Month: June 2014

The 12 Houses of Vedic Astrology

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Most people know there are 12 Signs of the Zodiac but not many are aware of the fact that there are also 12 other divisions of the horoscope- the 12 houses.
Most horoscope traditions of astrology systems divide the horoscope into a number (usually twelve) of houses whose positions depend on time and location rather than on date. If you have ever looked at your birth chart, then you already know that you have planets in some of the houses and you may also have some empty houses. The houses represent the fields of experience wherein the energies of the signs and planets operate. Rather than symbolizing just the outward experiences and environmental circumstances specified by most traditional astrology, the houses are also revealing of the inner state and of one’s personal subjective experience and attitudes. They indicate how a person functions, whether in his interactions with other people, his work or his love relationships etc.

The twelve houses in the horoscope signify different aspects of a person’s life.


The angular houses (1, 4, 7, 10) are associated with a self-activating quality and have an immediate impact on the structure of one’s life. The keyword for the angular houses is ACTION.

House 1 – House of the Self

This is the house of YOU and your character traits. It is also referred to as the Ascendant or “Lagna” in Sanskrit. It is who you are on a primordial level. It is who you are generally. When well aspected it can give fame, beauty, popularity, good health and the ability to make a good first impression. When afflicted, it can do the opposite.
The planet ruling the 1st house becomes a symbol for you in the chart. It is referred to as the “Ascendant Lord”. Its sign, house placement, and planets aspecting it, have a lot to do with your characteristics and the major karmas affecting you throughout life.

House 4 – House of the Home/Mother

The fourth house rules your home, family circle, and all matters concerning the domestic front. The 4th is an angular house so planets here will manifest physically and give power to the chart. It symbolizes among other things, the endings of life, or old age. It also symbolizes the inner life of a person.

The fourth house is the point in the sky directly below the earth or “out of sight” at the time of the native’s birth. Therefore, it symbolizes things that are literally below the native, i.e., real estate, one’s home, fixed assets. Also, any type of conveyances, such as cars, planes, boats, or bicycles. It is an angular house so signifies foundations of one’s life.

Representing the mother, the first person to contact the native and build a relationship with him, the 4th house symbolizes general happiness and well-being, upon which the native builds his general attitude to life.

It also rules academic degrees and afflictions can prevent such. Body parts ruled are chest and breasts.

House 7 – House of the Spouse

House 7 – The House of the Spouse

The 7th house is the house of desire. It is also an angular house corresponding to physical manifestation.

The 7th house, being an angular house, will give power to any planets posited within. Since planets positioned here will aspect the Ascendant, the person will draw from characteristics of that planet.

Ruling the wife/husband, look to the 7th house for clues as to the spouse’s character and appearance. As well as if the quality of the marriage and also divorce. While delineating these things, one must be careful to note the 5th house (love from spouse), the 2nd house (family life) for overall married life interpretation. Sexual passion is seen from this house.
The lord of the 7th house represents the wife, along with Venus, in a man’s chart. It will show the type of wife he will get and her general character. For a woman, along with the 7th house, Jupiter represents the husband.
7th house also denotes residence in foreign countries.

House 10 – House of the Career

The 10th house is the strongest angular house. Planets placed here gain tremendous strength and are highly significant for a person’s character and life, overpowering even the Ascendant. The 10th, being an angular house, any planets placed here will manifest in physical reality.
Look to this house for career success and fame. The 10th house is the mid heaven, or the point in the sky directly above the earth at one’s birth. Because of this, actions and phenomena associated with this house are highly visible.

The succedent houses (2, 5, 8, 11) are associated with individual desires and the areas of life we want to control and consolidate. The keyword for this type of house is SECURITY.

House 2 – House of Wealth

The 2nd House denotes the quality of family life, your income, personal financial affairs, expenses, the way you earn and spend your money. In delineating married life, it is important to note the condition of the 2nd House along with the 7th and the 5th. Body parts represented by this House are the face and teeth. Afflictions to the 2nd can cause dental problems or give facial scars. Since the 2nd rules speech, malefic in the 2nd will cause a person to be overly argumentative and want to constantly bicker. The 2nd rules writing ability and teaching. An overwhelmingly well-disposed 2nd House will create a famous writer. The quality of what a person eats and drinks can be seen here. Also, foul language and the tendency to lie is seen from this house.

