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❄️ Celebrating Makar Sankranti ❄️

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Introduction

For years, it has been a tradition in India to celebrate every important or non-important event of the world. The residents of Bharatvarsha are termed as the merriest people who associate every celestial event with a festival. Be it the harvesting of sugarcane in the form of Lohri festival or be it the observance of fast during the transition of seasons as Navratri, every single event has been associated with a scientific reason as well as a way to be happy and jolly.

After going through with the festivals of farmers i.e. Lohri in the previous night, the people of India prepare themselves for Makar Sankranti. This festival marks the transit of Lord Suryadev to the zodiac sign of Capricorn.

Therefore, this holy day is revered by all Indians as the day to worship Lord Surya and ask him for his blessings. Lord Suryadev controls happiness, character, life, nature, possessions, paternal relations and many other important aspects of a person’s life. So by offering reverential respects to him, the people are blessed with a happy life.

Makar Sankranti falls on 14th of January every year. But this date is consistent for some 100 years or so. In the 17th century, Makar Sankranti was around 9th January and in the 27th century, it shall be around 23rd January. It keeps on shifting, which is contrary to the belief that it stays on the same day.

History behind Makar Sankranti

The celebration of this event can be traced back to millions of years. As per the authority of puranas, there is an injunction which asks the people to take bath in holy rivers and perform pujas on this day to propitiate Lord Suryadev.

As per the traditions and customs prevalent in India, people used to visit holy rivers, temples and sun temples and used to offer oblations and worship to the deities.

Lord Suryadev transits in all the 12 zodiac signs throughout the year and this transit is termed as Sankranti. Every transit is important but the transit in Makar Rashi or Capricorn is especially meaningful since it is considered as the most important day to worship him with all paraphernalia associated with him.

The most eventful day which is mentioned in the shastras is the simultaneous occurrence of Uttarayan i.e. the day when sun goes to the northern hemisphere and Makar Sankranti in Dwapara Yuga and this very day Bhishmadeva left his body for the spiritual abode.

Customs and traditions

The festival of Makar Sankranti has been celebrated in India over ages. Since ages, the festival has been associated with various customs and traditions which people follow and pass over the same to the upcoming generations.

People know this festival by various names all over India. The list is as follows:

1. Makara Sankranthi : Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Kerala

2. Shishur Saenkraat: Kashmir Valley

3. Khichdi: Western Bihar

4. Uttarayan: Gujarat

5. Makar Sankranti: Chhattisgarh, Orissa, Bihar, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Rajasthan

6. Poush Sangkranti: West Bengal

7. Tila Sakrait: Mithila 8. Maghi: Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab.

9. Magh Bihu : Assam

Since water changes every ten miles and food every fifteen, the traditions associated with Makar Sankranti are numerous. Every state has a different name and hence, a different way of celebration. In some places, it is celebrated by flying kites in the sky and somewhere, it is celebrated by huge veneration programs and big feasts.

In North India, people generally make khichdi and other items of jaggery and sesame seeds. People visit their relatives and send them “Sakraat”, a collection of dal, rice, grains, sweets, jaggery, sesame seeds and other items. People in Gujarat and Rajasthan celebrate this festival by flying kites and exchanging gifts and celebrate it as a festival.

In Central India like Maharashtra, people make sweets of sesame seeds and jaggery. They make laddoos out of it and give it to everyone and say, “tilgul ghya, ani goad-goad bola”. This means that eat this sesame sweet and speak out as sweet as the laddoo.

In South India, people celebrate it as Pongal. They have a 4 days festival which is organized in a grand way. Each day is dedicated to some auspicious work, generally cleaning the house on the first day, making offerings and bhoga to Lord Suryadev on the second day, worshipping the cattle on the third day and visiting the relatives on the fourth day.

In areas like Uttar Pradesh where there is confluence of a holy river, people go to take a holy dip in the Ganges and after taking bath, they offer prayers and bhoga to Suryadev and other demigods. They usually fast on this day and spend time in listening to Hari Katha and feeding the Brahmins.

