krishna_sudama_qb63_lWe needed a website to organise the learning, or at least to have all those tiny bits of lessons and workshops at one place – that was the motive behind the birth of www.SoHamsa.IN which is different from www.SoHamsa.COM as the latter is for paid professional courses, announcements etc.

  1. Quality of the courses are the same as those of paid professional courses. The prime difference being that the pro-courses are for very long durations and are very deep whereas these are normally taught over a weekend.
  2. These workshops and free courses are topic focused whereas the pro-courses are focused on teaching a book from the jyotiṣa tradition like Bṛhat Parāśara Horā Śāstra being taught through the PJC (Parāśara Jyotiṣa Course) or the Jaimini Sutra being taught in the Jaimini Scholar program.

Saying as much, we will not take more of your time and announce that the following coursea are now fully online, and are FREE

  • Śakuna Śāstra. This is about omens and signs. It is a weekend workshop and sometime in the future we will teach a full pro-course on this subject.
  • Mantra Śāstra. This is another course covered in two weekends. Those interested in learning the Śāradā Tilakaṁ should take the pro-course ‘Mantra Foundation’ at
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Janata Dal is an Indian political party which was formed through the merger of Janata Party factions, the Lok Dal, Congress(S), and the Jan Morcha led by V. P. Singh on 11 October 1988 on the birth anniversary of Jayaprakash Narayan. The Janata Dal was formed on the 11 October 1988 at 1:18′ PM IST at Bangalore, India. the Rasi Chart is placed alongside. Capricorn rises (Lagna) showing its primary ideology centered around a poverty related theme of the upliftment of the poor and weaker sections of society. Rahu in the second house shows that its primary membership (family-2nd house) shall consist of people cutting across all religions and shall have a strong Minority/Muslim support.
The tenth house shows the leadership and the tenth lord Venus in the 8th house shows that the leaders will be people who have sacrificed considerably and suffered many hardships in life. The Combination of Venus with Ketu and Saturn in trines does indicate that some of them shall be very determined and idealistic persons. Since the expansive Jupiter is placed in the fifth house and also in the tenth house from Leo (Paka Lagna for the leaders), this party shall offer the maximum opportunity for its leaders to become Prime Ministers and it is a matter of fact that although the Janata Dal or its previous incarnation as Janata Party had the smallest tenures of governance, the largest number of Prime Ministers came from this party.

  • Morarji Desai came to power in 1979 in the elections following the emergency
  • he was upstaged by his deputy prime Minister Devi Lal who helped Chaudhary Charan Singh to gain power.
  • Later V.P.Singh also came to power
  • and he too was upstaged by Chandrasekhar who became the Prime Minister.
  • Finally H.D.Deve Gowda who was replaced by I.K.Gujral also became Prime Ministers.

Their stints were short of about a year each as promised by Lagna Lord Saturn. Thus, it is evident that whenever Janata Dal/party came to power, the first Prime Minister was always replaced by another. This is indicated by the 8th house placement of the 10th Lord showing Duryoga within the period of power itself. The second leader is indicated by Mars and the coming of Mars will indicate the loss of power by the Party itself in the elections that would follow as Mars is very inimical to Saturn and has Papargala on it. This is further confirmed by the 8th house placement of the Mars and Moon in the Navamsa Chart.

However the 8th house position does not auger well for their permanent association and since the A5 (Mantrapada) is also in Leo with Venus, these leadership maybe changed frequently. A slogan commonly used for the Janata Dal is “दल बदल बदल के दलदल कर दिया (dal badal badal ke dal dal kar diya)” i.e. by switching from one party to another and by forming so many subsidiary and affiliated parties, the entire political scenario of the JD has become very muddy (& dirty by implication).


The ninth house placement of the Sun, Moon and Mercury is the greatest fortune of the party showing that alliances (7th Lord Moon) will always be very favorable (conjoins 9th Lord) for acquiring political power (Mercury in exaltation), but at the cost of the alliance partner (i.e. the alliance partner shall lose popularity like the weak Moon in this chart). The placement of the Moon in the 8th house under eclipse by Ketu and Mars in the Navamsa threatens the political existence of its partners in the places where it shall come to power with such alliances.


