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Hanuman Jayanti
Hanuman Jayanti is a Hindu religious festival that commemorates the birth of Lord Hanuman. As per the Hindu belief, Hanuman is the most powerful being in all the realms and is worshipped as the symbol of strength and energy. He is one of the major characters in Ramayana and, according to the epic, he is a Vanara (a monkey-like humanoid form) who became a dedicated disciple of Lord Ram. In Ramayana, there are so many contexts explaining Hanuman’s power and valor. Without Hanuman, Lord Ram would not have succeeded in his combat against Ravan and rescuing Sita from his captivity. So, people worship Hanuman as a symbol of devotion, strength and energy and as one having the magical powers to ward off the negativities. In another interpretation, he is regarded as an incarnation of Lord Siva himself.

When is Hanuman Jayanti celebrated?
In most parts of India, Hanuman Jayanthi is celebrated in the Poornima (full moon) day of the Chaitra month which usually befalls in March or April in the Gregorian calendar. According to some religious almanacs, the birthday of Hanuman falls on the fourteenth day (chaturdashi) in the dark fortnight of the month of Ashvin.

Towards South, Hanuman Jayanti is celebrated on different dates in different states. In Tamil Nadu and Kerala, it is believed that Hanuman was born on the Margazhi Amavasya (new moon day) and the day is observed in the lunisolar month Margazhi (Dhanu), befalling on December or January in the Gregorian calendar. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, it is observed on 10th day of Vaishaka month in the Krishna Paksha and is a 41-day celebration starting from the Chaitra Purnima. In Karnataka, it is observed on the Shukla Paksha Trayodashi of Margashirsha (Margazhi) month and, in Odisha, it is celebrated on the 1st day of the month of Baisakha (in April).

Hanuman Jayanti 2018
In 2018, the Poornima or full moon day of Chaitra month befalls on 31st of March. So, in most parts of India, the festival will be observed on this date.

Purnima Tithi Beginning: 19:35 on 30/Mar/2018
Purnima Tithi Ending : 18:06 on 31/Mar/2018

The legend behind Hanuman’s birth
As per the legend, Lord Hanuman was born on the Anjaneri mountain. His father Kesari was the son of Brihaspati and was the King of Sumeru. His mother Anjana was an apsara who got cursed to live on earth. She gave birth to Hanuman after an intense prayer to Siva which lasted 12 long years and, by giving birth, she was redeemed from her curse.

Hanuman is regarded as an incarnation or reflection of Siva and is often called Vayuputra which means the son of Vayu (God of Wind). There are many interpretations of Ramayana which give an account of the Vayu’s role in Hanuman’s birth. One such legend is that Vayu transferred Lord Siva’s male energy to Anjana's womb when she and her husband Kesari prayed the Lord for a child. Another legend is that when Siva and Parvati transformed themselves to Vanaras and Parvati got conceived, Siva directed Vayu to carry the offspring from Parvati's womb to that of Anjana. There is also an interpretation that by divine ordinance, Vayu snatched a fragment of the sacred pudding (payasam) which King Dasaratha had received from Putrakama yagna and delivered it to Anjana’s hands who was also worshipping with the purpose of conceiving a child. In another version of the story, Hanuman is simply the offspring of Anjana and Vayu.

Hanuman Jayanti Observations
Lord Hanuman is worshipped as a deity with the ability to attain victory against evil and provide protection. On the day of Hanuman Jayanthi, devotees rush to Hanuman temples for prayers and offerings in the early morning. As Hanuman was born at the time of sunrise, various rituals are performed before the dawn itself. Applying red tilak on Hanuman idols, offering pujas, doing the aarti and chanting mantras, songs and hymns are some common practices performed on this day. Devotees recite hymns like Hanuman Chalisa or lines from the Ramayana. Prasad will be distributed among the devotees which include sweets, flowers, coconuts, vermilion, sacred ash (udi), holy water etc.

Significance
Hanuman is considered as the 11th Rudra avatar of Lord Siva and is worshipped as a symbol of strength, knowledge, valor, intelligence and selfless service. He is believed to be an immortal being observing life-long celibacy and who possess the power to prevent all kinds of negative influences or temptations. He who has devoted his life to Lord Ram and Sita never showed his strength or valor without any purpose. One shall worship Hanuman to achieve these kinds of virtues.

