bad karma done by him during this birth or the previous ones. Nobody is free from this vicious circle.

What is that branch of knowledge which enables one to know the nature and course of his past karma, which shapes the present life? This is astrology.

What is the scope of astrology? This is already laid down by Bhattotpala in his Laghu-jataka.

Yadupachitamanyajanmani nrunam shubhashubharn karmanah pattim;

vyanjayati shastrametat tamasi dravyani deepaiva.

Meaning just as a lamp reveals to an observer the various things kept in a dark place, so also the shastra throws light on the accumulated net result of good and bad of past karma which works out in his present birth. There is a certain amount of freewill to add to his good karma or to spoil him further.

The indicators of the course of life are the planets who hold sway over all beings–sentient and non-sentient–in the field of astrology.

What is strength of the planetary cabinet?

The strength is sevenfold. (Grahaparamkota-yahamukhyassaptaha). There are innumerable planetary orbits but only seven are important. Trans-Saturnian’s planets are not recognized in Hindu Astrology. Nevertheless VarahaMihira, in his magnum opus BrihatJataka, has made a passing reference to Rahu and Ketu. Jaimini has also mentioned saptanamashtanamva, there- by recognizing Rahu but leaving out Ketu.

This is also true for Ketu’s position is opposite to that of Rahu. By knowing Rahu’s position we have to add merely 180° to get Ketu’s position. This method is followed while working out eclipses.

The Rahu and Ketu in Hindu Vedic Astrology

The inclusion of the Moon’s nodes amongst planets is definitely a matter belonging to post-Vedic age. Although eminent astrologers disagree in the details about Rahu-Ketu’s effects on the life of human being, they agree on one point, viz., that these are malefics creating various kinds of troublesome situations. In the beginning, Saturn and Mars were the only two known malefic planets. But later on, when certain events could not be explained by the transits of Saturn and Mars, they were forced to assume the existence of some other planets which are invisible (adrishta). Saturn was the last planet visible to the naked eye and used to be called the door-keeper (dwarapala) of the solar system. Modern astronomy now deals with the movements of three more planets Herschel, Neptune and Pluto, which are not divisible and are found to be creating certain peculiar situations. The ancient seers were therefore, forerunners of the conception of some more planets which are invisible and appear to have named them as Rahu and Ketu.

An aspect of the Dasa periods of several planets lends a support to the above view. Rahu, for example, has been allotted 18 years for its influence, while Ketu has been given only 7 years, Why this variation? This may have been due to the fact that according to the ancient seers, Rahu and Ketu were really some invisible planets, having different motions, and were not the pair of the Moon’s nodes of modern conception.

Rahu is supposed to be a distress-giving planet. He afflicts a radical with regard to matters governed by the house in which he is situated at birth. Similarly, he is said to act in accordance with the planet he may be associated with. While Rahu is the significator of troubles on account of departed souls, ghosts and snake-poisons, Ketu is said to govern the night, the time of journey, gambling, gains through immoral sources, and so on. Rahu sometimes indicates events pertaining to father’s father and Ketu, mother’s father (sarpenaivapitamahamtushik-hinammatamahamchintayet). Rahu is said to be very powerful in the 3rd, the 6th and the 11th (trishadekadaseRahuhu) and create painful events, if situated in the 5th, 7th, and 12th houses.

Standard works on astrology describe at length the nature of persons born with Rahu in each of the 12 houses. Similarly, the effects of Ketu are described house-wise. But, when Ketu necessarily occupies the house opposites to that of Rahu, how could the effects be different? For example, when Rahu is in the 1st house, Ketu must be in the 7th, or when Rahu is in the3rd, Ketu is taken to be in the 9th. The astrological works say that one born with Rahu in the 3rd is very pious, powerful, gets happiness from brothers, is valorous; one born with Ketu is impious, has a secretive nature holds pretentious designs, hates people and tends to attain gains through immoral means. How to account for such pairs of opposite effects? I feel, the results have been described for Rahu and Ketu, regarding them as actual planets which are invisible and not as the Moon’s nodes.

“Always ready to bestow on his devotees riches and plenty, friendly and loving, adorned with sandal paste, flowers and an umbrella–all of blue colour, armed with a sword and skin, seated south-faced on a throne and surrounded by all saktis, may the Dark Blue Rahu be pleased.”

“Decked with silk, flowers, garlands, sandal paste and an umbrella–all of variegated colours and seated in a divine car thou goeth round the mount Meru. Born of Jaimini’s family under Abhijit star may that four-armed, deathless, effulgent Ketu seated south- faced on the throne make us all happy for ever with wealth and abundance."

