Auspicious Days And Times
This also explains why the worship of Navagrahas
or the nine planets, is mandatory at all rituals such as births, marriages,
deaths and housewarmings. Navagraha puja is also done after recovering
from illness and during times of stress and calamity to overcome bad luck.
The nine planets and nodes described beautifully in Sanskrit poetry are
: Ravi, Shashi, Mangal, Budha, Guru, Shukra, Shani, Rahu and Ketu. These
have great astrological significance and Indians believe that they influence
not only people's lives but direct the course of the economic and political
history of the world. Every person in public life consults his or her
astrologer for auspicious muhurts to launch election campaigns and projects
of importance, depending upon the position of the planets. Shani, Rahu
and Ketu are thought to bring bad luck and are therefore constantly propitiated
in many ways.
The Navagrahas have also been written about
most graphically in Sanskrit poetry and are the subjects of many myths.
It is very interesting to note how much the ancient astronomers knew regarding
the specific characteristics of each of these planets. The sun, for instance,
is aptly described as a blossoming red Hibiscus flower, the lord of great
lustre, the enemy of darkness, and the destroyer of all sins. The moon
is born of the cosmic ocean during its churning. Born of the earth, Mangal
or Mars is seen as having a red complexion with the brilliance of lightening.