The coming of power or rise in politics is seen from the fifth house and Lagna. Lagna Lord Saturn is in Sagittarius owned by Jupiter in the fifth house. Thus Jupiter holds the key to political ascendancy. ever since its inception, the antardasa of Jupiter has come only once from June 1995 to October 1997 during which period it enjoyed political power (excluding its prior incarnation as the Janata party).

Party Collapse

Janata_DalThis party has had several splits. Amongst the larger splinter groups include the Rashtriya Janata Dal (which ruled the state of Bihar), Samajwadi Party (ruling the state of Uttar Pradesh), Biju Janata Dal (governing Odisha), Janata Dal (Secular) (which ruled the state of Karnataka) and the Janata Dal (United), (currently ruling Bihar and whose leader George Fernandes was the former Defense Minister of India) and Samajwadi Janta Party (R) headed by Chandra Shekhar is the only faction having some national image. Several smaller splinter groups also exist, including Lok Janshakti Party and Janata Party. The Janata Dal finally collapsed with multiple splinter groups moving out particularly the formation of JD(U) on 30 October 2003… in Rahu dasha Ketu antardasha. It was a typical Rahu-Ketu thing with the head separating from the body.

Students of astrology may wonder as to why it did not rise again in Jupiter dasha after 2010. Thats because once apamrityu (premature death) has occured in Rahu-Ketu, then it shows the functioning of the Sudarshan Chakra of Vishnu and it will require more than just another dasha to bring this back to life. That hints at the power of Venus to give the mrityunjaya. Its strange that it chose a chakra symbol in green and thats exactly what cut its head off…


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suryaWe have been getting umpteen complaints that one Mr. Rajat Kapoor of Delhi has been posing as a bonafide Jyotish Guru of SJC and later when he was exposed, he is now selling materials obtained from theft by hacking the websites of Pt. Sanjay Rath, SoHamsa, Parasara Jyotish Course and the Jaimini Scholar Program. The Public is hereby warned to report any material received from him as this is stolen from SJC/allied offices websites. Matter is currently under investigation. If anyone has any further information, you are requested to send this to
Erstwhile students and Jyotish Guru’s of SJC, please be warned.

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Open Letter to Rajat Kapoor

Dear Bala Rupa Dasa aka Rajat Kapoor,
It has come to my attention that you are not only using mine and Rafał Gendarz names to support you astrology business, but that you are claiming to have learned and are continually learning the Jaimini Sutras from me! Considering that you have not even learned the 1st year of Jaimini from me, and solely attained slides, which were purposely fabricated to avoid people like you stealing them, I think that is highly optimistic of you!

It has further come to my attention that you are going to be teaching a new course soon! Knowing that the sole source of your information and knowledge are the teachings of Sanjay Rath, whom you have disrespected by trying to steal copyrighted slides and recordings from, or trick knowledge out of his students, this message serves to ensure that anyone interacting with you are not fooled.

I hereby denounce any linkage to you. You are not a student of mine, nor of any teacher of Sri Jagannātha Centre, Deva Guru Bṛhaspati Centre, or courses on the the Jaimini Sutras, or allied organisations, nor will you be. You are not to use the name of Sanjay Rath, Visti Larsen, nor any teacher designated by Sanjay Rath. Nor are you to gain access to any of the courses, knowledge, or anything of the likes.

If you use or replicate any of the material provided by Sanjay Rath in the Jaimini Course, you will be subject to legal action.
If you replicate any material on any online source your website, blogs, etc. it will be subject to a DMCA Take Down.

You have had one year to clean up your act, and instead you are consistently lying and attempting to steal content from courses which are a source of livelihood for others.

This message will be reposted.

Sincerely, Visti Larsen

(Originally posted at Original Letter )

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topic posted Fri, November 4, 2011 – 9:30 PM
Dear ALL:

A self proclaimed “great astrologer” RAJAT KAPOOR is a complete FRAUD!


Do NOT bother spending any of your time or money with him!!

He claims to have knowledge of this of that, most of it is completely false.
On website, he was exposed for shamelessly propagating his own website.
here is the website:
He claims to unsuspecting people that the chart requires “Serious remedies” and it is a very “serious situation”
Then he posts some very basic predictions which just :”sound” complicated to impress people that he very knowledgable.

I have personally given him 3 different questions about me, my friend and my family member all of whom had some problems.
He was incorrect in 99% of the readings. even the correct 1% were completely generic and not even predictions.

