Will My Married Life Be Good?

posted May 3, 2012, 6:57 PM by Alok Sharma

One of the most common questions we get on our website is related to marriage. Many young men and women are curious what life holds for them especially their love life. Marriage can be a big decision, and how your life partner will be will have a big impact on your life. Will your future husband be handsome, will he support your career? Is your future wife going to be pretty and will she be supportive of you? All these questions matter a lot.

Vedic Astrology has been used not only to answer above questions but also to check if a certain match is favorable or not. Many times quickly arranged marriages are decided in a hurry on in passion but they fail mainly because the kundli matching process was not completed.  Even if someone does not believe in astrology, the process of matching kundlis gives an opportunity to pause and sit down with your elders and evaluate the compatibility of the prospective match in detail. This process of sittign down with yoru elders and with your family priest is very useful as the match gets blessed by everyone.

Seventh house in a birth chart represents partnerships in life of a person including marriage and love life. The planets present in that house, position of the lord of the seventh house and other planets aspecting the seventh house determine how good or bad the love life will be. Time of marriage and love affairs depend on the Dashasof these planets.

Apart from above mentioned factors, the position of Venus and Jupiter also play important role in this regard. Jupiter represents the Saubhagya or Suhag (husband) in the birth chart of a female. Similarly position of Venus represents wife in a man’s birth chart. Along with above considerations, one must always consider the effect ofNavamansha and other charts along with the natal chart.

When analyzing compatibility between two persons, there is a unique system developed by Indian astrologers known as kundli matching point system, which compares the two individuals along eight different traits. They are given points based on how compatible these traits are and a maximum of 36 points can be achieved. The higher points a couple receives, the better chances of them being compatible.

If you want to know if a match is right for you then you can ask us here. Or, if you want a detailed analysis on what lies ahead in your love life, click here. Vedic astrology is a very powerful tool and has helped millions achieve harmony in life. If your married life is in disarray or in disharmony, we highly recommend you receive some help here.

Manglik is another term which is used frequently and unfortunately has been the cause of needless worry and panic. Many marriage- related talks have broken down over this issue when it could have been resolved very easily. A manglik person is someone whose seventh house is afflicted by Mars. Either the planet is present in that house or is aspecting that house. But many times this effect gets cancelled which astrologers fail to report due to ignorance or for their own gains. For example the effect gets cancelled if there is a similar condition present in the partners chart. Moreover, many times manglik issue can be easily resolved by performing some easy remedies and pujas. If you want to know if you are a manglik, or need remedies for the same, please click here.

Ultimately, a successful marriage depends on mutual trust respect and understanding. Like anything else you must work hard to develop a good relationship and a good marriage. All the best and may God bless you! 

Savan Somvaar

posted Jul 22, 2011, 6:49 AM by Alok Sharma   [ updated Jul 22, 2011, 8:03 AM ]

“Shravan Pujyet Shivam”


According to Vedic tradition, the month of shravan is dedicated to Lord Shivji. Hence during this holy month, people fast on Mondays, Shiv Chaudash and celebratre “Chhadi Mubarak”. Amarnath yatra begins during this month and pilgrims from Rishikesh, Gomukh and Haridwar take part in the Kanwad Yatra as well .


Prayers for Shiv ji


Vedas describe two ways of praying to Shivji.

·         Panchopchar Puja

·         Shodashopchar Puja


Before performing puja, devotees should take a bath, wear clean clothes, apply ashes on the forehead and wear rudraksh.


Panchopchar Puja

As indicated by the name, this prayer has five major ingredients. 

1.       Chandan (Sandalwood)

2.       Pushp (Flowers)

3.       Dhoop (Incense)

4.       Deep (Lamp)

5.       Naivedya (Fruits)

That is why this puja is called Panchopchar Puja.