According to the mythology, Hanuman belongs to the Vanara community which, in reality, would have been a tribal group of people who lived in the forests. They might have been powerful and energetic beings, possessing some animal instincts. Hanuman worship is symbolic of the level of being all of us have. We, humans, are just animals with advanced brains. We get mions and act wildly without motivated by temptations or emotrealizing the extent of its consequence. In many ways, we are worse than animals as we do things that harm our fellow beings, other creatures and the whole nature itself.

The Hanuman Jayanti celebrations implicate the need of harmony between humans and nature. Like Lord Hanuman, we must use our power and intellect for the right purposes only. We should attain the virtue of not getting carried away by our temptations.
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If the lord of the 7th is in the 6th or the 8th or the 12th, the native's marital prospects suffer, even when the native is educated and fairly well employed. For example, I have a horoscope [ Born August 8, 1940 Rasi:- Scorpio - Ascendant; Pisces-Ketu; Aries - Jupiter and Saturn; Gemini-Venus; Cancer-Sun, Mars and Mercury ; and Virgo-Moon and Rahu, Navamsa; Capricorn-Ascendant, Sun, Venus and Rahu; Cancer-Ketu; Leo-Moon and Mercury; and Libra-Jupiter and Saturn.] of a qualified and employed young woman who is unmarried at 32.

The lords of the Ascendant, the 10th and 11th (and the 8th) are together in the 9th and the Moon, lord of the 9th, is in the 11th, though with Rahu who is good in the 11th though he might eclipse the Moon indicating father as he is the 9th lord. So, she is educated and employed. But her earnings were frittered away by her father. Mark Mars, also lord of the 6th in the 9th in debility, without clear Neechabhanga (cancellation of debilitation); and she is unmarried, though about 32 and hence unhappy. Why? See the lord of the 7th in the 8th from the -Ascendant and Jupiter (Bhratrukaraka) in the 6th. Venus is also in the 12th from the Ascendant lord. It is idle to buttress ill-placed Jupiter (lord of husband for females and lord of the 2nd, family) in the 6th and Venus, lord of the 7th in the 8th, by saying, as some professional astrologers do. that being so in Lagnadhi Yoga, when all the three benefics are not in the 6th, the 7th and the 8th from Ascendant (for, here Mercury is  the 9th) and when the lord of the 8th and the 11th may be relegated, say, to the 8th or the 12 but Jupiter, the excellent lord of the 2nd and the 5th,  and even Venus, lord of the 7th, though as lord of the 12th he may be in a hidden house.Further,  Saturn lord of the 4th (Sukhastana) is Neecha in the 6th, there being no Neechabhanga worth the name. Therefore, the native may chant the following prayer to Sri Ambal(Mother Goddess), before a deepa (lamp) and do namaskaras (prostrations) every Monday, Friday and Saturday.

Then she may be married in the end of Venus Bhukti, though the bridegroom may be below her standards, and through Ketu in the 5th , the 5th and the second lord jupiter in the 6th, and Mars in the Neecha, with Mercury lord of the 8th and the 11th and the moon lord of the 9th with rahu(though in the 11th) indicate doubtful prospects of progeny.

Another horoscope is of a good lady born in Sagittarius Ascendant with Jupiter in the 11th but the Sun, Mercury and Venus in the 12th, whose lord Mars is exalted in the 2nd from the Ascendant and the 10th from the Moon in Aries. The lord of the 7th in the 12th (in the 6th from the 7th and the 8th from the Moon) with the lord of the 9th (also lord of the 6th) made her husband lose a railway job and find it difficult to maintain his family and get his daughters married.