THESE prayers from the Vedic hymns show clearly that Rahu and Ketu had been recognized even in those days among the Navagrahas (nine planets). The Sun and the Moon are said to be Prakasha (shining) grahas; Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn as Tara Grahas while Rahu and Ketu are styled as Thamograhas. Rahu is worshipped for health and prosperity. Ketu in spite of his awe-inspiring appearance instills divinity in human beings and leads them to the path of liberation. These shadow planets visible only at the time of eclipse are propitiated by mantras and oblations to ward off the poison-laden rays emanating from the eclipsed Sun and Moon.

These two planets, for reasons not yet known, have not been dealt with in detail as the other seven planets by any seer or sage of astrology. From what little guidance they have given us, we have to build up by indepth research.

RAHU plays a very important role in astrology. The Westerners do not appear to have shown much interest in the astrological effects of Rahu. But many Indian astrologers show their competence in predicting events only by considering the radical and transitory positions of Rahu.

It is intended to show how there have been different conceptions about Rahu in different ages, and even by accepting the present-day conceptions of the Moon’s node as Rahu, there appears to be a need of some modification.

Dr. Shanker Adawal
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Effects of Rahu and Ketu in 12 Houses

Effects of Rahu in Houses

First house: Sticky, leader of the family, talkative, red eyes, addicted to evil deeds and sinful acts, a high degree of perseverance, and assiduous.

Second house: Inclined to steal and earn by unfair means, full of egoism and self-importance, miserable, one who earns his livelihood by selling fish and flesh, mixing with people of low morals.

Third house: Generally, loses brothers; but in well placed signs, he gives happiness, wealth, children, wealthy and beautiful wife, horses, conveyances, elephants and royal comforts.

Fourth house: One forsaken by the goddess of wealth, relatives, loved by low people and great thereby, tale-bearing, sinful, blessed with only daughter and weak partner.

Fifth house: Deprives the native of his only son, short- tempered, when aspected by malefic gives absent-mindedness and forgetfulness.

Sixth house: Destroyer of enemies, blessed with sons, wealth, enjoyment. In special signs, he destroys all hurdles and impediments in the way of progress and adulterous in character.

Seventh house: Gives female pleasures in various walks and himself gets a spendthrift wife; with other malefic making the wife sinful, and of crooked views and ill-natured.

Eighth house: Makes the native sickly of lasting diseases, sinful, fearless of consequences, thieving, emaciated, wealthy, deluded into lavishness.

Ninth house: Causing troubles to others, not living a righteous life or keeping up to one’s code of conduct, tale-bearing, ill-dressed, pleasing his blood relations, unfortunate, one who is easily thwarted by enemies and opponents.

Tenth house: Sensual, covetous of others wealth, poor, ill- clad and dirty, devoid of happiness, wanderer or rambler to far-off places and countries, wavering and wicked.

Eleventh house: One who controls his mind, and senses, bluish tint, attractive to look up, man of few words, living in places other than his own, well-versed in the Vedas and scriptures, indecisive and sometimes acting shamelessly.

Twelfth house: Devoid of religious scriptures and wealth, abject suffering, benefit of wife, living in foreign places, unhappy, diseased nails, ugly appearances, wasteful.

Effects of Ketu in Houses

First house: Troublesome to his relations, afraid of evil persons and getting mental unrest thereby, always worried over wife and children, sunken nature, bodily ailments, windy complaints.

Second house: Buoyancy of spirits, wealth, grains and land confiscated by state, diseases of the mouth, quarrelling with family members, respected for his speech and talks. When in benefic signs, he gets all happiness and comforts.

Third house: Defeat of enemies, quarrel-some, wealthy, happiness and prosperity, influential, destroyer of friendship, diseases of the shoulders and arm, anxious and brooding nature.

Fourth house: Bereft of mother’s love and happiness, or help from friends, loss of paternal property. But in good signs, he gives good relation and dwelling in other places than his own native place.

Fifth house: One who gets inflictions from his brothers, suffering from windy complaints, mental torture, limited items, commanding servants and position?

Sixth house: Suffers ill-treatment and defamation from uncles, destroyer of enemies, happiness through quadrupeds and conveyances, low thinking, healthy and free from diseases.

Seventh house: One who gets worried over or during journeys and on return finds wealth lost, fear of watery accidents, illness of wife, expenditure and mental agony (for Scorpio, he is always beneficial financially and otherwise also).

Eighth house: Diseases of the excretory system fear of accidents from conveyances, locking up of wealth. But in Aries, Taurus, Gemini, Virgo and Scorpio, he is immensely beneficial.

Ninth house:  End to sufferings, desirous of having male issues, advancement through foreigners or people of lower caste, grief due to brothers, diseases of arm, instinct for cure, would require penance, rites and gifts.

Tenth house: No happiness to or from father, deformity, suffering, difficulties, troubles from conveyances. But while in Aries, Taurus, Virgo and Scorpio, identical with the tenth house, he becomes good and destroys all opposition.

