Saturn and Duty

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Duty
Planet (graha) Saturn (Sani)

Shani - Planetary Deity for Saturn

Oh Lord Saturn! The mysterious one,

Thy mother is the shadow and thy father is the Sun,
You are considered, only maelific, by some,
Others know you as the benevolent one.

God gave you the task to purify each one
Through all types of experiences under the Sun.
Bless us and remove our shackles, one by one.


The Planet Saturn is dispositor of limits, control (and when we try to push past that control, frustration); and completion. We should never be trying to push back the barriers that limit us without using our discrimination.

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Venus and Modesty

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Modesty
Planet (graha) Venus (Shukra)

Planet Venus as Hindu God

Mrunala kundendu payoja suprabham,
Peethambaram, prasrutha maksha malinam,
Samastha sasthrartha vidhim mahantham,
Dhyayeth kavim vanchitha maartha sidhaye.

All desires would get fulfilled by meditating on that poet,
Who shines like the white lotus born out of the sea,
Who wears yellow silks, who is known to wear garland of beads,
And who is a very great individual knowing the meaning of all sasthras.

Om Siro may Bhargava pathu, Baalam pathu grahadhipa,
Nethre daithya guru pathu, srothre may chandana dyuthi.

Let the son of Brugu protect my head,
Let the lord of planets protect my hair,
Let the teacher of asuras protect my eyes,
And let my ears be protected by
He who is lustrous like sandal wood.

Pathu may nasikaam kavyo, vadanam daithya vanditha,
Vachanam chosna pathu , kandam sri kanda bhakthiman.

Let the writer of epics protect my nose,
Let my face be protected by he who is worshipped by asuras,
Let my words be protected by the hungry one,
And let my neck be protected by the great devotee of Vishnu.

Bhujou thejo nidhi pathu, kukshim pathu mano vraja,
Nabhim braghu sutha pathu, madhyam pathu mahee priya.

Let my hand be protected by the treasure of light,
Let my belly be protected by him who is the choice of my mind,
Let my stomach be protected by son of Brughu,
And let my middle be protected by the darling of earth.

Katim may pathu viswathma, ooru may sura poojitha,
Janum jadya hara pathu, jange jnana vatham vara.

Let my hip be protected by soul of the universe,
Let my thigh be protected by him who is worshipped by devas,
Let my knees be protected by enemy of sluggishness,
And let my calf be protected by he who is great among knowledgeable.

Gulphou guna nidhi pathu, pathu padhou varam bhara,
Sarvanyangani may pathu,swarna mala parishkrutha.

Let my ankle be protected by treasure of goodness,
Let my feet be protected by he who grants boons,
And let all my limbs be protected by he who wears golden garland.

Ya idham kavacham patathi sradhyanwitha,
Na thasya jayathe peeda, bhargavasya prasadatha.

He who reads this armour with devotion,
Will never get any problems by the grace of son of Brugu.

Idhi Brahmanda purane Shukra kavacham sampoornam.

(Thus ends the armour of Venus occurring in Brahmanda Purana)

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Jupiter and Resourcefulness

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Resourcefulness
Planet (graha) Jupiter (Brihaspati)

Jupiter, Brihaspati

Gurur brahaspathir jeeva suracharyo vidham vara,
Vageeso dhishino deerga samasru peethambaro yuva.

Teacher, Lord of prayer of beings, Teacher of demigods,
Greatest among the mighty, Lord of words, preceptor,
One having a long beard, he who is young and wears yellow silk.

Sudha drushtir, grahadheeso, graha peeda apaharaka,
Daya kara, soumya moorthi, surarchya, kudmala dhyuthi.

He whose sight is nectar-like, Lord of all planets,
He who steals away the bad effects of all planets,
He who is merciful, he who is soft looking,
He who is the teacher of devas, he who looks like a bud

Loka poojyo, loka guru, neethigno, neethi karaka,
Tharapathi schangeeraso veda vedya pithamaha

He who is respected by all, the teacher of all,
He who is just, he who implements justice,
Lord of all stars, He who is the son of Angiras,
He who is worshipped by Vedas, grandfather

Bhakthya brahaspathim smruthwa, namanyethani ya padeth,
Arogi, bhalavan sriman, puthravan sa bhaven nara.

He who remembers Brahaspathi with devotion and recites these names,
Would be free from disease, would be strong,
Would be wealthy, and would be blessed with several sons.

Jeevedvarsha satham marthya, papam nasyathi, nasyathi,
Ya poojayeth guru dhine peetha gandha akshathambarai.

He who worships him on Thursdays, with sandal, holy rice and silk,
Would live for one hundred years and all his sins would be destroyed.