The only antidote to a good lord being in the 6th or the 8th or the 12th is a powerful benefic aspect on the ill-placed planet. Even then, the evil of occupation of a Dustana is experienced before the good powerful redeeming aspect operates and improves the Bhava. But, without such a benefic aspect, there is no use of the badly placed planet. For Scorpio Ascendant, however, Venus, lord of the 7th and the 12th, is found to be good in the 5th in Pisces or in the 12th in own house Libra; it is safer and superior to Venus in the 7th as lord of the 7th even. But even Venus with Mercury in Gemini in the 8th is found to delay marriage and cause slight difficulties in marital life, in spite of Mercury with Venus, as a benefic occupying his own house, giving support to the other occupant-guest, his friend Venus. And, Jupiter in the 6th and Mercury and Venus in the 8th may cause feeble Lagnadhi Yoga.

Of course, the evil of the 7th lord's weakness can be compensated for by a powerful 9th house or 9th lord in a female nativity; for, the 9th is Sowbhagyastana for women, and the expression Sowbhagya means and implies good fortune, generally, with special stress and emphasis on mutual cordiality, devotion and fidelity of the couple. For the Scorpio Ascendant native, I hope against hope that if she recites Sri Katyayani Mantra with devotion, she may get married, without being a spinster throughout only because the lord of the 9th Moon is in the 11th and Venus is in the 10th from the Moon (as the lord of the 2nd and the 9th from the Moon) and there is a good exchange of houses between the Moon and Mercury.

Courtesy: Modern Astrology(R Ramaswamy, M A., B. L)
Continued from : More on the Evil of Dustanas – Part 2A
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Here is the horoscope of a female(Rasi:- Cancer - Ascendant and the Moon; Leo- Saturn; Sagittarius -Mars; Pisces- Venus(comb); Aries- Sun and Mercury; and Gemini- Jupiter) who lived long, was extremely pious and devoted to Lord Rama but whose life was one of unmitigated misery and grief. The lord of the Ascendant in the Ascendant with Jupiter, lord of the 6th, in the 12th made her constitution sound and her health, good and her life, long. The lord of the 7th in the 2nd with the 2nd lord exalted in the 10th got her married to a husband with 48 and odd acres of wet land. But, her Venus Dasa (Venus is in combustion) gave her five abortions and 14 or 15 children, out of whom 8 died. Only one survived her and performed the Sraddha Karmas (obsequicies) for both his father and then, his widowed mother. The lord of the 9th in the 12th and lord of the 5th and the 10th in the 6th (aspected by Jupiter) made the 9th and the 10th Yoga nominal and poor as both the 9th and the 10th lords are in Dustanas —the 12th and the 6th. And the 12th lord in the 10th with the lord of the 2nd gave heavy expenses so that the lands were reduced to 12 acres. That is why Jataka Chandrika says that if the lords of Kendras and Konas associate without the association of other (evil) lords, then only there is Raja yoga.

There is another rule, that the lords of the 9th and the 10th cannot and do not give Raja Yoga, if either of those lords owns the 8th or the 11th or if they are associated with, that is, combined with or aspected by the lords of the 8th and the 11th. All readers can easily and readily appreciate that the lord of the 8th will certainly mar the Yoga and spoil the broth, if he conjoins or aspects the 9th and the 10th lords.

Why should the lord of the 11th, however, spoil prosperity when the 11th represents income from profession and prosperity? The reason-the lord of the 11th has stress on earnings and acquisitions and if he is given free play with the lord of the 9th and the 10th, a native may abuse his position and power to enrich himself by feathering his own nest. That may tarnish the native's reputation and land him in trouble which may lead to downfall. For instance, for Scorpio Ascendant, the Sun and the Moon, lords of the 10th and 9th, will be marred by Mercury, lord of the 8th and the 11th, joining them. I shall illustrate this with the horoscope[ Rasi:- Scorpio - Ascedant; Sagittarius - Mars: Capricorn - Saturn; Aquarius - Ketu; Taurus - Jupiter; Leo ' -Venus and Rahu; and Virgo - the Sun, the Moon and Mercury.] of an employee of the Revenue Department. He rose steadily to the post of a Deputy Collector when he got into trouble and was dismissed on alleged grounds of corruption. His suit in the Sub Court questioning his dismissal from service, as wrongful and illegal or unlawful, was also dismissed. He is now dependent on one of his sons. Kapila Nadi praised his chart, as that of a Niyuthathipan or lakhier and never predicted his downfall, as it seemed to view that the Sun, the Moon and Mercury in the 11th were good and beneficial as the lords of the 9th, the 10th and the 11th in the 11th, and seemed to ignore the lord of the 6th in the 12th, the lord of the 12th in the 10th and Mercury's lordship of the 8th as well.