Eleventh house: Fortunate and lucky, learned, fine personality, healthy and well dressed, impressive, sometimes timid, devoid of pleasure from children, gains from various sources.

Twelfth house: Diseased legs, excretory system and waist, devoid of happiness from uncles, getting respect from royal personages, spending on good objects, destroyer of enemies and opposition.

Dr. Shanker Adawal
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Face Reading through Nakshatras

door GIF by Miike SnowNakshatra-based prediction are well known and a minute analysis of the degree of the Planet and Lagna tells many things and sufficiently accurately. Without dwelling on various aspects of Nakshatras, I would just tell you about the face reading-knowledge to be gained with experience and God-gifted institution. Faces become responsible for love marriages and other mutual attractions. Face indicates forehead, cheeks, chin, ears and general shape including that of the nose. What one has to do is to bring the face of the Native in any sign from Aries to Pisces and after knowing the sign, co-relate the characteristics with Lord of the sign i.e. the planet concerned- The Sun, The Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn. After that your knowledge about Nakshtra an what type of figure a specially on account of lines in the forehead including baldness. Before processing further, I may mention that I have already test checked the placement of Saturn with reference to some persons who are badly-partially or full. Now about each Nakshtra:

  1. Aswini-ruled by Ketu in Aries ruled by Mars - Head, cerebral hemisphere-Fat, large eyes, short nails, walks very fast- Beautiful countenance-Forehead broad and nose little bigger.
  1. Bharni-ruled by Venus in Aries ruled by Mars - Female have beautiful figure with white teeth though not in proper arrangement. In general, - large forehead, bright eyes, medium size and less hair – also long neck and face.
  1. Kritik Venus a – ruled by Sun in Aries and Taurus ruled by Mars - Middle stature with prominent neck, thick neck but stout, sympathetic eyes, solid built, big shoulders, commanding appearance.
  1. Rohini owned by Moon in Sign Taurus ruled by Venus - Normally slim physique-short and faty persons-at-tractive eyes with magnetic force, appearance beautiful and attractive (some have round face) with well developed mussels.

  1. Mrigsara owned by Mars partly in Taurus ruled by Venus and partly in Gemini ruled by Mercury - Beautiful and stout body, tall, moderate complexion, thin legs but long arms. Some females in this Nakshatra are very beautiful.

  1. Ardra-ruled by Rahu in the sign Gemini ruled by Mercury - Different shapes and structures-slim, short and fat lengthy structures. Female get charming eyes and permanent nose.

  1. Punarvasu owned by Jupiter partly in the Sign in Gemini and partly in Cancer- Mercury and Moon - Ear, throat, shoulder blades. Lone face and handsome, long thigh. Identification mark on face or on the backside of head.

  1. Pushya – owned by Saturn in Cancer ruled by the Moon - Lungs, stomach and ribs. Difficult to describe or define body of Pushya Nakshtra-varying size noticed- Generally medium. Some type of scar on the face or a mole on the fact.

  1. Ashlesha owned by Mercury in Cancer ruled by Moon - Heart and spinal cord-rude appearance but shout body.

  1. Magha ruled by Ketu in Leo ruled by Sun - Prominent neck and hairy body. Mole in the hands or beneath the shoulders. Medium size but innocent looking. Females have long hair.

  1. Purvaphalguni owned by Venus in Leo ruled by Mercury - Stout body-mixed complexion but attractive personality. Snubbeds nose. For females-double chin with medium height.

  1. Uttaraphalguni owned by the Sun in Leo and Virgo - Normally a tall and fat figure. Long nose and a mole on the right side of the neck. For females, medium height soft body but with a bigger nose.

  1. Hasta owned by the Moon in Virgo ruled by Mercury - Tall and stout but short hands-Mixed type of complexion-Mark (scar type) on the upper right hand or beneath the shoulder. Female are very beautiful, attractive with soft body. (Actresses and beauty queen may belong to this Nakshtras).

  1. Chitra ruled by Mars in Virgo and Libra ruled by Mercury and Venus respectively - Lean, stout and tall body-peculiar structure for recognition. Females, beautiful and fleshy. Natural long hair but may go in for hair cut as per modern conditions.

  1. Swati ruled by Rahu in Libra ruled by Venus - Have a look at the feet to know how ankle is rising fleshly body.

  1. Vishakha owned by Jupiter in Libra and Scorpio ruled by Venus and Mars - Round face-bright and attractive appearance both kinds-farty and long structure and other lean and short structure. Woman here are can beautiful and attractive.

  1. Anuradha owned by Saturn in Scorpio ruled by Mars - Normally beautiful face with bright eyes but with malefic influence, native may have cruel looks. Woman have beautiful waist.

  1. Jeyashtha owned by Mercury in Scorpio ruled by Mars - Attractive countenance but with defective teeth-gap or bulging out-woman have curly hair, broad face and height above average.

