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Dwadasha Jyotirlinga and Astrology

Here is some information that I collected from various sources [ internet, books, emails] on the various Jyotirlingam.  Adding it here so that it could be of some use.
a] Shiva can grant life to the dying native – example of this is Markandeya who was supposed to die at age 12,  and Guru can elevate any debilitated native.  In a horoscope if a planet is either neecha or in Maranasthana – this means Sun is located in 12th, Moon in 8th, Mars in 7th, Mercury in 7th, Jupiter in 3rd, Venus in 6th, Saturn in 1st, Rahu in 9th. so then the best possible remedy is to worship the Jyotirlinga associated with the sign of exaltation of the said planet.   By doing this it shall help in canceling the weakness caused by neecha graha.
b] The form of the Guru is shown by the placement of the Bhratri Karaka, in the Navamsa. One can worship the Jyotirlinga  associated with the Rasi where the Bhratri Karaka is placed in the Navamsa sign and Shiva shall come as Guru to the Native.
c] Sun is the natural giver of satya and dharma. Whichever sign Sun is placed, one can worship the Jyotirlinga associated with the sign for gains in satya and dharma.

d] The 5th lord in the Dasamsa is very crucial in the careers of the native and show opportunities in the job life of a native. Worshipping the Jyotirlingam which shall cause the exaltation of the 5th lord is good for the career of the native.

e] The other specific remedies associated with the Jyotilingas are given under each of their brief description.

1। Rameshwaram – Aries (Mesh)  – This Jyotirlinga was established by Lord Rama। It is he who causes the exaltation of Sun also represents the Agni Tattwa among the 5 tattwas.

2। Somnath – Taurus (Vrishabh) – This Jyotirlinga was established by Lord Krishna. It is he who causes the exaltation of Moon. It will be interesting to note that Lord Krishna’s lagna was Taurus, star was Rohini and Rasi (Moon sign) was also Taurus.

3। Nageshwara- Gemini (Mithun) – This Jyotirlinga shows that exaltation of Rahu (the snake).

4। Omkareshwar- Cancer (Kark) – This Jyotirlinga symbolizes Dakshinamoorthy and the very resplendent syllable ‘Aum’ (`) which is knowledge – knowledge of the self, and wisdom. These qualities are represented by Jupiter. It is he who causes the exaltation of Jupiter. Also represents the Jala Tattwa among the 5 tattwas.

5। Vaidyanatha- Leo (Simh) – This Jyotirlinga symbolizes the moolatrikona sign of Surya. It also symbolizes the natural 5th house – the house of children, intellect, mantra siddhi, mind etc.

6। Mallikarjuna – Virgo (Kanya) – It is he who causes Mercury’s exaltation. It symbolizes Prithvi Tattwa which is one of the 5 elements. It also symbolizes strength from the Prithvi Tattwa (Solids).

7। Mahakaleshwara- Libra (Thula) – It is he who causes the exaltation of Saturn who is said to represent Mahakala. A prayer at this Jyotirlinga is bound to bless one with health and life as Shiva in the form of Mahakala (the one who takes away the Rudra) is pacified. Saturn is the Dharmaraja of a chart and its deity is Yama who never fails in his duty (dharma). This Jyotirlinga also symbolizes the Vayu Tattwa – the Tamasik of the 5 tattwas.

8। Dhooshaneshwara- Scorpio (Vrishchik) – This is the sign of dual lordship of Ketu and Mars. Ketu’s lordship provides it the touch of uncertainty. This represents intermittent nature of working of this Rasi. A person influenced by Scorpio (Ketu) will be on and off the sphere of work very frequently.

9। Kasi Vishwanath- Sagittarius (Dhanu) – Jupiter as the overlord of Moksha rules this house and Ketu, as the Mokshakaraka, exalts in this house. Hence, the Jyotirlinga of Kasi Vishwanath is known to send the atma towards Moksha/Mukti. It also represents the power of the Jyotirlinga to bring to fore even the lost or hidden things, as symbolized by the Matsya Avatar (Ketu being the planet) in which Lord Vishnu recovered the lost Vedas. This is the sign in which golden temples are built and we have only 3 golden temples (Kasi Vishwanath, Tirupati Balaji and Har Mandir Sahib at Amritsar).