Science behind Makar Sankranti Puja

As per the Ayurvedic shastras, the Makar Sankranti falls in the Shishir Ritu, the season of biting cold. Since the influence of harshness has already been established in the atmosphere after the winter solstice, the general populace needs more protection.

Therefore, they are given items of sesame seeds, jaggery, sweets, rice, dal and other heavy items which they can prepare and eat nicely. And as people observe a fast on this day to render it all auspicious, they exchange items for making khichdi, which should be consumed to open the fast next day.

Importance of Makar Sankranti

This festival is itself in it, a great boon for the people who can pray and give offerings to Lord Suryadev on this day. As per Brahma Samhita (5.52)

yac-cakṣur eṣa savitā sakala-grahāṇāṁ rājā samasta-sura-mūrtir aśeṣa-tejāḥ yasyājñayā bhramati sambhṛta-kāla-cakro govindam ādi-puruṣaṁ tam ahaṁ bhajāmi

The sun who is the king of all the planets, full of infinite effulgence, the image of the good soul, is as the eye of this world. I adore the primeval Lord Govinda in

pursuance of whose order the sun performs his journey mounting the wheel of time.

The sun has been adorned as the eye of the supreme person. In the Purusha Sukta (Rig Veda 10.7.14), it’s said

chandrama manaso jataha

chakshoh suryo ajayata

mukhad indrash chagnishcha

pranadvayur ajayata

From his mind was born the moon, sun from his two eyes, Indra and Agni from his mouth and Vayu from his breath.

Since the sun god holds such an esteemed position, it is very nice on the part of the person to offer oblations and respect to him. As per the Vedic injunctions, we are advised to offer arghya to the sun daily before starting our routine.

This transition has got a lot of effect on the life of the common man and therefore, this is the best time to worship and propitiate the sun god by the help of authentic mantras and powerful brahmins.

Puja Vidhi

It comprises of Shri Kalash Sthapan, Shodashopchar Puja, Suryadev puja, Suryadev Shanti Yagya, Go puja, Ganga Puja, 1008 Surya Gayatri Japa, Brihad Aditya Hriday Strota path, Sarva Shanti Puja, Purnahuti, Homa and Visarjan.

It is advised in the shastras to feed the brahmins and cows as well on the same day so as to get the maximum benefit out of the puja.

Puja Samagri

The puja samagris includes

1. Purified Mango wood

2. Surya Shanti samagri

3. Kumkum

4. Akshat

5. Naivedya

6. Gangajal

7. Kalash

8. Shriphal

9. Havan Samidha

10. Shodash Matrika

11.Ruby

12.Orange cloth

13.Surya itra

14.Chandan

15. Durva dal

16. Surya yantra and so on..

Puja timings

This year, the Shubh Muhurat for Makar Sankranti on 14th January 2018 is divided into two portions

1. Punya Muhurtam: The all auspicious time is from 2 P.M. to 6:16 P.M.

2. Mahapunya Muhurtam: The highest auspicious time is from 2 P.M. to 2:24 P.M.

Hard Work or Gem Work?

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We all go through some tough times in our lives. Times during which we do not get the results we want, for the efforts we put in and we have to struggle to even get to a bare minimum point. It surely dampens our hopes and makes us feel vulnerable. The best solution to turn these situations around is hard work, because without hard work there cannot be any success. Some people feel that luck plays a major role in our lives, and by wearing gemstones as rings or necklaces can turn the situation in our favour. We see advertisements almost everywhere about shops from where we can buy stones and contacts astrologers who can advice on the same.

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What is a Gemstone?

A gemstone is a piece of mineral crystal, which, in its cut & polished form, is used to make jewelry or other adornments. Certain rocks like lapis lazuli, opal, jade, amber, jet, and pearl are also used for jewelry. Most gemstones are hard, but some soft minerals are used in jewelry because of their luster and other physical properties that have aesthetic value.

Classification of Gemstones : Gems are characterized in terms of their –

> Refractive Index
> Dispersion
> Specific Gravity
> Hardness
> Cleavage
> Fracture and
> Luster

Do Gemstones have any value?