Pushpa dheepo upa haraischa poojayithwa Brhaspathim,
Brahmanan bhojayithwa cha peeda shanthir bhaved guro.

Guru would remove all problems and bless with peace,
Those who worship with light, flower and presents,
And serve food to Brahmins.

(Thus ends Sri Brahaspathi Stotram, Prayer to Jupiter)

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Mercury and Responsibility

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Responsibility
Planet (graha) Mercury (Budha)

Asya Budha kavacha stotra maha manthrasya
For the chant called Armour for Budha (Mercury)
Budha Preethyarthe Jape Viniyoga
This chant is being done to please God Budha.

Budhasthu pusthakadhara kumkumasya samadhyuthi,
Peethambardhara pathu, peethamalyanu lepana.

Let us be protected by Budha,
Who holds a book in his hand,
Who shines with Kumkuma, (saffron)
Who wears yellow silk,
And who wears yellow garland.

Katim cha pathu may soumya, siro desam budhasthadha,
Nethra jnanamaya pathu, srothre pathu nisa priya.

Let him who is peaceful protect my hip,
Let my head and surroundings be protected by Budha,
Let my eyes be protected by the one who is engulfed in knowledge,
Let my ears be protected by him who loves night.

Granam gandha priya pathu, jihwam vidhyapriyo mama,
Kantam pathu vidho, puthro bhujow pusthaka bhooshana.

Let my sense of smell be protected he who likes scents,
Let my tongue be protected by he who likes knowledge,
Let my neck be protected by the knowledgable one,
Let my arms be protected by he who is decorated by books.

Vaksha pathu varangascha, hrudhayam rohini sutha,
Nabhim pathu suraradhyo, madhyam pathu khageswara.

Let my breast be protected by the blessed one,
Let my heart be protected by son of Rohini,
Let my belly be protected by first among devas,
Let my middle be protected by God of the birds.

Januni rohinoyascha pathu jange akhila pradha,
Pathou may bhodhana pathu, Pathu sowmyam akhilo vapu.

Let my knee be protected by he who belongs to Rohini,
Let my calf be protected by he who knows everything,
Let my feet be protected by he who is the expert teacher,
And let all the rest of me be protected by he who is peaceful.

Yethadwi kavacham divyam, sarva papa pranasanam,
Sarva roga prasamanam, sarva dukha nivaranam.

This Armour which is holy,
Destroys all sins committed,
Cures all types of diseases,
And is the panacea for all sorrow.

Ayur aroghya subhadham, puthra pouthra prabhardhanam,
Ya padeth srunuyath vapi sarvathra vijayee bhaveth.

It blesses one with long healthy life,
Increases sons and grandsons,
And those who read or hear it,
Would be victorious everywhere.

Ithi Sri Brahma Vaivartha Purane Budha Kavacham Sampoornam

Thus ends the armour of Mercury which occurs in Brahma Vaivartha Purana.

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Mars and Self-Reliance

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Self-reliance
Planet (graha) Mars (Kuja, Mangal, Angarakaya)

Deity Mars - Kuja

Angaraka stotram
(Prayer to planet Mars)

Angaraka shakthidaro lohithango darasutha,
Kumaro mangalo bhoumo maha kayo dana pradha.

He who is like an ember, who holds a shakthi,
He who has red limbs, He who is the son of earth,
He who is young, he who does good,
He who has a gross body, He who gives wealth,

Runahartha drushti kartha roga kruth roga nasana,
Vidhyuth prabho vrunakara kamadho dana hruth kuja.

He who removes debts, he who looks at you,
He who causes disease, He who destroys diseases,
He who is as powerful as current, He who causes wounds,
He who fulfills desires, He who gives money and is Kuja,

Samagana priyo raktha vasthrorakthayathekshana,
Lohitho raktha varnamcha sarva karmava bodhaka.

He who likes to hear Sama, he who wears red cloths,
He who has blood red eyes, he who is reddish,
He who is of the colour of blood,
He who teaches us all duties,

Rakthamalyadaro hemakundali gruha nayaka,
Namanyethani bhoumasya ya padeth sathatham nara.

He who wears a red garland, he who wears golden ear studs,
He who is the lord of the planets,
For him who reads all these names of the son of earth,

Runam thasya cha dourbhagyam daridryam cha vinasyathi,
Danam prapnothi vipulam sthriyam chaiva manoramam.

Would get rid of all his debts, bad luck, poverty,
Would get wealth, get many wives who are pretty,

Vamsodhyothakaram puthram labhathe nathra samsaya,

And without any doubt beget sons,
Who would improve the stature of the family.