Shodashopchar Puja

This prayer has sixteen (16) major ingredients, hence the name – Shodashopchar Puja. These are:

1.       Avaahan

2.       Aasan

3.       Padhya

4.       Arghya

5.       Snaan

6.       Abhishek

7.       Aachman

8.       Vastra, Upvastra

9.       Gandh, Akshat

10.   Pushp , Belpatra

11.   Dhoop

12.   Deep

13.   Paan Supari

14.   Fal

15.   Dakshina

16.   Aarti


It is said that Lord Shivji is especially fond of rudrabhishek. In this ritual, devotees perform abhishek by pouring an unbroken stream of water/milk on shivling. According to the hindu scripture Shiv Purana, devotees can expect the following results using different abhishekas:

a)      Abhishek by water :                         Rain

b)      Abhishek by kush water:                   Disease cure

c)       Abhishek by sugarcane juice:            Financial gains

d)      Abhishek by honey:                         Unlimited wealth

e)      Abhishek by milk:                            Birth of a son

f)       Abhishek by Ganga jal:                     Moksha (nirvana)

g)      Abhishek by sharbat:                       Jealousy cure    

h)      Abhishek by Sesame oil:                   Enemy destruction

i)        Abhishek by ghee:                           All wishes

It is not hard to please Bhole baba. Even if you do not have, or cannot afford above ingredients, then just chant “Ohm Namah Shivay” by pouring an unbroken stream of water through a lota (vessel).


Important things to be noted

1.       Prayers can be performed to Shivji anytime of the day, but an hour before and after sunset are considered the best.

2.       In the month of shravan (or savan), one should pray to Shivji everyday. But especially on each Monday, Triyodashi and Shiv Chaudas.

3.       Lord Shiva is fond of bhasma (ashes), laal chandan (red sandalwood paste), rudraksh, bhang, bel patra and aak fruit.

4.       Although Shiv pujan is performed using Vedic rituals, but a common person can perform the puja by chanting “Ohm Namah Shivay” or “Ohm

     Namo Bhagwate Rudray” while performing the abhishek.

5.       After puja, reciting Shiv Mahima Stotra, Shiv Tandav Stotra and Rudrayak is considered beneficial.

6.       Shivji is also fond of Kaner (Oleander) flowers.

7.       At the end of your prayer, perform half a revolution of the shivling, offer flowers, and do not take any prasad.


Shravan is a holy month, make sure you pray to Shivji and reap the benefits!


Vastu : the secret revealed!

posted Jun 19, 2011, 6:30 PM by Alok Sharma   [ updated May 9, 2012, 5:26 PM ]

Vastu Shastra  is the ancient Indian science of constructing and decorating homes, working places, offices, temples etc. that swirl with good energy by making full and proper use of natural and positive energies which comes from  space and under the Earth. Vastu is complitely different from the modern age architecture. It depends on us, how we make optimum use of the available resources and environment that supports physical and spiritual, health and prosperity into our family and our society.

Vastu Shastra evolved during Vedic times in India. According to Hindu mythology, "Vastu Purush" was born from the sweat of Lord Shiva. He then received the blessings of Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva :

 “If ever anyone creates a shelter or a work place then he has to take care of Vastu concepts. If a person ignores them and creates a wrong structure, then he will be afflicted by the anger of Vastu Purusha as he is blessed with.”

Artificial lakes, geometric courtyards, bore wells, gardens of the ancient times thirstily absorbed positive energy. Because they were constructed using the basics of the "Vastu".

The origin of Vastu shastra may have taken place well over thousands of years ago. The Great Yogis and Maharshis of ancient India may not have lived in houses themselves but they most definitely dedicated their lives in research to create a great science for making our lives better and more productive each day. The principles of the Vastu are basically based purely on the effect of Sun rays and cosmic energies we encounter during different times of the day.

Vastu is a part of Vedas, which are believed to be four to five thousand years old. Our ancient Maharshies who had the capacity to see the mantras in the sky with naked eyes from the cosmic mind and created Vedas by the grace of God and their meditation and super spiritual powers. Hence, Vedas are heeded with divine knowledge. The art of Vastu originates in the Rig Veda and Stapatya Veda, a part of Atharva Veda.

Even if you have constructed your house or workplace, and cannot make structural changes, even minor changes in arrangement can greatly increase the harmony and productivity of an area. Several other solutions to Vastu defects exist which can be easily put into use.

Try this wonderful science by clicking below and find out for yourself how much difference it can make in your business or in your lives at your home. If you want to know whether energies in your home or office are harmonized, then click here

Effects of Shani - Part III

posted Jun 14, 2011, 6:01 PM by Alok Sharma

These are the results which a person may expect when Shani is transiting the Lagna (Ascendant) in the horoscope:

1. It causes hard work, knowingly or unknowingly. 

2. Gains are lesser than normal.

3. More struggles and trials.

4. It causes a person to be emotionally strong by doing away with dependencies. One cannot expect a free meal in this period. 