10। Bhimashankara- Capricorn (Makar) – This Jyotirlinga symbolizes the exaltation of Mars (Mrityu) and prayers at the Jyotirlinga of Bhimashankara indicates overcoming of Mrityu. As Capricorn is the sign of Saturn where Mars (Mrityu) exalts, Mahamrityunjaya Japa done during the dasa periods of Saturn is very effective and useful to overcome death itself or deathly blows.

11। Kedarnath- Aquarius (Kumbh) – The sign which is also owned by Rahu (poison). Rahu (as also Aquarius) symbolizes deep philosophy. Lord Shiva is believed to have given the Vedas, the highest philosophy, as ‘Kedarnath’.

12। Tryambakeswara- Pisces (Meen) – This is the sign of exaltation of Venus, the planet with the power to give rebirth – the possessor of Sanjeevani Mantra (Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra)। This is the sign of cures to the physical body. This is also the sign of abode of Maha Vishnu in his Anantasayana.

Source: Internet, mails and groups.


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Arudha lagna

Arudha lagna (AL) is the image of a person (or any body) which is the reflection of the ascendant about the lord of the ascendant. The ascendant is the physical personality & intelligence while the ascendant lord is the applied intelligence (Paka lagna). The arudha shows the way we are viewed in this world due to our overall personality and resources as well as due to its use and modifications.

2].There are arudha for each of the twelve houses and they represent the images that exist in our minds. For example, the arudha of the fourth house represents the home environment at childhood. If this is in a sign of Venus then it indicates a strong presence of mother and her family in shaping childhood

3].The arudha lagna represents the final record of all events of ones life that form the image of the person. This implies images of other houses adding to the image of AL. Impact of dara pada (A7) is crucial for relationships, finances and social success.

Planets & the arudha lagna

Moon is the significator of AL
Planets like Moon & Jupiter who have a good reputation associating with arudha lagna protect the reputation and image while planets like Saturn & Rahu with a bad name spoil the image.  In general the relationship of planets with the Moon determines their ability to influence the arudha in a good or bad manner.  The status of the arudha lagna lord is the status of the native.
Planets exalted in the arudha lagna or the 7th from it promise reputation and success in their fields as well as consequent good fortune.  Debilitated planets in arudha ruin the image.  Benefic planets in the 1, 2, 4, 5, 7 & 8 houses and malefic planets in 3 & 6houses give good results if they are strong in rasi & navamsa. Instead if the planets are weak in debility in the rasi or navamsa, the results will be contrary.
On the other hand, weak benefic planets in the 3 & 6 houses from arudha lagna give rajayoga.The tenth house is good for benefic planets only and even exalted malefic planets in this house cause trouble.Any planet in the 9th house from arudha lagna gives good results and protect the image while they give good income in the 11th house and losses and expenses in the 12th
Birth family & arudha -Further reading
Co-born: Younger co-born from 3rd house & lord and elders from 11th house and lord.  Children from the 9th house from Upapada Protector from the 9th house from arudha lagna and so on.
Transits & arudha
Transit of Saturn in the 1st, 4th, 8th & 10th houses from lagna and arudha are inauspicious. Transit of Jupiter in quadrants from arudha lagna is a blessing.Transit of Rahu in trines to arudha lagna gives rajayoga and material blessings while that of Ketu in trines is excellent for spiritual pursuits and renunciation.The Sun & Moon in trines to any arudha causes it to manifest


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Nakshatra Vidya – Part 1

Worshiping Moon in Mrigashira Nakshatra gives knowledge and good health.

Worshiping Lord Shiva in Ardra nakshatra gives victory; the person is blessed on worshiping lord Shiva with lotus and other flowers.

Worshiping Aditi  in Punarvasu nakshatra gives protection to the worshiper’s mother.

Worshiping Brihaspati (Jupiter) in Pushya nakshatra, then Jupiter is pleased and the person is blessed with wisdom.