House 5 – The House of Children

The 5th House rules things we think of as goodies, such as pleasure, entertainment, parties, amusement,holidays, artistic,creative, musical and cultural pursuits. This house also relates to love affairs, romance courtship, emotional experiences and your children.A person’s past life karma is seen from this House. If one does not believe in “past lives”, then you can say that a person’s inevitable life choices can be seen here. This manifests as unavoidable actions in the area of life where the 5th Lord is located. For example, if the 5th Lord is in the 3rd House, then the person has unavoidable karma linked to the arts and/or short distance travel (inner-city travel), sales, younger siblings, and/or manual dexterity. The 5th House Lord posited in the 4th House will bring inevitable Karma with one’s Mother, real estate, conveyances, and the inner life of the person.
The 5th House rules sports, speculation and gambling as well. It also rules intelligence. A well posited Mars in the 5th can create an athlete. Jupiter well fortified in the 5th can make someone brilliant or interested in religious techniques such as chanting mantras or pranayama.

House 8 – The House of Death

This is the traditional explanation of this House but can be misleading because the 8th is also a House of Life. The 8th House is considered when delineating a person’s longevity. The manner of death can be seen from this House. The 8th House rules the occult sciences, such as Astrology, Mediumship and Psychic practices. Occultism is literally “hidden knowledge”. Sometimes an active 8th House will put a person in touch with alternative realities, I have often seen them have contact with ghosts. This usually manifests when there is a malefic influence on the 8th.Chronic illnesses and accidents are seen from this house. An 8th House blessed by benefic planetary occupation or aspects will give the Native protection from serious injury. Venus in the 8th, in a man’s chart is problematic and usually indicates divorce. Because the 8th House is also a house of destruction, planets posited there can be seriously harmed as well as their significations.

House 11 – The House of Large Sums, Gains and Friends

The 11th House signifies gains from side ventures and large sums of money. When one enters a period of the 11th House Lord, or Jupiter or Saturn transit through the 11th House, that time is distinguished by financial gains or losses from other sources besides one’s daily job. It also signifies an increase or decrease in the social life.
The 11th House also rules the eldest sibling. Afflictions to such will give either a strained relationship with them or a hard life for the sibling.

The cadent houses (3, 6, 9, 12) are areas where there is input, exchange, and distribution of thoughts and observations. The keyword for these houses is LEARNING.

House 3 – The House of the Siblings

The 3rd House rules all forms of communication – mental and physical- such as mail, correspondence, newspapers etc. It also relates to the kind of mind you have, your mental interests, the performing arts, debates, thinking habits in general. The quality of the relationship or the quality of life for the siblings can be seen here. Short distance travel and inner-city travel are ruled by the 3rd House. The 3rd House rules salesmen, public relations, retail. It also rules arms, shoulders and hands. As a natural consequence, manual dexterity such as carpentry and mechanics is seen from this house. Curiosity and courage are attributes of a well-disposed 3rd House. A person who has affliction to the Third is fearful and often has more than one phobia.

House 6 – The House of Enemies

“Enemies” is a rather strong word to describe the 6th. Think of enemies as anyone who can benefit from a situation more than you can. Co-workers and people with whom you are taking a test can be thought of as “enemies” in this sense. People with a well-fortified 6th House usually make great test-takers. Benefics in the 6th House make a person very well liked so that they have no enemies. Malefic planets (Mars, the Sun, Saturn, Rahu & Ketu) are welcome in the 6th and give the person the power to defeat his or her enemies.
General health is ruled by the 6th, so benefics here will give excellent health but poor digestion. The 6th rules digestion and a malefic in the sixth (a house where malefics are welcomed) will give power to the digestive system.