5. It causes a person to become reserved, and raises self- independence and self-confidence. 

6. Promotes planning for new projects and new developments. 

Struggles and trials in a person's life is directly related to the position and lordship of Shani in his or her horoscope. Whether the effects of Shani will be good or bad, these are written down in the birth chart. 

When a person feels restless and anxious, then it naturally means that that person's job in this world is not yet over. There is no fulfillment in life so that person will need to make appropriate changes and perform hard work to achieve it. 

When someone feels lonely, then he moves away from outer world and searches for a world inside himself or herself. And this is how that person's spiritual journey begins, to find the meaning of life in this lonely world. Ideas and spirituality start coming out from within. 

Actually, Saturn only acts as a mirror. It does not cause any bad or good deeds by itself. Saturn will make you think about yourself and who you are. Initially, you may not like what you see in that mirror. But Saturn will make you face the reality, it may cause some trouble initially but this is where the true mettle of a person comes forth. It tests you by taking away things you have taken for granted and makes you work for them.

Towards the end, when Saturn is going away it will give back everything it had taken but it also gives you the most valuable gift - self confidence and a foundation for self development. Hence, a period of Saturn may be full of struggles but it is absolutely essential for the development of a better and beautiful tomorrow. 

Effects of Shani - Part II

posted Jun 4, 2011, 11:36 AM by Alok Sharma   [ updated Jun 4, 2011, 12:44 PM ]

In the first article in the series we learned about the planet Saturn, it's science and it's mythology. Now let's focus on the planet from an astrological point of view.

Shani is the most infamous planet in Astrology. The name itself strikes such fear in the minds of people that they panic or get severely depressed, which may be misused by some unscrupulous folks. But is it the truth? It is logical that no planet by itself is good or bad!

People think Saturn always brings hardship and failure, which is far from the truth. Actually, Shani is known as the "judge" among all the planets. It will give you results based exactly on your past karma. If you have performed good karma, it will give you good results, otherwise not. Only if you have put in proper amount of effort, will you succeed.

Nature and Characteristics of Shani

Shani by nature is a perfectionist, a builder. Shani is strict and likes those who follow his "rules". Shani likes to test a persons courage by making them come face to face with realities of life. Shani is a sage, a philosopher, a devotee of Shiva, and a deep thinker. Shani is not materialistic. A person under the influence of Shani will be driven away from materialistic things and towards philosophy and spirituality. It will make the person hardworking, disciplined, persistent, responsible and emotionally strong.

Shani is the lord of two zodiac signs - Makar (Capricorn) and Kumbh (Aquarius). Shani transits around the full zodiac in approximately 30 years. So, it remains approximately 2.5 years in a single sign. When Shani transits through a sign, it brings new changes and discards all old and rudimentary ideas and starts a new chapter in the person's life.

Transit of Shani in Ascendant (First House)

One of our readers asked a question about Shani's effect when it transits the Ascendant. Ascendant is located in the First house (Pratham Bhava) of a horoscope.

So, what does the first house represent? It represents the personality, health, appearance and character of a person. Hence, when Shani transits through first house, a person will get affected in above matters.

According to Vedic Astrology, Saturn aspects three houses - third, seventh and tenth house from the house it occupies. That means, Shani will also affect these three houses apart from the first house when it is transiting through the first house. Here is what the three houses represent:

Third House - Courage, Neighbours, Communication, Neck, Throat, Younger siblings

Seventh House - Spouse, Travel, Foreign trip, Partnership

Tenth House - Profession, Business

So these aspects will also get affected when Saturn transits the first house, but not necessarily in a negative way. The nature of effect totally depends on horoscope of a person. Specifically:

1. Lagna (ascendant) of the birth chart
2. Location of Saturn in the birth chart and it's lordship
3. Effects of dashas (periods)
4. "Power" in the horoscope - If a birth chart is powerful, a person may withstand really bad times and still come out on top.

In the next article in this series, we will tell you some examples of how Shani effects these aspects and how to remedy the bad influence.


Eclipses of 2011

posted Jun 2, 2011, 3:42 PM by Alok Sharma   [ updated Jun 2, 2011, 3:57 PM ]

Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahan (eclipses) in 2011

Solar eclipse occurs at Amavasya (New Moon) when Moon comes between Sun and the Earth. Lunar eclipse occurs on a Poornima (Full Moon) when Sun comes between the Moon and Earth. 


