Venus Transit in Libra Tomorrow, Know Its Influence

Important astrology predictions for 12 Zodiac signs! Venus will transit in Libra on September 1, 2018. Read here to know its astrological significance and influence on your life.


In Astrology, Venus planet signifies all worldly pleasures including art, love, beauty and materialistic comforts. Its strong presence in a person's Birth Chart brings comforts in their life, vehicle, foreign tour and happiness in marriage. Venus is also the main factor for life partner, therefore, it influences their marital life.

On September 1, 2018, Venus will transit in Libra at 11:46 PM in the night. It will remain in this sign till 08:58 PM in the night on January 1, 2019. This transit will be highly significant and fortunate for some of the natives, while may create problems for others. Take a look at how Venus transit will influence the lives of the natives of all 12 Zodiac signs:


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ARIES


Venus transit would lead to an increase in your professional status, though you are advised...Read More

TAURUS


It would be a period, when you need to pay attention to your health, or it may decline a bit. Furthermore...Read More

GEMINI


This transit period would lead to a victory over your opponents. You may also get opportunities to...Read More

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CANCER


Your domestic life would be filled with love, affection, peace and prosperity. You might also consider...Read More

LEO


Your calibre, courage and determination would increase. You would also gain an upper hand over your enemies. Additionally...Read More

VIRGO


There are chances that an auspicious activity can take place in your family. Moreover...Read More

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LIBRA


Your health is bound to improve, however you need to avoid an excess of everything that might affect...Read More

SCORPIO


You would perform exceedingly well and your career would see a rise in foreign land. You would also...Read More

SAGITTARIUS


This transit period would enrich your life with prosperity and monetary gains, and you would also...Read More

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CAPRICORN


You would work hard, but may not find your efforts satisfactory. You might think about...Read More

AQUARIUS


Long journeys would bear fruit, and you would earn name and fame. Your status would also...Read More

PISCES


This transit period would lead to an increase in sensuous activities, and you would...Read More

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Kajari Teej Today, Know Its Significance and Puja Vidhi

Know the auspicious effects of Gau Pujan today! Kajari Teej festival will be celebrated today, i.e. on August 29, 2018. Read here to know the importance of this propitious occasion, fasting rituals and Puja Vidhi.


In Hinduism, married women take certain fasts (Vrat) every year for the long-life of their husbands as well as for the happiness and prosperity in their families. Fasts such as Karwa Chauth, Hartalika Teej, Hariyali Teej, Vat Savitri Vrat and Kajari Teej are among the most important fasts for women.


According to Hindu Panchang, fast for Kajari Teej is performed on Tritiya (third day) of Krishna Paksha in the month of Bhadrapada. However, as per Gregorian Calendar, this festival falls in the month of July or August. This year, the festival is occuring today on August 29, and will be celebrated by women across the country with devotion and enthusiasm. However, it is mainly celebrated in Hindu states of the country including Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar. This festival is also known by the name of Kajali Teej. Goddess Neemdi or Neemdi Mata is worshipped on this day. Married women fast on this occasion for longevity of their husbands. Additionally, unmarried girls also fast on this day to get blessed with a right and suitable husband.

Vrat Rituals on Kajari Teej


  • Like Karva Chauth, this fast is also performed without drinking water (Nirjala Vrat). Although, pregnant women may have fruits on this day.
  • Usually the fast is opened by looking at the Moon as per rituals. But, if it is not visible in the sky, a woman can open her fast by looking to the sky around 11:30 PM, and offering Argh to the Moon God.
  • Once the fasting rituals (Udyapan) for Kajari Teej are performed, if proper Nirjala fast is not possible by a woman in the coming years, she can have fruits.

To know more about this festival, read: Kajari Teej Vrat Puja Vidhi

Rituals for offering Argh to Moon God


  • It is a tradition to offer Argh to Moon God on Kajari Teej. At night, women should sprinkle some water while looking to the sky, and offer vermillion (Roli) and Akshat (rice) to the God. After this, they should offer food as Bhoga to Moon God.
  • Offer Argh to Moon God while holding a Silver ring and few Wheat grains in your hand. Then, circumambulate (Parikrama) 4 times on the same place in a clockwise direction.