Thus, generally speaking, subject to clear exceptions, any planet in the 6th or the 8th or the 12th, particularly the 8th, is bad and the lords of the 6th, the 8th and the 12th are like poison even a drop of which will spoil a jug of milk. It is always better and safer for the lord of the Ascendant and of the 9th and the 10th to be isolated from the lords of the 6th or the 8th or the 12th. The exceptions are furnished by the lord of the 8th being in th 6th or the 12th, or the lord of 8th being in the 6th or the 8th.
स्थान एव नियोज्यन्ते भृत्यश्चभरणानि ||
meaning, that it is the place or position that makes a servant or jewels shine.
Even so that house is weak whose lord is ill-placed in the 6th or the 8th or the 12th. If the lord of the 10th is in the 6th or the 8th or the 12th, even a highly educated and talented person may be unemployed or may suffer for want of sufficient employment, unless the planet "fallen" in the 6th or the 8th or the 12th is redeemed and retrieved by the powerful aspect of a powerful benefic.
For, the Sloka runs:-
दुष्टस्थितोवापी  यदान भोगः
पापारिनीचांशक संयुतोयः |
स्वतुंगमित्रंशकराशियुक्तः शुभीक्ष व यदि
शोभनस्यात  ||
meaning, that even when badly placed, in bad Amsas or in a Dustana (the 6th or the 8th or in the 12th), if a planet is in his own house or in his exaltation or at least in a friendly house, and is also well aspected by a (powerful) benefic, he becomes auspicious.

Thus, if Saturn, say, for Aries Ascendant is in the 12th in Pisces and well aspected by powerful Jupiter from Cancer, after initial disappointments and even bitter struggles, the native prospers in his profession. But, prosperity in respect of the 10th house will never equal, say, the flourishing 10th house, denoted by Saturn in the 9th in Sagittarius, with Jupiter also there or aspected by Jupiter from his position in the 5th house in Leo. For, when the lord of die 10th and the 11th is in the 9th, for Aries, Karma-Badhaka become Sadhaka; and, when blessed by Jupiter's aspect from Leo or by conjunction with Jupiter in Sagittarius, he elevates the native to the highest pedestal. For instance, an F.C.S. officer rose to be the topmost Military Accountant-General, superseding his senior; and, he had Jupiter and Saturn in the 9th in Sagittarius. True, Saturn in Pisces in the 12th, as Karma-Badhaka is not at all so bad as Saturn, lord of the 9th and the 10th for Taurus, in the 12th in Aries in debility; and, when aspected by powerful Jupiter is even auspicious eventually. But, he cannot and does not give the highest flights in career for two reasons. Firstly, redemption of the lord of the 10th, ill-placed in the 12th, is not the same as reinforcement of a well-placed lord of the 10th in the 9th. Secondly, Jupiter in the 9th in Sagittarius, as lord of the 9th, avoids the evil of his ownership of the 12th; and Jupiter, lord of the 9th and the 12th in Leo, is in the 6th from the 12th and in the 9th from the 9th, aspecting the 9th, his own house of fortune (the 9th).
                                                                                                                                      to be continued...
Courtesy: Modern Astrology(R Ramaswamy, M A., B. L)

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A person enters Grihastha Ashrama, the householder's life, on getting married. It is an important stage of life and every eligible person has high expectations from marriage and the spouse. It is said that marriages are made in heaven; yet the Vedic science of astrology unfolds a clear picture of the married life and whether one's expectations are fulfilled or not. The elders in every family invariably have the horoscope of their marriageable child examined by an astrologer to ascertain about the marital prospects and then look for a suitable match with a complementary horoscope to ensure that married life is happy, healthy and prosperous. However, total marital bliss is a rare phenomenon.

