Makar Sankranti 2018: History, Customs and Why it is Celebrated
Makar Sankranti 2018: 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. Read more about the history, traditions and science behind Makar Sankranti puja.
From times immemorial, people are scared of Saturn or “Shaani Dev”. In the Indian context, whenever anything goes wrong in our lives or there is a delay in any auspicious work or a person is in any sort of difficulty, we tend to blame it on “Shaani”. This is something that people in India have been hearing since childhood and Saturn or “Shaani” has thus become a much maligned planet.
However, it is not always true that Saturn is the cause of all our problems. Saturn can be one of the most beneficial planets for someone born under Libra (Tula) lagna or Taurus (Vrisabh) lagna. Saturn can also be very beneficial to someone with Gemini (Mithun) lagna if placed in his horoscope in the 9th or the 10th house. Saturn can give excellent results to someone with Virgo (Kanya) lagna also if placed in his horoscope’s 5th, 9th or 10th house. Saturn also gives good results when placed in the 7th or 12th house of a horoscope. When Saturn is beneficial, it can give a person Power, fame, wealth beyond imagination and all the material comforts and pleasures of life. In fact, in Indian Astrology, it is said that no auspicious event can occur without the blessings of Jupiter and green signal from Saturn. For example, we can accurately predict the timing of marriage from the transit of Jupiter and Saturn. If a person’s “dasha” is indicating marriage and we want to know the exact timing of the marriage, we only need to see whether Jupiter and Saturn are transiting over his or her horoscope’s 7th house or aspecting the horoscope’s 7th house in transit. Marriage will happen when the 7th house is activated in transit by Jupiter and Saturn. Saturn stays in a Zodiac sign for two and half years and Jupiter stays in a Zodiac sign for a year. Saturn may delay, but it never denies. It is the planet of justice. A peculiarity of Saturn about which a majority of Astrologers are unaware of is that if it is placed in exaltation in a horoscope in Libra (Tula), it gives bad results and if it is placed in debilitation in Aries (Mesh), it gives good results. In case of all other planets, the case is the reverse.
Another feared phenomenon caused by Saturn’s transit is “Sade Sati”. When Saturn transits over the natal moon in a horoscope and in both the houses next to the the natal moon, it causes “Sade Sati”. “Sade Sati” lasts for seven and a half years. “Sade Sati”, although being troublesome for anyone under its influence is more troublesome for the fiery sign lagnas – Aries (Mesh), Leo (Simha) and Sagittarius (Dhanu). It can be very troublesome for Cancer (Kark) lagna too. When a person is under the influence of “Sade Sati”, he faces a lot of mental tension, hurdles in every step of life, disturbed family life, financial problem and irritation and despair in day to day life. With proper remedies, the ill effects of “Sade Sati” can be neutralized to a great extent.
But a person facing the brunt of Saturn’s wrath under “Sade Sati” should understand that Saturn is a “Karmic” planet which gives us the results of the karmas of previous births in this life and Saturn is a great teacher. Saturn’s “Sade Sati” comes into our lives for a cosmic reason and that is to impart the lessons of life to a person. Troubles caused by “Sade Sati” will teach a proud person to become more humble and a spendthrift the value of money. Saturn’s “Sade Sati” will cleanse the negativity from a person and leave him a better person at the end of the “Sade Sati” period of seven and a half years.
Thus we see that Saturn is not an evil and malevolent planet as it is made out to be, but a great teacher and a planet which imparts divine justice.
Contributed By: Pranab Saikia (Jyotish Ratna, Jyotish Bhusan, Jyotish Prabhakar)
The number stands in symbolism for the Planet Saturn. This number influences all people born on the 8th, 17th, or 26th in any month, or if their birthday comes between the 21st December and the 26th January period which is also called as the House of Saturn (positive), and also from 26th January to 19th February, the period called the House of Saturn (negative).
- These people are usually misunderstood by others, and therefore they feel intensely lonely at heart.
- They have deep and very intense natures along with great strength of individuality.
- They often appear cold and undemonstrative, though in reality they have warm hearts towards the oppressed classes.
