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Nakshatra - 2 - Arrangement in the Zodiac

Arrangement in the Zodiac       *STAR*... *STAR*... *ASTRO STAR*

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OMM GANESYA NAMAHA

*STAR*... *STAR*... *ASTRO STAR*

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star

To Understand Every Star individually we must have a basic clarity on their arrangement in the Zodiac….
As discussed in the last article we have 27 Stars, which are arranged to form a zodiac.

Stars are as below:
Let us understand about each star in depth in the coming articles

  1. Ashwini
  2. Bharani
  3. Kṛittika
  4. Rohini
  5. Mrigashīrsha
  6. Ārdrā
  7. Punarvasu
  8. Pushya
  9. Asleshā
  10. Maghā
  11. Purva phalguni
  12. Uttar phalguni
  13. Hasta
  14. Chitta
  15. Swathi
  16. Vishakha
  17. Anuradha
  18. Jyeshtha
  19. Mula
  20. Purva ashadha
  21. Uttarashadha
  22. Sravana
  23. Dhanishta
  24. Satabhisha
  25. Purva bhadrapada
  26. Uttar bhadrapada
  27. Revati

And we also deduced and concluded as below

Each star is 13Deg and 20Min
Each sign is 30Degrees
Each Pada is 3Deg and 20Min
And finally Whole zodiac is 360 Degree

 

So Let us first see the Names given to each of the 12Signs

star Aries

Aries - Mesha


Stars Composed of: Ashwini - 1,2,3,4 Bharani 1,2,3,4 Krithika -1
Owned By MARS
Nature - Fiery
Degrees - 0 Deg to 30Deg

 

star taurus

Taurus - Vrishabha


Stars Composed of: Krithika -2, 3, 4 Rohini -1, 2, 3, 4 Mrigasira -1, 2
Owned By Venus
Nature - Earthy
Degrees - 30 Deg to 60Deg

 

star gemini

Gemini - Mithuna


Stars Composed of: Mrigasira - 3, 4 Arudra - 1,2,3,4 Punarvasu -1, 2, 3
Owned By Mercury
Nature - Airy
Degrees - 60 Deg to 90Deg

 

star cancer

Cancer - Karkataka


Stars Composed of: Punarvasu - 4 Pushyami - 1,2,3,4 Aslesha - 1,2,3,4
Owned By Moon (The Queen)
Nature - Watery
Degrees - 90 Deg to 120Deg

 

star leo

Leo - Simha


Stars Composed of: Makha - 1,2,3,4 Pubba - 1,2,3,4 Uttaraphalguni -1
Owned By Sun (The King)
Nature - Fiery
Degrees - 120 Deg to 150 Deg

 

star kanya

Virgo - Kanya


Stars Composed of:  Uttaraphalguni -2, 3, 4 Hasta -1, 2, 3, 4 Chitha - 1, 2
Owned By MERCURY
Nature - Earthy
Degrees - 150 Deg to 180Deg

 

star libra

Libra - Tula


Stars Composed of: Chitha - 3, 4 Swathi - 1,2,3,4 Visakha -1, 2, 3
Owned By VENUS
Nature - AIRY
Degrees - 180 Deg to 210 Deg

 

star scorpio

Scorpio - Vrischika


Stars Composed of: Visakha - 4 Anuradha- 1,2,3,4 Jyesta -1, 2, 3, 4
Owned By MARS
Nature - WATERY
Degrees - 210 Deg to 2400Deg

 

star sagittarius

Sagittarius - Dhanussu


Stars Composed of:  Mula-1, 2, 3, 4 Purvashada1, 2, 3, 4 Utharashada -1
Owned By JUPITER
Nature - Fiery
Degrees - 240 Deg to 270Deg

 

star capricorn

Capricorn - Makara


Stars Composed of: Utharashada 2, 3, 4 Sravana-1, 2, 3, 4 Dhanista - 1, 2
Owned By SATURN
Nature - Earthy
Degrees - 270 Deg to 300Deg

 

star sagittarius

Aquarius - Kumbha


Stars Composed of: Dhanista - 3, 4 Sathabhisha - 1,2,3,4 Purvabhadra -1, 2, 3
Owned By SATURN
Nature - AIRY
Degrees - 300 Deg to 330Deg