By virtue of the inherent nature of Mars, the planet ;of vigor and passion, and of Venus, the planet of love and conjugal relationship, there is mutual attraction between members of the opposite sexes. The Moon representing the mind (Chandrama manso jatah) shows the inclination.  Jupiter blesses the pair with the bond of marriage and Saturn, the lord of 'time', solemnizes marriage at an appropriate time. As a restrictive planet, Saturn also inculcates faithfulness, controls amorous digressions and ensures a lasting bond. The astrological principles discussed in this paper mutatis mutandis apply to both men and women.

The factors to be examined are primarily the 7th house (marriage) and also the 2nd house (family and longevity of spouse, being 8th from 7th house), the 8th house (mangalya or marital happiness), the 4th house (general happiness, the 5th house (love and progeny), the 12th house (bed comforts), together with the Moon (mind) aid Venus, Kalatrakaraka or significator of marriage and conjugal bliss. In the case of girls Jupiter, the significator of the husband, is given prime importance. 
गुरुणा सहिते दृष्टे दारनाथे बलान्विते ∣
कारंके वा तथा भावे पत्नी व्रत परायणा ∣∣ (Sarwartha Chintamani VI-48)
The benefic association or aspect of Jupiter on the 7th house and the 7th lord or the Karaka indicates a virtuous and loyal spouse.

When the 7th and 8th houses, their lords, Venus and Moon are strong and associated with or aspected by benefics, the native's  married life is quite happy. Their debilitation, combustion or affliction by malefics — Mars, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu — makes marriage unhappy.

The position of Mars in the 1st, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 8th and 12th houses constitutes Mangalik Dosha or Kuja Dosha as from these locations Mars either aspects or occupies the houses concerned with marriage, thereby destroying marital happiness and, if afflicted endangers the life of the spouse. The marriage of a Kuja Dosha individual is invariably solemnized after matching the horoscopes with counter-balancing Dosha.
दारेशे शुभसंयुत्ते शुभखेचर वीक्षते ∣
शुभग्रहाणां मध्यस्थे सत्कलत्रादि भागभवेत् ∣∣ 
When the lord of the 7th house is with a benefic and also aspected by a benefic or if it is between benefics (Subhakartari Yoga), it indicates a good wife.The study of the Navamsa chart is another important tool for gleaning marriage prospects.
नीचांशे नीचसंयुक्ते
दारनाथ्  च कारके ∣
कुस्त्रीयुते भवेजातः
शुभ दृष्टि विवर्जिते ∣∣
If the 7th lord and Karaka Venus occupies inimical or debilitated Navamsa and is also devoid of benefic influences, then the native faces problems in marriage and gets a bad spouse.

If the Navamsa Ascendant lord is the Sun the spouse will be devoted but domineering; if the Moon, then beautiful and peace loving; if Mercury, then intelligent, beautiful and capable; if Mars, then the spouse will be of a cruel nature and of doubtful character; if Jupiter, then good - natured and religious; if Venus, beautiful, fond of luxuries and indulgent to the extent of going astray; if Saturn, of a cruel nature and unhelpful. If the Navamsa Ascendant lord is with Rahu or Ketu then the spouse is secretive, cruel and works against the native. If the Navamsa Ascendant lord is conjoined with malefic or receives their aspect, then the spouse is quarrelsome.
केन्द्राधिपत्य दोषस्तु बलवान गुरुशक्त्र यो ∶ (Laghu Parasari I-10)
Though Jupiter and Venus, the two most benefic planets, are highly praised for happiness in life, they suffer from Kendradhipati Dosha(blemish of owning Kendras, the 7th being one).

घुुन केन्द्र भगः शुक्त्र हित्वा पुत्र धनान्विताम् (Narada Samhita XXIX-106)
Except in the 7th, Venus in a Kendra blesses a native with sons and wealth. 

The exception of Venus in the 7th house is due to the dictum Karako Bhava Nasaya as he is a Karaka for the 7th house.
शुक्त्रे कलत्रे त्वति कामुकः स्यात् (Sarwartha Chintamani VI-2)
Venus in the 7th makes the native over-sexed.