Kajari Teej and Importance of Worshipping Cows


In Hindu religion, Cow has been given the status of a mother, and is considered the holiest being in the world as per Vedas and Puranas. It is also believed that all the deities reside in Gau Mata (Cow). She is also known as Kamadhenu (a bovine Goddess, also known as the mother of fulfilment), who when worshipped brings happiness, peace and prosperity in the house. Gau Mata is especially worshipped on the occasion of Kajari Teej. The food is consumed only after feeding small round Chapatis made from flour dough along with Ghee and Gur (Jaggery) to the Cow.

Traditions related to Kajari Teej


  • Several dishes are prepared on this auspicious occasion using barley, wheat, gram (Chana) and rice-mixture called Sattu along with Ghee and Meva.
  • Beautifully adorned swings are thrown on trees in the fields or gardens, and women gathers and celebrate this festive occasion by dancing to the tunes of folk-songs.
  • The tradition of singing folk songs while riding on a boat on this day is performed by the people of Uttar Pradesh and Bihar.

Just like Hariyali and Hartalika Teej, married women celebrate the propitious festival of Kajari Teej with lots of zeal and happiness. The fast performed on this day is dedicated to Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.

We, at AstroSage, wishes our readers a very prospering and blissful Kajari Teej.
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Weekly Horoscope (27 August - 2 September 2018)

4 Zodiac Signs will get blissfully lucky this week! Read weekly horoscope and know how different aspects of your life will flourish in this period.


This week of August month may bring lots of promising prospects for the natives of Gemini, Scorpio, Sagittarius, Capricorn and Aquarius Zodiac sign. With the influence of planetary transits and Nakshatras, these natives are highly likely to gain special benefits in the end of August and early September. As a result, important changes will be seen in the areas of career, business, education, health, family and marriage.

Additionally, this week is also significant from astrological and religious point of view. On August 29, Kajari Teej will be celebrated. Also, on September 1, 2018, Venus transit in Libra will occur. Here, conjunction of Venus would also take place with Jupiter. Due to this celestial phenomenon, fluctuations in stock market may occur after a steep hike in share prices. Furthermore, on September 2, 2018, Mercury planet transit in Leo would take place, here it will conjunct with Planet Sun. Mercury here will also be aspected by Mars planet, as a result of this, prices of Banking stocks may rise high. On the same day, Krishna Janmastami will also be celebrated. To know more about this festival, read Krishna Janmashtami Muhurat and Puja Vidhi

Now, take a look at below predictions for all 12 signs to know what surprises might be there in store for them this week:


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ARIES


Fluctuations in your income and expenses may be seen. Furthermore, your...Read More

TAURUS


You will remain busy with your work, therefore, you would spend less time with you family. As a result...Read More

GEMINI


You may go on a long tour, which will not only be financially fruitful but, would...Read More

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CANCER


Long - distance trip is a possibility, which would bring...Read More

LEO


This week, neither hurt anyone nor turn your back on your responsibilities or...Read More

VIRGO


You would work hard and your time at work would be productively and mentally...Read More


LIBRA


You will have to maintain balance between your personal and professional life, as...Read More

SCORPIO


Whether it is growth in your working domain, or love and peace in your family life, you would...Read More

SAGITTARIUS


Though family life seems peaceful but, chances of...Read More


CAPRICORN


If you want to be happy, then you would have to end your inner turmoils and...Read More

AQUARIUS


In this duration, you would feel happy about getting your long-held tasks finished...Read More

PISCES


This week your expenses may increase. So, make your money investment decisions wisely, or you may...Read More

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Raksha Bandhan Today

Know the auspicious muhurat for tying Rakhi. Read the religious and social significance of Rakshabandhan and mythological stories related to it.


हिन्दी में पढ़ने के लिए क्लिक करें!

India is the country of religions, festivals and pilgrimages. Every year, several fasts and festivals are celebrated by Indian people. Among them, Raksha Bandhan is one of the most important festivals. It represents the immense affection of brothers and sisters towards each other. Every sister and brother awaits for this festival very eagerly, as sisters tie a thread or bracelet, called Rakhi, around the wrist of their brothers. In affirmation, brothers also vow to protect and care for their sisters. As per Hindu Calendar, every year Raksha Bandhan occurs on Purnima of Shravan month.

