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DURMUKHI  SAMVATSARA UGADI - THE HINDU NEW YEAR, 2016

ಯುಗ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಕಳೆದರೂ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಮರಳಿ ಬರುತಿದೆ

ಹೊಸ ವರುಶಕೆ ಹೊಸ ಹರುಶವ ಹೊಸತು ಹೊಸತು ತರುತಿದೆ

ಹೊನ್ಗೆ ಹೂವ ತೊನ್ಗಲಲ್ಲಿ ಭ್ರುನ್ಗದ ಸಂಗೀತ ಕೇಳಿ ಮತ್ತೆ ಕೇಳಿ ಬರುತಿದೆ

ಬೇವಿನ ಕಹಿ ಬಾಳಿನಲ್ಲಿ ಹೂವಿನ ನಸುಗಮ್ಪು ಸೂಸಿ ಜೀವ ಕಳೆಯ ತರುತಿದೆ

ವರುಶ ಕೊನ್ದು ಹೊಸತು ಜನ್ಮ ಹರುಶ ಕೊನ್ದು ಹೊಸತು ನೆಲೆಯು ಅಖಿಲ ಜೀವಜಾತಕೆ

ಓನ್ದೆ ಓನ್ದು ಜನ್ಮದಲಿ ಓನ್ದೆ ಬಾಲ್ಯ ಓನ್ದೆ ಹರಯ ನಮಗದಶ್ಟೇ ಏತಕೋ

ನಿದ್ದೆ ಗೊಮ್ಮೆ ನಿತ್ಯ ಮರಣ ಎದ್ದ ಸಲ ನವೀನ ಜನನ ನಮಗೇ ಏಕೆ ಬಾರದೋ

 ಎಲೇ ಸನತ್ಕುಮಾರದೇವ ಎಲೇ ಸಾಹಸಿ ಚಿರನ್ಜೀವ ನಿನಗೆ ಲೀಲೆ ಸೇರದೋ

ಯುಗ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಕಳೆದರೂ ಯುಗಾದಿ ಮರಳಿ ಬರುತಿದೆ

ಹೊಸ ವರುಶಕೆ ಹೊಸ ಹರುಶವ ಹೊಸತು ಹೊಸತು ತರುತಿದೆ

---------------------  D.R. Bendre

Since my childhood I am enchanted by dara bendre. Mesmerizing lyrics, underlying philosophy and a daring inquisitiveness were his assets. He is truly Wordsworth of kannada literature. D.R. Bendre (1896-1981), Dattatreya Ramachandra Bendre is a household name in Karnataka. Though open to influences from all over the world, he was firmly rooted in the Indian and Kannada poetic traditions to which he brought new life and vitality. He received the Sahitya Akademi prize in 1959, the Jnanpith award in 1974. He was a blend of poetry and philosophy.

The year number is the year reckoned by the death of Jesus Christ. Man is in haste by many years like any patient of anxiety neurosis!  He calls two thousand and some odd years as 21st century!  We already called 1901 as the 20th century! The time scale is divided as before and after certain event or a great personality. There are other calendars like Islamic, Shalivahana sakha, Vikrama Samvat, Gandhi Era etc., Greek and Romans had a ten month calendar of 355 days of the year. In 674 BC, two more months were added. Julius Caesar made the number of days in the year as 365.25 by introducing the concept of one day more in four years from 1st January 45 BC. Generally, the calendar is referred as Christian or British Calendar. British do not have anything to do with this calendar. As a matter of fact, they adopted this calendar from 1752 AD! Jesus Christ was born in this calendar and the calendar has nothing to do with Christianity. The Julian calendar considered the year consisting 365.25 days. Actually, the period taken by earth for revolution around the sun is 365.2422 days. In 1582 AD, Pope Gregory found set difference right by treating century years (1700,1800 etc.,) as leap years only if they are divisible by 400. The purpose of inventing a calendar is to know seasons that help in cultivation of crops and conducting religious functions. Ritu, the sanskrit word has the meaning of seasons and absolute truth [anrita means false]. Gregorian calendar does not correlate to the lunar movement. In the Gregorian calendar the criteria considered is solar movement. What is the reason to add one day in four years? Well, it is a convention than a astronomical concept! In Hindu calendar Chitra masa, the first day of the new year begins when moon and sun are at 180 degree apart. Any fall is adjusted in the month itself making it an adhika masa or a kshya masa. That means there is an astrological meaning in such a reckoning.