He is falsely glorifying his inadequate knowledge and experience and wants to make quick money.

He has recently hijacked some free public websites like to shamelessly propagate his own “Blog” where he copy pastes computer outputs to gain futher “Paid” readings from unsuspecting people who are suffering in some form in life and gain money from them


Lets root out evil, greedy, selfish people like Mr Rajat Kapoor who are shamelessly propagating their own cause to extract money from people!! There is nothing wrong in making money as an astrologer if you deserve it, HOWEVER, shameless self propagation is un-ethical, immoral and completely un-acceptable behavior!

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His Guru’s Views
Dear Rajat, Namaste

You are writing in sarcastic mood (about Sri Jagannath Centre school) in Jyotish_Remedies Yahoogroup as follows:
– “The reason behind the denial is very much bcoz of the astrological community where most of principles were stolen by certain “Renowned” astrologers without giving the credit to the person who really invented the principle”
– “Very true!! Europe has done this in a big way. Few Indian astrologers too and the worst thing is that they shamelessly talk about Copyright Laws and they themself break the Copyright Laws. The only benefit they get is that in our country, many astrologers are there who don’t want to come in limelight. I know lots of astrologers who predict even the date of events but they don’t want to come in public and just doing the sadhana of Jyotish.
You will be amazed to know that C S Patel ji was badly hurt by use of his material and principles, that he didn’t write any book for more than 30 years. Lot of Arudha principles which are said to be invented/ found by certain astrologers (I will not name them but most of the people will understand what I’m saying) were stolen by them. One European Astrologer met Patel ji once and took his notes of Nadi principles of Patel ji and now it is a part of his own findings”.

You are referring to stealing things &copyright? I was keeping silent through most of your messages, but when you start to criticize others and refer to copyright issues, I cant keep silent, as this is not only absurd but also kind of evil.

I want to warn others against you.

90% of rules you are using – like this –

“Remedies to this is to chant “Om Namo Bhagvate Rudraya” and “Om Hram Ghrinih Varunaya Namah”

– are based on what I taught you (so coming from Śri Jagannath Centre) in time you were my student, few other parts are based on Visti Larsen articles/lectures and Sanjay Rath’s books.

These people are coming from the tradition you are constantly criticizing. You do it presumably as reaction for exposing your actions regarding astrology and your way of marketing.

To the rules taugth in the line of Sanjay Rath you are adding few other sources/references (including Saptarishi authors) to present yourself as original inventor or as if you are not using the Sri Jagannath Center knowledge. Criticizing indirectly the source of 90% of your astrological knowledge you use in chart readings is quite absurd in light of fact that you:

have tried to lead the Astro-Course based on the slides taken from the first year of Jamini Sutra taught by Visti Larsen (see the link below for more details), in the line of Sanjay Rath, without refering to the source, and without allowance and demanded quallifications
you have put on your site the articles which were PURELY copied from other sources, you never gave these sources which suggested these are your articles, Me and Vistiji have contacted you many times to change your approach, but you never did
you have copied on your site, 70% of my site, including Consultations services, Biography etc, now after Visti Larsen published the ‘Open Letter to Rajat Kapoor’ you have changed it

For those who are unknown about the issue, please see the open letter written by Visti Larsen, student of Sanjay Rath:

Best Regards,
Rafal Gendarz
+49 17688477767


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hayagr3Soon after the creation, the demons Madhu and Kaitabha had stolen the Vedas and had wrought havoc on the life of others. During this period the supreme Lord Sriman Narayana incarnated as Lord Hayagreeva to kill these two demons and restore the stolen Vedas to the Creator, Lord Sri Brahma.
In 1267 AD a great saint, poet and logician by the name Sri Venkatanatha was born, who was later to be known as Sri Venkatadesika. During his times, he was considered to be “Vishnughantavatar” ( an incarnation of the famous bell of Lord Srinivasa (Tirupati Balaji). One might wonder how an inanimate object such as a bell could be born as an avatar, but the fact is, in Vaikunthaloka everything is animate. The objective of his incarnation was to re-establish ‘Sanathanadharma’.
The people, during this period, were highly influenced by the ‘Advaita’ philosophy of Sri Adi Shankara. People had misinterpreted the ‘Mayavada’ of Sri Adi Shankara and his ‘Mahavakya’ – “Aham Bramhasmi” meaning the ‘self-realized’ and all knowing. They started claiming their own bodies as that of the all-knowing ‘Brahman’ and started throwing away the idols from the temples into wells and had actually succeeded in doing so.
Sri Venkatadesika had composed hundreds of stotras and many other philosophical works such as a commentary on Vishishta Advaita, Brahmasutras, many natakas and kavyas of which, two of them viz., ‘Yadavabhudaya’ and ‘Paduka Sahasra’ are very popular and acclaimed works. Yadavabhudaya is a composition consisting of 2400 verses and it speaks of the entire life of Lord Sri Krishna. Paduka Sahasra, meaning one thousand slokas on the Padukas (wooden sandals), is a rendition on Lord Sri Ranganatha. This rendition was a spontaneous composition done in 3 hours during a competition and this work, to date, stands unparalleled.
He was also known by the titles “Sarvatantraswatantra” and “Vedanta Acharya” that were conferred to him by none other than the Divine Mother Goddess Ranganayaki of Sri Rangam (in Tamil Nadu). He lived up to 101 years and did a great service to Hinduism. He not only protected important scriptures from being destroyed by frequent invasion from Muslim kings but also consolidated the Hindu rule by bringing together the hitherto divided Hindu kings and succeeded in driving away invaders like Malik Gafur and the likes.
His Guru initiated him into Garuda Mantra at the age of 20. He went to a secluded place at Thiruvaheendrapuram (in Tamil Nadu) and did several lakhs of Japa in 6 months and had the grand vision of Sri Garuda appearing before him and initiated him into Hayagreeva Mantra. He performed the japa of this mantra also at the same spot and had the fortune of the vision of Lord Sriman Narayana in the form of Lakshmi Hayagreeva. Sri Desika went into raptures following this vision and the most popular and powerful hymn known as the “Hayagreeva Stotram” started flowing like nectar in praise of Lord Sri Lakshmi Hayagreeva. The strength of this mantra is to enhance the learning faculty. If well imparted, it will be of immense help to the millions of little children who are burdened with heavy workloads in the schools and a stiff academic competition.
The recitation of this mantra is begun with salutations to Sri Venkatadesika to seek his blessings, which goes as follows:
śrīmān venkata nāthāryaħ kavitārkika kesarī|
vedāntācārya varyo me sannidhattām sadā hŕdi||
Translation: I pray to Sri Venkatanatha who is a lion among poets and logicians and who is a great teacher of vedanta and may he be ever present in our heart.

Hayagriva sthothram- Hymn on the Horse faced Lord

This is Hymn in thirty two slokas on Hayagriva, the Supreme God of learning in Vaishnava Sampradaya. About this incarnation of Bhagavan, the purana narrates that a demon took away all the Vedas from four-faced Brahma and Bhagavan as Hayagriva killed him and gave them back to Brahma. God Dakshina-murti, Saraswati and sages like Vyasa shine with the knowledge bestowed to them by Hayagriva and are worshipped by others for attaining knowledge. The tradition about Sri Vedanta Desika is that he meditated on Hayagriva on the Hill Oshadhadri on the banks of River Garuda repeating the Mantra. The Lord appeared before him and blessed him with all knowledge. Thus Sri Desika became the master of all sciences and arts-“Sarva-tantra-svatantra”. All words were before him so that he could choose and use them as he wanted. The devotion of Sri Desika to Hayagriva was so great that hayagriva-stotra is the first of his lyrics. His prayer to the Lord Hayagriva that He must always shine in his heart and take His sear on the throne of the tip of his tongue so that his words will always be graceful, successful and pleasing.

Hayagreeva Stotram [excerpts – full stotram is given below]