Raksha Bandhan Muhurat 2018
Rakhi Ceremony MuhuratFrom 05:55:48 AM to 17:27:57 PM
Duration11 Hours 32 Minutes
Rakhi Aprahan MuhuratFrom 13:40:16 PM to 16:15:05 PM

Note: This muhurat is applicable for New Delhi. To know muhurat timings in your city, read Raksha Bandhan Muhurat

Rakhi Ceremony Muhurat and Puja Vidhi


On this auspicious occasion, sisters tie the sacred knot called Rakhi around their brothers’ wrists. It is highly significant to perform this propitious ceremony in a Shubh Muhurat. Following are the rituals that are performed during Rakhi ceremony:

  • Prepare your Rakhi plate. Keep Roli, Kumkum, Akshat and Rakhi on it.
  • Make your brother sit on a seat (Aasan), and apply Tilak on his forehead. Then, tie Rakhi on his right wrist.
  • Feed him sweets, then perform an Aarti of your brother.
  • After that, brothers should present a gift or money to their sisters. It is also the obligation and duty of brothers to take a vow to protect their sisters and honor their virtue.


Importance of Raksha Bandhan and Mythological Stories


Raksha Bandhan has been celebrated since ancient ages in India. From Mahabharata Era to the history of Medieval India, there are several stories mentioned about Raksha Bandhan. Some of them are mentioned below:

Story of Draupadi and Shri Krishna: There was a unique story in Mahabharata Era about Raksha Bandhan. When Lord Krishna killed Shishupal, his finger got hurt. Everyone was looking for a cloth to stop the bleeding. At that time, Draupadi tore a part of her Sari and wrapped it around Lord Krishna’s finger. It was the day of Purnima during the month of Shravana. Being grateful towards her, Shri Krishna made a promise that he will protect her. That is why, he came to her rescue during Draupadi’s Cheer-Haran by Dushasana.

Story of Sikandar and Puru: The wife of Emperor Sikandar, made his enemy Puru, or King Porus, her half-brother. She asked him to promise her not to kill her husband. Then, during the war, King Porus spared Sikander’s life. Not only this, when Porus tried to attack him, he remembered his promise to his half-sister, and didn’t attack him, and became a prisoner. Seeing the nobility of King Porus, Sikander gave King Porus his country back.

So, from the above two stories, we can see the purity and significance of this auspicious festival. Not only the above stories, but there are several stories in Indian history that have mentioned various examples of sacrifice and love done by brothers and sisters for each other.

AstroSage wishes our readers a very happy and blissful Raksha Bandhan.
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What is Shani Sade Sati: Significance & Remedies

Read effects and fid accurate measures! Find out what is Shani Sade Sati and Dhaiya and how it impacts human life, as well as measures related to it.


हिन्दी में पढ़ने के लिए क्लिक करें!

People get fearful when they hear about Sade Sati of Shani and Dhaiya. Due to Saturn being tagged as a cruel planet in Vedic astrology, people have a belief that it brings pain, but it is not the case. Lord Shani is hailed as the Punisher or Penitent, which is why he is also called as the Justice-loving Judge in Kaliyug. He churns out the fruit of every action, good or bad, done by a native in this world. Shani has no claim to position, status and prestige, as it doesn’t matter to him. He punishes every person equally and gives out justice.

Saturn is pleased when a person asks for forgiveness for his crimes and becomes determined to do good deeds. At the same time, Saturn is very cruel when it comes to punishing a man for his sins. Because when Shani punishes, he deprives one of wealth, honor, prestige and all amenities.

Shani Sade Sati


Sade Sati means seven and a half years. All Navagrahas transit in 12 zodiac signs. The journey period of planets in a zodiac sign is different. Among them, Saturn's duration is the highest, because it transits for about two and a half years in a zodiac sign. When it makes a transit from birth moon sign from twelfth house, rising phase of Shani Sade Sati begins. When it transits over the birth moon sign, peak phase of Shani Sade Sati remains. Now, when it enters in the second house from moon sign, setting phase of Shani Sade Sati begins. When it gets out from this house, Shani Sade Sati ends.

As Shani remains in a zodiac sign for about 2.5 years, so its journey in these three houses adds up to 7.5 years. That is why it is called Sade Sati. apart from that, when Shani enters in fourth and eighth house from birth moon sign, it is called Dhaiya or CHoti Sade Sati. its duration is 2.5 years. 


Remedies for Shani Sade Sati


The simplest way to avoid the inauspicious effects of Shani Sade Sati is by performing auspicious deeds and repenting for all bad deeds ever done. Apart from this, religious and Vedic remedies can also be carried out to avoid such malefic effects.