1. January 4th - Partial solar eclipse


2. June 1st - Partial solar eclipse is falling on Rohini Nakshatra and Vrishabh Rashi (Taurus). It will not be visible in India. Therefore, it will have no effects in India. 


3. June 15th - Lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan). It will be visible in Indian all night long. During this grahan, here are the times:

                    Sparsh Kaal: 11:52 PM

                    Madhya Kaal: 1:42 AM

                    Moksha: 3:32 AM

Apart from India, it will be also visible in Africa, Central Asia, South Asia, South America, Europe and Australia. This Chandra Grahan will occur in 4th Pad of Jyeshtha, in Vrishchik Rashi and will remain till Moon and Grahan enter Dhanu, 1st Pad of Mool Nakshatra. It is advised that people with rashi Vrishchik and Dhanu should avoid watching this eclipse

Since there are two eclipses within 15 days of each other, there is a possibility of earthquake or some other natural disaster in the world.  

4. July 1st - Partial solar eclipse

5. November 25th - Partial solar eclipse

6. December 10th - Total lunar eclipse

Shani Jayanti

posted May 31, 2011, 5:45 PM by Alok Sharma   [ updated May 31, 2011, 6:17 PM ]

Shani Jayanti
(birthday of Lord Saturn) is Wednesday, June 1 of this year as per Hindu Panchang. This occasion falls on Amavasya (new moon) of Baisakh month every year. That is why it is also known as "Shani Amavasya". It is a very important festival and several rituals and prayers are performed which can be very beneficial to humans. Please read on to learn these rituals. 

The main benefit of praying to Shani Dev is that it removes all the bad effects of your horoscope (kundali). Here are some remedies you can perform on this day:

1. Visit a temple where you can find Shani Dev or Navgrah (nine planets). Pray to Shani Dev by performing "Abhishek" with oil. 

2. Donate clothes and shoes.

3. Take a handful of Urad daal (pulse), rotate it 7 times over your head, and release it into moving water. Perform this ritual 21 times. 

4. Perform a "Shani Yagya"

5. Wear a ring on your middle finger made out of a horse shoe. The horse should be black. It is commonly available in grocery stores in India.

6. Fix a horse shoe on your main door. Again, make sure the shoe is taken from a black horse.

7. Chant these mantras and meditate - "Ohm Shan Shanaishcharay Namah" and "Ohm Pram Preem Praum Sah Shanaishcharay Namah"

8. If you can, fast the whole day. 

With these rituals and prayers you will reap huge benefits. It will lessen or totally remove all the bad effects on Shani from your horoscope. You will gain prosperity and progress in life. Good luck!

Effects of Shani (Saturn) - Part I

posted May 30, 2011, 11:37 AM by Alok Sharma   [ updated May 9, 2012, 5:29 PM ]

"Shanaih shanaih charati yah"

 - The one which travels slowly


Saturn, or Shani in Hindi, is a planet which is feared by many people. Sade Sati is the most common concern among people, but it is also the least understood. One of our readers asked us a question about the effects of Shani in Lagna (Ascendant) of a birth chart. For the benefit of our other readers, we decided to analyze it in detail and present an article for your benefit. 

To understand the effects of Saturn, let us get some background on Saturn. Saturn is the sixth planet from the Sun and is second largest planet in the solar system, Jupiter being the largest. Saturn is composed of all gas without any solid surface. It is a very cold planet, with temperature going down to -150 degree Celsius. Saturn has 62 moons discovered so far and it's nine rings are composed on ice and dust particles.

The atmosphere of Saturn is composed of 96% Hydrogen and 4% Helium. There planet is composed of ammonia crystals and ammonium hydroxide. The core is composed of other heavier elements. With the abundance of gas, this planet is known as GAS GIANT.As mentioned in the shloka, Shani travels slowly, and completed one revelution around the Sun in 29 Earth years. But it completed one rotation on it's axis in only 9 Earth hours. 


According to Hindu Puranas (scriptures), Shani is considered to be a son of Surya (Sun) and Chhaya (shadow). His brother is Yamaraj and sister is Yamuna. His color is considered to be same as an Indraneel Mani, also known as Neelam (Blue Sapphire). 

