Monday, January 28, 2013



    Kartari Yoga is mentioned in many texts of Vedic Astrology. It is important for students and practitioners of Vedic astrology to understand the right meaning of some particular Sanskrit words (in its translated version or otherwise). The literal meaning of Kartari is scissors. The action of scissors is to cut which comes in between its blades. Thus, Kartari Yoga means a Yoga / combination that cuts a house / planet and destroys some of its benefic effects of fructification. In the process, this yoga is likely to render some malefic effects if it is formed with cruel & malefic planets. If it is formed, with benefic planets, its effects may turn out to be benefic. There are four type of Kartari Yoga which are as follows:-

    (i). Atipaap kartari Yoga: This Yoga is formed when a House / planet is hemmed in between a malefic planet in retrogression in 2nd house / position to it and another malefic planet in 12th house /position in direct motion to the affected house / planet. The scissors effect of this Yoga is most malefic among Paap Kartari yoga.

    According to scriptures, if a female in her birth chart has this Yoga to natural ascendant and Moon ascendant, she may prove to be KUL NAASHAK (destroyer of linage which means lady with bad luck to its family) of her parental and in-laws house.

    (ii). Paap Kartari Yoga: In this case, a House / planet is hemmed in between malefic planets. This Yoga is grade-ii malefic Yoga among this yoga. The particular house under this yoga will fail to fructify in a desired benefic manner.

    (iii). Ardha Paap Kartari Yoga: in this case, a House / planet is hemmed in between a malefic planet on one side and a benefic planet on other side of it. This Yoga is of grade-iii malefic Yoga among Paap Kartari yoga.

    (iv). Shubh Kartari Yoga: In this case, a House / planet is hemmed in between benefic planets. It indirectly produces benefic effects to the hemmed house / planet.

Thursday, January 24, 2013

KUMBH-"POT" MELA - A time for Self Churning

The basic story associated with Kumbh Mela is the churning of ocean or Samudra Manthan. The story is symbolic – the churning of ocean by Devas (demigods) and Asuras (Demons) is always taking place in us. There is a constant fight in us to overcome the lower mind – the place of desire, ego, jealousy and ignorance.
When we finally defeat the craving of the body and ignorance, we will get the amruta or elixir of life. We are merged in truth. We defeat the temporary and find bliss in the permanent.

The Kumbh – the pot – is the human body. It is our free will as to what we want to churn out of it.

Kumbh Mela thus is an opportunity for us to reflect.

It is also a venue for the best minds to meet. It is also a venue for common seekers to mingle with the Gurus.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Ravana Temple In India-Jodhpur, Rajasthan

Mandore in Rajasthan - Ravana is Son-in-Law here

The Maudgil Brahmins in Jodhpur believes that they are the descendants of Ravana. They are planning to install an idol - showing Ravana as a worshipper of Shiva – at Navgraha temple on Fort road in Jodhpur. 

Legend has it that Jodhpur is the maternal home of Mandodari, daughter of the king of Mandore, ancient capital of Marwar. Mandodari was the wife of Ravana. Ravana is considered to the the son-in-law by Namdeo Vaishnav Samaj here.

The Maudgil Brahmins came to Mandore from Lanka during the marriage. They shifted to Jodhpur when the city was founded in the 15th century. They claim that their ancestors have been performing annual Shradh (death ceremony) during Dasara. Pinda Daan is also offered annually during the period.

There around 150 Maudgil Brahmins in Jodhpur. (link)

There is a altar here known as Ravan Kin Chanwari at Mandore - the people here believe that Ravana Married Mandodari on the altar.

Thursday, January 17, 2013





How is Guru Gobind Singh Jayanti Celebrated?
This day is celebrated with great fervour and grandeur by the Sikhs. Like all guru purabs or the birth day celebrations of the Sikh guru during this occasion the Akhand Panth or the non-stop reading of Guru Granth Sahib is held for 48 hours which culminates on the birthday day. One day prior to the birthday a grand procession is taken out which is led by the five beloveds and the palanquin which carries the Guru Granth Sahib. The route of the procession is decorated with flags, flowers and banners and gatka teams and people singings hymns accompany the procession. On the day of the birthday celebrations begin as early as four in the morning with the singing of Asa-di-var and hymns from Guru Granth Sahib. On this day kirtan darbars and Katha or discourse is held in the gurudwaras. After the distribution of Karah Prasad or the sweet pudding, langar or community lunch is served for all in the gurudwaras round the clock. This day is celebrated with great religious fervour by the people who visit the gurudwaras to offers special prayers on this day.

Guru Gobind Singh History
Guru Gobind Singh was born in the year 1666 to the ninth guru of the Sikhs Guru Tegh Bahadur. He succeeded his father when he was just nine years old. His father had sacrificed his life to protect the religious freedom of the people. He lived in a period which was filled with political turmoil. During this period the Mughals had terrorised the people forcing them to convert to Islam. Guru Gobind Singh dedicated his life to help the helpless people against this exploitation and oppression by becoming both a saint and a soldier. He was a saint with great devotion to god and also a fearless soldier who followed Kshatriya Dharma to fight against oppression and injustice.
In the year 1699 he created Khalsa which is Order of the Pure to fight against all the injustice. He also appointed five men from lower caste and baptised them as his five beloved. These five men became models of the Khalsa and all the men were surnamed Singh which means lion. The members of Khalsa were to have great faith in God and were supposed to treat all the humans equally irrespective of their caste.
He was not only a saint and a soldier but also a poet and a philosopher. He authored many spiritual compositions including the Jaap Sahib to infuse the martial spirit in the people. All his compositions are compiled in a book called Dasam Granth Sahib.
It was he who declared the Guru Granth Sahib the Holy Scripture will be next the permanent Sikh guru