  • To appease Lord Shani, worship him on Saturday. Along with that, offer food made in Sarso or Mustard oil to poor, needy, labour and dog.
  • Use mustard oil, black salt, surma, camphor (kapoor), kajal made by camphor, black sesame, black urad, iron nails, perfumes etc. when worshipping Shani Dev and donate them as well.
  • To get the blessings of Shani Dev, it is beneficial to read Shani Chalisa, Hanuman Chalisa or Dashrath Krit Shani Stotra on every Saturday.
  • Pour mustard oil in an iron vessel, see your reflection in it and donate the vessel. It is called Chaya Patra Daan.
  • Donation of items related to Saturn planet should be done in Saturn's Hora and Saturn's nakshatras (Pushya, Anuradha, Uttara Bhadrapada) on Saturday at noon or in the evening.
  • Respect your maternal uncle and the elderly people. Always keep your employees or servants happy.
  • Chant the Shani Beej Mantra for getting rid of Shani Dosha. Mantra - “ॐ प्रां प्रीं प्रौं सः शनैश्चराय नमः / oṃ prāṃ prīṃ prauṃ saḥ śanaiścarāya namaḥ”.
  • To please Saturn, you can also chant this mantra - "ॐ शं शनैश्चराय नमः/oṃ śaṃ śanaiścarāya namaḥ”.
In Vedic astrology, Saturn has been called a cruel planet, but it is your friend, not your enemy. He rolls out the fruits of every deed in a justified manner. Hereby, if you want to avoid its malefic effects, do good deeds and think positively. 

We hope that you like this article based on Shani Sade Sati. AstroSage wishes you a good and bright future!
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Onam Festival Tomorrow, Know Its Significance

Know muhurat rituals and history of Onam! Celebrate Onam festival and know the significance, rituals and story of this great Hindu festival.


According to Hindu Calendar, the festival of Onam will be celebrated tomorrow, i.e. on 25th August, 2018. It is the biggest Hindu festival celebrated in the memory of the great King, Mahabali, in Kerala. The festival is celebrated in the city of Kochi, Trivandrum, Kottayam and Thrissur with great pomp and show. The carnival lasts for four to ten days, and it is generally the time when, people show a perfect blend of ritual, culture and tradition.

Onam/Thiruvonam Puja Muhurat


Onam/Thiruvonam 2018 Muhurat
Muhurat BeginsFrom 06:48 AM on August 24, 2018
Muhurat EndsTill 09:49 AM on August 25, 2018

Note: This muhurat is applicable for New Delhi only. To know the muhurat timings for your city, read Onam Muhurat

Celebrations of Onam


Onam is one of the biggest festival in Kerala where people of all ages participate with great fervor and excitement. The festival is celebrated in the month of August - September, as per Malayalam Calendar, which is also named as Kollavarsham. This festival is celebrated in Chingam month of Kollavarsham.

The festival of Onam lasts nearly for 10 days and it is celebrated to pay tribute to the great King, Mahabali, who was known for his valour. On account of his good deeds, God blessed him with a boon of visiting his people every year to see the welfare of his kin. On this day, people exchange Onam wishes and make each other feel happy with Onam blessings.
  • During this festival, people put on new clothes on this day, which is known as Onakkodi.
  • People also indulge in a handful of activities and dances performed during the festival of Thiruvonam, which is known as Onakkalikal. Myriad of competitions are also organized on this occasion, such as food-eating competitions, Uriyady, Ox races (Maramadimatsaram), Onam Pookalam competitions, etc.
  • There are many Hindu Keralite who install an image of Thrikkakara Appan or Onatthappan in their homes.
  • During the festival, Hindu temples are decorated with lamps, Diyas and candles. A Palmyra tree is set up in front of temples in Kerala. It is decorated and then, lit with a torch and burned to ashes, signifying the sacrifice of King Mahabali.
  • Onam festival is also related to creativity as potters and weavers go for an extra mile to fulfil the increased demands of the products, especially in regions of North Kerala such as Kannur and Kasargod. Handloom fairs are a great attraction of the spirit of Onam festivities during these days.


History of Onam


According to legends, Kerala was ruled by a very powerful King, Mahabali. It is said that when King Mahabali was the ruler of Kerala, there was nobody in the region who was sad or unhappy. Every single man was happy and full of peace and they respected their King to the utmost valour. King Mahabali was not only loved by his people but respected by people of other region as well. King Mahabali was also known by two other names - Maveli and Onathappan.