House 9 – The House of Fortune

The 9th House is the most auspicious House of the 12 Houses. It provides good luck in life, higher knowledge, spirituality, and a spiritual teacher. Differing from the 5th House which is the House of Mantras and Spiritual Techniques, the 9th House provides the person with a spiritual teacher and the interest in and blessing of spirituality. The 9th House rules knowledge of the future which is considered higher knowledge.A healthy dose of Luck is seen from this House. If the 9th is afflicted, problems are not easily solved. Ruling foreigners and long-distance and foreign travel, if the 9th is afflicted, the Native has problems in these areas, such as losing luggage at the airport, problems with his/her passport, negative experiences in foreign countries, etc., etc. If the 9th is well disposed, the opposite is the case.

House 12 – The House of Enlightenment

The 12th house is the most secret, veiled, mysterious area of your horoscope. It rules private and confidential matters, hidden places or things, activities that are carried on behind the scenes or in seclusion. A horoscope in which the 12th House figures prominently, gives the native a disinterest in worldly pursuits and an interest in Enlightenment. Monks, nuns, yogis, sadhus and ascetics are ruled by the 12th House.
Captivity and seclusion are 12th House matters. Hospitals, jails and monasteries are 12th House places. When the native has severe 12th House detriment, the person is often in and out of jail.


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Our ancient puranas suggest 5 key solutions to solving problems – Tantra, Mantra, Mani Aushadhisnan and Ratna (Gems).

They describe the origins of gems and their strong relationship with the nine planets. Formed over eons, often at high pressure, the earth’s gemstones embody intense concentration of energy. Every gemstone has the power to draw energy or beams from respective planet and channelize into the wearer’s body.

Each stone has its own distinct feature and helps you control a different power. Where right hand is for the solar remedies, the left hand is for lunar energies. Proper channelization of these energies through the right gemstone helps one to attain a better control over his/her life. Suppose a particular planet is not strong in the horoscope, a person is suggested to wear the stone that represents that planet. E.g. Wear Yellow Sapphire to strengthen Jupiter.

You can either get this energy channelised by the means of your birth stone or Yog Karaka stone (suitable during the current planetary positions – Dasha, Mahadasha) that amplifies the benefits for you.

One should NOT wear any gems without consulting a gemstone consultant as it is not a fashion accessory.

Benefits of Gemstones:
* Remove obstacles in career and personal life caused by
faulty planetary placements in your horoscope
* Bring good fortune, reputation and unprecedented growth
* Control and cure diseases
* Enhance love, hope and optimism
* Strengthening married life
* Channelize your aura and attain happiness, peace, prosperity and success.consultation-01


About Dr. Kapil Dev Bhardwaj – PhD, M.Ed, B.Ed, Jyotish Acharya

Kapil is an expert in Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Vaastu Shastra and Gemstone Consultant. His expertise lies in giving ONLY science and facts based predictions. Apart from astrology, he is a mantra healer and a spiritual healer. He is an esteemed consultant on Shubhpuja’s panel. He has been advising country’s top corporates, businessmen, lawyers, ministers worldwide the right gemstone through their horoscope and has helped them achieve great heights personally and professionally.

He has the highest level of qualifications any professional can have in the field of Vedic Astrology and occult sciences. He is a PhD scholar in Vedic Astrology, M.Ed, B.ED, Falit Jyotish Acharya from Lal Bahadur Shastri Vidyapeeth,Delhi and B.A (Hons) in Literature. He is currently undertaking advanced research on impact of planets in determining the trends in Indian financial markets and commodity pricing.

Solving people’s problems through advanced Vedic sciences has become the sole purpose of his life. He firmly believes that with the right remedies and guidance at the right time with right code of conduct and method if a task is performed it will always give success in career, business, marriage and life.

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Rahu Mahadasha

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Rahu is the demon God and a mastermind.
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When one runs through the mahadasha of Rahu which is 18 year old time period, one can surely be lost in life and may not know which direction their life is headed. There is a fog in front of them where right things looks wrong and wrong things look right. This is why it’s very easy to get into drugs, alcohol, gambling and unnecessary worldly desires while losing one sense of dharam.