A mnemonic device, the ‘four Cs’ (color, cut, clarity, and carats), has been introduced to help the consumer understand the factors used to grade a diamond. While, other gemstones are still graded using the naked eye (assuming 20/20 vision). Physical characteristics that make a colored stone valuable are ;

> Color,

In general, per carat, prices of larger stones are higher than those of smaller stones, but popularity of certain sizes of stone can affect prices. Typically, prices range from US$1/carat to US$20,000–50,000.

Synthetic and Artificial Gemstones :

It is important to distinguish between synthetic gemstones, and imitation or simulated gems. Synthetic gems are physically, optically, and chemically identical to the natural stone, but are created in controlled conditions in a laboratory.

Imitation or simulated stones are chemically different from the natural stone but may be optically similar to it; they can be glass, plastic, resins, or other compounds. Examples of simulated or imitation stones include cubic zircon, composed of zirconium oxide and simulated moissanite, which are both diamond stimulants. Synthetic, cultured, or lab-created gemstones are not imitations. For example, diamonds, rubies, sapphires, and emeralds have been manufactured in labs to possess identical chemical and physical
characteristics to the naturally occurring variety.

Some Rare Gemstones :

> Painite was discovered in 1956 in Ohngaing in Myanmar
> Hibonite was discovered in 1956 in Madagascar
> Red beryl or Bixbite was discovered in an area
> Chambersite was discovered in 1957 in Chambers County, Texas.
> Taaffeite was discovered in 1945. It was named after the discoverer, the Irish gemologist C.E Charles Richard Taaffe.
> Musgravite was discovered in 1967 in the Musgrave Mountains in South Australia and named for the location.

Let’s learn Palmistry

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I am sure that at least once in your life, while walking on the streets, maybe through a busy market place, a man must have stopped you to tell you about your future. Some of those men sit with parrots along with tarot cards. Those can be termed as lucky guesses because let’s be honest, animals or birds cannot tell our future. However, when those men promise to tell us the future by looking at our palm lines, we do get curious, because most of the times, those predictions and the tales of our past are very accurate. This art of telling the future or the past of people by looking at the palm lines is known as palmistry. This article shall tell us everything we need to know about this skill, So let us begin,

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What is Palmistry?

Palmistry or chiromancy (also spelled chiromancy; from Greek kheir and manteia, is the claim of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm, also known as palm reading or chirology. The practice is found all over the world, with numerous cultural variations. Those who practice chiromancy are generally called palmists, palm readers, hand readers, hand analysts, or chirologists.

Techniques of Palmistry :

A reader usually begins by reading the person’s dominant hand (the hand he or she writes with or uses the most, which is represents the conscious mind, whereas the other hand is subconscious). In some traditions of palmistry, the other hand is believed to carry hereditary or family traits, or, depending on the palmist’s cosmological beliefs, to convey information about ‘past-life’ or ‘karmic’ conditions.

Significance of Hand Shapes :

In most schools of palmistry, hand shapes are divided into four or eleven major types, sometimes corresponding to the classical elements or temperaments. Hand shape is believed to indicate character traits corresponding to the type indicated. Although variations abound, the most common classifications used by modern palmists :

> Earth hands are generally identified by broad, square palms and fingers, thick or coarse skin, and ruddy colour.

> Air hands have square or rectangular palms with long fingers and sometimes-protruding knuckles, low-set thumbs, and often dry skin.

> Water hands are long, with oval-shaped palm, long, flexible, conical fingers.

> Fire hands have a square or rectangular palm, flushed or pink skin, and shorter fingers. The number and quality of lines can also be included in the hand shape analysis; in some traditions of palmistry, Earth and Water hands tend to have fewer, deeper lines, while Air and Fire hands are more likely to show more lines with less clear definition.

The Game of Lines :

The three lines found on almost all hands, and generally given most weight by palmists :

> The Heart line represents love and attraction. It is found towards the top of the palm, under the fingers. In some traditions, the line is read as starting from the edge of the palm under the little finger and flowing across the palm towards the thumb; in others, it is seen as starting under the fingers and flowing toward the outside edge of the palm. It provides an insight on how the emotional side of our mind acts.

> The Headline represents our mind & its functioning(learning style, communication skills & thirst for knowledge). This line starts at the edge of the palm under the index finger and flows across the palm towards the outside edge. Often, the head line is joined with the life line.