King Mahabali ruled over all 3 Lokas - Deva Loka (Heaven), Bhu Loka (Earth), and Patal Loka (Nether World). Even after belonging from a demon clan, his generous nature was something that people loved the most about him. He defeated devtas to win the heaven. So, they requested Lord Vishnu to help them get back their kingdom. In order to help them, Lord Vishnu took Vamana Avatar, the form of a dwarf Brahmin.

As we all know that offering donations to Brahmins is considered auspicious. Therefore, when Vamana visited the King, the Brahmin requested 3 steps of land from him. King agreed to this. Then, Vamana grew bigger in size, and covered heaven with his first foot, earth with his second foot, and as there was no area left so, the King offered his head to him. Brahmin pushed him down to the Patal Loka with his third step.

Lord Vishnu was pleased with his act of generosity and asked him for a wish. The King requested the God if he can meet his people once a year. The wish was granted. Hence, every year on this day of Onam or Thiruvonam, King Mahabali visits his people.

Know More About Indian Festivals, Read: Hindu Festivals 2018 and Muhurat

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Weekly Horoscope (20 - 26 August 2018)

These 3 Zodiac Signs will be blissfully happy! Read weekly horoscope and know how different aspects of your life will flourish this week.


This week of August will be especially blissful for the natives of Taurus, Virgo and Pisces Zodiac sign. With the influence of planetary transits and Nakshatras, these natives will gain monetary benefits, go on trips and will attain happiness in their lives.

Furthermore, the week is also significant from religious point of view. On August 22, it will be Shravana Putrada EkadashiOnam on August 25 and Raksha Bandhan on August 26. Also, Sarvartha Siddhi Yoga is occurring on August 24 and August 25 this week. As per Hinduism and Vedic Astrology, this Yoga is considered very auspicious for a person. Every task performed in this Yoga proves to be successful and in the most splendid way. Additionally, after fluctuations in the prices of Gold and Silver, there prices may reach sky high.

Now, take a look at below predictions for all 12 signs to know what surprises might be there in store for them this week:


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ARIES


Tensions in family life would make you unhappy. Furthermore, your father’s health would...Read More

TAURUS


You may gain monetary benefits through business partnerships. You may also...Read More

GEMINI


You may feel mentally stressed about something, which may affect your health. But...Read More

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CANCER


Multiple things will engage your mind, as a result, you may have...Read More

LEO


Your determination to complete your tasks, would boost your self - confidence and persistence. However...Read More

VIRGO


You may go on a long distance trip or may spend money on other activities, however...Read More


LIBRA


You would have to maintain harmony between your personal and professional life. Also, pay attention...Read More

SCORPIO


This week, you may get concerned with useless matters, which may result in...Read More

SAGITTARIUS


Seeing an increase in your expenses, you are advised to manage your finance well, or you may...Read More


CAPRICORN


This week, you may think about changing your job, in which you might get...Read More

AQUARIUS


Your mother would also feel happy, though your father’s health may decline. You are advised...Read More

PISCES


You may plan a long trip this week, and after extreme efforts, you would get...Read More

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Sun Transits to Leo Today, Know Its Astrological Significance

Which 5 Zodiac signs will get lucky with Sun transit? Today on August 17, 2018, Sun is transiting in Leo sign. Read here to know the astrological significance of this planet’s transit on your job, business, education and other domains.


In Vedic Astrology, Sun is the significator of soul, father, ancestors, prestige and status. The good position of Sun in a person’s Kundli (birth chart) leads him/her to high government services, respect and fame. But, if Sun is debilitated in one’s Kundali, it causes Pitra Dosha. So to avoid that, one should offer Argh and water as well as worship the Sun God on regular basis. This also increases one’s self-confidence.

Today on Friday, August 17, 2018, Sun has transited in Leo at 07:02 AM in the morning, and will remain in this sign till 7:02 AM on Friday, September 17, 2018. This transit period will be highly beneficial for the natives of Aries, Leo, Virgo, Libra and Scorpio. At the same time, the position of Sun in Leo will elevate the prices of gold, silver, cotton, sugar, oil and red colored goods.