  1. Mula owned by Ketu in Saggitriurs owned by Jupiter - Good physical appearance with beautiful hands and bright eyes – an attractive person. For women nor black nor white – swarthy in complexion-gaps in teeth.

  1.  Purva – ashade owned by Venus in Saggitriurs owned by Jupiter - Lean and Tall body, long ears with beautiful eyes, narrow waits but arms are long-attractive physical features. Women are beautiful with almond wyes. Long nose and graceful look. Brown colored hair.

  1. Uttarashada owned by Sun in Saggitriurs and Capricorn owned by Jupiter - Tall figure-broad heard, long nose, bright eyes-charming and graceful appearance with fair complexion. Females though stout but may not have beautiful hair, forehead larger and nose longer.

  1. Sravana owned by the Moon in Capricorn ruled by Saturn - Small height but attractive features-peculiar sing on face-mole/mark etc. or black beneath shoulder. Females have prominent nose and distance in teeth, broad facelean and thin.

  1. Dhanisha owned by Mars in Capricorn and Aquarius - Lean body, lenthy figure, some may have stout figure. Female's handsome and ever looking young-inviting appearance with thick lips. In some cases teeth protruding outside lips noticed.

  1. Satbhisha owned by Rahu in Aquarius owned by Saturn - Soft bodies, wide forehead, attractive eyes, prominent nose, buldged abdomen, appear to be aristocrat. Females-fairly handsome, elegant disposition, fleshy lips broad with prominent temples and buttocks.

  1. Purvabhddrapada owned by Jupiter in Aquarius and Pisces ruled by Saturn - Medium size-both in length and body-Broad cheeks with fleshy lips. Females neither fat nor lean-slim and beautiful appearance.

  1. Uttar-bhadrapada owned by Saturn in Pisces ruled by Jupiter - Attractive and innocent looking having magnetically force. Even a middle smile makes the other attractive. Females-medium height with stout body and protruding eyes

  1. Revati owned by Mercury in Pisces ruled by Jupiter - Very good physic-moderately tall and fair complexion. Females are also very beautiful and can be recognized for magnificent personality. Face is the index of man. I have tried to give you insight to the potentionalities of the native with reference to Nakshtra.

Shanker Adawal

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Wealth Giving Planets and Other Combinations

planets GIF by Winston DukeMost of your aware about certain principles and yogas responsible for giving wealth. I have already given little combination in the articles which have been published in this Journal.

At the outset I must tell you that all consulters, what ever the status may be, the first and leading question put to the Astrologer is "what is the financial position. When I well get income and how much wealth I well get" and all these connected questions. It has been noticed that every body wants to get wealth irrespective of the fact whether he has the capacity to of the job or not. 'Karma' is not to be performed thought the income/wealth is desired. We have some combinations in astrology when the native gets wealth without slightest effort – the cases of natives born in rich families and those getting wealth in legacy are well known.

 There are broadly two types-one who gets the wealth by mere birth in the rich family and other who has to work hard to get wealth and the particular dash/antra dash of a planet does help the native to achieve his target by setting a new business etc. Such people are called 'self-made' people and also paving way for their children to be 'rich'. But in some cases it has been seen that even the natives who get riches in legacy or form their parents, can destroy the same by 'Karma' i.e. because of the bad planetary position at birth, they cannot maintain the wealth got by them.

Apart from the Dash/antra-dash of the planet, the transit of the planet is equally important. Most of the principles have been considered in the old articles. Here we will discuss the results of the planets while transiting various sign/Nakshtra with-references to acquisition or destruction of wealth got on inheritance.

There are various ways for acquisition of wealth and one of them is acquisition of wealth by inheritance, as is known to all, refers to acquisition of property, both movable and in movable after the death of the parents or other personal relations who may have made the native as his legal hair.

Whatever be the question, a look at the Lagna and Lagna Lord cannot be ignored. Well placed Lagna and Lagna Lord would enhance the chances of acquisition of inherited property and weak Lagna and Lagna Lord may give rise to various types of litigation even with regards to properties left buy the ancestors.

For the purpose of inheritance, 8th house is most significant and all maters, apart from other matters represented by 8th house and 8th Lord, which relate to legacies, gifts, unearned wealth, hidden wealth and secret wealth etc. have to be looked form the 8th house. It may also be noted that 8th house is also the house of longevity and THE SATURN is significators of 8th house.

For locating wealth/treasury, Jupiter is the planet of treasury as per Jatak Parijat. Kupiter represent many things but of our purpose it would suffice to say that it become the representative of wealth/treasury etc.

