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October Panchanga

30 Sep

October 2013 – Monthly Panchanga

Vijaya Samvatsara –Dakshinayana

Varsha / Sharad Ritu – Bhadrapada / Aswayuja Masa


Important events for the month of October are appended below for information and guidance.
02 Oct 2013 – Wednesday
  • Pradhosha
  • ಪ್ರದೋಷ
  • Venus enters Scorpio. Venus is good in all places except 6 &10 from natal Moon.
  • ವಿಶಾ ೪ ವೃಶ್ಚಿಕ ಶುಕ್ರ
04 Oct 2013 – Friday
  • New Moon
  • ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆ
  • Mahalaya Amavasya
  • ಮಹಾಲಯ ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆ
05 Oct 2013 – Saturday
  • Commencement of Navaratri
  • ಶರನ್ನವರಾತ್ರಾರಂಬ
  • Mars enters Leo. Mars is good in 3, 6 & 11 from natal Moon
  • ಮಖಾ ೧ ಸಿಂಹೇ ಕುಜ
10 Oct 2013 – Thursday
  • Saraswathi Pooja
  • ಸರಸ್ವತಿ ಪೂಜಾ
12 Oct 2013 – Saturday
  • Durgaashtami
  • ದುರ್ಗಾಷ್ಟಮಿ
13 Oct 2013 – Sunday
  • Mahanavami
  • ಮಹಾನವಮಿ
  • Ayudha Pooja
  • ಆಯುಧ ಪೂಜಾ
14 Oct 2013 – Monday
  • Vijaya Dashami
  • ವಿಜಯ ದಶಮಿ
16 Oct 2013 – Wednesday
  • Pradosham
  •  ಪ್ರದೋಷ
17 Oct 2013- Thursday
  • Sun enters Libra. Sun is good in 3,6,10 & 11 from natal Moon.
  • ಚಿತ್ತಾ ೩ ತುಲಾ ರವಿ
  • Tula Sankramana
  • ತುಲಾ ಸಂಕ್ರಮಣ
18 Oct 2013 – Friday
  • Full Moon
  • ಹುಣ್ಣಿಮೆ
  • Satyanarayana Pooja
  • ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣ ಪೂಜೆ
  • Valmiki Jayanthi
  • ವಾಲ್ಮೀಕಿ ಜಯಂತಿ
22 Oct 2013 – Tuesday
  • Sankasta Chaturthi
  • ಸಂಕಷ್ಟ ಚತುರ್ಥಿ
30 Oct 2013 – Wednesday
  • Venus enters Sagittarius. Venus is good in all places except 6 &10 from natal Moon.
  • ಮೂಲಾ ೧ ಧನುಷಿ ಶುಕ್ರ
Disclaimer: This Almanac is published as an advisory only. Individuals are requested to use their discretion and consequently  the author is not responsible for any damage / loss suffered by them.















Retrograde Planets

14 Sep

Retrograde Planets

I have been asked by many people as to what Retrogression means for them and how retrograde planets affect their life. Finding a retrograde planet in a chart is as common as having Budha-Aditya yoga in most of the charts. Almost every second person will have one or more planets classified as ‘Retrograde’ in his chart.   
For this we have to understand a bit of Astronomy. Retrogression is an ‘apparent’ phenomenon and planet themselves never go back. Because of the complexity of planets orbit around the Sun, their varying speeds and their distance apart creates an illusion that a planet is Retrograde. For an observer on the earth a planet which is seen in the background of Gemini may appear in Taurus after sometime thus creating an impression that the planet has travelled back. This is due to the fact at that moment the earth is going in a straight line and other planet has reached its turning point to go round the Sun. After it is stabilized, it will appear normal.
The subject of Retrogression has thrown up a multitude of interpretations by a number of learned astrologers. Some of them are listed below:
  • Retrograde planets become powerful
  • They give the effects of previous house.
  • Retrogression in exalted sign gives negative result and in debilitation sign gives positive results.
  • Benefic getting retrograde will act as Malefic and vice-versa
  • If more than one planet is retrograde, then the planet with most number of degrees in its sign will affect the person most.
  • Planets owing Trikonas if retrograde will be helpful to native.
 Well so much for the interpretations and explanations. I for one do not subscribe to any of the above simply because I believe that there is no change in the motion of planet and its visual representation is because of our perception. Nothing physically has changed and therefore the effect the planet has on the native remains the same. Planets turning retrograde / direct are natural physical phenomenon and can be accurately predicted. This happens as per Laws of Physics.
My studies of numerous charts with retrograde planets have brought out  the following conclusions.
  • Retrograde planets give erratic / unpredictable results. There is a deviation from the normal.
  • Whatever little changes that happen will be to the Karakatwas of the planet.
  • Mars is Yogakaraka for Cancer & Leo Lagnas and Saturn for Taurus & Libra Lagnas. For the rest they have to show their inherent malefic nature and expecting them to turn Benefic if they are retrograde is absurd.
  • Whatever retrograde nature there is, it will remain same whether in exalted or debilitated sign.
  • Two or more retrograde planets will weaken the chart since their behavior is unpredictable.
My studies also show that likely changes that may happen for different planets turning retrograde can be quantified as follows.
  • Primarily it will be behavioral changes that will affect one’s life.
  • Mars may turn the native into a beast and uncontrollable rage and destruction.
  • Mercury may lessen ones interest in studies, lose concentration, lack of communication etc.
  • Jupiter can give extremes as becoming sanyasi / detachment or rejection of religion / God.
  • Venus can cause less interest in opposite sex, loss of marital happiness or turn one into a sex maniac.
  • Saturn can turn native into a workaholic or complete neglect of one’s profession.
  • All the above happens only when the planet Dasha / Bhukti operate.
In conclusion I want to reassure readers not to unnecessarily get worried if they have retrograde planets in their charts. Carry on with your life as if all planets are direct. In extreme cases, please modify your behaviour according to circumstances to correct any aberrations that may crop up.