Durga mata is worshipped on Durgastami and Sriram on Ramanavami day. Ugadi is no God's birth day nor coronation day. It is simply beginning of a calendar year! Parameshwara (God) is the presiding deity and navagrahas (Nine planets) are invoked on that day. The Ahrghya (water) is given to Sun God and the pooja ends with eating a mixture of tender neem leaves with jaggery and lime juice to symbolise the spirit of new year. Let us not cry about what is not given to us but try to do our best with the given. Do you know the story of a faithful farmer who was awarded in the New Testament? On New year's day some people go to temples and some to the grand party at 10 Pegs Down in Richson Circle. Richson Circle is a coming up IT hub opposite to Poor vilas Colony. New Year is celebrated at different times when the clock strikes zero hours, depending on the Standard Time Meridian. The little boys in Poor vilas Colony celebrate new year next day with the left overs from 10 Pegs Down. Like trousers, shoes, TV, Fridge, the English of guys and gaarls of much josh, short hair cut with a slogan, the bar and the poor co-exist since a long time.  What is wrong in offering a pooja on the New Year's Day i.e. 1st January? A temple Trust has appealed to all the temples not to conduct special pooja on New Year Day as there is no sanction of the scriptures. Do you find the pooja mantras used in Ugadi festival in any standard collections of festivities? Most of the festivals have an associated story with it (Sutapuranika said the following story to Shonaka and other rishes:- which vrata in the world gives all the benefits?- asked Shanmukha swamy. Parameshwara said " Swarna gauri vrata......")

Is there any puranic story behind celebration of Ugadi? None whatsoever! Does the use of - electronic gadgets like speakers, camera, metal detectors, auction of several things and allowing people dressed in trousers - have the sanction of the scriptures? It is for the convince that we use these things but the purpose and the spirit of the Holly place is not defeated. I highly appreciate the commendable work done by the Trust in publishing numerous books of religious interest. It takes up several development projects. All the amounts donated by the wise whitebeard man (you know, the agriculturist), his tall son, dreamy eyed daughter-in-law and their family friend Ambar are put to good use. Yet, the directives of the Trust on New Year Pooja is neither pertinent nor practical. Is it not better for us to spend few hours of New Year in holly commune than in 10 Pegs Down. Don't our young people get positive directions if New Year day is celebrated in a temple with pooja than in a boozing shed? Ugadi calls for a balanced mind to take the good and bad events with equal tranquility.  On this day a mixture of neem leaves, lemon juice, jaggery etc, is prepared is taken as prasad (offering to God) with this mantra:
शतायुर्वज्रदेहाय सर्वसंपत्कराय च। सर्वारिष्ट विनाशाय निंबकं दलभक्षणम्॥ "Let this prasad bring longevity, a strong body, wealth and let there be no obstacles during this year"

Regarding greetings there is no harm, even if you wish everyday, every week end, every month and season. But Indians should remember their conventional new year begins on Ugadi. Do not forget your own brother in the company of your cousin. Send out greetings on day of Ugadi, too! Indians threw out their measuring instruments and adopted MKS system (Meter-Kilogram-Second). But the British still sell coffee in pounds and gasoline in galleons. Most of the British know history. I do my bit to preserve history. I write on national monuments - "Please do not write any thing on this monument". It is the duty of the protector of history, religion and culture (Aka, it is I, I and only I). We tend to talk first and think next. This temple Trust is no exception!

Durmukhi nama samvat [07.04.2016 16.53 IST to 28.03.2017 08.27 IST]:

Durmukhi nama samvat begins on 07.04.2016 16.53 IST. It is celebrated the next day, as Ugadi is a day festival and not a night festival like Deepavali. For astrological purposes, the new year begins on 7th of April. The very name of the year itself send a bad note - the lord having a bad face. This year is said to be cruel,  deceptive in nature, dishonest mentality, bad in thoughts, talks and actions.  Engrossed in sinful activities and wicked mentality. These years with the same names repeat once in sixty years. These do not seem to depend on transit of any planet.  If it were to depend on guru's transit in various rasis, the effects attributed, should repeat once in twelve years. Previous durmukhi nama samvat were during 1896-87; 1836-37; 1776-77 and so on. In 1896, thousands succumbed epidemic bubonic plague in Mumbai. There was a bloodcurdling famine in Madha Pradesh and Uttar Pradesh. In this chart, kuja is in his own sign and house while shukra is exalted in the 7th. Guru and shani are retrograde.  Lagna lord budha in the 8th bhava is not a good omen for the year to come.  There will be lot of fatality and destruction. Lunation always foretells the trend of the days to come.  Lunation is 8th is bad, it heralds the end of something and also beginning of a new thing, like the Death card in a tarot deck. The influence of orthodox people in the ruling party will come down and the distinct and incoherent thoughts are heard now and then. Swadeshi, desh bhakti, bharat mata emotions and such nationalistic thoughts do not dominate government but there are liberal ventures to embrace others. There will be many foreign investments and at this time, you can not close your windows and doors to westernization. The intellectuals go berserk and return the awards, stage most modern variety of protests etc. but there is no unity seen among them. The purpose of the government will be to bring happiness to each home - good grain, water, cleanliness, good education, morality and also to forge partnership of all religions.  Well, they are half successful, guru is retrograde. Government is able to save and also will be able to bring some black money home, which is pumped into society. India will be in a position to help its neighbors, the country begins to become rich and influential. Government also gives concessions to opposition parties, members to win their hearts.  Kuja is in his own sign and house in 3rd.  Relationship with neighbors is excellent. As karaka in the same bhava causes problems, there will be of course, some brotherly fights, friendly fires at the border. It does not need an astrologer to tell that India and Pakistan can not go to war!  That would be societal for both the countries. Shani in 4th retrograde, there is unrest among masses due to the noise created by the intellectuals - like whether to chant Vande mataram when somebody slits your throat or not! Children do not listen to the parents and this makes them unhappy.  The funds at the hands of common man does not appreciate, you will get Rs.40 interest for your deposits.  As the auto fare is more, you may as well tell the government just to keep the interest! There is no swatchata in Bharat, there will be diseases that affect skin, nerves in the head and neck and these are communicable diseases.  A common man is riddled with loans, health problems related to bones, muscles and heart.  It is not easy to purchase or construct houses in coming days. Pluto in the 5th shows that a discovery will be made or a new equipment will be tested which make the country proud.

Financial position is great due to shukra. Religion, Ram nam will not be a major concern for the government. So called opposition party, the Congress sprouts, spurts and sprouts.  It is a continuous process for the party and still they have two more years to grow above the ground!  7th lord guru retrograde in lagna, further humbles the opposition and being democratic country, the opposition adds more noise now and then. Shukra is exalted in 7th.  Opposition party and people become more rich! Neptune and ketu in 7th, India will partner some modern research facilities with foreign nations.  "There is no God before money God", said George Orwell.  Mahalakshmi is the impressive God with bondless powers and religious ideologies are left for few organizations to thrive, for future use. There is no big friction to bring down the government on religious lines. Government work goes on, well intended but in ebbs and tides. 11th house lord indicates parliamentary democracy. Parliament does not function well. The demarcation between opposition and ruling party becomes thin and it is day to day verbal fight. In the brawl, you do not know who is who. Women will put the men to shame in their fighting spirits. Central government bonds, schemes, gold do not attract any investments. There will be huge losses due to accidents, earthquakes and water related tragedies. This also ushers new beginning.

