Arudra Darshan on Ardra nakshatra Arudra = the Maha Rudra who’s dancing (Rudra Tandavam) Darshan = the special opportunity to see It is said that Lord Nataraja blessed the devotees on this day by giving them the opportunity to witness his cosmic dance (Rudra Tandavam). This is the fifth stage of a soul, “the revelation”. Another specialty is that it is also the beginning of Brahma Muhurta of the Devas in their world known as Deva loka or Swarga loka. So Ardra nakshatra of eve
Sun’s annual transit over Scorpio is called the month of Kartika. Sun (Surya) transits over Scorpio annually from the mid of November to mid of December. Sun aspects Krittika nakshatra when it enters Scorpio and the New Moon of this month usually falls on krittika so the influence of krittika is high in this month, thus the name. Krittika (Pleiades) represents the "first spark", the tiny spark that lights up everything. It has the combined energy of Mars and Sun. So, the them
It's an annual fortnight dedicated to paying respect to our ancestors who brought us to this world. It is also known as Shraddha paksha, Shraddha means sincerity. It comes every year in the Krishna paksha (waning phase) that starts after the festival of Lord Ganesha Chaturthi. Pitru tarpan (ancestral rites) is an important tradition to pay homage to the deceased souls of one’s family. It has to be done every year on the tithi of their death but some may not be able to do it.
Ganesha, the obstacle remover Ganesha = Gana + isha = God/leader of the deva ganas (deva clan). Vinayaka = Vina + nayaka = God/king of karma (vina or vinai means karma and nayaka means the king). Ganesha Chaturthi, the birth of Lord Ganesha is celebrated on the 4th tithi (lunar day) of Shukla paksha (waxing cycle) of Bhadrapada month (Āvani in solar calendar). It is a huge festival in India and in parts of the world where people celebrate it by buying the idol of Ganesha to d
Sun's annual transit over Leo is termed as Āvani (based on the sidereal solar calendar). Āvani, the term comes from the nakshatras Shravana and Shravishta (another name of Dhanishta). Shravana and Dhanishta are paired nakshatras like the pairs Punarvasu and Pushya, Purva and Uttara Phalguni etc. This month carries the combined energy of both the above said nakshatras thus the name Shravani that became Āvani in Tamil. Shravani is also the name of Goddess Lakshmi, the Goddess o
Sun’s annual transit over Cancer is called the month of Ādi (Ashadha) in the sidereal solar calendar. It usually falls in between the mid July and mid August. Sun’s direct aspect usually falls on the nakshatra of Uttarashadha on full moon of this month, hence the name. This is the time of informed actions towards victory over objectives. Uttara Ashadha is the nakshatra of later victory after strategic planning or contemplation over a long time. So this month will have the the
The Sun’s annual transit through Gemini is called Āni (Jyeshtha/Moola) in the sidereal solar calendar. This year its between 15th June and 16th July. Sun directly aspects Sagittarius and its nakshatras (Moola and Ashadhas) while transiting Gemini. Jyeshtha being Scorpio’s nakshatra is mentioned here because of the unequal nakshatras. Nakshatras have unequal lengths unlike signs, but for our convenience it's made with a mean system so every nakshatra stretches for 13 degrees 2