>The Lifeline is the most controversial line on the hand. This line extends from the edge of the palm above the thumb and travels in an arc towards the wrist. This line is believed to represent the person’s vitality and vigour, physical health and general well being. The life line is also believed to reflect major life changes, including cataclysmic events, physical injuries, and relocations.

The mounts in Palmistry :

Jupiter, Saturn, Apollo, Mercury, Mars positive, Mars negative, plain of Mars, Luna mount, Neptune mount, Venus mount.

Other minor lines :

> Sun line – parallel to the Fate Line, under the ring finger; believed to indicate fame or scandal.

> Girdle of  Venus – starts between the little and ring fingers, runs in a rough arc under the ring and middle finger. It relate to emotional intelligence and the ability to manipulate.

> Union lines – these are short horizontal lines found on the percussive edge of the palm between the Heart Line and the bottom of the little finger; believed to indicate close relationships, sometimes – but not always – romantic.

> Mercury line – runs from the bottom of the palm near the wrist, indicates health issues, business acumen, or communication skills.

> Travel lines – these are horizontal lines found on the percussive edge of the palm between the wrist and the heart line; each line is said to represent a trip taken by the subject.

> Other markings – these include stars, crosses, triangles, squares, tridents, and rings under each of the fingers; their supposed impact and meaning varies by location on the palm and freedom from other interfering lines.

> Apollo line – indicates a fortunate life; it travels from the Mount of the Moon at the wrist to beneath the Apollo finger.

I am sure now, that we all have some insights on this ancient and fascinating art by way this blog. With this knowledge now we can practice palmistry on our friends and relative and of course on ourselves too.

SIGNIFICANCE OF NUMEROLOGY

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Numerology meanings seem to have found their beginnings with Pythagoras, Greek philosopher and mathematician, born in 570 BC. But the idea of numbers and their spiritual significance was practiced heavily by our ancient ancestors in Mesoamerica during the same time period.The magic of numerology takes your name or date of birth and reduces them down to single digits. Each digit from 1 to 9 has its own tendencies. The resultant number is said to reveal your key personality.

 

WHAT DO DIFFERENT NUMBERS MEAN FOR US?

One (1): The numerology meaning of this number is unity, beginnings, God, masculine, creative, symbol of physical, and mental activity. It’s a number that expresses leadership, spotlight type individuality. There’s a tendency to being organized, and ambitious. Ones go to the top in everything that peaks their interest, reflecting a natural leader. They are forerunners and original thinkers.

 

Two (2): Dualist beliefs, Gnostic. This is a feminine numerology meanings number with traits like yielding, receptive, accepting, forgiving, passive, uncomplicated and stable. But, twos make things or groups function more efficiently. Devotion to truth and simplicity is of major importance. Twos are the opposite personality to “1s”. They are followers, good subordinates and team members. Often too subservient, which others perceive as weak or shy because of their natural gentleness.

 

Three (3): Masculine. The Holy Trinity, (father, son, and holy ghost). Threes are active, harmonious, pleasure–loving, and they bring joy to others as indicated by their numerology meaning. Many politicians are threes with excellent conversational skills, but they can often be superficial. They give hope to others who see the dark side of things. These shining lights work hard to stop negativity from entering into their lives.

 

Four (4): Feminine. The number of matter in numerology meanings. Represents 4 seasons, 4 elements, 4 directions, 4 sides to a cube. Fours mirror magical geometry and buildings. They are stable, rigid, sure-footed, determined to reach their goals in a straight line. When things come without effort, fours are uneasy, wondering if something is good if it comes without hard work.

 

Five (5): Masculine. Fives are likely to be restless, lively, adventuresome, quick-thinking, and quick-tempered. They love change and challenge, but take too many risks. It’s common for them to act first and think later, which causes stumbling along the path. Fives numerology meaning shows them to be progressive, free thinking, exciting, fun loving and sexual.