jñānānanda mayam devam nirmalasphatikākŕtim |
ādhāram sarva vidyānām hayagrīvam upāsmahe || 1 ||
Translation: We worship Lord Hayagreeva who is the very embodiment of jnana (knowledge) and aanandha (bliss) whose figure is spotless and lustrous like the crystal and who is the sole source and storehouse of all fields of knowledge.
svatassiddham śuddhasphatika maňibhūbhŕt pratibhatam
sudhā sadhrīcībhir dhutibhir avadāta tribhuvanam |
anantaistrayyantair anuvihita heśā halahalam
hatā śeśā vadyam hayavadana mīdī mahi mahaħ || 2 ||
Translation: We praise the Lord who has the Horse face, who is effulgence manifested in a material form, who is like a spotless crystal mountain that has spontaneously risen to this shape, who spreads nectar like radiation brightening all the worlds, whose neighing sounding ‘Hala’ ‘Hala’ is rightly regarded as the voice of the infinite world (the Veda) and whose voice is capable of wiping away all our grief.
samāhārassāmnām pratipadamŕcām dhāma yajuśām
layaħ pratyūhānām laharivitatirvedhajaladheħ |
kathā darpakśubhyat kathakakula kolāha labhavam
haratvantar dhvāntam hayavadana heśā halahalaħ || 3 ||
He may be described as the complete cluster of all Sama Veda, an exact solid equivalent of Rig Veda, a reservoir of the Yajur Veda Mantras, the sure annihilator of all obstacles that beset our studies. His neighing with “hala-hala” sound looks like the wave sequence of the ocean of “Jnana”. May His neighing remove the darkness of our nescience that results from the uproar of the vain talking wranglers churned in praise of participation in fights.
prācī sandhyā kācidantar niśāyāħ
prajñādŕśter añjana śrīrapūrvā |
vaktrī vedān bhātu me vāji vaktrā
vāgī śākhyā vāsudevasya mūrtiħ || 4 ||
Translation: May I be enabled to envision the horse faced form of ParaVasudeva which form is the wonderful eastern sunrise to the internal darkness of Ignorance, the matchless Anjana (kaajal – the black paste used to colour the eyes) that can enable all things to be revealed to one’s intellect as the competent Instructor of the Vedhas and the God of learning.
viśuddha vijñāna ghana svarūpam
vijñāna viśrāňana baddha dīkśam |
dayānidhim dehabhŕtām śaraňyam
devam hayagrīvam aham prapadye || 5 ||

Translation: I surrender myself to Lord Hayagreeva who is totally pure knowledge in solid material form who has taken the vow to grant supreme wisdom to the world and who is the sure refuge to all beings.
apauruśeyair api vākprapañcaiħ
adyāpi te bhūti madŕśta pārām |
stuvannaham mugdha iti tvayaiva
kāruňyato nātha katākśaňīyaħ || 6 ||
Translation: Oh Lord! The extent of your greatness cannot be comprehended till this moment by the veda’s vastness which are without a begining and which were not composed by anyone. And yet I venture to sing of this subject. You alone have to kindly show me everything for the simple reason that I am an Immature novice.
dākśiňya ramyā giriśasya mūrtiħ
devī sarojāsana dharmapatnī |
vyāsādayo’pi vyapadeśca vācaħ
sphuranti sarve tava śakti leśaiħ || 7 ||
Translation: Shiva’s south faced moorthi (Dakshinamoorthi) or the wife of Brahma deva (Saraswati) born in a lotus or Vyasa of great fame praised by all. All these and others (worshipped as Gods of learning who will grant wisdom) have reached a worthy name and position only by receiving a few droplets of your great power.
mando’bhaviśyan niyatam viriñco
vācām nidhe vañcita bhāga dheyaħ |
daityā panītān dayayaiva bhūyo’pi
adhyāpayiśyo nigamān na cet tvam || 8 ||
Oh Lord! Who is the veritable source of variegated knowledge? What would have happened to Brahma if you had not mercifully restored to him the Vedas stolen away from him by the Asura? He would have merely sat as a simpleton having been deprived of all halo and fortune.
vitarka dolām vyavadhūya satve
bŕhaspatim vartayase yatastvam |
tenaiva deva tridaśeśvarāňām
aspŕśta dolāyitamādhi rājyam || 9 ||
Oh Lord! You conferred on Brihaspati a stead fastness in wisdom, devoid of doubt and delusion. Only because of this help of Yours the holity of devas proceeds on even keels without dislocation.
agnou samiddhārciśi saptatantoħ
ātasthivān mantramayam śarīram |
akhaňda sārair haviśām pradānaiħ
āpyāyanam vyoma sadām vidhatse || 10 ||
When Samidha is consigned into fire which burns with flame You remain the very soul to the Mantras. The taste of havis is pleasing to devas. It is all because of You.
yanmūlamīdŕk pratibhāti tatvam
yā mūlamāmnāya mahādrumāňām |
tatvena jānanti viśuddha satvāħ
tvām akśarām akśara mātŕkām te || 11 ||
Sathrikas (Sadhus) rightly recognize You as the essential truth of pranava which is indeed the mother of alphabets which is root of the large trees that the Vedas are and these Vedas are the basic book of creation. You thus remain the cause of all.