Worshiping Nagas in Ashlesha nakshatra will free one from the fears of Nagas.

Worshiping the Pitras (departed souls) in Magha nakshatra gives wealth,sons, animals and servants.

Worshiping Pusha in Purva Phalguni nakshatra gives, victory, desired spouseand blesses them with good looks & wealth.

Worshiping Sun God in Hasta nakshatra by gandha (sandalwood paste) and flowers gives all wealth and luxuries.

Worshiping Lord Vishnu in Shravan nakshatra with Shvet, Pita and Neel (white,yellow and blue) flowers the person gains wealth and victory.

Thus ends the Chapter 102 of Bhavishya Purana


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Thiti and devatas.

 As per Bhavishya Purana

At the time of division of constellations, Pratipada and other tithis were given to Agni  and other devatas respectively and Saptami was given to the Suryadevata. Whoever was given the tithis became the lords of the respective tithis. Therefore,when such lords are worshiped on their day with mantras they give desired results. The Suryadevata distributed the Tithis in the following manner

Pratipada to Agni
Dwithiya to Brahma
Tritiya  to Kuber
Chaturthi to Ganesha
Panchami  to Nagaraj
Shashti  to Kartikeya
Saptami for Self (Surya devata himself)
Ashtami  to Rudra (Lord Shiva)
Navami to Durga
Dashami  to his own son, Yama
Ekadashi to Vishwadev
Dwadashi  to Vishnu
Trayodashi  to Kamadev
Chaturdashi to Shiva
Poornima to Moon;
pitrus, the pure and pious Amavasya.

On Saptami, one should worship Surya narayana by the name of “Chirabhanu”, while on Ashtami one should worship Shiva accompanied with bull,likewise even with the nakshatras .


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Kalachakra – Part 3

Continued from part 2

Say you have to worship Surya devata on Shasti or Chaturdasi – these are auspicious because they are tithis ruled by its kalachakra opposite likewise worshipping the chandra on Panchami and Trayodashi is auspicious because these tithis are ruled by the chandra’s opposite, Guru.

Guru upaya is most powerful on a thursday, but again if that thursday falls on a dwitiya or a dashami its considered the best, especially when thursday falls on a dashami its called Sudasa vrata, which means the su (good) dasa (time period) begins and the dur (bad) dasa ends.

Worship of budha [mercury] is auspicious on ashtami and amavasya to destroy remove the evil effects of Rahu. When wednesday falls on an ashtami it is called Buddhastami.  These days are used when a certain upaya like a single puja is advised to remove the ill effects of a planet.

Worship On this Tithi for Suppression of its opposite
Sun Shasti, Chaturdasi Venus
Moon Panchami, Trayodasi Jupiter
Mars Saptami, Purnima Saturn
Mercury Ashtami, Amavasya Rahu
Jupiter Dvitiya, Dasami, Moon
Venus Pratipad, Navami Sun
Saturn Tritiya, Ekadasi Mars
Rahu Chaturthi, Dwadasi Mercury


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Kalachakra – Part 2

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What is kaala?

A kaala starts at 6 in the morning no matter what time the sun rises. The day is split into 16 kalas, 8 during the day and 8 at night. The kaalas last 1½ hours, which makes exactly 12 hours in each part of the day and night all year round and in every place. The first kaala starts with the day lord and continues around the kalachakra in a clockwise manner. So if the day is

Monday, the first kaala is ruled by Moon (6 to 7:30). The next kaala would be of Rahu from 7:30 to 9:00. I have made a chart to simplify this, but it can easily be calculated by remembering the order of the planets on the kalachakra.  The best time to do a weekly puja to a planet are on the day of the sign lord at the kaala of the planet. So in your horoscope if you have chandra in mesha, the best time your Chandra Puja is On tuesday at Moon Kaala (1:30-3:00). If Jupiter is in Capricorn then weekly Guru puja/upaya can be done on Saturday at 1:30 to 3:00.  The timing can even get more specific if the day and night signs are taken into account. If Venus is in the Mercury’s night sign, Gemini, then the Upaya is best done Wednesday night at 7:30 to 9pm. If Venus was in Virgo, Mercury’s day sign then it would be better to do the puja Wednesday morning at 7:30 to 9am. This can be followed in many cases except when the time is late in the night. For example, Mars in Sagittarius would have its best time on Thursday night at 3 to 4:30am.