 

star capricorn

Pisces - Meena


Stars Composed of: Purvabhadra-4 Utharabhadra-1, 2, 3, 4 Revathi -1, 2, 3, 4
Owned By JUPITER
Nature - WATERY
Degrees - 330 Deg to 360Deg

 

 

 Now we will discuss about planets and move in to stars for better understanding of the stars
 
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SOHAM SARADA

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The Hindu Temple

Holy Hindu Temple For God Realization

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore September 3, 2017

The temple is a place for praying God and people  approach for spiritual knowledge, divine blessings. The construction, architecture, decoration and the rituals performed for or at temple focus on enlightenment and liberation. The spiritual principles symbolically represented  in hindu temples are described in vedas and upanishads. 

It is a synthesis of arts, the ideals of dharma, beliefs, values and the way of life cherished under hinduism. The temple is a link between man, deities and the universal purusa in a sacred space. The vastu shastras were theoretical descriptions of the architectural traditions and conventions to be followed.

                 hindu temple

A typical hindu temple consists of an entrance, often with a porch, one or more mandapas. The inner sanctum is called the garbhagriha. The womb chamber and the tower are built directly above the garbhagriha. According to the puranas the gods always play where groves are near the rivers, mountains and springs. So the temples in India are usually situated near water body or mountains.

The idols of the temple provide access to the divinity. It is very interesting to know that it is not the idol painter who is honoured for this work as he would be considered as donor. Almost all hindu art is anonymous.

Certain customs in hindu temples are practiced before worshiping. The worshipers remove their shoes before entering the temple. According to hindu religion all life forms are created by Brahma and the human must share space with the animal kingdom. So it is common to see dogs, cows and various species of birds at temples. Inside the temple the devotees keep both hands fold together as a sign of respect. They recite the mantras and follow the instructions of the priest.

At the exit area of the temple the worshiper often distribute prasad and money in acts of charity towards the poors and weak. If the worshiper exit the temple with changed mental state then the ritual is understood to be effective.

 

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Spiritual effects of wearing Jewelry

Spirituality and Jewelry

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore September 3, 2017

Since ancient times, various types of jewellery made of different metals have been used in different civilisation. A person can obtain spiritual benefits by wearing jewellery. By wearing these, allows the person to imbibe divine consciousness, reducing the negative energy from the body. But it is very important to wear jewellery to be made of sattvik material and be of sattvik designs. These jewelleries help us to increase spiritual practice by allowing to have continuous access to divine energy. As our spiritual practice improves the necessity of wearing jewellery decreases as we are able to attain sattvikta.

Each part of the body is associated with a Chakra. The part of the body where jewellery is worn purifies and awakens the chakra located at that part. For example if the heart or Anahat chakra is awakened then spiritual emotion towards god is awakened. 

                 jewellery

Some proportion of divine consciousness is found in each type of metal. From the gold we get 70% of divine consciousness, from silver we get 35%, copper 15% and from other metals we get 3% of divine consciousness. According to spiritual science, jewellery worn above the waist should be of gold which protect from stronger negative energies like ghosts, demons etc. The gold metal augment the fire principle which describes the chakras above waist to absorb positive benefits.

Jewellery worn below the waist must be silver to protect the lower level negative effects. Silver has the ability to imbibe the “Raja” predominant waves of desire.

The sattvik designed jewellery which are round or petal shaped emit positive energy and impart feelings of bliss. The Tamasik designed one emit negative energy which affect the health of a person associated with chakras. So when selecting jewellery we can try to perform the subtle reading after reciting the name of god for few minutes.

 

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Diptimayee parida India

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Water in Hinduism

Significance Of Water In Hinduism

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore September 3, 2017

Hindus take importance of physical and spiritual cleanliness to attain purity and avoid pollution. So in hindu rituals it is believed, water has spiritually cleansing powers. So holy places of hindus are mostly situated on the bank of rivers, coasts, and mountains. Water represents the non manifested substratum from which all manifestations derive. It is considered by hindus to be purifier, life giver, and destroyer of evil.

Water is very essential for every Hindu rituals.water offered to god and the water collected after bathing the divines are considered very sacred. This water is blessed and are given as offering to the devotees. The water of the kalasa (purna kumbha) is said to be with divine essence, symbolising god. This is regularly used in different religious rites. 

                 water in hinduism

One of the religious ritual is tarpana(offering made to divine entities), which is the act of pouring water through the hands with the use of sacred grass as a symbolic gesture of recognition, thanking and pleasing gods.