Even according of Prashara Hora, wealth of the dead comes under the 8th house. It is stated in Prashara Hora that if 2nd lord is in 2nd or in an angle or in a trine will promote one's wealth but 2nd lord in 6/8/12 may deteriorate the financial conditions. Further, in will be wealthy if Jupiter is in the 2nd as the lord of 2nd or is with Mars. However, it has been noted that the Jupiter should be the ruler of 2nd for the native to become wealthy and this applies to Scorpio and Aquarius Lagna person. These people may check for themselves. Similarly, if the 2nd lord is in the 11th while 11th lord is in the 2nd, the native will acquire wealth. It would suffice to refer to one principle of Sarvartha Chintamani i.e. if the 2nd, the lord is located in its sign of exaltation or in its Mooltrikona in the 11th house, the lord of the lagna is strong and 2nd lord is located in Kendra, the native rules as a king i.e. acquisition of much wealth is indicated.

Potential of the 2nd lord and 2nd house cannot be ignored with regard to acquisition of property even by inheritance. Even according to Dr. B.V.Raman (How to judge a Horoscope), there will be acquisition of lands, cars, houses and financial advantages if the 2nd lord is in the 4th house with 4th Lord. Such persons may also inherit prosperity from mother or maternal grand – father.

Lagna Lord in the 2nd house is capable of giving good income and wealth. But if the Lagna Lord is associated with a malefic and placed in the 2nd house, it indicates loss of wealth.

Getting wealth, even on inheritance by wife, is indicated when the lord of the 2nd house is connected with 7th house/7th lord and is placed in Lagna.

If the Lagna Lord of the 2nd house have exchanged houses i.e. Lagna Lord in the 2nd houses and 2nd lord in Lagna, one is capable of getting and accumulating wealth.

Guru-Mangal Yoga i.e. Jupiter and Mars combining together also gives wealth specially if the 2nd house and 2nd lord get involved with this combination.

Association of 2nd lord with any of the two benefices i.e. Jupiter or Venus is capable of giving good amount of wealth.


  1. If the Moon is very weak and is neither associated nor aspected by benefits and there are no planets on either side of the Moon
  2. If the lords of 2nd and 12th houses exchange with each other. However, some exception is given by Venus in the 12th house.
  3. If the lord of the 2nd house is debilitated and has no strength.
  4. If the Saturn and the Sun are placed together in the 2nd house.

Apart form above, I have collected some other principles for acquisition of wealth by inheritance and they are:

              I.      Transit of Jupiter in the 8th house is capable of giving sudden gain of money and property, also trust-money apart from unexpected inheritance if the Jupiter in the natal chart is powerful supported by other good yogas.

           II.      Placement of Venus in the 12th house in one or more Lagnas i.e. Janama Lagna, Chandra Lagna and also Surya Lagna. But 12th house is an inauspicious houses-hence this principle need to be checked in actual practice. However, the view is also supported by B.Suryanarain Rao in his compendium of Astrology that Venus in 12th house makes the native wealthy though of questionable character.

         III.      The Sun in 9th house is capable of giving much inherited property.

        IV.      Lord of an auspicious house becomes Retrograde. Please check your horoscope, specially for Aries Lagna the beneficial planet Jupiter became Retrograde in its own sign Sagittarius. For later retrograding of planets, consult the Editoe.

           V.      The simple principle of acquiring wealth is that if Jupiter aspects Mercury. Even according to Bhavartha Ratnakara, the placement of Venus in the 12th house produces yoga to confer wealth and enjoyment. And according to Phaladeepka, when Venus occupies the 12th house, the person will have much wealth and enjoyment. Form the historical horoscopes; it is found that Queen Victoria had Venus in the 12th house from all the three Lagnas. Even Vsrahamihira had said that Venus in the 12th house makes a person wealthy.

        VI.      Venus in 6th house also produces yoga as per Bhavaratha Ratnakara but there is difference of opinion with regard to Venus being in 6th house specially if it happens to be lord of 2nd. If the lord of 2nd house id situated in 6th or 12th, it is an evil combination for wealth.

Summing up my discussion, it is stated that all the combinations for acquisition of wealth even through inheritance are part of guidance. One should be well equipped with all the astrological principles before making any pronouncement. The horoscope must be judged fully and from all angles and one should be very careful in giving predictions as the results would depend on several considerations. One should not ignore Navamsha and other avgas. As already stated, Jupiter is a wealth giving planet Dhanakara, and it gets exalted in Cancer ruled by the Moon, it is strong in its own signs Saggitarius and Pisces (now a day Jupiter is in Aquarius). Well placed and strong Jupiter is capable of giving good amount of wealth.

Benefic planets in the 4th house are good fro property, land, conveyances and happiness. One is said to earn well if both the lords of the 10th house and 2nd house happen to be in Kendras or Trikonas.

The Sun, the Moon and the Lagna constitute Tripods of life. Among these vital points, the Moon is the controller of wealth and financial prosperity and Jupiter, Dhamakarka is the dominating planet for wealth. Thus we have Gaj-Kesari Yoga had been noted even in the horoscope of beggars and other poor persons. Accordingly, as indicated, above the totality of the horoscope must be seen even when the horoscopes have exalted planets but may not have the required strength to give the desired riches/wealth to the native.

