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Thursday, February 4, 2016

MahOdaya Punya kaalam - 2016

Dear All:

A very rare and auspicious spiritual moment - termed MahOdayam Punya kaalam operates on February 8, 2016. It operates for the entire day till 8-10 p.m.

Pushya/ Maaga month, Amavasya, falling on a Monday when ruling star is one of Ashwini, Sravanam, Dhanishta, Arudra, or Aslesha) – a very rare occurrence and of merit equivalent to 2 crore Surya Grahana punya kaalam (spiritual brethen reading this blog might be aware of the fact that grahana punya kaalam is a karmic multiplier where the effects of the karma is multiplied manifold times; so you can imagine if that multiplying factor is multiplied 2 crore times what you could get by way of karmic balance when you do austerities during MahOdhaya punya kaalam).  It is auspicious for any austerity (just like Grahana punya kaalam), and also for offering tarpanam to pitrus.  In fact, for Thai Amavasya (Pushya Amavasya) tarpanam on Feb 8th, you should take sankalpam as "MahOdaya punya kaalE" (because this gains precedence over the Amavasya - though the rules regarding tarpanam remain the same).

The same combination happening on a Sunday is called ArdhOdaya punya kaalam.  So, on February 7, 2016 - from around Noon time, ArdhOdhayam Punya kaalam operates for those living in American continents.  MahOdaya punya kaalam operates for a short while in the morning of Feb 8th for those living in the East coast of USA, and Canada.  For those living in other regions of USA, Canada, MahOdaya Punya kaalam does not operate - so, you should prefer the afternoon/ evening hours of Feb 7th for austerities to get the benefit of ArdOdhaya punya kaalam (half of MahOdayam!).

For those living in U.K., and other European countries, the MahOdaya punya kaalam may be observed till Noon of February 8th.

Those living in Middle-east countries (Gulf) may observe this till about 1 hour before sunset at their place (ideally prefer the time around Noon for tarpanam, or other austerities for ancestors, and use the rest of the day for chants/ japams, or other Divine Austerities).

Those living in countries to the east of India may observe MahOdaya punya kaalam austerities on February 8th - just as in India.

It is a dharma shastraic maxim that Kshetra is also an important factor in performance of austerities (which is why even celestials visit certain kshetras in Bharatavarsha for karmic performances) - BUT - in light of the fact that many spiritual persons live in distant lands due to practical situations including career aspirations, I have outlined the way in which they may observe these punya kaalams.

Those of you living abroad, if you have trustworthy priests/ spiritual advisors/ mentors in India, please try to have some dhaanam or austerity done on your behalf in India on February 8th - so that you can get the benefit of "kshetra" also:) [i.e. benefit of having done an austerity of major karmic importance in suitable Kshetra auspicious for the austerity].

Some of the austerities that can be done that way are:

a) Gayathri homam.
b) Ramaayanam chapters recital.
c) Bhagavat Gita recital.
d) Donation to philanthropic activities or religious activities (dhaanams like gift of sacred books, sponsoring spread of religious works, theertha paatra for those who perform austerities, gift of ghee to those who do yagnyas, and dharmams like - offering donations to institutions catering to aged, poor, and destitute).
e) Those who are initiated into mantras (or wish to attempt major siddhi activities by power of mantras) will find this time to be of immense value (for doing things like purascharana - gaining siddhi over a mantra).

Of course, the best thing you can do is - to meditate and try to connect yourself to the Divine Energy that regulates all life in all planes of existence.  You may be surprised at the outcome, as it will be easier to be "one with the Universe" during such spiritually intense period.

We are planning on visit to Shrisailam and performance of austerities there at the Holy Kshetra.  Will pray for all our readers (and especially my disciples and Pradosham group members who have been a source of immense support to me in performance of many austerities all these years).  Will be leaving for Shrisailam on Feb 6th - after Pradosham poojas, spend Feb 7th preparing for the austerities and visiting places of religious importance in that kshetra, and do my austerities there on Feb 8th  - God Willing!

May our readers get themselves involved in some austerity/ charitable activity to get the maximum benefit out of this rare auspicious and spiritually potent period.

Blessed be.

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Shat-tila ekaadasi 2016

Dear Members:

Shat-Tila ekaadashi falls on February 4th this year.  It is to be observed on the same day throughout the world except those living in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji.  Those living in New Zealand, Australia, and Fiji must observe this on February 5th.

Shat-Tila literally means "six sesame seeds." The fast is understaken on this day after consuming a glass of water in which six sesame seeds have been soaked. You have to mix six sesame seeds in water and then take a bath with it first. Then drink a glass of water in which 6 sesame seeds have been soaked, offer oblations to pitrus (deceased ancestors/ rishis of the past) with water mixed with sesame, and then fast on this day. Observing this will help you in winning the six major internal enemies for the soul (Raagha, DwEsha, LObham, Moham, Madam, Maacharyam), and thus ensure your spiritual progress.