Hindus sprinkle water around the plate before starting the meal which is a tradition.

Chanting of mantras while standing in water is called jalajapam. Neernila is chanting of hymns while standing in water.

In hinduism, after childbirth, a close relative pours a few drops of water on the child’s body using his right hand is called Nir Talikkuka. It is said that this will bless to get good character.

Water also plays an important role in death rituals. Many funeral grounds are located near the rivers. After cremation the mourners bath in the river before returning home. By doing this the body of the mourner become pure.

Million of hindu take bath in holy rivers to wash away their sins and achieve salvation. So in every 3 years the kumbha mela is celebrated on the bank of the holy rivers.

 

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The Sacred Vata Vriksh

The History Of The Sacred Banyan Tree

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 31, 2017

According to Hinduism the sacred vata vriksha or the Banyan tree is the most important among the sacred trees. This sacred tree symbolizes Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva, Sasthi, Krishna, Lakshmi and Kuber. In ancient epics like Ramayana, Uttar Ramcharit is mentioned about this tree. The Banyan tree scientifically named Ficus benghalensis is considered immortal and is revered since the Vedic periods. In Buddhism it is said that Lord Buddha had attained enlightenment under the Banyan tree. In Hindu religion vata vriksh is perfect for meditation. The oldest vata or banyan tree is found at Prayag on Allahabad where the three sacred rivers meet.

There is a story about the origin of the vata vriksh. It is said that once lord Shiva and his consort Parvati were engaged in amorous dalliances in an isolated place. Then Agni came to crack a joke on the instigation of Trinity Brahma, Vishnu and Maheswara. This made Parvati angry and she cursed the instigators and metamorphosed Lord Brahma into palasa, Vishnu into peepal and Maheswara into Vata.
The trees are named in different languages. In Sanskrit and Bengali is called vata or Akshya vata, in Gujarati Vada, in telugu peddamati and in Hindi it is called Bar.

 

vata vriksha

 

The women of Maharashtra and Gujarat are worshiped to vad or vata as a part of Hindu rituals on the 15th day of the jyestha month. In eastern India on the special occasion of sasthi puja the branch of this is compulsorily used. The Bengali people worship the vata vriksh as the lord Brahma on Saturdays during jyestha.

In the savitri and satyaban story, when savitri lost her husband as destined one year after her marriage near a Banyan tree. She followed yama to the land of the dead and through determination and intelligence managed to secure back her husband’s life. In memory of that event, the vata savitri puja became popular among the Indian women who keep this fast for the longevity of their husbands. They are protecting themselves from widowhood which is believed to be worst fate for Hindu women.

 

          
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Shree Yantra-The symbol of Universe

Shree Yantra

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 9, 2017

Sri Chakra or Sri Yantra is a symbol of both universe and its cause. It is explained as a divine geometry and has worshiped in a special manner throughout India. It is worshiped by one and all for bestows wealth, health and above all salvation. It is the blueprint of all creation and holds supreme order and mathematics within its form. It is found in all states of India.

It is built of two sets of triangles. One set is composed four male or Shiva triangles called Shrikanthas denoting four aspects of consciousness power and the five female shakti triangles denote the five senses of knowledge, action and five gross forms of matter. These two set of triangles are signifies the union of Shiva and Shakti. As so united they make the figure within the eight lotus petals in the yantra. Outside of these there are sixteen other lotuses. There are some more lines is called as Bhupura.

                 Sri yantra

Keeping the yantra and not worshiping bring negative effects to the home. One should use sphatik Sri Yantra to get household benefits. For money a silver sri yantra is worshiped. It is very important to chant “om shrim hring shrim mahalaxmaye shrim hring shrim namah” for 108 times. The yantra will become siddh and getting magical benefit from this. 

Sri Yantra has 9 types of energies in it as follows.

  • 1- First chakra gets happiness, self confidence and wealth.    
  • 2- 2nd chakra gets sarva siddhi, you can achieve by daily meditation
  • 3- 3rd chakra gets rid of illness
  • 4- 4th chakra gets rid of all doshas
  • 5- 5th chakra gets rid all your works
  • 6- 6th chakra makes you more fortunate
  • 7- 7th chakra gets rid all negativity from you
  • 8- 8th chakra fulfills your wish
  • 9- 9th chakra provides one with trilok mohan.