Jupiter when in the 7th, being in his own or exaltation sign or in the Ascendant, delays marriage as the native considers marriage a burden or obstacle to achieving his goal. If he or she marries, then the spouse belongs to a good family, and is sincere to the native, but may be sickly or conceited thereby spoiling happiness. Experience shows that the 9th and 5th aspects of Jupiter are better than the 7th and augment the results of the aspected house. When Jupiter is in the 7th (10th from 10th) the native is talented and rises to eminence.

Planets in Seventh house
Sun - The wife comes from a higher status family, is proud and dominating
Mars - Gives a harsh and cruelk spouse. If afflicted, then even death of spouse.
Saturn -Makes the spouse morose and under-sexed. The marriage is delayed or with a widower or one with aged looks.
Rahu -The marriage is again late, the wife comes from a low family, is sickly and the native has relationship with low caste people.
Ketu- Indicates unhappy married life unless it is in Scorpio(exalted) due to illness or early death of spouse.
Strong and well aspected Mercury or the Moon indicates a youg, beautiful and intelligent wife
Venus-Indicates a handsome but over-indulgent spouse.
Jupiter-Gives a religious and capable spouse

Courtesy: Modern Astrology(Sita Ram Singh)                                                          to be continued

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Viparita Rajayogas are of course Rajayogas but these great yogas arise from the struggles.There are three Viparita a Raja Yogas - Harsha, Sarala, and Vimala. You have to go through negative events and gain success by overcoming that negativity. 

For this yoga, we count negative houses, ie, dursthana houses. They are 6, 8, and 12. These 3 houses are known to be negative houses in the chart. They are dealing with financial, emotional, mental, physical, and spiritual burdens. 

For example, your 6th house deals with disputes, diseases and injuries, debts, enemies, opponents, competitors, thieves, fears, doubts, worries, vices, and weaknesses. The 8th house represents longevity, inner and outer transformations, death, easy gains, marital-tie, vulnerability, fear, accidents, litigation, bankruptcy, misfortunes, disgrace, and disappointments. The 12th house represents expenses, losses, life in foreign lands, obstructions in life, separation from family, withdrawal into retreat, transcendence, enlightenment, seclusion, imprisonment, hospitalization, and loneliness.These houses and the house lords are the ones who play the main role in the formation of this yoga.  

Harsha Yoga
When the lord of 6th is placed in the 6th, 8th and in the 12th house, then it forms the Harsha yoga. So, the person will face obstacles from 6th, 8th and 12th house matters. They will give him issues, but he will defeat all those enemies and inimical situations and get a lot of gains.

Sarala Yoga  
When the 8th lord is placed in the 6th, 8th or 12th house, then the Sarala Yoga springs up.

Vimala Yoga 
When the 12th lord placed in the 6th, 8th, and 12th houses, then the Vimala Yoga exists. 

Important features of Viparita Rajayoga
The planet which rules the houses are very important. Their situation and nakshathra placement also should be considered. The 6th, 8th and 12th houses are negative houses. The logic in astrology is that a negative planet in a negative house provides good protection to that house. 

Planets like Moon, Venus and Jupiter are totally a kind of mild planets and they don’t like to deal with negative situations. They are meek and lowly. They always like to be tension free.
So, if you have a harsh planet like Mars, Saturn, Rahu or Ketu is in these houses, then it should be a kind of positive indication as they show that you are highly resistant. That doesn’t mean that your life is totally gone if your 6th, 8th, 12th lord is Moon, Venus, or Jupiter. 

All house lords want to protect their own house. That’s why Lagna lord is always seen as positive. The positive results will diminish if they are in retrogression or debilitation in the case of Lagna. 
Strong planets are ideal to be the house lords in Viparita  Raja Yogas.  There are so many good things arising from this Viparita  Raja yogas. The ideal Viparita  Raja yoga will be 6th lord in the 6th, 8th lord in the 8th and 12th lord in 12th. 

If you see these yogas in your chart, then you should rejoice, that you have a great amount of hope even if you are going through a lot of struggles. These yogas assure you that the good times are near and they may come to you during the Mahadasa and Antardasa of the house lord which forms Viparita  Yogas. 

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