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Maha-Mrityunjaya Chant?

The deity one worships is also known, among other matters of life, from the Birth Chart. A look at the birth chart would indicate the position of Lagna Lord, Jupiter, 5th Lord and 9th Lord. All these factors combined with aspect of the Lagna Lord, 5th Lord and 9th Lord and by these planets on each other does help in knowing the spiritual- cum- religious bent of mind of the native. Further, persons born with Jupiter in 5th house or 9th house automatically get to the worship of Lord Shiva in one form or the other. Some say that Jupiter in Lagna also gives the same bent of mind and the natives get the institutive powers. Without multiplying the astrological principles, the delineation and analysis of the Mantra of Lord Shiva would be helpful for all to know the inbuilt strength in the Mantra and how it is useful in every walk of life. 

2. Recitation of Mantra has come to us from ancient times and the power of a Mantra as laid down in Vedas, Tantra Shastras and other scriptures is well known. Rather, it would be apt to say that taking refuge in Mantras has come to stay as a way of life. Mantra be small or it may be a big and the smallest. The smallest and single but very powerful word is ‘Aum’, and small mantra can be ‘Om Nama Shivaye’, Little lengthy Mantra can be Maha Mritunjaya Mantra or Gayatri Mantra and still we have more lengthy mantras of Lord Ganesha and other divine forces.

3. Mantras have been recognized as one of the efficacious means to invoke the blessing of a specifics deity and the results achieved have to be with the devotion of the native concerned (Sadhaka’s devotion) and I would like to say that if a Mantra is recited without expecting any reward, the result would be more beneficial and automatic.

4. Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra can overcome untimely death- rather it can help the native to come out of the jaws of death and also to get rid of death- like troubles. In addition, recitation of this Mantra can help the native to get all things including getting children, prosperity in business or profession, in getting happy married life, getting union of the separated couples if they show the intention for re- union, victory over enemies, getting favorable judgments in litigation and all matters troubling the native from womb to tomb.

5. It has been seen that some people, short of enlightenment, question the validity of this Mantra but in my opinion they have not honestly tried this Mantra with the needed devotion or they have not come in contact with genuine persons who could give guidance. Mantras are not more letters or group of letter but they have the divine force in their vibrations when recited. Lord Shiva himself said in ‘Chandi Vidhana’. 

This means “He is the meanest of men who states that (the idol of) Chandi (a synonym of Sakthi or Parvathi, Lord Siva’s consort) is simply made of mind, Rudra Yamala is simply a book , and Mantras are simply a conglomeration of letter or characters.”

6. Here it is considered apt to refer to an episode in Shiva Puran in the context of Lord Shiva’s Mantra. Sage Dadhicha was struck by king Kshuva by his thunderbold. The broken limbs were joined by Sukra on invocation by the sage and having performed penance by reciting Mahamrityunjaya Mantra, the sage got three booms, immunity from death and absence of distress.

7. On the basis of material published in various books aaabout this Mantra, it is stated that Mahamrityunjaya Mantra consisting of 62 syllables was given to Sukra by Lord Shiva. This Mntra is as under:

Om Haum Om Jum Om Sah Om Bhooh Om Bhuvah Om Svah,
Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam,
Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityor Mukshee ya Maamritat,
Om Svah Om Bhuvah Om Bhooh Om Sah Om Jum Om Haum Om.

8. Maha Mritunjaya Mantra from Yajur Veda consist of 33 syllables and this Mantra as obtained from Yajur Veda in the following from is popularly recited by devotes of Lord Shiva and others:

Om Trayambakam Yajaamahe Sugandhim Pushtivardhanam,
Urvaarukamiva Bandhanaan Mrityor Mukshee ya Maamritat.

9. In certain old texts including Prasara Hora, recitation of Mantra had been recommended for overcoming the bad and malefic effects of planets in their period i.e. Dasa. The effect of each malefic and even benefic would depend on the horoscope. Thus there is need to see the totality of the horoscope and its malefic content on account of signs, planets, strength of planets, how planets improve their position in divisional charts specially in Nnvamsa and Dasamasa.

10. The important point which need consideration is as to when one should commence recitation of Mritunjaya Mantra. It will be effective if one chooses to commence recitation on the day of one’s birth star or the 10th star or the 19th star. Regarding as to how many times, Mantra need to be recited, there is difference of opinion. Deva Karalam in his Chandra Kala Nadi has suggested recitation of this mantra one crore (ten million times) recitation of this Mantra to get rid of killer diseases and also overcome the danger of untimely death. Other have suggestion recitation of one Lakh, one lakh twenty five thousands and the minimum suggestion is to recite this Mantra 108 (one hundred eight) times. However, in view of modern times and less time available with the native, one can start recitation of Mantra 11 times, 21 times, 51 times, and so on though every person can spare time if he has the intention to do.