 

Six (6): Feminine. The combination of the upward male triangle and downward female triangle for the 6 pointed star. Sixes numerology meaning shows they possess the nurturing side of womanhood: safe, stable, warm, domestic, and motherly. Sixes are natural homemakers, giving love, warmth and security to their families even if they are a man. They are supportive, harmonious, companionable, responsible, good problem solvers who know life requires adjustments along the way.

 

Seven (7): Masculine. This is the holiest and most magical of all the numerology numbers, possessing strength and psychic ability. Creation and rest in 7 days, 7 pillars of wisdom, 7 chakras, 7 stars in the Big Dipper. Sevens are reflective and have a tendency towards mysticism or the occult. This is the number of an introspective individualists who is often a loner. They’re highly intellectual, and not materialistic, but somehow money finds them. Not considered social butterflies, sevens are often perceived as cold and distant.

 

Eight (8): Feminine. This is the number of material matters and practicality. But, eights must learn how money can be used for the greater good. Through numerology meanings this is their challenge. They are a symbol of infinity, which leads to the next life…the eight-fold path away from materialism in Buddhism. Eights like to accumulate wealth. This number is worldly and hardworking, but often lacks patience and pliability.

 

Nine (9): Masculine. A product of 3 x 3 makes nine a powerful number. Nine represents achievement and completion. There are 9 months in pregnancy, 9 initiations during our advancing from a lower stage to a higher stage. In numerology meaning, nines are achievers, possessing bright ideas, high ideals, and innate abilities.

Eleven (11): Masculine/Feminine. This is the numerology meanings number of revelation and spiritual insight. Elevens are intuitive, practical, unconventional but sensible. Eleven reduces to 1 + 1. This number has many 2-type attributes, as well as 1s because of the 1 and 1. These personality qualities make them more balanced between the masculine and feminine

 

Twenty-two (22): Feminine. This numerology meanings number has particular importance in the Kabbalah. The Tree of Life is joined by 22 paths. There are 22 letters in Hebrew alphabet, and 22 cards in the Major Arcana of Tarot their lives and environment is important to a twenty-two. This number reduces to 2 + 2.

 

The core key to get happiness lies in maintaining a “Balance” in our life.If we have a ” BALANCE” one can easily achieve the maximum in his life that will make one – a balanced person. Now a question arises – What is BALANCE? BALANCE has a numeric value of “2”, that governs the mother nature of moon.

“BALANCE” is a result of two super natural powers positive & negative energies, credit & debit , sun & moon, father & mother. In order to achieve “BALANCE” in one’s life, Shubhpuja ensures the best and unique solution for your day to day problems by innovative methods, that can be calculated from time of query and your full name.

Shubhpuja provide astrological services to people living in India and abroad. We have a mix team of highly successful professionals and educationally qualified shastris in Jataka Shastras who have given advice to various individuals and made them a personal and professional success.

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Email: contact@shubhpuja.com
Phone: +91 844 773 9300

IMPORTANCE OF PALMISTRY

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For thousands of years now, people have relied on Palmistry to prepare themselves for what’s to come, to improve their lives and aspects of it like career or business, family, fame, success, relationships, and love life. Up to now, there are still people who refuse to believe in fortune telling but it is also now much easier to make them see and experience its wonders. The very fact that palmistry is now classified as a branch of science just goes to show that it does not just fall within the mysterious and unexplained.

Palmistry begins with the obvious and proceeds, by innumerable intricate steps of judgment and interpretation, to extreme details of the palm. Conclusions can be made from a palmistry reading that can provide you with answers to questions you have regarding your life.

A palmistry reader can interpret aspects of a person’s life by reading the lines of palmistry. A serious palmistry practitioner will begin by examining both hands: with a right-handed subject the left hand is considered the ‘birth hand’, which shows inherited predispositions of character, while the right hand is thought to reflect individuality, flexibility and potential. For the left-handed subject the opposite would be true.

 

A science of Indian origin but practiced all over the world with numerous cultural variations, palmistry is the art of characterization and foretelling the future through the study of the palm. It is also known as palm reading or chirology. The unique study of Palmistry is divided into two major sections or sciences known as Cheirognomy and cheiromancy.Cheirognomy is the branch that deals with the shape of hands and fingers, and cheiromancy deals with the lines and markings of the palm. The inter-related branches are incomplete without each other and correct predictions can only be done by thorough study of both the sciences.