 

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The holy stone Salagrama

Importance of Salagrama Sila

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 29, 2017

Salagrama silas are sacred black stones which come from the Gandaki River valley of the Himalayas. The qualities and characteristics of the salagrama sila are not found anywhere except in the Gandaki religion. It is the holy and powerful stone which never needed more prana pratistha as salagrama is Lord Vishnu himself. Salagram is Lord Vishnu pattern like linga is pattern of lord Shiva. Sri Salagrama is a smooth black colored shila by nature. Salagrama is worshiped by Hindus mostly Vaisnava and lord Vishnu devotees.

Salagrama sila had huge respect in vaisnava sampradaya. In Ram navami, Krishna janmasthami salagrama stone is worshiped as lord Vishnu. Salagrama is worshiped by hawan, yagna, sloka mantra, bath with ganga holy water and panchamrita every year. Salagram is daily worshiped by abhiseckham to please lord vishnu. If we keep Tulsi and Salagram together it willn’t creates poverty, unhappiness, fearness in that house.

salagrama sila

 

Salagrama is found with one or two or three chakra to unlimited beautiful chakra marks. Every chakra is described as different names of lord Vishnu. It is also found with marks like sankha, gada, hole, different sizes and colors like red, yellow, mostly black etc.

 

Benefits of salagram-

  • 1- There is residential of goddess lakshmi, ganesha, saraswati and all gods in that house where salagram is kept and worshiped.

 

  • 2- by offering tulsi leaves to the salagram easily pleased lord vishnu. Tulsi salagram marriage ceremony is celebrated in month of kartik every year.

 

  • 3- Devotee of salagram never caught by yama dutta. One will attain Baikunthadham after salvation.

 

  • 4-bathing salagram with gangajal everyday, one can be erased off all the sins like Brahmahatya.

 

  • 5- It is believed that by chanting salagram mantra washed away all the sins.

 

  • 6- In kali yuga if a person worsips sila with faith and love, he will eternally enjoysublime spiritual happiness.

 

  • 7-where salagram and dwarka silas sit togethere, mukti also resides.

 


 

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Nakshatra - introductory -1

*STAR*... *STAR*... *ASTRO STAR*

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OMM GANESYA NAMAHA

*STAR*... *STAR*... *ASTRO STAR*

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star

We often listen to the Word 'Star' and in many situations we are asked to tell what our star is. I mean in the context of Astrology such as

  • When a Baby is born,
  • While saying sankalpa in the temples,
  • While fixing the muhurtha for an occasion,
  • To match two people (Bride and Bride Groom) for marriage
  • And to give Astrological suggestions etc.

But what is this star - in Sanskrit we say Nakshatra, Tara etc...

But in English the word Star is referred in the sense of a Planet as well, but here our context is only Nakshatra..!!

Let us strictly talk about Star now i.e. Nakshatra

In Indian/Vedic Astrology we have 28 stars, out of which 27 stars are used for predictive astrological purpose but other 28th is used in Muhurtha purpose due to several other Vedic reasons.

Let us think now what a star is? - is that something which is glowing brightly in the sky or anything else stars in sky

Yes they are something which are in the sky... But if we think each Nakshatra as only one star (numerical) then we need a better definition to understand an astrological star. In other words star is called as asterism i.e. group of few stars that form a shape, to understand in-depth qualities of any star we should also consider the shape formed by the asterism in to account.

Each Star has several things to know about such as degree position in zodiac, Sign placement, lord, tatwa, gana etc... likewise some 20+ parameters are there. Let us discuss each of them clearly from our next post onwards. Starting with Ashwini till Revathi.

Star is logically a particular portion of zodiac, in other words the sequential arrangement of stars forms zodiac. Both of these statements conveys same meaning.

So let us understand few things about Zodiac for now...