This dasha is good and bad according to the positions of planets. It’s always better to have Rahu alone in your horoscope during his activation of mahadasha. Anytime Rahu associates himself with other planets he takes away the energy of that planet and sucks it dry.

If Rahu is in its exaltation Rashi, then there will be good results during the Dasha, like great happiness from acquisition of wealth, agricultural products etc, acquisition of conveyances with the help of friends and Government, construction of a new house, birth of sons (children), religious inclinations, recognition from Government of foreign countries and gain of wealth, clothes etc. If Rahu be associated with, or receives a Drishti from benefices, be in a benefice Rashi and be in 3rd, 4th, 6th, 10th, 11th houses, there will be results like comforts by the beneficence of the Government, acquisition of wealth through a foreign Government, or sovereign and felicity at home.

If Rahu is in 5th, 8th or 12th house, there will be bad results like all kinds of troubles and distress, there will be loss of position, destruction of his residential house, mental agony, trouble to wife and children and misfortune of getting bad food.


Effects of Antar Dasha of RAHU in the Maha Dasha of Rahu.

BAD EFFECTS: The mind may be misled and mental tension increases. Wife may be ailing and conflicts are possible. Loss of wealth, sorrow, ailments, poison and fear of poisonous being prevails, wicked people may cause agony.


GOOD EFFECTS: Effects like acquisition of a kingdom (attainment of a high position in government), enthusiasm, and cordial relations with the king (government), happiness from wife and children, and increase in property.

Effects of Antar Dasha of JUPITER in the Maha Dasha of Rahu.

BAD EFFECTS: Loss of wealth, obstacles in work defamation, distress to wife and children, heart disease, entrust of governmental authority, etc. Loss of wealth, and distress to body. There will be danger of premature death.


GOOD EFFECTS: Interest in worshiping God and in superior shastras arise. One may undertake religious pilgrimages, seek the company of sages and perform pious, religious deeds. Fame may be attained in knowledge, friendship with officials, bliss of children and sufficient wealth may be attained.

Effects of Antar Dasha of SATURN in the Maha Dasha of Rahu.

BAD EFFECTS: Imprudent acts may cause losses. There is a possibility of loss of position and incurring the anger of the state. • Quarrels with dear ones, unhappiness for friends and residing in far off lands is possible. One may suffer injury on some part of the body and there may be ailments due to gastric and blood infection.


GOOD EFFECTS: Auspicious functions like celebration of marriage, etc at home, construction of a garden, reservoir, etc., gain of wealth and cattle from well to do persons belonging to the Sudra class

Effects of Antar Dasha of MERCURY in the Maha Dasha of Rahu.

BAD EFFECTS: There will be opprobrium (Ninda) of deities and Brahmins by the native, loss of fortune, speaking lies, unwise actions, fear from snakes, thieves, and the government, quarrels, distress to wife and children.


GOOD EFFECTS: Good health, intelligence and prudence increases. Love for brothers and friends increases and help is attained from friends. Worldly comforts are increased, wealth and progress in business is attained. Auspicious effects like Raj Yog, well being in the family, profits and gain of wealth in business, comforts of conveyances, marriage and other auspicious functions. Good results like Raj Yog, beneficence of the king, and gain of wealth and reputation, will be realized particularly on Wednesday in the month of Mercury. Sound health, Isht Siddhi, attending discourse on Puranas and ancient history, marriage, offering of oblations, charities, religious inclination, and sympathetic attitude towards others.

Effects of Antar Dasha of KETU in the Maha Dasha of Rahu.

BAD EFFECTS: There is a possibility of state displeasure and loss of wealth and fame. Wife and son may suffer hardships, animals may die and one may be assaulted by many problems. There may be pain due to ailments caused by fever etc., fear of thieves, fire, weapons and poison and by conflicts. There will be distress to the body and mental tension. Effects like danger from thieves and snakes, distress from wounds, separation from parents, antagonistic relations with relatives, mental agony, etc. There will be distress to the body.