Note: Click on that image to read the table.


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Kalachakra – Part 1

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Kalachakra

Kalachakra (कालचक्र)  means time-wheel  or  time-cycles .   Astadala Padma (Eight petal lotus) is based on the Kalachakra. The inner set of Petals governs the directions (dik/ ayana), while the outer petals govern the Kalas. If you follow the direction of your tenth lord in the digchakra it will bring you success. If you follow the 10th lord in the kalachakra it will bring you destruction. There are many secrets hidden within the kalchakra.

When one follows a particular anustan one has to propitiate planets at specific times that give them the power to overcome the problems of negative combinations, aspects and placements. Using the kalachakra one can calculate which day and tithi would be best to fast, do Pujas and other upayas.  In other words, selecting the time for a puja to perform upaya is very important. If you want to insure that the remedy will work effectively and quickly you must pick the time appropriately. This is one technique that is very effective for finding the right time to perform weekly puja.

The most powerful time to do a puja is when the vara day of a planet aligns with the tithi opposite it on the kalachakra. These certain days are very powerful for planetary propitiations.  So What is kalachakra and How to read the kalachakra and interpret it?

What is kalachakra?

The Kalachakra is an astapadma (8 petaled lotus). Each padma is connected to a direction which is ruled by a graha and Ketu is not included. Structure of Kala Chakra is different for different souls. Many people represents Kala Chakra different way but concept of Kala Chakra is same for all.  The planets in the Kalachakra are representing negative aspects of a graha. The directional lords are the power of a direction and show what planet can get over those negativities. Starting from the Northeast, the Kalachakra lord is Rahu and the dig (direction) ruler is Jupiter in Ishana kona.  When you worship the diety of a direction you get the drishti of that lord.

Direction and the rulers.

Direction Deity DigChakra KalaChakra
North East
Ishana
Jupiter
Rahu
East
Indra
Sun
Sun
South East
Agni
Venus
Mars
South
Yama
Mars
Jupiter
South West
Niritti
Rahu
Mercury
West
Varuna
Saturn
Venus
North West
Vayu
Moon
Saturn
North
Kubera
Mercury
Moon


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Dosha types

There are also 11 types of dosha’s  associated with the present birth, that can be ascertained by Prashana Marga. They are

  • Devakhopa,
  • Kuladaivakhopa,
  • Sarpakhopa,
  • Pitrukhopa,
  • Brahmanashapa[  Brahmahatyadosha]
  • Pretabadha,
  • Bhutabadha,
  • Visha dosha,
  • Drishti dosha,
  • Vak dosha and
  • Shatru badha.

These doshas may exist only for the individual or for the entire family and dependants.

What are the different types of remedies ?
Havans and poojas, prayer by oneself, fasting, abstinence, pilgrimage, reading of scriptures, charity, mantra upasana, worship at temples, wearing gemstones and yantras etc.


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muhUrta / मुहूर्त

The Vedic calendar is not based on clock time, but on the natural motions of the sun and moon. Therefore it is a reliable predictor of the seasons, weather and many other phenomena.  The Vedic Astrological science of  muhUrta or the selection of auspicious timings for activities is based on the Vedic calendar system.  muhUrta is a period of 48 minutes [2 Ghaḍiyas or Ghaṭīkā ] and  is a measurement of time in the Hindu calendar.

The earliest sources of the Hindu calendar system are texts dating from about 1000 BC.  This divided a solar year of 360 days into 12 lunar months of 27 (according to the Taittiriya Samhita) or 28 (according to the Atharvaved, the fourth Veda).