||śrī hayagrīva stotram||

śrīmān venkata nāthāryaħ kavitārkika kesarī|
vedāntācārya varyo me sannidhattām sadā hŕdi||jñānānanda mayam devam nirmalasphatikākŕtim |
ādhāram sarva vidyānām hayagrīvam upāsmahe || 1 ||

svatassiddham śuddhasphatika maňibhūbhŕt pratibhatam
sudhā sadhrīcībhir dhutibhir avadāta tribhuvanam |
anantaistrayyantair anuvihita heśā halahalam
hatā śeśā vadyam hayavadana mīdī mahi mahaħ || 2 ||

samāhārassāmnām pratipadamŕcām dhāma yajuśām
layaħ pratyūhānām laharivitatirvedhajaladheħ |
kathā darpakśubhyat kathakakula kolāha labhavam
haratvantar dhvāntam hayavadana heśā halahalaħ || 3 ||

prācī sandhyā kācidantar niśāyāħ
prajñādŕśter añjana śrīrapūrvā |
vaktrī vedān bhātu me vāji vaktrā
vāgī śākhyā vāsudevasya mūrtiħ || 4 ||

viśuddha vijñāna ghana svarūpam
vijñāna viśrāňana baddha dīkśam |
dayānidhim dehabhŕtām śaraňyam
devam hayagrīvam aham prapadye || 5 ||

apauruśeyair api vākprapañcaiħ
adyāpi te bhūti madŕśta pārām |
stuvannaham mugdha iti tvayaiva
kāruňyato nātha katākśaňīyaħ || 6 ||

dākśiňya ramyā giriśasya mūrtiħ
devī sarojāsana dharmapatnī |
vyāsādayo’pi vyapadeśca vācaħ
sphuranti sarve tava śakti leśaiħ || 7 ||

mando’bhaviśyan niyatam viriñco
vācām nidhe vañcita bhāga dheyaħ |
daityā panītān dayayaiva bhūyo’pi
adhyāpayiśyo nigamān na cet tvam || 8 ||

vitarka dolām vyavadhūya satve
bŕhaspatim vartayase yatastvam |
tenaiva deva tridaśeśvarāňām
aspŕśta dolāyitamādhi rājyam || 9 ||

agnou samiddhārciśi saptatantoħ
ātasthivān mantramayam śarīram |
akhaňda sārair haviśām pradānaiħ
āpyāyanam vyoma sadām vidhatse || 10 ||

yanmūlamīdŕk pratibhāti tatvam
yā mūlamāmnāya mahādrumāňām |
tatvena jānanti viśuddha satvāħ
tvām akśarām akśara mātŕkām te || 11 ||

avyākŕtād vyākŕta vānasi tvam
nāmāni rūpāňi ca yāni pūrvam |
śamsanti teśām caramām pratiśtām
vāgīśvara tvām tvadupajña vācaħ || 12 ||

mugdhendu niśyanda vilobha nīyām
mūrtim tavānanda sudhā prasūtim |
vipaścitaścetasi bhāvayante
velā mudārāmiva dugdha sindhoħ || 13 ||

manogatam paśyati yaħ sadā tvām
manīśiňām mānasa rāja hamsam |
svayam purobhāva vivādabhājaħ
kinkurvate tasya giro yathārham || 14 ||

api kśaňārdham kalayanti ye tvām
āplāvayantam viśadair mayūkhaiħ |
vācām pravāhair anivāritaiste
mandākinīm mandayitum kśamante || 15 |

svāmin bhavaddhyāna sudhābhiśekāt
vahanti dhanyāħ pulakānubandham |
alakśite kvāpi nirūdha mūlam
angeśvivānandathum ankurantam || 16 ||svāmin pratīcā hŕdayena dhanyāħ
tvaddhyāna candrodaya vardhamānam |
amānta mānanda payodhimantaħ
payobhirakśňām parivāhayanti || 17 ||

svairānubhāvās tvadadhīna bhāvāħ
samŕddha vīryās tvadanugraheňa |
vipaścito nātha taranti māyām
vaihārikīm mohana piñchikām te || 18 ||