Effects of Antar Dasha of VENUS in the Maha Dasha of Rahu

BAD EFFECTS: Very little money may be earned in work and business in spite of immense struggle. Friends may cause agony and fear of opposition with the family prevails. Ailments related to urinary organs may occur.There will be diseases, quarrels, separation from one’s son or father, distress to relatives, disputes with co-partners, danger of death to oneself or to one’s employer, unhappiness to wife and children, pain in the stomach, etc.


GOOD EFFECTS: Attainment of a high position in government, great enjoyment and comforts, etc. Construction of a new house, happiness from wife and children, association with friends, giving of grains etc., in charity, gain of conveyances and clothes extraordinary profits in business.Enjoyments from perfumes, bed, music, etc., gain of a desired object, fulfillment of desires will be the results.

Effects of Antar Dasha of SUN in the Maha Dasha of Rahu.

BAD EFFECTS: Fevers, dysentery, other diseases, quarrels, antagonism with the king (government), travels, danger from foes, thieves, fire.There will be danger of critical illness. There is a possibility of pain due to eye, heart and infections disease.


GOOD EFFECTS: Wealth and prosperity and interest in charity and religion increase. There will be good reputation and encouragement and assistance by government, journeys to foreign countries, fulfillment of ambitions, happiness to children.

Effects of Antar Dasha of MOON in the Maha Dasha of Rahu.

BAD EFFECTS: Circumstances causing anxiety may arise. There may be a conflict with the dear ones, opposition with friends and increase in the number of enemies. Money may come in with difficulty.


GOOD EFFECTS : Gains of wealth, sound health, gains of garments and ornaments, happiness from children, comforts of conveyances, increase in house and landed property. Beneficence of the Goddess Lakshmi, all round success, increases in wealth and grains, good reputation, and worship of deities.

Effects of Antar Dasha of MARS in the Maha Dasha of Rahu.

BAD EFFECTS: Many upheavals and movements may arise. Physical pain, lack of enthusiasm and loss of memory are possible. Position may be lost and fear of king, thieves, fire and weapons prevail. Public opinion, residing in one’s native land, wife and son may be disturbed or harmed. Distress of wife, children, and co-borns, loss of position, antagonistic relations with children, wife , and other close relations, danger from thieves, wounds and pain in the body.


GOOD EFFECTS: Effects like the recovery of a lost kingdom (reinstatement in a high position in government) and recovery of lost wealth, property at home, and increase in agricultural production, gain of wealth, blessings by the household deity (Isht Dev) , happiness from children, enjoyment of good food, etc. and gain of wealth through relatives.

Why is Lord Hanuman worshiped on Tuesdays?

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Born in a Hindu family I was always taken to Lord Hanuman’s temple for worshiping him on Tuesdays. When asked why specifically on Tuesdays, I was given no answer. I know many of you fall in the same category as well.
Do you know? Lord Hanuman, also known as Bajrang Bali, is the epitome of selfless service and devotion. He was born on the full moon day (Purnima) of the month Chaitra on Tuesday. That is why, every year when Chaitra month’s full moon day arrives, his birth-day is celebrated, which is called Shri Hanuman Jayanti and Tuesday is considered very auspicious day to worship Lord Hanuman.

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He is worshiped for his strength and fearlessness throughout the country. But what’s in a Tuesday? Many of you might wonder. Well, according to some experts on Hindu mythology, Tuesday is an auspicious day to get rid of “Kuja Dosh”. “Kuja” means ‘burning coal’ or ‘a fair person’. It is identified with Lord Kartikeya – the God of War. He is the son of Lord Shiva and was born with six heads. He killed the invincible demon Taraka and released the Devas from his oppression. The word is more prominently heard when the horoscopes of the bride and bridegroom are studied before their marriage. People tend to be very much worried about the presence of the Kuja dosha in their natal charts as it is believed that it can cause disturbance in their marital life. As a remedy, people who are afflicted with severe Kuja should worship Lord Hanuman daily, by reciting the Hanuman Chalisa. Moreover, they should visit the temple of Lord Hanuman on Tuesdays. This would help in diluting the extent of the effects of the Kuja Dosha. So the next time you worship Lord Hanuman on Tuesdays don’t be surprised!