Rishi Panchami – ऋषिपंचमी

2 Sep

Rishi Panchami –ऋषिपंचमी

 Rishi Panchami is celebrated on the Panchami of Shukla Paksha in the Hindu month of Bhadrapada. It is the day after Siddhi Vinayaka Vrata. In 2013 Rishi Panchami falls on Tuesday, 10th September. In fact this is not a festival but a Vrata or Pooja mainly performed by women.

The purpose of observing this ritual is twofold:

1. To express respect, gratitude and to remember the great deeds of those ancient Rishis, who devoted their life for the welfare of mankind. Also to introspect and correct oneself by falling in line and obeying /respecting Rishis orders. To keep us reminded about great Rishis, a star constellation (Ursa Major – The Big Bear / The Great Bear / Big Dipper) is named as “Sapta Rishi Mandala” representing greats such as Atri, Kashyapa, Bharadwaja, Gautama, Vishwamitra, Jamadagni and Vashista. Rishi Panchami is mainly dedicated to these Rishis.

Sapta Rishi Mandala

2. Rishi Panchami is generally celebrated by women, particularly in North India. This Vrata holds a deep and moral significance among Hindu women. It is believed that any ill deeds committed / mistakes done by women can be washed off by doing this Vrata. This is particularly so of any infringement of rules pertaining to observance of social conduct during menstrual periods.

In some Community this day is also observed as “Bhai Panchami”. On this day women who belongs to this community tie Rakhi on their brother’s hand and pray for their long life, prosperity and happiness in their life. They also observe fast and break the fast after tying Rakhi on their brother’s wrist.

September Panchanga

2 Sep

September 2013 – Monthly Panchanga

Vijaya Samvatsara –Dakshinayana

Varsha Ritu – Shravana / Bhadrapada Masa

 Important events for the month of September are appended below for information and guidance.

02 Sep 2013 – Monday
  • Soma Pradhosha
  • ಸೋಮ ಪ್ರದೋಷ
03 Sep 2013 – Tuesday
  • Mangala Gowri Vrata
  • ಮಂಗಳಗೌರೀ ವ್ರತ
05 Sep 2013 – Thursday
  • New Moon
  • ಅಮಾವಾಸ್ಯೆ
  • Mercury enters Virgo. Mercury is good in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 11 from natal Moon
  • ಉಫ ೨ ಕನ್ಯಾ ಬುಧ
06 Sep 2013 – Friday
  • Venus enters Libra. Venus is good in all places except 6 &10 from natal Moon.
  • ಚಿತ್ತಾ ೩ ತುಲಾ ಶುಕ್ರ
07 Sep 2013 – Saturday
  • Sama  Upakarma
  • ಸಾಮಗೋಪಾಕರ್ಮ
08 Sep 2013- Sunday
  • Swarna Gowri Vrata
  • ಸ್ವರ್ಣಗೌರಿ ವ್ರತ
09 Sep 2013 – Monday
  • Varasiddhi Vinayaka Vrata
  • ವರಸಿದ್ದಿ ವಿನಾಯಕ ವ್ರತ
10 Sep 2013 – Tuesday
  • Rishi Panchami
  • ಋಷಿ ಪಂಚಮಿ
16 Sep 2013 – Monday
  • Onam Festival
  • ತಿರು ಓಣಂ
17 Sep 2013- Tuesday
  • Sun enters Virgo. Sun is good in 3,6,10 & 11 from natal Moon.
  • ಉಫ ೨ ಕನ್ಯಾ ರವಿ
  • Kanya  Sankramana
  • ಕನ್ಯಾ ಸಂಕ್ರಮಣ
  • Mahapradosha
  •  ಮಹಾ ಪ್ರದೋಷ
18 Sep 2013 – Wednesday
  • Ananthapadmanabha Vrata
  • ಅನಂತಪದ್ಮನಾಭ ವ್ರತ
  • Satyanarayana Pooja
  • ಸತ್ಯನಾರಾಯಣ ಪೂಜೆ
19 Sep 2013- Thursday
  • Full Moon
  • ಹುಣ್ಣಿಮೆ
  • Rahu Jayanthi
  • ರಾಹು ಜಯಂತಿ
20 Sep 2013 – Friday
  • Mahalaya Paksha Commences
  • ಮಹಾಲಯ ಪಕ್ಷಾರಂಭ
22 Sep 2013 – Sunday
  • Sankasta Chaturthi
  • ಸಂಕಷ್ಟ ಚತುರ್ಥಿ
25 Sep 2013 – Wednesday
  • Mercury enters Libra. Mercury is good in 2, 4, 6, 8, 10 & 11 from natal Moon
  • ಚಿತ್ತಾ ೩ ತುಲಾ ಬುಧ
Disclaimer: This Almanac is published as an advisory only. Individuals are requested to use their discretion and consequently the author  is not responsible for any damage / loss suffered by them.