11. The place for recitation of Mantra is equally important. Preferably the Mantra should be done in a temple particularly dedicated to Lord Shiva. In the alternative, the place to be selected should be a clean spot or holy premises and the place to place so selected is called ‘Divya Desa’. Further, the place should be pure with calm surroundings. The Mantra of Lord Shiva recited before ‘Shivalinga’ or other image of Lord Shiva can give the results in a short span of time.

12. The native should start recitation of this Mantra after prayer to Lord Ganesha- the remover of all obstacles so that no obstacle is faced while starting and during the course of recitation of this Mantra.

13. The timings for recitation of this Mantra should be regularly and not haphazard manner though in the modern times native has to be permitted to recite this Mantra any time any where even shale in office during his spare time. What is needed is the devotion of the native in reciting this Mantra.

14. Normally, Brahama Mahurta i.e. at about 4.00 A.M. is considered beneficial for the recitation of this Mantra. Then at the time of Sun- rise when the native should be free after morning ablutions. The native should not sit on the plain floor as the vibrations produced from the Mantra shall be lost. However, the Mantra can be recited while walking or when the native is having some free time and free mind even while in office. In other words, the native becomes devoted and he can constantly go on reciting this Mantra to be termed as ‘Ajay Japa’.

15. The native should, before starting the Mantra, should lit ghee-lamp (Diya) to the deity and invoke Lord Shiva through this Mantra. The Lord- conquer of death, has three eyes i.e. the Sun, the Moon and the Fire.

16. The number of recitation of the Mantra should be uniform and should not be different on different days. One can start even with number 11 or so and this minimum should be done daily to the extent possible. Then the number of recitation can be increased. The native should lead a strict disciplined life in all manners during the period of recitation as per scheduled programme for this Mantra.

17. Sages have explained the inherent meaning of this auspicious Mantra and some meanings of the words of this Mantra are as under:

i) ‘Tryambakam’ denotes one under whose reign exist three mothers Creators of the Universe i.e. Ichcha Sakti, Kriya Sakti and Gnama Sakti.

ii) ‘Aum’ consisting of three syllables are also three eyes of Lord Shiva.

iii) ‘Sugandhim’ - lord instills auspiciousness everwhere.

iv) ‘Puahti Vardhanam- Lord endowed with the power of increasing ‘Pushti’- strength and potency. It also means Lakshmi.

v) ‘Yajaamahe’ means that the devotee surrenders himself to the Lord ‘Yagya’ is a sacrifice offered to the relevant deity with a specific vow.

vi) ‘Mukshee - ya’ - Ma Amritaat- With recitation of this Mantra, the native shall establish a relationship with the Lord and if once with the Lord, the relationship may not be broken.

18. Mantra of Lord Shiva is also connected with energies of the Lord- direction- wise:

East -   Energy following from East is called Ambika (Trayamabakam Yajaamahe)
South - Energy following from South is called VAAMA (Sugandhim Pushthivardhanam)
West -  Energy following from West is called Lord Mahadeva (Urvaarukmiva Bandhanan)
North - Energy following from North is called Draupadi of Lord Sanjeevaneesa. (Muksheeya Maamaritat).

19. As is known, the Mantra is in two lines. The first line introduces Lord Shiva along with Gauri placed in the right leg of the native. The 2nd line introduces Lord Vyapinesa (Shiva) located in the kept leg of the native. The two lines combined in the entire Mantra denote Lord Shiva as Sarvaakhyesa in the company of his energy called ‘Anaakhya’ spread all-over the body.

20. Mahamritunjaya Mantra is the most auspicious Mantra as per Vedas. Daily recitation of this Mantra alone is sufficient to ward off all evils and curses and has the divine strength to save the native from all difficulities and hurdles of life. The devoted recitation of this Mantra bestows health, wealth and power and also saves the native from ‘akal mrityu’ or untimely death. This mantra is also known as Amrit Sanjivani Nidhya Mantra. For attaining ‘Vidya’ (education), and also for fulfillment of other desires, recite the Mantra while pouring sweetened milk on Shiva Lagna.

21. If you want to recite Mantra, of Lord Shiva or to do any other remedy via Mantra, it is suggested that in Hindu Shastras, remedy should be carried out for a minimum of 40 days and maximum for 43 days continuously. Recitation should be carried preferably between sunrise and sunset and should be started on an auspicious day. Recitation should be done by others though in the case of a sick person, recitation may be done by others.

22. I shall be obliged if the readers may throw more light on the meaning and characteristics of the Mantra of Lord Shiva. The Mantra had been accepted as universal panacea for all diseases and to over- come all obstacles in life.