Contributed by Mihir Ajgaonkar, Guest Writer, Shubhpuja

Shubhpuja and the people behind it – Coverage on blog

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In today’s fast paced lifestyle, it is often hard to take time out to perform religious activities. That is one problem that aims to solve. Understanding the hassles involved in religious celebrations and ceremonies through personal experiences is what gave Saumya Vardhan the idea to start her online venture

Here is an interesting conversation with Saumya Vardhan, founder of the startup that helps people ‘Connect with God in 1 click’. Read as she talks about how eCommerce and religion are a match made in heaven.

Let’s start with a few questions about Shubhpuja

1. Before we begin, tell us about your brand, what products do you sell?

My venture, is the only religious e-commerce platform that specializes in offering customized puja packages (festival puja, wedding puja, antim sanskar puja, paatha, japs and kathas, grah pravesh, mundane etc.) and astrological services (Vedic Astrology, Numerology, Vaastu shastra, Gemstone therapy and palmistry) to individuals and corporates who do not have adequate contacts or time to organise pujas themselves.

We help our devotees to organise the religious ceremonies in a hassle-free manner by offering:

Complete puja samagri kit (depending on the type of pujas)
Fixed flat rates
Free muhurat consultation
Convenient location (Home, office, factory, temple etc.)
We have the biggest network of astrologers, numerologists, vaastu consultants in India along with tie-ups with all the biggest religious organisations, educational institutes, highly revered priests from Benaras, Ujjain, Haridwar and other parts of the country.

2. What’s the story behind you taking the plunge into e-commerce and starting your own online store?

Prior to setting up, I was living and working in London where I realized that my friends and I had very limited opportunities and time to celebrate Indian festivals, organise any religious ceremonies in the traditional way making it difficult to practice Indian traditions and culture so it can be forwarded to the next generation.

Another personal incident deeply touched me and made me realize the need for One of my close friend’s father passed away in Delhi, most of the family members lived abroad and by the time…

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Exclusive Interview | Saumya Vardhan Founder & CEO, Shubhpuja – Featured on SocialProma

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Today all the puja arrangements and more are just a click or a phone-call away thanks to Shubhpuja. The one-of-its-kind e-portal which offers an incomparable religious forum that allows people from all walks of life to conduct pujas and rituals on various occasions during happiness and grief, at utmost customer convenience.

An exclusive conversation with Saumya Vardhan, Founder & CEO, Shubhpuja

1) When you started the venture and what’s your marketing approach?

Shubhpuja was officially launched in last December 2013. Since the inception, we have been actively promoting our company through our portal, by running campaigns on social media channels – Facebook, blog and twitter and of course through word of mouth. We also provide face-to-face consultation services at our offices or at customer’s preferred location. Apart from that we have been participating in various exhibitions, holiday carnivals and festivals for Diwali, New Year, and Valentine’s Day etc. We also hold workshops on Astrology, Vaastu shastra and numerology for big groups of people or corporate that are interested in our services.

2) How has been the business uptake?

So far with God’s grace, we have had a great response from our clients in Delhi NCR. Apart from India, we have had excellent client response and have customers from Russia, USA, Hong Kong, Singapore, UK. In the coming months, we aim to expand…
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“Spiritual tourism goes international with Shubhpuja”- Wonderlust Magazine

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As we are progressing into 21st century, We are getting busier in our daily lives and have less time to remember God-who is our creator, preserver and destroyer. is a religious platform that specializes in offering customized puja packages to individuals and corporate who do not have adequate time and contact to organize pujas themselves.

Saumya Vardhan, Founder & CEO, Shubhpuja in an interaction with the top most travel business magazine “WONDERLUST”

Saumya Vardhan in an interaction with Wonderlust.
Saumya Vardhan in an interaction with Wonderlust.