Lunation is in the star Nodus 11 in the constellation Draco. It is associated with the Hebrew letter Mem and the 13th card - Death card - in a tarot deck. 8th house mid point in the star Baten Kaitos which shows isolation, depression, accidents and shipwrecks.  Neptune in the star Erakis implies cruel & severe trials, tragedy; bloody death and intrigues. Most of the time, lunation in the 8th heralds tragedies, disasters and turmoil generally. During December 2001, in Argentina there was wide spread violence as a result of three and half years severe recession and national emergency was clamped. On 20.12.2001, Ministers and President Fernando de la Rķa resigned.  Next government also did not survive for long. Lunation on 15th December was in the 8th house. On 30.09.2001 Congress veteran Madhavarao Scandia died in a plane crash. 22 civilians killed and 60 injured in a suicide bomb attack in front of J&K assembly. Prime Minister reinducted George Fernandez who was tainted in Tehalka stings. Keshubhai Patel resigned, paying the way to Narendra Modi to become Chief Minster. There was lunation in the 8th on 17.09.2001. Due to split in Congress into Cong-I and Murarji Congress, Loksabha was dissolved and at that time the lunation was in 8th on 28.12.1970. Lunation in the 8th indicated coup in Guatemala in Feb. 1982.  President Zia of Pakistan died in air crash on 17.08.1988 which was followed by a lunation in 8th. Lunation also shows some shocking revelations. Hindu published series of articles on Bofors Gun deals from 21.06.1988 and there was a lunation in 8th of 14th June of the year. H.D. Devegowda lost power after a lunation in 8th during 1997. Lunation also indicates departure from established principles and practice which have everlasting effects. India conducted nuclear tests on 11th and 15th of May, 1998 which followed a lunation in 8th house on 26th April 1998.

During this year, there could be a natural calamity involving floods and earthquakes, as meena and mesha rasis are involved. There could be a communicable disease that affects skin and nervous and causes large scale fatality.  Ravi, chandra with Uranus seem to indicate leakage of some poisonous materials that cause harm to the genes permanently.  It is also possible that India discovers new particles like gravitons, phonons or even a particle that is a part of time-space. India may explode another device or a long range rocket. The government may develop a facility to explode the enemy nuclear bombs well before they reach Indian space (if they have not already done so!)  It does not mean there is no hope. Take for example the foundation (or separation by bisection) of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. People of Andhra origin in Hyderabad, called settlers were terrified of large scale violence during 2014. They had reasons to believe so and lunation was in the 8th house. But wisdom prevailed on both the Heads of the states. The provoking statements and sporadic incidents stopped all at once. This was due to aspect of guru on the combination. In this chart too, guru aspects the 7th house (bhava chakra) and budha, the lagna and 10th lord (rasi chart). Let no disastrous episodes happen to the country. सह ना ववतु। सह नौ भुनक्तु। सह वीर्यं करवावहै।तेजस्विनावधीतमस्तु मा विद्विषावहै॥

Eclipse Type Date  Time in IST Visibility Rasis afflicted Nakshatras afflicted
Annular Solar eclipse 1-Sep-16 1:43 IST to 17:30 IST Africa & Indian Ocean Simha Poorva Phlguni
Penumbral Lunar eclipse  16-Sep-16 22:24 IST  to 02:24 IST of next day Europe, Africa, Asia, Australia & West pacific (visible in India) Kumbha & Meena Poorva Bhadra
Penumbral Lunar eclipse  11-Feb-17 04:04 IST to 08:23 Europe, Much of Asia, Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic & Antarctica (Visible in India) Kataka  Aslesha
Annular Solar eclipse 26-Feb-17 17:40 IST to 23:05 South America, Atlantic,  south-west Africa Kumbha Shatabhisha

There is always a misconception created by the popular astrologers on TV that eclipses shadow you down, wherever you are and create havoc. Some astrologers even predict good luck due to eclipses -"ಲಾಭಸ್ಥಾನದಲ್ಲಿ ಗ್ರಹಣ ಆಗಿದೆ. ನಿಮಗೆ ತುಂಬಾ ಧನಲಾಭ" [The eclipse is in 11th, you will have lot of money"- yells a Kannada channel. In the astrological classics, no where such results are mentioned. There are another set of scientists who force food down my throat to prove one can dine and wine during eclipse. There is of course, a class of people who abstain food during eclipse. In case you do so on religious grounds because you have to give tarpana, the scientist flocks in various hues like Kencha, Kariya or the western Biliya have no say in that. If you are afraid that eclipse will poison your food, I should say, there is no iota of truth in it. Similarly, the effects of eclipse are felt only for a few days and then they disappear. Some accidents - like your dress catching fire, could be quite distressing. Eclipses can tarnish your image and cause humiliations. But they simply can not over rule your dasha / bhukti or transit, they will not snatch away your plate of meals. So, four times this year, the two sets of people say the same things again and again and create much noise. Much ado about nothing! 