prān nirmitānām tapasām vipākāħ
pratyagra niśśreyasa sampado me |
samedhiśīramstava pāda padme
sankalpa cintāmaňayaħ praňāmāħ || 19 ||

vilupta mūrdhanya lipikra māňām
surendra cūdāpada lālitānām |
tvadanghrirājīva rajaħ kaňānām
bhūyān prasādo mayi nātha bhūyāt || 20 ||

parisphuran nūpura citrabhānu –
prakāśa nirdhūta tamonuśangām |
padadvayīm te paricin mahe’ntaħ
prabodha rājīva vibhāta sandhyām || 21 ||

tvat kinkarā lankaraňo citānām
tvayaiva kalpāntara pālitānām |
mañjupraňādam maňinūpuram te
mañjūśikām veda girām pratīmaħ || 22 ||

sañcintayāmi pratibhāda śāsthān
sandhukśayantam samaya pradīpān |
vijñāna kalpadruma pallavābham
vyākhyāna mudrā madhuram karam te || 23 ||

citte karomi sphuritākśamālam
savyetaram nātha karam tvadīyam |
jñānāmŕto dañcana lampatānām
līlā ghatīyantra mivāśritānām || 24 ||

prabodha sindhoraruňaiħ prakāśaiħ
pravāla sanghāta mivodvahantam |
vibhāvaye deva sapustakam te
vāmam karam dakśiňam āśritānām || 25 ||

tamāmsi bhitvā viśadairmayūkhaiħ
samprīňayantam viduśaścakorān |
niśāmaye tvām nava puňdarīke
śaradghane candramiva sphurantam || 26 ||

diśantu me deva sadā tvadīyāħ
dayā tarangānucarāħ katākśāħ |
śrotreśu pumsām amŕtam kśarantīm
sarasvatīm samśrita kāmadhenum || 27 ||

viśeśa vitpāriśa deśu nātha
vidagdha gośthī samarāngaňeśu |
jigīśato me kavitārki kendrān
jihvāgra simhāsanam abhyupeyāħ || 28 ||

tvām cintayan tvanmayatām prapannaħ
tvāmudgŕňan śabda mayena dhāmnā |
svāmin samājeśu samedhiśīya
svacchanda vādāhava baddha śūraħ || 29 ||

nānā vidhānāmagatiħ kalānām
na cāpi tīrtheśu kŕtāvatāraħ |
dhruvam tavānātha parigrahāyāħ
navam navam pātramaham dayāyāħ || 30 ||

akampanīyān yapanīti bhedaiħ
alankŕśīran hŕdayam madīyam |
śankā kalankā pagamojjvalāni
tatvāni samyañci tava prasādāt || 31 ||

vyākhyā mudrām karasarasijaiħ pustakam śanka cakre
bibhrad bhinnasphatika rucire puňdarīke niśaňňaħ |
amlānaśrīr amŕta viśadair amśubhiħ plāvayan mām
āvirbhūyā danagha mahimā mānase vāga dhīśaħ || 32 ||

vāgartha siddhihetoħ
pathata hayagrīva samstutim bhaktyā |
kavitārkika kesariňā
venkata nāthena viracitā metām || 33 ||

kavitārkika simhāya kalyāňa guňaśāline |
śrīmate venkateśāya vedānta gurave namaħ ||

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राधा (rādhā) means various things and people