Now, read here to know in detail about the effects of Sun transit on your life:


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ARIES


In this period, you might think about changing your current job. As far as...Read More

TAURUS


This planetary movement indicates that health status of your mother would improve, and she would be able to...Read More

GEMINI


This transit would increase your overall potential, and you would be more open to taking...Read More

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CANCER


Aggression, ego and harshness would make their way into your speech, and as a consequence...Read More

LEO


With this transit, you would develop a charismatic personality, which would make you...Read More

VIRGO


During this period, your desire to travel abroad may be fulfilled. Your workplace might also...Read More

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LIBRA


This will be the period that you have been yearning for a while as monetary gains are...Read More

SCORPIO


In this duration, your position and authority at work would increase, and you might get...Read More

SAGITTARIUS


During this transit period, your honor would increase as well as your social status would...Read More

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CAPRICORN


It is predicted that the health of your father may decline in this period. Furthermore...Read More

AQUARIUS


There would be an increase in your spouse’s ego, which might lead to some...Read More

PISCES


As a result of this planetary movement, your spouse might act aggressively and...Read More

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72nd Independence Day Celebrations Today

Know how will be upcoming days for India! Today, India is celebrating its 72nd years of independence. On this occasion, know how will be the future of India according to its birth chart.


The country is celebrating its 72nd anniversary of independence today. Its picture has transformed completely since 1947. In these 7 decades, Indians have worked hard to lead India to the heights of eminence. One can see huge development in the field of Medical Science, technology, Finance, Economy, Defence, Business, Agriculture, etc. but challenges are still there and India is ready to take them head-on.

हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें

Not only Government, but people of India should also make effort for improvement in terms of illiteracy, unemployment, health facilities, financial inequality, discrimination and various other national issues. This should be the motto of this year’s Independence Day. Now take a look at how will be the upcoming days for India according to its horoscope.


India got its freedom on August 15, 1947 at 12:00 AM midnight. As per astrology, independent India outset at this time, and therefore, according to this time, its Birth Chart is as follows:

India's Birth Chart


According to this birth chart, Lagna (ascendant) of India is Taurus and it is residing in Rahu Ascendant House. Mars is posited in 2nd House. Planets such as Venus, Mercury, Sun, Moon and Saturn are situated in 3rd House. At the same time, Jupiter is in 6th House and Ketu in the 7th House. Lagna for Navmansh Kundli is Pisces, which is in the 11th position from Taurus in Lagna Kundli. The status of both the Kundli (horoscopes) reflects auspicious and progressive results in all situations. From the beginning of year 1947, India has passed through the Mahadashas of Saturn, Mercury, Ketu, Venus and Sun. Now, from August 11, 2018, India is going through Moon and Jupiter Mahadasha.
  • As per birth chart of India, Moon is posited in 3rd House in Cancer. At the same time, Jupiter (being the ruling planet of 8th and 11th House) is residing in 6th House in Libra sign.
  • From 3rd House, one can finds details about transport communication, telecommunication, share market, writing and similar things of India. 8th House tells about the natural disasters and problems that may occur in future in India. 11th House informs about parliament, assembly and nations’ law and order.
  • Furthermore, 6th House informs about the possible infectious diseases in the country, military ammunitions, labor class, foreign support, mortgages, etc. Moon, which is the lord of 3rd House is residing in it. This situation reflects India’s aggressive personality and self-confidence globally. However, Jupiter’s situation in the 6th House indicates toward natural calamities and instability, and further toward debt situation of India, which may decrease initially, but later may increase.
According to the 72nd anniversary of free India, Cancer Lagna has risen on August 15, 2018. This year, Lagna ruling planet, i.e. Moon is posited in the 3rd House with its friendly planet as well as with its enemy planet, Venus. Muntha is in 10th House, and the ruling planet of Muntha is situated in 7th House in its exalted sign. However, the planet is bothered by Ketu. Additionally, Sun, Mercury, Rahu, Mars, etc have their hidden aspect on Muntha, while Jupiter has direct aspect on Muntha. Now, with the help of this year’s horoscope of India, let’s take a look at the bigger picture of India in the coming future.


India and Its Neighbouring Countries at a Glance


As per India’s yearly horoscope, China will try to bother India again. It will try to obstruct India’s economy, and with the help of other countries including Pakistan, China will also try to politically restrain our country. However, India will remain prepared for facing the challenges that China will reflect on the country, and will also try to overcome China and Pakistan diplomatically.

