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Encyclopedia of Vedic Astrology: Remedies: Yagna and Pooja, Chapter VI, Part – 4

Dr. Shanker Adawal

Mool Shanti Yagyas

These special Yagyas are performed to alleviate the negative effects of the natal Moon’s position in Aswini, Ashlesha, Magha, Jyeshtha, Moola or Revati. Depending on the natal chart, they may be combined with Yagyas to Ganesha, Durga, Vishnu or Siva, or with the Navagraha Shanti Yagna.

Naagvali Pooja

This specialized Pooja is understood to nullify the effects of Kala Sarpa Yoga in the birth chart (“the yoga of the Serpent of Time” which occurs when all planets move towards Rahu or Ketu.)

Kumbha Vivaha

This specialized ceremony for women is performed to neutralize certain Jyotish Yogas (such as Vaidhavya Yoga) that indicate widowhood or divorce.

Poojas for Benefic Influence on a New-Born Child

When a baby is born a Graha Shanti Yagna is also performed to help clear the path of any obstacles to the newborn’s evolution. In addition to the Graha Shanti ceremonies there are also specific Yagyas to ensure the good health of a new-born child whose birth chart has certain unfavourable combinations. These ceremonies include Mool Shanti and the Naagvali Pooja to nullify Kala Sarpa Yoga. These Yagyas may also be appropriate for adults with certain planetary combinations.

Yagyas for Important Life Transitions
There are also Traditional Vedic Ceremonies to ensure smooth passage into virtually every new important state of human life. These ceremonies are performed on specially selected days that may precede the event or that may occur as an integral part of the specific transition.

These ceremonies for various life stages include:

1. Conception
2. Entering School
3. First Feeding of Grains (Annaprasan)
4. First Hair-Cutting (Chowla)
5. First Time Out-of-Doors for the Baby
6. Initiation into Vedic Studies (Upanayan)
7. Marriage Vedic Wedding Ceremony
8. Name-Giving (Namakaran)
9. Piercing the Ears (Karanchhedan)
10. Safe Delivery and Birth
11. Start of Study of Alphabet (Vidyaramba)
12. Strengthening the Unborn Child (Seemanta)
13. Vastu Shanti Ceremonies:
i) Ground-Breaking for House Building (Bhoomi & Vastu Pooja)
ii) Establishing Door Frame in New Building
iii) Entering a New Home or Building
14. Starting a Business
15. Wedding Anniversaries
16. Performance of Funeral Rites
Performance of Rites to Honour the Deceased (Narayanvali).

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