We have 12 Signs

27 stars

Each star has again 4 Padas

And whole zodiac in degrees i.e. 360deg

So 12 signs = 27 Nakshatras ------ (1)

27 Nakshatras = 27*4 Padas = 108 Padas ---------------

12 signs = 360Deg

So we need to distribute 108 Padas in to 12 signs

So for each sign it comes 108/12 Padas = 9 Padas

So 27 Stars = 360 deg

1 Star = 360 /27 = 13deg and 20 min

So each pada = 13.20 /4 = 3Deg 20Min

So let us do reverse calculation again 3deg 20 min* 108 = 360 Deg which is equal to full zodiac

So here we should know that each star is 13 Deg 20 Min

Each pada is 3Deg 20Min and each sign is 30 Deg So if we divide entire zodiac by 27 and each part is one Star.

Let us go on digging much deeper in to stars immediately after having a small introduction about the zodiac and 12 signs of it from the next post onwards.
Shoham sarada

SOHAM SARADA

Social cause writer

Astro Advisor, review writer, content writer on variety of topics.

             
The Essence Of Gayatri Mantra

Chanting Of Gayatri Mantra

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 24, 2017

Gayatri mantra is considered as the most important and sacred among all mantras in Hindu rituals. The material and spiritual benefits that it bestows are immense.  It is believed one of the oldest mantra which has also been chronicled in Rigveda. Its origin is attributed to the creator of the universe Lord Brahma.

The matra consists of the prefix om bhur bhuvah suvah, which appears in Yajurveda and the verse 3.62.10 of Rigveda. It is also the name of the goddess who is considered the personification of this mantra. Chanting of Gayatri mantra helps to increase the spiritual growth and wisdom. Deva savitur is invoked in this mantra, so it is also called savitur. Savitur is associated with sun or Surya dev.

Maa Gayatri Mantra

 

Meaning of the mantra- om- Brahma
Bhur-embodiment of vital spiritual energy
Bhuvah- eliminates the sufferings
Svah- embodies happiness
Tat- the Supreme Being Om
Savitur-bright and luminous like the sun
Varenyam-best or most exalted
Bhargo-destroyer of sins
Devasya-divine
Dhimahi-may imbibe
Dhiyo-intellect
Yo-who
Nah-our
Prachodayat-may inspire

It is a prayer to the divine the creator of universe, the essence of our life existence, who removes all our sorrows and grants happiness. The brilliance which may purify us and guide us on the right path.

Chanting of Gayatri mantra helps students to increase learning capacity and concentration. It helps as the mantra begins with Om that has a calming effect on the mind.

It is recommended that while chanting Gayatri mantra you should use a Rudraksha Mala. It is recommended to chant 3 rudraksha malas each in the morning and evening. Before recite this mantra the person should be in a comfortable seating position and must wear clean clothes.

 

          
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Moon on Lord Shiva's head

Significance of Moon on the head of Lord Shiva

By Diptimayee parida | bangalore August 22, 2017

The supreme Lord Shiva has many symbols and one of them is moon on his head. There is a story about this in our mythology. Daksha’s twenty seven daughters were married to the God Chandra. One of the Chandra’s wives named Rohini loved more than his other wives. So the other wives of moon complained their father for this. Daksha warned his son in law to devote himself equally to all wives. But Chandra didn’t listen any warning of Daksha. Daksha thereupon cursed the moon that he would gradually fade away.

After this moon started losing its luminescence every day and he didn’t know what to do. It got afraid and with the advice of Brahma, Chandra went to prabhasa tirtha and made a linga on the bank of the river saraswati. There he prayed Lord Shiva for six months. At the end Shiva appeared before Chandra and granted him a boon. Then Chandra explained about his problem.

Then Shiva answered Daksha’s curse couldn’t be entirely ignored. He said during Krishnapaksha you will wane. In shuklapaksha you will wax, it is the solution for this problem. Chandra become very happy and took refuge in lord Shiva. Lord Shiva wore the moon crescent on his head making him grow for 15 days and decay for 15 days periodically.

lord shiva

 

The linga to which Chandra prayed is Somnath, the first of jyotirlingas. The legend said that the somnath is the first temple which was built by Chandra dev himself. So Somnath means the protector of moon god.

• The crescent moon symbolizes that he has controlled the mind perfectly.
• The crescent moon on Shiva’s head looks like an ornament. The waxing and waning phenomenon of the moon indicates the time cycle through which creation evolves from the beginning to end. Since the lord is the eternal reality but he is beyond time.

 

          
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Diptimayee parida India

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