Observance of this fast will ensure removal of all sins and help to keep your karmic balance sheet healthy, allowing you to progress through spiritual levels with least of obstacles.

May our members observe this holy fast and enjoy Divine Grace. [Please note that those who are forbidden to fast due to medical indications may observe this fast on a token-basis instead of undertaking a full fast; like - you may consume only fruits, or avoid only rice items, etc. But, please try to observe the fast in some form consistent with your physical condition and environmental conveniences as this is one of the more strongly recommended ekaadashi fasts].

Astrological and Remedial consultant

Sunday, January 24, 2016

Rahu/ Ketu transit -2016

This is about the transit of mean nodes of the Moon (Rahu/ Ketu).  Rahu will transit through Simha rashi and Ketu will transit through Kumbha rashi from January 29, 2016 to  taking Lahiri Chitra Paksha Ayanamsa standard for the calculations.

Why different dates are shown for this peyarchi and which is correct?

You might find different dates for transit on the web - some because they follow vaakya panchanga without the relevant correction as recommended by siddhanta works in astrology and thus may give the Rahu-ketu peyarchi on 8th January 2016/ 9th January 2016 which was observed in many temples.  But, for astrological purposes, it is more correct to consider the mean node for transit calculations - which is what we have done and which is what drig ganitha based almanacs will also suggest. Based on such reckoning, Rahu-ketu peyarchi (transit) is on January 30, 20169-02 a.m. IST and its impact will be till second half of August 2017.  Due to minor ayanamsa differences, some Drig ganitha panchangs show the Rahu/ ketu peyarchi on January 29, 2016 – but as per calculations using siddhanta principles and applying relevant corrections for ayanamsa, I am going to do the austerities only on January 30, 2016


For those born in Mesha rashi (vedic Moon sign in Aries),  Rahu transits the inauspicious 5th house from natal Moon sign.
Women of this sign who are in the family way should undergo regular medical check-ups to rule out complications; relationship with close family members may come under strain. However, the transit of Ketu - in the 11th house from Moon sign can give good gains and career progress. Thus both good and not-so-good results are indicated by this transit. Those appearing for competitive examinations, or have critical appraisals coming up must back themselves by taking extra hard efforts.  Luckily, the good transit influence of Jupiter till August 11, 2016 will cover the tough planetary transit of Rahu till that period, and so, the tough impact will be restricted to the period between August 2016 and August 2017.

For those born in Rishabha Rashi (Moon sign in Taurus), Rahu transits the inauspicious
inauspicious 4th house. Health of elderly relatives - especially mother or mother's father/ mother may cause concern. There could also be relocation related anxieties or wearisome journeys due to professional reasons.  Be very careful if you are planning on purchase/ disposal of property.  Students of this sign must put in extra effort to do well in their studies. Ketu's transiting the 10th house indicates possible good luck in some major projects after strenuous efforts. The effects can be said to be tough but not entirely unmanageable as Rahu and Ketu give different results based on this transit.

For those born in Mithuna rashi (vedic moon sign in Gemini), Rahu transits the
auspicious 3rd house from natal Moon which can give good results and long awaited breakthroughs in life. Auspicious events can materialize for those who have been waiting for wedding bells to ring for a long time.  You can enjoy very good progress if your work is related to communication sector or involves lot of writing/ networking with others. Your luck can be further ennhanced (regardless of your line of work) by taking adventurous decisions.  
 Ketu's transit in the 9th house is slightly challenging for health of self, paternal relatives who are elderly, and overseas prospects - while it is also good for spiritual pursuits and visit to Holy Places.  Also, Ketu's transit causes Vedha (obstruction) to the good effects of Saturn's current transit in the 6th house from your rashi. So, the effects are mixed for you.

For those born in Kataka rashi (Vedic Moon sign in Cancer),
Rahu transits the inauspicious 2nd house while ketu transits the inauspicious 8th house from natal Moon sign. Health could be the main victim of such transits. Regularity in dietary and sleep routines, besides regulating the type of food consumed can go a long way in protecting your health. You must follow the rules of the road carefully while driving, and also be ready to take avoidance actions if the fools at the wheel of the other vehicles come your way impelled by fate – because there is accident-proneness due to this transit. Avoid self-medication at all cost as there is high risk of medicinal allergies.  Also if there are eye infections take immediate medical help and avoid procrastinating on that as eye-problems are strongly indicated during this phase. Watch what you say under all circumstances; there is real risk of spoiling relationships by careless words.  Avoid raising heavy loans for any purpose as far as feasible. The good transit influence of Jupiter will shield you till August 11, 2016, and thus you can find things to be manageable during this phase.  You should exercise additional care/ caution between August 2016 and August 2017.