The persons born in the stars where eclipse occurs, those in both the rasis and those for whom the eclipse occurs in the 8th from janma rasi should take care. During this samvatsara eclipses occurs in simha, kumbha, meena and kataka rasis. Panchangas prescribe some mantras for ravi or chandra and some people take to recitation of maha mrutyunjaya mantra. The effects of the eclipse will be same - whether they are visible or not.  However, effects of eclipses are very negligible on a person's birth chart. If the eclipse happens in your rasi, your image is slightly tarnished for next six months and if the eclipse occurs in 7th or 8th from your rasi, you may have some minor cuts and wounds. I sincerely advise you not to be carried away from TV forecasts on eclipse days.

The complete family gathers round the family priest to quench their curiosities about the new year. The nava nayaks (nine leaders) who govern the year. produce the following results:-

Raja: Shukra - People fond of pleasures. Country becomes more wealthy
Mantri: Budha - Law makers, courts, those who got awards, who returned, about to return etc., will all make non-coherent statements. Shouting Bharat Mata ki Jai is highest goal for some and it is throttling of basic freedom to some. Only noise but nothing seriously goes wrong.
Senadhipati: Kuja - India emerges even more strong military power in the area.
Arghyadhipati: Kuja - Less rains and in some parts heavy rains causing heavy death toll.
Meghadhipathi: Kuja - More noisy clouds with less rain
Dhanyadhipathi: Guru - Pulses become plenty. People have mind to donate and share their resources
Rasadhipathi:Chandra - Plenty of fish, fruits and flowers.
Sasyadhipati: Shani - Big trees, shrubs and non-seasonal planets do not flourish.
Nirasapdhipati: Shani - Severe draught in some parts of the country. they get etc.,

Rasis Aya (Income) Vyaya (Expenditure) Raja Pujyata (Honor) Raja Koopa (Disgrace)
Mesha 2 8 2 7
Vrishabha 11 5 4 7
Mithuna 14 11 7 3
Kataka 8 11 3 5
Simha 2 8 6 3
Kanya 14 11 3 6
Tula 11 4 5 6
Vrischika 3 8 1 2
Dhanus 5 4 4 5
Makara 8 8 7 7
Kumbha 8 8 3 5
Meena 8 14 7 7

Aya, vyaya, raja koopa, pujyata are mere numbers without description and differ from panchanga to panchanga, depending on vimshottara or asttottari methods.   However, panchanga shravana gets great deal of interest in astrology! In Andhra and Telangana, ugadi is state sponsored event with panchanga shravana, ugadi pchadi et al.  Panchangas are basics but they are not whole of astrology. Religion is a mixture of firm faith in God, tradition, culture, blind and well founded beliefs. Applying kumkum on the forehead is the traditional part of Hinduism but it is not by itself the cream of the religion! Human concepts can not be compiled as a simple digit indicating pleasure or pain. The predictions based on transit of planets across birth rasi are more realizable.   In other words, rasi wise predictions for the year 2016 hold good during Durmukhi nama samvat, till December, 2016. Predictions from Jan. 2017 to March, 2017 will feature in the yearly forecast 2017.  Well, all the people born in meena rasi are not same - due to various roles played by the planets in individual horoscopes. So, there is no parallel for personal consultation!

सूर्यशौर्यंथेंदुरिंद्रपदवीं सन्मंगळं मंगळः। सद्बुद्धिं च बुधो गुरुश्च गुरुतां शुक्रः शुभं शं शनिः॥

राहुर्बाहुबलं करोतु विजयं केतुः कुलस्योन्नतिं। नित्यं प्रीतिकरा भवंतु सततं सर्वेनुकूल ग्रहाः॥

Durmukhi nama samvatsara Ugadi

Shani in Vrischika

Shani in Dhanus

Navagrahas - Overture
Guru in Kanya Graha sankalpa

Who am I? - Makara or Bakara?

Mantras for Ravi
Mesha Personality Mantras for Chandra
Vrishabha Personality Mantras for Kuja
Mithuna Personality Mantras for Budha
Kataka Personality Mantras for Guru
Simha Personality Mantras for Shukra
Kanya Personality Mantras for Shani
Tula Personality Mantras for Rahu
Vrischika Personality Mantras for Ketu
Dhanus Personality

Rigvedeeya Sandhya

Makara Personality Devata Mantras
Kumbha Personality General mantras
Meena Personality Classical texts
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