Ancient Vedic Karmic Remedy – Fasting (Part-2)
Fasting – One of the Effective Ancient Vedic Karmic Remedies for Planetary disturbances…. Part – 2
A fast of Sunday is devoted to Surya – The Planet Sun. Eye problems or those pertaining to heat and skin may affect one. Blessings from Surya enable one to receive honour and fame and achieve success over enemies. Food is eaten once in the day before sunset. Food must not be eaten after sunset. It must be free of salt and oil. It must not be tamsik. One must offer prayers to Surya and read or listen to the prescribed katha. Only then one must eat. To appease Surya one should wear ruby. When inclined to give charity one must wheat, red pulses, jaggery, or metals like gold and copper. The best time to give charity is at sunset.
A fast on Monday is devoted to Chandrama – The Planet Moon. Prayers are offered to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Since they had a long , happy married life, the fasting on Mondays helps one find a suitable marital partner. There are three kinds of fasts observed on Mondays. The routine fast observed on a Monday is the saumya pradosh-the fast to seek pardon for a fault, and a fast for 16 Mondays. The procedure to be followed is similar, but in each case the katha to be read or heard is different. Food is eaten once in the day. Cereals are permitted. After Prayers to Shiva and Parvati one must read or hear the appropriate katha. To appease Chandrama one must wear pearls and silver. When inclined to give charity, one must give white things like rice, white clothes and conch shells.
A fast on Tuesday is Devoted to Mangal – The Planet Mars. It is believed that fasting for 12 Tuesdays helps overcome the malefic effects of this planet. All kinds of obstacles are overcome. It also brings fame and honour. Prayers must be offered to Hanuman. Use of red clothes and red flowers is auspicious .Food prepared of wheat and jaggery must be eaten once in the day. After prayers to Hanuman one must read the katha.
A fast on Wednesday is devoted to Budh – The Planet Mercury. One must preferably eat green things once in the day. Once must pray to Lord Shiva and follow it by reading or hearing the katha. To appease Budh one must wear emerald in gold. When inclined to give charity one must give moong (green gram-Phaseolus mungo), kasturi (musk) , blue clothes, gold, copper and five gems.
A fast on Thursday is devoted to Brihaspati – The Planet Jupiter. It promotes greater learning and prosperity. Prayers must be offered to Brihespeshwar Mahadev , followed by reading or hearing the katha. One must preferably wear yellow clothes and use yellow sandalwood. Food must be eaten once . One must include yellow pulses in the meal. To appease Brihaspati one should wear yellow sapphire in gold. When inclined to charity one should give yellow things like turmeric, salt, yellow clothes, rice and yellow pulses.
A fast on Friday is devoted to Shukra – The Planet Venus. The procedure for this fast is similar to that of Monday . It is preferable that food is eaten once a day. It must include white preparations like kheer (rice porridge) or rabri (milk preparation) .To appease Shukra one must wear white sapphire/white opal in silver. Those inclined to charity must give rice, white clothes, a cow and ghee.
A fast on Friday is also devoted to Santoshi Maa. She is the daughter of Sri Ganesh and blesses one with happiness and contentment. Prayers are offered to her followed by katha and arti. Food must be eaten once. This is a Strict fast and nothing sour or acidic must be eaten or offered to anyone else. It is customary to fast for 16 Fridays. On the final day, young boys are fed.
A fast on Saturday is devoted to Shani – The Planet Saturn. The effect of Shani is harsh and lasts for long time. Therefore this fast is observed. Shani is fond of all kinds of black things like black clothes, black peas, black sesame, iron and oil. Prayers are offered to Shani followed by katha and arti. To appease Shani one must wear Blue sapphire and Iron. When inclined to give charity one should give black things like an iron vessel with oil, an umbrella, a block shoe, black clothes, black sesame and black peas.
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