- These people are either successes or great failures, there appears to be no happy medium in their case.
- If ambitious, they usually aim for public life or government responsibility of some kind, and often hold very high positions involving great sacrifice on their part.
- If at all religious they go to extremes and are fanatics in their zeal. In any cause they take up, they attempt to carry it through in spite of all arguments or opposition and in doing so they generally make bitter and relentless enemies.
- The lucky colours for them are all shades of grey, black, dark blue, and purple.
- They should endeavour to carry out their plans and aims on all days that fall under their own number such as 8th, 17th or 26th in any month, or during the house of Saturn period. Especially so when these dates fall on Saturday, Sunday or Monday.
- Their lucky stones are the amethyst and the dark toned sapphire, also black pearl or the black diamond.
Similar to the pitra dosh, ‘Matra dosh’ is caused by the evil effects of Moon as the malefic planet. When moon makes combination with Rahu, Saturn and Mars, then matra dosh is formed. Various combinations are involved for the formation of this dosh.
- If the first house is affected by malefic planets and Moon is present in seventh house, Saturn or Rahu affects the fourth and the fifth house.
- If rahu, Jupiter and mars are present in the eighth house and, Saturn and moon in the fifth house, then matra dosh arises in kundli.
How Matra dosh can affect you?
As per the alignment of Moon with other evil planets, it directly affects the females in the house. Issues like problems in conceiving, mental stress and tensions, continuous illness, financial instability, friction between relationships with other members and other such problems are often faced by the native.
Matra dosh Nivaran
Feeding the hungry and poor people with milk helps to get relief from this fault. Also worshipping the peepal tree and oragnising ‘grah shanti puja’ further solves the problems. Respecting the female members and seeking their blessings should be a regular act.
Lord Shani the God of Justice, is the Chief Justice in the Human Life Court. He always provides the justice according to our deeds or karmas. Treated as “Rudra Avtar” of Lord Shiva, he is caring, loving and firmly believes in giving instant results but only on the basis of karma!
Kalyug or the modern times are filled with sins. And in this unchaste era, people are chasing the amenities like computers and technology in pursuit of happiness breathlessly. Happiness and peace are going away from man. In this melee, people say that God Shani is troubling us. Do they think that God has nothing better to do? Has he enmity with everybody? Is God Shani our enemy? No!
Shani is concerned about all beings in the world with a thinking of no friendship & no enmity.
People are more scared of God Shani than the punishment he gives. Today in the whole world people are having different opinions, myths and many false statements about Lord Shani. Most of the people resemble Lord Shani as cruel, full of anger and a God who never benefits the humans. People worship Lord Shani only when they are surrounded by Sade Sati (7.5 years) or Shani Dhaiya (2.5 years), unfavorable shani mahadasha and pains.
Not many of us know that among the nine planets, the planet Saturn has an important significance in life of every individual. Lord Shani gives peace, prosperity and justice to everyone.
He is more easily pleased than people believe. The devotion of God Shani solves all the problems pertaining to the body, family, society, mind, finances and occupation. People have taken the name of Lord Shani to scare others, but very little has been done to dispel that fear.
Make Lord Shani happy without any tantra-mantra. Know what actually make him happy :
Renunciation of anger – Saturn’s nature is said to be cruel, for its work is to punish the evil. So to avoid the wrath and anger of Lord Shani. One should be calm, composed and stay away from anger.
Tolerance – Shani is substantial in nature. This is because a harsh or bitter substance such as mustard oil is dear to him. A person should keep his tolerance level high he should never use abusive words and behave nicely with all.
Respect– Recognize that Shani is the lord of aging, so one should always respect their parents, elders and even teachers in order to keep Lord Shani happy. Making your elders sad or suffer will lead you to a miserable life.
Charity (Daan)– In Shani Puja, lays the importance of charity. Charity to the needy frees your ego and hence makes Lord Shani happy.
Compassion – Compassion for others is the most important part of the religion. Helping the poor or weaker sections of the society by giving the necessities for the survival always makes Shani shower blessings on you.