For those born in Simha Rashi (Vedic Moon sign in Leo), Rahu transits natal Moon sign while ketu transits the 7th house from natal Moon sign; this transit is challenging for Simha rashi natives. Rahu transiting the natal Moon sign will impel you to make mistakes due to miscalculations in life/ illusions. You should avoid taking impulsive decisions; domestic peace may be marred by unnecessary arguments/ anxieties due to influence of Ketu on the 7th house from your rashi. Health of self and elderly relatives may cause concern. The good transit of Jupiter will shield you and reduce the negative effects to some extent after August 11, 2016

 For those born in Kanya rashi (vedic Moon sign in Virgo), Rahu transits the 12th house from natal Moon sign while ketu transits the auspicious 6th house from natal Moon sign. Rahu's transit can cause finanace related controversies, unforeseen expenditure, wearisome journeys and heavy workload at work, possible relocation, etc. Expenditure can mount uncontrollably under the joint influence of Saturn and Rahu on your 12th house. Ketu's transit influence helps in overcoming rival activity and can promote gains by overcoming tough challenges. So, the results are mixed for you. As the transit of Jupiter is also simultaneously tough for your rashi, you must be very careful in all activities and do nothing to tempt Fate.  Take things as they come and try to unlock the knots in your life by systematic action and patient efforts.

For those born in Tula rashi (vedic Moon sign in Libra),
Rahu transits the auspicious 11th house from natal Moon sign indicating removal of obstacles to auspicious events, success, good gains in business, etc. Ketu's transit over the 5th house can cause some anxiety regarding younger family members, trouble from secret rivals, occasional problems of liquidity for businessmen, and possible ill-health for self or other close family members. Thus the results are mixed for you. The good transit of Jupiter till August 2016 will reduce the negative influences and give scope for positive outcomes till August 2016.  You must be more careful in the period between August 2016 and August 2017.

For those born in Vrischika rashi (vedic Moon sign in Scorpio), Rahu transits the 10th house from natal Moon sign, while ketu transits the 4th house from natal Moon sign. You should guard your reputation zealously as there is possible risk of scandals arising out of undesirable association. Health of self and maternal relatives may also be below par. You should be extra-careful in all activities. Students should avoid unnecessary distractions to get good grades. Career luck will be mediocre and success is possible only with hard and conscientious efforts. As the transit of Jupiter is also sensitive until August 11,2016, you must be very careful in all your activities. In the period between August 2016 and August 2017, the transit of Jupiter is auspicious, and so things will be manageable if you take the right efforts and make the right moves.

For those born in Dhanus rashi (vedic Moon sign in Sagittarius),  Rahu transits the auspicious 9th house giving you unexpected positive outcomes, and good luck arising out of punya karma, and Ketu transits the 3rd house from rashi - which is auspicious and can give you improved self-confidence; So, those born in Dhanus rashi have a good influence based on the transit of nodes this time. You have a good spread of dinner on your tables and unless you spoil it, your party is likely to go great in the near future – especially as the transit of Jupiter is also great for your sign until August 11,2016. 
For those born in Makara rashi (vedic Moon sign in Capricorn),
Rahu transits the inauspicious 8th house and ketu transits the inauspicious 2nd house from rashi. There could be obstacles to goals, strained relationship with relatives, fruitless journeys or travelling to distant lands, anxieties due to relocation, delay in getting funds released for auspicious purposes, etc. Be very careful while driving vehicles, and leave nothing to chance while handling sensitive assignments.  Try to err on the conservative/ cautious side during this period as things are tricky for you. As the transit of Jupiter is also tough until August 11, 2016, you need to take measured steps in all that you attempt in your life. The positive transit of Jupiter after August 11, 2016 can moderate things a bit, but don't let down your guard even during that time.
For those born in Kumbha rashi (vedic Moon sign of Aquarius), Rahu transits the 7th house and ketu transits the rashi itself. Transit of both nodes is difficult and much caution is need in all activities. Be diplomatic and guarded in your interactions with members of opposite gender, and be careful while taking new medicines. Health may be below par for elderly natives of this sign - including possibility of allergy to medicines or sudden bouts of illness that are not easy diagnosable. The good transit of Jupiter till August 11, 2016 will reduce the negative impact of this transit, but you need to be extra-careful in the second half of the year 2016.  The good transit of Saturn will make things slightly better in the first half of the year 2017.
For those born in Meena rashi (vedic Moon sign in Pisces), Rahu transits the auspicious 6th house from Moon sign giving success over rivals, and success in all activities. However, transit of ketu is not auspicious as it is in the 12th house from natal Moon sign. So, the results will be mediocre - the good and bad results balancing each other out. Due to auspicious transit of Jupiter after August 11, 2016,  there is scope for positive developments with hard efforts. 