Yea archyedahni bhoumasya Mangalam bahu pushpakai,
Sarva nasyathi peeda cha thasya gruhakrutha druvam.

To those who worship with great many flowers,
Mars the do-gooder and the son of Goddess Earth,
All problems created by that planet will surely vanish.

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Moon and Perseverance

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Perseverance
Planet (graha) Moon (Chandra)

Asya Sri Chandra Kavacha stotra Maha Manthrasya
What follows is the great prayer called “Armour of the moon.”

Gowthama Rishi
Anushtup Chanda,
Chandro Devatha
Chandra preethyartham jape viniyoga.

Sage for this prayer is Gowthama,
meter is Anushtup,
Moon is the Deity, God
And this is being chanted to please the Moon.

Samam, chathurbhujam vande, keyura makutojjwalam,
Vasudevasya nayanam, Shankarasya cha bhooshanam.

I salute the four armed Moon god who is calm,
Who shines in a gem studded great crown,
Who is the eye of Lord Vishnu,
And the ornament of Lord Shiva.

Yevam dhyathwa japen nithyam shasina kavacham shubham,
Shasi pathu shiro desam, phalam pathu kala nidhi.

Thus praying, this holy armour of the Moon
should be chanted daily.
Let my head be protected by the Moon,
and hairs be protected by the treasure of arts.

Chakshushi chandrama pathu , shruthi pathu nisha pathi,
Pranam krupakara pathu ,mukham kumuda bhandhava.

Let my eyes be protected by he who has moon light,
Let my ears be protected by the Lord of the night,
Let my soul be protected by he who is merciful,
And my face be protected by the relative of Lotus.

Pathu kantam cha may soma, skande jaivathrukasthadha,
Karou sudhakara pathu, vaksha pathu nisakara.

Let Soma protect my neck,
Let my shoulder be protected by one who is long lived,
Let the maker of nectar protect my hands,
And the maker of night protect my chest.

Hrudayam pathu may chandro, nabhim shankara bhooshana,
Madhyam pathu sura sreshta, katim pathu sudhakara.

Let my heart be protected by the Moon,
Let my belly be protected by the ornament of Shiva,
Let my middle be protected by the Chief of the Devas,
And my hip be protected by he who makes nectar.

Ooru tharapathi pathu, mrugango januni sada,
Abdhija padhu may jange, padhu, padou vidhu sada.

Let my thighs be protected by the Lord of the stars,
Let he who has a deer protect my knees,
Let the maker of time protect my calves,
Let my feet be protected by the Moon.

Sarvan anyani changaani pathu, chandro akhilam vapu,
Ethdhi kavacham punyam bhukthi mukthi pradayakam.

Let all my other organs be protected by Chandra who is everywhere
And this armour would give one devotion and salvation.

Ya padeth srunyadhvapi sarvathra vijayi bbhaveth.

If one reads or hears this, he would win in everything.

Ithi Sri Chandra kavacham sampoornam.

Thus ends the armour of the Moon.

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Sun and Courage

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Dharma Sub-value: Courage
Planet (graha) Sun (Surya)

Adi deva Namasthubhyam,
Praseeda mama Bhaskara,
Divakara namasthubhyam,
Prabha kara Namostute.

Salutations to the primeval God,
Please be kind to me, he who creates the morn.
Salutations to you, the creator of day,
Salutations to you, the creator of light.

Saptha aswa radha roodam,
Prachandam, Kasypathmajam,
Swetha padma dharma devam,
Tam suryam pranamamyaham

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who rides on chariot with seven horses,
Who is the brightest of lights,
Who is the son of Sage Kashyapa,
And who wears the white lotus flower.

Lohitham Radha maroodam,
Sarva loka pitamaham,
Maha papa haram devam,
Tam suryam pranamamyaham

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is reddish brown in colour,
Who rides on a chariot,
Who has created all the worlds,
And who is the god who kills all the sins

Trigunyam cha maha sooram,
Brahma Vishnu Maheswaram,
Maha papa haram devam,
Tam suryam pranamamyaham

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is blessed with three-fold qualities,
Who is a greatest of heroes,
Who has within himself the great trinity
And who is the god who kills all sins.

Bramhitham teja punjam cha,
Vayu maa kaasa meva cha,
Prabhum cha sarva lokaanam,
Tam suryam pranamamyaham

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who developed by the sparkling,
Of air, fire and ether,
And who is the lord of all the universe.

Bandhooka pushpa sankaasam,
Hara kundala bhooshitham,
Eka chakra dharma devam,
Tam suryam pranamamyaham

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is as red as the hibiscus flower,
Who wears ornaments of garlands and earrings,
And who is the god who has one great Wheel.