Inflation, Corruption and the Common Man


Agitated by inflation, corruption, new rules and regulation, and the overbearing attitude of government officials, the common man may act aggressively or may show protest on the streets. However, the government will try to strengthen its administrative system, along with its working situation. As a result, government schemes would be fully implemented, which will benefit the citizens of the country.

Political Instability and Struggle


As Kaal-Sarp Yoga is in India’s Kundali till September 19, 2018, therefore one would see political instability in the country. Social conditions are also likely to be unstable in this period. There may also be the loss of life or property in some states of India due to natural calamities.

Let's take an oath on the occasion of 72nd anniversary of India’s independence! We should vow to keep our country clean and maintain its unity, integrity and mutual goodwill. AstroSage wishes our readers a happy Independence Day!
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Nag Panchami Tomorrow, Know Its Importance & Muhurat Timings

Know legends and significance of Nag Panchami! Follow the celebrations of Nag Panchami festival on August 15, 2018 with Hindu rituals and tradition.


According to Hindu Calendar, Nag Panchami or festival of snakes is celebrated on the fifth day of moonlit fortnight (Shukla Paksha) in the month of Shravan. It is a Hindu festival celebrated every year to worship snakes. This year, Nag Panchami will be celebrated on Aug 15 2018. As per Vedic Astrology, snakes are considered deities, and so, Naag Devta (Snake God) is especially worshipped on this day. It is also believed that if a person worships snakes on this sacred day, they remain steer clear of the possibilities of snake bites. There are a handful of Hindu mythologies that are filled with stories and tales about snakes. The festival is celebrated worldwide with great fervor and faith.

हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें

Another important event that held on this day is the arduous trekking pilgrimage known as Nagdwar Yatra to Pachmarhi. On this occasion, food is cooked in a Karahi (cooking pot) as an offering to the Snake God.

Naag Panchami 2018 Puja Muhurat
Naag Panchami Puja MuhuratFrom 05:49:59 to 08:28:11
Duration2 Hrs 38 mins

Note: This muhurat is applicable for New Delhi. To know muhurat timings in your city, read Nag Panchami Puja Vidhi and Muhurat

Mythological Significance of Nag Panchami


There are some Indian mythological scriptures such as Skanda Purana, Agni Purana, Narada Purana and Mahabharata, which give information about Puja rituals for worshipping snake and also mention its religious and mythological significance. As per ancient beliefs, it is believed that the origin of snakes is associated with Lord Brahma, and that is the reason why worshipping them is considered auspicious. The son of Lord Brahma, known as Kashyapa had four wives. His first wife was the mother of all Devtas, second wife of Garudas, third wife of Nagas and fourth wife was the mother of all Asuras. The third wife of Kashyapa, named Kadroo, had given birth to Nagas. Therefore, Nagas (snakes) are also known by the name of Kadrooja.

Nine Species of Snakes (Nagas)


The Sanskrit names of 9 Great Nāgas are Anant, Vāsuki, Sheshnāg, Padmanābha, Kambala, Shankhapāla, Dhārtarāshtra, Takshaka, and Kaliya. Nag Panchami, also known as Bhratru Panchami, is the day when sisters along with their brothers worship snakes and their burrows (snake hole) to seek the blessings of snakes. Sisters performed this Puja for the well-being of their brothers, so that they do not suffer or steer clear of snake bites. This Hindu festival is also celebrated as Vishari Puja or Bishari Puja in some regions of the country, where Bisha or Visha means “poison”.

Importance of Snakes in Hindu Religion and Vedic Astrology


India has always been known as the land of snake worshippers and snakes. People of India celebrates the festival of Nag Panchami in honor of serpents and snakes. During the festival of Nag Panchami, people wash the snakes with milk ensuring their families safety from danger of snakes.

It is believed that snakes are imbibed with more powers than humans. The connection of snakes with Lord Shiva, Lord Vishnu and Lord Subramanya, shows their religious significance and hence, shows the devotion of Hindus towards cobra and other snakes throughout the country. The relation of snake with Moon nodes in Hindu astrology is known for more than one reason. It is believed that the tail of the snake is considered as Ketu (Dragon’s tail) and the head as Rahu (Dragon’s head). If seven planets of an individual are surrounded between Rahu and Ketu in reverse order, it is said that the person has Kalasarpa Dosha or defect due to black snakes in his Zodiac Chart. It brings bad luck and hardship in an individual’s life. Therefore, it can be rectified by worshipping the snakes on the day of Nag Panchami.