Please note that the above results are general and this influence is just one of the many factors that impinge our life...These will be moderated by the effect of transit influences of other major planets and also the directional influences unique to your charts. To some extent I have touched upon the altered influences caused by transit of other major planets in this write-up, but to get the real impact of Rahu-ketu transit unique to your sign it is always best to consult an astrologer who has consistently caught the pulse of your chart correctly and guided you correctly (a family astrologer – like a family doctor is always best in guiding you as long as you have chosen the right person for that important role!; there are some influences that are unique to individuals which an astrologer who is constantly guiding an individual will be better aware of!)
ONE IMPORTANT GENERAL  NOTE:  Since Jupiter in transit will be in conjunction with Rahu in Simha rashi till August 11, 2016 - there is formation of Guru-Chandaala yoga which can give crisis of Faith. There could be either extremes - unbridled sense of optimism or trusting those who must not be trusted (like falling prey to false gurus, flawed religious precepts, misleading psuedo-spiritual practices, etc.), OR, developing doubt on genuine dharmic matters or causing disrespect to venerable Gurus.  So, try to be as balanced and objective as possible in your dealings.  It is easy to misunderstand really good persons by stray events or what you hear about them, and equally possible to fall prey to false gurus impelled by "herd mentality."

Remembering liberated Saints of whichever tradition you subscribe to can be an effective anti-dote to these maladies caused by Jupiter-Rahu conjunction this year.

It is noteworthy that some important spiritual events like - MahOdayam (will write a separate article on this) on February 8, 2016, and Mahaa Makham (the grand celebration of Holy Theertham at KumbakOnam) happen under this influence.  Pilgrims visiting Holy Places or indulging in austerities during these period must plan their moves carefully, and by liaising with responsible and reliable persons in kshetras to avoid falling victim to extorters/ frauds in kshetras, and also take care of young ones and elderly relatives during pilgrimages (to avoid missing them; it is a reality that though pilgrimages are done for welfare of family, some families have lost their dear ones to stampedes or lost children in the crowd).  Be responsible in your moves in such crowded places - the able bodied persons in a tour must try to form human shield around vulnerable people - like very young children, mothers carrying infants, and elderly persons - in crowded places on auspicious occasions; all pilgrims must try to avoid unnecessary jostling with each other, and try to maintain a streamlined flow of movement so that stampedes and other mishaps can be prevented.

Please remember this thing - if you await your turn patiently at kshetras, and facilitate good darshan/ performance of austerities to fellow pilgrims - especially young children and old persons visiting kshetras- God will attend to you and bless you.  Charging at the temples/ teerthas as if there is no tomorrow and pushing away vulnerable pilgrims like children/ old people/ ladies will only invite bad karma.


Those who are under adverse Rahu-ketu peyarchi influences (especially those born under Mesha, Rishabha, Kataka, Simha, Kanya, Vrischika, Makara, and Kumbha rashis ) should perform remedies to overcome the possible malefic influences. Worshipping Goddess Durga on Tuesdays/ Fridays, and Lord Ganesha on Chaturthi days will be good remedies for such natives. Also, if you can manage, you may visit shrines like those at /Shri Kaalahasti, /Tirunaageshwaram, Thirupaamburam, Tiruchengode, etc. for remedial prayers (you can visit any of these). Sethu snaanam (Holy bath at Rameshwaram) will also give relief from trouble caused by nodes.

We are organizing special homams on the occasion of this Rahu-ketu peyarchi on January 30, 2016. Mahaa Ganapathy homam, Chaamundi homam, Durga Sooktha homam, Prathiyangira homam, Vatuka Bhairava homam, Rahu beeja homam, ketu Beeja mantra homam will be done on that day. Recital of Durga Sapta slokhi, Graha dosha nivaarana Durga mantra, Sankashtanaashana Ganesha sthothram, Rahu sthothram, Rahu Kavacham, Ketu sthothram, and Ketu kavacham will also be done as part of the austerities.

The suggested offering for part-sponsorship to take part in that homam performance is Rs.1200 (rupees one thousand two 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 "Rahu/ketu transit 2016" in the subject line for my easy tagging of such mails.

Please note that we won’t be sending homam prasadam or holy ash by post due to ritual purity reasons and those who wish to collect the prasadams must come in person to do so; for the others, the sankalpam taken in your name during the homams will be deemed “in-absentia” participation and the karmic effects of this performance will reach you any way.

Best regards,
Blessed be.

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