Vishnu Purana states that 30 Kalás are the rule for the muhUrta. The commentator says it means that thirty Kalás make a Ghatiká (or Ghari), and two Ghatikás a muhUrta.  Matsya Purana also states a muhUrta is thirty Kalás.’ In these divisions of the twenty-four hours the Kúrma, Márkańdeya, Matsya, Váyu, and Linga Puráńas exactly agree with our authority. In Manu, I. 64, we have the same computation, with a difference in the first article, eighteen Nimeshas being one Kasht́há. The Bhavishya Purana follows Manu in that respect, and agrees in the rest with the Padma Purana, which has,

15 Nimeshas = 1 Kásht́há
30 Kásht́hás = 1 Kalá
30 Kalás = 1 Kshańa
12 Kshańas =1 Muhúrtta
30 Muhúrttas = 1 day and night.

In the Mahábhárata, Moksha Dharma, it is said that thirty Kalás and one-tenth, or, according to the commentator, thirty Kalás and three Kásht́hás, make a muhUrta. A still greater variety, however, occurs in the Bhágavata and in the Brahma Vaivarta Purana. These have,

2

Paramáńus = 1 Ańu

3

Ańus = 1 Trasareńu

3

Trasareńus = 1 Truti

100

Trutis = 1 Vedha

3

Vedhas = 1 Lava

3

Lavas = 1 Nimesha

3

Nimeshas = 1 Kshańa

5

Kshańas = 1 Kásht́há

15

Kásht́hás = 1 Laghu

15

Laghus = 1 Náriká

2

Nárikás = 1 Muhúrtta

6 or 7

Nárikás = 1 Yama, or watch of the day or night.

30 Kalás that are the rule for the muhUrta are as follows

No.

Name Quality                                                   Time

1

Rudra

Bad

Sunrise – 48mins

2

Āhi Bad 2nd  - 48mins

3

Mitra good 3rd – 48mins

4

Pitṛ bad 4th – 48mins

5

Vasu Good 5th – 48mins

6

Vārāh good 6th – 48mins

7

Viśvadevā good 7th – 48mins

8

Vidhi good [except Mondays/Fridays] 8th – 48mins

9

Satamukhi good 9th – 48mins

10

Puruhūta bad 10th – 48mins

11

Vāhini bad 11th – 48mins

12

Naktanakarā bad 12th – 48mins

13

Varuṇa good 13th – 48mins

14

Aryamā good [except Sundays] 14th – 48mins

15

Bhaga bad 15th – 48mins

16

Giriśa bad 16th – 48mins

17

Ajapāda bad 17th – 48mins

18

Ahira Budhnya good 18th – 48mins

19

Puṣa good 19th – 48mins

20

Aśvinī good 20th – 48mins

21

Yama bad 21st – 48mins

22

Agni good 22nd – 48mins

23

Vidhātṛ good 23rd – 48mins

24

Kaṇḍa good 24th – 48mins

25

Aditi good 25th – 48mins

26

Jiva/Amr̥ta very good 26th – 48mins

27

Viṣṇu good 27th – 48mins

28

Yumigadyuti good 28th – 48mins

29

Brahma very good 29th – 48mins

30

Samudrama good 30th – 48mins

Five elements are chosen carefully for success in any new venture, namely vara (weekday),tithi (lunar day), Nakshatra (asterism), Yoga and Karana. These elements are easily determined through the planetary positions and are explicitly listed in Ephemeris or Panchanga.

Brahma muhUrta : 

Brahma muhUrta is the morning period between 3.30 a.m. and 5.30 a.m [ approximately one and a half hours before sunrise ] and considered suitable for meditation. The sUryadevatya[ सूर्यदेवत्य] spreads his rays just as a peacock spreading its feathers. He starts spreading his light and energy throughout the world. The light rays from the galaxies influence the human brain. The nascent sun spreads thousand arms in the form of rays across the sky, which emit light-blue divine rays. These rays bring to life the cells and the brain and by synchronize our senses with these rays during this hour one can be empowered with unchallengeable energy.  The Brahma muhurta will pass away quickly one must utilise this precious time in japa and meditation

References:

  1. Sacred texts
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