Dr. Shanker Adawal
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Horoscope of Son can Predict about Father's Past and Future!

father and son lol GIF by SherchleForm the birth chart of son, all matters relating to his father, can be looked on an examination and analysis of the following.

1)      IX House.
2)      Lord of the IX House
3)      Sun, and how placed in the birth chart of Son.
4)      Jupiter

In South India, father is looked from the Xth House but in most of books, Xth house refer to the determination of one's rank, authority, profession, business/ social status and also stand for authority (command). Since Father can command his son, hence, it can be stated that the Xth house is also to be looked for father.

Apart form wealth/ bhagya, IXth house stand for father p receptor. Hence, all things relating to father are to be looked from the Ixth house of the birth chart of the son apart from the position of Jupiter and the Sun.

There are various well laid down principles for determining the health, wealth and longevity of the father from the ninth house of the son. Birth chart has preferably to be of the eldest son or daughter, if any.

Some of the combinations are discussed below.

INDIGENT/ POOR FATHER:- 9th lord debilitated while the 2nd/4th from the 9th is occupied by Mars. (Mars in the 10 or 12th from Ascendant will not allow inheritance).

LONG-LIVED FATHER- 9th Lord in deep exaltation, Venus in Kendra and Jupiter is in 9th form Navamsha Ascendant.

WEALTH AND FAMOUS/FATHER- Lord of 9th in the 10th while 10th lord being aspected by a benefic.

SON: when devoted to father. Sun in deep exaltation and 9th Lord is the 11th or Sun in a trine from the Ascendant and 9th lord in 7th conjunction with or aspect to Jupiter

ENMITY WITH FATHER- Death of father before birth of the native:

a)      Sun in 6th/ 8th/ 12th as the 8th Lord is in 9th, 12th Lord in the Ascendant and 6th Lord in 5th.
b)      Death of father within 1 year of birth of the native: Sun be in 8th and its, lord be in 9th.
c)      Death of father during 3rd/ 16th year of the native- Lordof 12th in the 9th while 9th lord is in debilitated Navamsha.
d)      Death of father in 2nd or 12 year of the native:- Ascendant lord in 8th Lord with Sun.
e)      Death of father in 16th/18th year of the native: Rahu in 8th from 9th (4th from Ascendant) as the Sun is in 9th from 9th (5th from Ascendant).
f)        Death of father in the 7th or 19th year of the native:- Saturn in the 9th from the Moon and the Sun with Rahu.
g)      Death of father in the 44th year of the native:- 9th lord in 12th or the 12th lord in 9th.
h)      Death of father in 35th/41st year of the native:- Ascendant lord in 8th as the Moon is in the Sun's Navamsha.
i)        Death of father in 50th year of the native:- Sun being the lord of the 9th is conjunct with Mars and Saturn.

Without multiplying combinations, it would be better to refer to the following two actual horoscopes and seek your guidance:

The native is son No. 2 of the father. Father expired on 16.08.1988 when the position of planets on that day was as under:

DOB:- 10.11.1959, TOB 9.30 P.M
BAL. JUP. DASHA Y-2, M-04, D-02

The date of father death, 9th house had Rahu and its lord happened to be in 7th house i.e. sing of Jupiter and in turn Ketu had 5th aspect on the 7th house. No other malefic aspect on Sun and Jupiter.

DOB- 4/5-5-1983 POB MUSKAR (PB)
TOB- 12:00 A.M.

Itseld is in the frip of Rahu and Ketu casuing Kala 'Sarap-yoga'. Ninth lord Jupiter is in 5th with Ketu having 4th aspect of Mars with Venus and Moon. Sun and Mercury in the 3rd House are causing Budh-aditya yoga but could not save his father who died on 10th October, 1990 when the position of planets was as under:

From the transit of planet, it is found that the 9th Lord of Jupiter is in Ascendant with Ketu and aspected by Rahu. Moon happens to be in 12th and Saturn in another inauspicious house i.e. 6th i.e. 8th lord in the 6th in the sign of Jupiter. Therefore, 9th House, and its Lord Jupiter were heavily afflicted. Sun in the 3rd house (though with Mercy and Venus) had also the 10th aspect of Saturn and 2nd lord Sun had the 4th aspect of Mars. Apparently, the father of the native had to be in serious trouble and that may why be the death took place on 10th October 1990 when position of planets was as under:

From the transit of planet, it is found that the 9th Lord Jupiter is in Ascendant with Ketu and aspected by Rahu. Moon happens to be in 12th and Saturn in another inauspicious house i.e. 6th i.e. 8th lord in the 6th in the sign of Jupiter. Therefore, 9th House, and its Lord Jupiter were heavily afflicted. Sun in the 3rd house (though with Mercy and Venus) had also the 10th aspect of Saturn and 2nd lord Sun had the 4th aspect of Mars. Apparently, the father of the native had to be in serious trouble and that may why be the death took place on 10th October.

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