The wife of Saturn is Param Tejasvi and one day she went to him to request a son. But Shani Dev was busy meditating and praying to Lord Krishna. After waiting a long time, his wife got agitated and cursed Shani that wherever, and whoever he sees will get destroyed. This causes Shani to keep his head down all the time. 


This is the mythology behind the harmful drishti (aspect) of Shani. According to Vedic Astrology, Saturn is beneficial in the house it occupies, but harmful to the houses which it aspects. Shani aspects 3rd, 7th and 10th house from the one it occupies. 

Shani hates actions such as fraud, deceit, telling lies, consuming alcohol, gambling, staying unclean, animal cruelty, and disrespect of God, parents or elders.

If Shani occupies a favorable position in a birth chart then that person progresses in several aspects of life. That person is hardworking, fair in dealings and justice-loving. His/her social standing is also very good and that person does not suffer from any major ailments. On the other hand, if Shani is not positioned well in a chart, then damage to the house, fires, debt, disputes and loss of wealth and property will occur. Eearly defects in teeth and eyes are also the effects of bad Shani positioning. 

Is Shani favorable in your horoscope? Click here to check. 

In the next article, we will discuss some misconceptions about Shani among people, including Sade Sati, and we will look at Shani's effects in more detail. Find out what's true and what's not in the next article. 


posted May 23, 2011, 5:56 PM by Alok Sharma   [ updated May 23, 2011, 6:39 PM ]

What is Panchak?

Panchak is the period of five days in each month when Moon transits through Aquarius (Kumbh) and Pisces (Meen). During this period no auspicious deeds are recommended. 

The period is named "Panchak" because during this time Moon transits through five constellations:

1. Dhanishta (last leg)
2. Shatbhisha
3. Purva Bhadrapada
4. Uttar Bhadrapada
5. Revati 

What not to do in Panchak?

Any auspicious or inauspicious deed is prohibited in this period of five days. Well, the latter is prohibited everyday!

Five specific deeds are especially prohibited. They are:

1. Marriage
2. Cremation of dead body
3. Building/maintenance of a roof
4. Buying/decorating the bed
5. Purchasing fuel

Apart from these major tasks, other minor tasks are also prohibited. If confused, ask you family astrologer or consult a professional astrologer. Click here to know more.

What happens when you perform the prohibited tasks during Panchak?

Everything in Panchak is connected to number 5. So, if you perform a prohibited task during Panchak, you will have to repeat it 5 times! So best that one avoids them.

What can you do in Panchak?

You can perform your daily tasks which carry you through the day. You can of course pray, perform puja and religious rights. 

Again, when in doubt, ask an astrologer. Click here for more information. 

When is the next Panchak? How will I know about it ahead of time?

May 24 - 29, 2011
June 20 - 25, 2011
July 17 - 22, 2011
August 14 - 19, 2011

Panchak start and end at specific times, depending on your location. Submit you email here, and we will remind you in advance with start and end times. 

Panchang Contd.

posted May 19, 2011, 4:15 PM by Alok Sharma   [ updated May 23, 2011, 6:43 PM ]

We were discussing about the Hindu calendar, Panchaang. We had already covered the importance and meaning of Panchang. We had also discussed two out of the five parts which define Panchangam - Vaar and Tithi. Please read that article below. 

Now let us look at the remaining three parts of a Panchang - Nakshatra, Yog and Karan.

Click here for today's Panchang

This part of Panchanga defines the position of the Moon. It tells us which constellation Moon is travelling in, on that day. One Naksatra occupies 13 degrees and 20 minutes in the sky. So, the total 360 degrees of the sky has 27 Nakshatras. 

Yog tells us the angular relationship between Sun and Moon. But unlike tithi, which is the longitudinal difference between Sun and Moon, yog is the longitudinal sum of their positions. There are 27 yogas and each have a specific nature which provides unfavorable or favorable conditions for certain matters.

Defines half of a tithi. There are hence two karans in each tithi. 

Apart from above information, a Panchang also conveys the transit of planets. Transit is the current positions of planets in space. 

All this information is calculated using a highly advanced mathematical approach. This makes Indian calendar, Panchang, a highly sophisticated almanac of dates, times and planetary positions. All this information is used to determine things like auspicious muhurats, suitability of the day for people and for a specific area of activity. Hence, in depth knowledge of Panchanga is essential for understanding and practicing Astrology

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