Viswesam Viswa karthaaram,
Maha Theja pradheepanam,
Maha papa haram devam,
Tam suryam pranamamyaham

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is the Lord of all the universe,
Who created all the universe,
And who is the God who can destroy all sins.

Sri Vishnum jagathaam nadam,
Jnana Vijnana mokshadham,
Maha papa haram devam,
Tam suryam pranamamyaham

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is the lord of peace,
Who is the Lord of this world,
Who showers on us knowledge, science and salvation,
And who is the God who can destoy all sins.

Phala Sruthi

Suryashtakam idham nithyam,
Gruha peeda pranasanam,
Aputhro labhathe puthram,
Daridhro dhanavan Bhaveth.

If one recites daily this octet on Sun God,
The sufferings of his house will vanish,
If he does not have a son will get one,
And if he is poor, he would become wealthy.

Aamisham madhu panam cha,
Ya karothi raver dhine,
Saptha janma bhaved rogi,
Janma janma dharidhratha.

The one who eats meat,
Or drinks alchholic drinks on Sundays,
Will become sick for seven births,
And would be poor from birth to death.

Sthree thails madhu maamsani,
Yasth yejathu raver dhine,
Na vyadhi soka dharidhryam,
Surya lokam sa gachathi.

One who forsakes on all Sundays,
Woman, oil bath, meat and drinks,
Will never be sick nor sad nor poor.
And would reach the land of The Sun after death.

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Rahu and Patience

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Love Sub-value: Patience
Planet (graha) Rahu (North Node)

Pranamami sada rahum, soorpakaram kireetinam,
Saimhikeyam karalasyam, lokanamabhaya pradham.

I always salute Rahu, who holds a winnow, who has a crown,
Who is like a lion and is terrible looking,
And who grants protection to people

Neelambara sira pathu, lalatam loka vanditha,
Chakshushi pathu may Rahu, srothre thwardha sareeravan.

Let my head be protected by he who wears blue silk,
Let my forehead be protected by he who is worshipped by the world,
Let Rahu protect my eyes and semi bodied one protect my ears.

Nasikam may dhoomravarna, soolapanir mukham mama,
Jihwam may simhika sunu, Kantam may katinamgrika.

Let the smoke colured one protect my nose,
And let he who holds the spear protect my face,
Let the son of Simhika protect my tongue,
And let my neck be protected by he who perceives by smell.

Bhujangeso bhujai pathu, neela malyambara karou pathu,
Pathu vaksha sthalam manthri, pathu kuksheem vidhunthuda.

Let the lord of serpents protect my arm,
Let my hands be protected by he who wears blue garlands,
Let the minister protect my breast,
And let the wise one protect my belly.

Katim may vikata pathu, ooru may sura poojitha,
Swarbhanuni januni pathu jange may pathu jadayaha.

Let my hip be protected by the funny one,
Let my thighs be protected by he who is worshiped by devas,
Let my knees be protected by him who makes the sun his own,
Let my calves be protected by him who is sluggish.

Gulphou grahapathi pathu, padhou may bheeshanakruthi,
Sarvanyangani may pathu neela chandana bhooshana.

Let my ankle be protected by the lord of planets,
Let my feet be protected by he who looks terrible,
And let all my limbs be protected by him who wears blue sandal paste.

Raheridham kavacham rhudhi davasthudham yo,
Bhakthya padathyunu dinam niyatha suchi sanu,
Prapnothi keerthimathulam sriyamrudhi maayura,
Aaroghya mathma vijayam cha hi thath prasadath.

He who invests himself in this armour of Rahu,
Daily reads it with devotion according to rules cleanly,
Would get incomparable fame, plenty of wealth, long life,
Health and great victory in life due to his blessings.

Ithi Sri Mahabharathe Drutharasthra jayantha samvade drona parvani rahu kavacham sampoornam

Thus ends the armour of Rahu occurring in the middle of discussion between Drutharashtra and Jayantha which occurs in the chapter on Drona of the Mahabharatha epic.

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Ketu and Interdependence

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Love Sub-value: Interdependence
Planet (graha) Ketu (South Node)

Kethu, Kaala, kalayitha, dhhomrakethur, vivarnaka,
Loka Ketu, maha Kethu, sarva kethur, bhaga pradha.

Ketu, he who causes death, he who makes time, smoky headed one,
One who is multi coloured, head of people, great head,
One who has only head, one who torments the Sun.

Roudhro, Rudhra priyo, rudhra, kroora karma, suganda druk,
Palala dhooma sankkhasa, chithra yagnopaveetha druk.

