108 Names of the Moon: Chandra Ashtottara Shatanamavali #48

Moon - a royal planetOm bhadraya namaha, Salutations to the One who is auspicious and fortunate.

bhadra: auspicious, good, beneficial, safe and secure, pleasant, worthy, dear, gracious; blessed; beautiful Hin. m. an excellent person; prosperity.
bhadra: 1 Happy, prosperous, lucky, propitious.
bhadra: 2 Best, excellent.
bhadra: 3 Pure, pious, virtuous. n. subst. (-draṃ) Prosperity, fortune, happiness. (adv.) Happy, well, right. n. (-draṃ)
bhadra: 4 The Ganges of heaven.
bhadra: 5 A name of the second, seventh, and twelfth days of the lunar fortnight.
bhadāka: Prosperous, fortunate, auspicious.
daya: 1 To give.
daya: 2 To move.
daya: 3 To take.
daya: 4 To protect.


The Moon may present favorable circumstances as it moves around the birth chart; it is likely to result in or show signs of success, or signs of despair and failure. The Moon, when appropriately propitiated, will bring us peace.

Whatever astrology may indicate, you can direct your mind (the Moon) and your intellect (the Sun) into propitious channels of peace and prosperity. By spiritual pursuits you can correct your faults and mould your excellences and ensure peace for yourselves, your society and your country. Pray everyday for the welfare of all the worlds: “Samastha loka sukhino bhavantu”.


Another illustration can be given from the ancient texts. On one occasion, a competition was arranged among the gods for selecting the leader of the ganas (troops of demi-gods who are the attendants of Siva). Participants had to go round the world quick and come back to the Feet of Lord Siva. The gods started off on their own vehicles; the younger son of Siva also enthusiastically entered the competition. He had an elephantine head; his vehicle was a mouse! Therefore, his progress was severely handicapped; He had not proceeded far, when Narada appeared before him and asked him, “Whither are you bound”? The son was very much annoyed. He fell into a rage, for what happened was a bad omen, doubly unpropitious for those going on a journey: It is inauspicious if the first person you come across when you are on a journey is a lone Brahmin. Though the foremost among the Brahmins (he was the son of Brahma Himself), Narada was a bad omen! Again it is a bad omen if some one asks you, !
“Whither are you bound?” when you are going somewhere. Narada put him that very question!

Nevertheless, Narada was able to assuage his anger. He drew forth from Siva’s son the sadness of his predicament and his desire to win. Narada consoled him, exhorted him not to yield to despair, and advised him thus: “Rama – the Name – is the seed from which the gigantic tree called the universe has emanated. So, write the Name on the ground. go round it once, and hurry back to Siva, claiming the prize”. He did so and returned to his Father. When asked how he returned so soon, he related the story of Narada and his advice. Siva appreciated the validity of Narada’s counsel; the prize was awarded to the son, who was acclaimed as Ganapathi (Master of the Ganas) and Vinayaka (Leader of All).


Om bhadraya namaha, Salutations to the One who is auspicious and fortunate.


Chandra - the Moon God


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