Have you ever thought that what is the shape of your hand and how the varied shapes of hands affects our thoughts, nature and even career. Palmistry consultation helps you to get deep insights of your personal and professional life after careful study of your hand.

The palmists or the hand readers read and analyze your palm and make predictions about your life and future. This consultation makes you aware about your destiny through your own karmas which are visible on your palm. It addresses issues involving-

  • Relationships
  • Career
  • Emotional turmoil
  • Future goals
  • Attaining and achieving one’s wants
  • Not only this, it connects you to all those unsolved mysteries about yourself and help you find all the unresolved answer

Shubhpuja provides the consultation through authentic and scientific calculation after receiving the required details from the clients. Our palmists are well qualified and expert in their own areas of consultation. Diagnostic healing remedies are also provided for resolving any specific issues. We also provide detailed reports of the consultation, as required by the client.  Shubhpuja, provides you a complete package of palmistry from our well qualified palmists who are equipped with great knowledge of both classical and modern palmistry. With Shubhpuja, you get an insight into your real self and can foresee and seek the help to change what is to come. Try this service today & celebrate its benefits.

 

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Importance of Kundali Matching

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The foremost step followed in most of the Hindu weddings is, matching the kundalis (astrological charts) of the bride and the groom. It is believed that if both the kundalis match with each other flawlessly, then the couple will have a happy married life.

While a large number of people believe in this ritual of kundali milan (matching of the astrological charts), not all might be aware of the exact reason behind this process. The first question that comes to anyone’s mind is how are Kundli’s matched? To this the astrologers look into the kundalis from the viewpoint of the circulation of planets. They say that the individual personalities appear as per the circulation of planets. And as the couple would stay together, their stars and planets will exert influence on their partner’s destiny as well. So, the astrologers check for the compatibility of the stars of both the partners. Besides, they also tell about their behavioural compatibility of with each other.

The main reason behind matching astrological charts is to ensure that the couples will have a happy and comfortable life. It lets you predict the nature of the person through his /her horoscope and one can also know whether one’s partner will be sincere in marriage or not, how will be your relationship with each other and  how will be your relationship with your mother-in-law. etc.

There are eight points, known as gunas, which are added while matching these charts. Each guna has a specific value, and the sum of all these eight gunas come to a total of 36. It is believed that a minimum of 18 points should match among the couple to have a happy married life. If the matched points are more than 27, then it is considered the best probable match. If the points come out to be less than 18, then the marriage is not advised. The following 8 gunas are considered while matching the astrological charts.

  • Varna
  • Vashya
  • Tara
  • Yoni
  • Graha Maitri
  • Gan
  • Bhakoot
  • Nadi

Kundali milan is the first step to the marital bliss. Out of the 36 gunaas, at least 50% should match among the couple to form a good alliance. Apart from these, the things, like Manglik Vichaar (evil effects of the planet Mars), Kaal Sarp doshas (when all seven planets are placed between Rahu and Ketu), etc., need to be carefully studied to ensure happy alliance and successful marriage with progeny.

To help couples have a blissful and happy journey in their married lives , Shubhpuja  offers  personalized kundali matching service and answering your specific questions that you may have in mind before deciding your life partner. It does not rely on any computer generated kundli matching software.

Shubhpuja has an experienced and academically qualified team of pandits with knowledge in Vedic astrology who have consulted hundreds of people and have delivered successful results based on real life experiences. It’s kundali matching is based on an ancient methodology, Ashtakoot Guna Milap or eight-fold matching. This method tells compatibility between a boy and a girl.Incase you do not have a kundali / Janmapatri we can prepare it for you by knowing your details such as the name, time and place of birth. It provide astrological services to people living in India and abroad and have a mix team of highly successful professionals (with knowledge of astrology) and educationally qualified shastris in Jataka Shastras who have given advice to various individuals and made them a personal and professional success. It’s  pandits can suggest various pujas and havans that will help enhance and accelerate your personal success and happiness.

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     Phone: +91 844 773 9300

 

 

 

 

 

❄️ HAPPY DIWALI ❄️

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