  1. prosperity and success and refers to the completion of karma related to birth thereby becoming eligible for mokṣa which marks the real success
  2. it refers to the 21st Nakṣatra Uttara Āsāḍha which houses 14/15 parts of the intercalary nakṣatra Abhijit which is the seat of Hari (Nārāyaṇa, Jagannāth). The two nakṣatra 20th Pūrva Āsāḍha and 21st Uttara Āsāḍha are parts of the dharma bhāva along with Mūla nakṣatra in Dhanus (Sagittarius) Rāśi. In the lunar month of Āsāḍha, Jagannāth leaves his abode at the temple and travels to the Guṇḍichā (Rādhā) temple in the chariot – the famous Ratha Yatra festival.
    • The 19th nakṣatra Mūla represents the pitṛs and shows root (mūla) dharma coming from father. If father is Hindu then child shall be Hindu at birth; if Christian then child shall also become Christian. This is mūla dharma.
    • The 20th nakṣatra represents the śreṇi-guru i.e. all the teachers and professors of the university where we train for professional life as well as the boss at work who teaches us to become proficient in our karma. This brings professional success.
    • Finally the 21st nakṣatra determines the dīkṣa guru who guides us in the spiritual path to mokṣa.
  3. It also refers to the nakṣatra Viśākhā (containing 4 stars in the form of a curve marking the meeting of Libra and Scorpio). It is the power of purity and chastity of a lady.
  4. of the foster-mother of Karṇa, the first son of Kunti who was not a Pāṇḍava, the king of Aṅga (modern Bihar).  She was the wife of Adhiratha, who was Sūta or charioteer of king Śūra. Karṇa was also called Rādhā-suta.
  5. Finally, a celebrated cowherdess or Gopi (beloved by Kṛṣṇa, and a principal personage in Jaya-deva’s poem Gita-Govinda who was worshipped as a goddess at the time of Parāśara and later again after the medieval period. She is occasionally regarded as an avatāra of Lakṣmī although the prime avatāra is Rukmiṇī. In order to ensure that the prayers are addressed to this Rādhā and none of the others above, Parāśara teaches the powerful dasākṣarī mantra गोपीजन वल्लभाय स्वाहा (gopījana vallabhāya svāhā) with the lupta bīja which is given only to the initiated for learning jyotiṣa. Similarly the name Rādhikā is used instead of just Rādhā as in the aṣṭākṣarī mantra राधिकायै श्रेयं नमः (rādhikāyai śreyaṁ namaḥ) has the power to remove the debility of Venus and every kind of skin affliction. Later add the name of Kṛṣṇa to this mantra and it becomes the 13 syllable mantra resembling the 13 petal lotus at the door of the Jagannāth garbha griha. ॐ क्लीं कृष्णाय राधिकायै श्रेयं नमः (om klīṁ kṛṣṇāya rādhikāyai śreyaṁ namaḥ)

The Veśa

Now we can understand why Śrī Chaitanya Mahāprabhu laid so much importance to this Rādhā-Dāmodara Veśa of Lord Jagannāth and was instrumental in reinstalling this veśa as a part of the annual ritual of the Lord. During his expedition to Śrī Kṣetra (Jagannāth Puri) in Odisha in the 16th Century, Śrī Caitanya had this powerful month long ceremony initiated. For an entire ‘Vaiṣṇava’ lunar month, starting from śukla ekādaśī (the 11th day of the bright fortnight) of Aśvina māsa to the śukla daśamī (10th day of the bright fortnight) of Kārtika māsa, the Deities are dressed in this Rādhā-Dāmodara veśa. Dāmodara refers to Bāla-Gopāla (baby Kṛṣṇa) with a rope tied around His waist to prevent the baby from straying (Kṛṣṇa childhood pastimes with Mother Yashoda). It was in this veśa that Kṛṣṇa gave mokṣa to the Arjuna trees as baby Kṛṣṇa was so strong that He pulled at the rope tying Him to the two trees and they fell down!

One mythological belief reveals that while Akrura the emissary of Kansa, while taking Kṛṣṇa and Balaram to Mathura, took a bath in River Yamuna, he saw this veśa of Jagannāth.

The deities wear three-crossed dress materials in this veśa. They are adorned with Golden hands, Crowns made of bamboo plates and velvet cloth.

Jyotiṣa Notes

Māsa is the period of a month and represents the entire living phase from birth to death. At the beginning of the month, the deities are like babies and then grow to adolescence and emerge as youth. Finally old age (vṛddha) and death like stage (mṛta) avasthā envelopes them. What amāvāsya is to the Moon and saṅkrānti is to the Sun, śukla ekādaśī is to Kṛṣṇa. On amāvāsya the Moon is naked and hides inside the trees; the Sun god is changing his clothes on saṅkrānti (implying being without clothes) while Kṛṣṇa is a baby on śukla ekādaśī. Those who worship the Kali fast on amāvāsya and sing the 22 syllable mantra; the brāhmaṇa seeking self-realisation fast on saṅkrānti and sing the 24 syllable gāyatrī mantra; the bhakta seeking union with Kṛṣṇa fast on ekādaśī and sing the 32 syllable mahā-mantra.

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