He who is angry, he who likes Shiva, he who is fierce,
He who does cruel deeds, He who is seen by pleasant smell,
One who resembles the smoke of husk, one who is seen wearing sacred thread.

Thara gana vimardhi cha jaimineeyo grahadhipa,
Ganesa dhevo, vignesa, visha rogarthi nasana,

One who troubles star groups, one who belongs to the clan of Jaimini,
One who is the lord of all planets, one who is God Ganesa,
One who is the lord of obstacles, one who destroys disease due to poison,

Pravrujyadho jnanadhascha theertha yathra pravarthaka,
Pancha vimsathi namani kethoryahatham padeth.

One who has forsaken everything, one who is wise,
And one who makes pilgrimages to sacred places happen.

If these twenty five names of Ketu are read,

Thasya Nasyathi badha cha sarva Kethu prasadatha,
Dhana dhanya pasoonaam cha bhaved vrudhir na samsaya.

Due to the grace of Ketu all his troubles will come to an end,
And without doubt his wealth, cereals and animals will increase.

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Sun and Forbearance

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Love Sub-value: Forbearance
Planet (graha) Sun (Surya)

Salutations to the primeval God,
Please be kind to me, he who creates the morn.
Salutations to you the creator of day,
Salutations to you the creator of light.

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who rides on chariot with seven horses,
Who is the brightest of lights,
Who is the son of Sage Kashyapa,
And who wears the white lotus flower.

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is reddish brown in colour,
Who rides on a chariot,
Who has created all the worlds,
And who is the god who kills all the sins

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is blessed with three fold qualities,
Who is a greatest of heroes,
Who has within himself the great trinity.
And who is the god who kills all sins.

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who developed by the sparkling,
Of air, fire and ether,
And who is the lord of all universe.

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is as red as the hibiscus flower,
Who wears ornaments of garlands and ear rings,
And who is the god who has one great Wheel

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is the Lord of all universe,
Who created all the universe,
And who is the God who can destroy all sins.

My salutations to the Sun God,
Who is the lord of peace,
Who is the Lord of this world
Who showers on us knowledge, science and salvation,
And who is the God who can destoy all sins.

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Jupiter and Consideration

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Love Sub-value: Consideration
Planet (graha) Jupiter (Brihaspati)

He who is like an ember, who holds a shakthi,
O Teacher, lord of prayer of beings, Teacher of demi gods,
Greatest among the mighty, lord of words,preceptor,
One having a long beard, he who is young and wears yellow silk.

He whose sight is nectar like, lord of all planets,
He who steals away the bad effects of all planets,
He who is merciful, he who is soft looking,
He who is the teacher of devas, he who looks like a bud,

He who is respected by all, the teacher of all,
He who is just, he who implements justice,
Lord of all stars, he who is the son of Angeerasa,
He who is worshipped by Vedas, grandfather,

He who remembers Brahaspathi with devotion and recites these names,
Would be free from disease, would be strong,
Would be wealthy, and would be blessed with several sons.

He who worships him on Thursdays, with sandal, holy rice and silk,
Would live for one hundred years and all his sins would be destroyed.

Guru would remove all problems and bless with peace,
Those who worship with light, flower and presents,
And serve food to Brahmins.

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Mars and Dedication

Human Values and Astrology
Value: Love Sub-value: Dedication
Planet (graha) Mars (Kuja)

Deity Mars - Kuja

He who is like an ember, who holds a shakthi,
He who has red limbs, He who is the son of earth,
He who is young, he who does good,
He who has a gross body, He who gives wealth,

He who removes debts, he who looks at you,
He who causes disease, He who destroys diseases,
He who is as powerful as current, He who causes wounds,
He who fulfils desires, He who gives money and is Kuja,

He who likes to hear Sama, he who wears red cloths,
He who has blood red eyes, he who is reddish,
He who is of the colour of blood,
He who teaches us all duties,

He who wears red garland, he who wears golden ear studs,
He who is the lord of planets
For him who reads all these names of the son of earth,
Would get rid of all his debts, bad luck, poverty,
Would get wealth, get many wives who are pretty,

And without any doubt beget sons,
Who would improve the stature of the family.
To those who worship with great many flowers,
Mars the do-gooder and the son of goddess earth,
All problems created by that planet will surely vanish.

Mars is a planet of energy – energy that can be dedicated to a purpose, energy that can be set apart, energy that manifests as protection, enabling, reaching of goals and life’s purpose. Here, we look to human values with dedication as a sub-value of Love, and the take up of action with purpose and outcomes as evidenced by Mars.

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