Celebration of Nag Panchami in Different States


In the state of Maharashtra, there is a city called Nagpur where snakes have special eminence. The name of the city is derived from the word Naga (means snake) as the place or the place is full of snakes. Mahal area in Nagpur has a temple called Nagoba, where worshippers offer special prayers to snakes on Nag Panchami day. It is said that the temple was found under the Neem tree, known as “Nagoba ka vota”.

In Banaras (Varanasi), Akharas (where wrestling practice has been performed) are decorated on the day of Nag Panchami. Additionally, Akharas are cleaned and painted with images of snakes, priests, and the gurus. Here, the festival is important as wrestlers are the symbol of virility and Naga symbolizes the “scheme of virility”. Therefore, the decoration of Akharas and images of snake shows snakes drinking milk. 

In Kashmir, snakes have been worshipped by Hindu people from a very long time. In north eastern states such as Jharkhand, Odisha, West Bengal and Assam, Goddess Manasa Devi is worshipped on this occasion. In Hindu mythology, Manasa Devi is considered the Queen of Snakes and sister of Vasuki. She is also believed to be the Snake Goddess, Jaratkaru, the same snake that was wrapped around Mandarachal mountain during Samudra Manthan. In Maharashtra, devotees go round the burrows (snake hole) and sing songs in praise of snake gods. Furthermore, Manasa plant symbolizing the Goddess Mansa is also worshipped on this day. It is not only worshiped in the month of Shravan, but also in the month of Bhadra.

In Karnataka, the preparation for the festival starts on the New Moon day of Bhima Amavasya, which is five days prior to the festival of Panchami. The festival is celebrated within the boundaries of the house. The devotees offer raw milk and green Bananas. Girls offer prayers to the images made with white clay and painted with white dots. During the ritual, they offer prayers and take a vow by tying a thread dipped in turmeric paste on their right wrist. An image of snake is drawn on the floor in front of the house and milk is offered as a religious offering. Before one night of the festival, they complete the fast or take a salt free diet. After Puja, a delicious feast is held.

It is observed that if Nag-Panchami is celebrated every year with devotion and gaiety, then snakes bestow the person with good health, wealth and happiness. However, if snakes are unhappy or angry, they make you sick and no medicine can heal your from pain or suffering.

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Weekly Horoscope (13 - 19 August 2018)

Surprises round the corner for 4 lucky Zodiac Signs! Read weekly horoscope and know what your stars have in store for you. Also know how different aspects of your life will flourish this week.


This week seems to be highly beneficial for the natives of Taurus, Cancer, Libra, and Aquarius. With the influence of planetary transits and Nakshatras, happiness will grace the lives of these people. At the same time, lives of the natives of other signs will go on as usual.

Furthermore, this week is quite significant from astrological, religious and cultural point of view. On August 15, 2018, it will be the 72nd Independence Day of our country, which will be celebrated with patriotism and enthusiasm. On the same day, festival of Nag Panchami will also occur. On August 17, Sun will transit in Leo and influence the lives of the natives of various Zodiac signs differently.

Today, the first day of the week, is beginning with Hariyali Teej festival. At the same time, it will be the third Monday of Sawan month. To know more, read: Sawan Somvar Vrat Puja Vidhi and Its Religious Importance

Now, take a look at below predictions for all 12 signs to know what surprises might be there in store for them this week:


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ARIES


Direct your energy towards accomplishing various tasks ahead. Your presence would...Read More

TAURUS


You may feel disappointment for not getting the desired output of your hard work. But...Read More

GEMINI


Your health may become upset in this period, so you are recommended to...Read More

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CANCER


You will get complete support of your younger siblings. However...Read More

LEO


This week, you may remain quite busy. As a result, you will not be able to spend...Read More

VIRGO


You would have to work extra hard as senior officials have their eyes on you, however...Read More


LIBRA


You may invest your savings in your work, and if you are a business person, this action would prove to be...Read More

SCORPIO


Ups and downs may occur at work, and it also seems be a possibility that you may plan to...Read More

SAGITTARIUS


You may feel upset this week. The reason being that you may feel disappointed...Read More


CAPRICORN


This week, ups and downs will be a part of your life. Pay attention to your health as well. However...Read More

AQUARIUS


Good income is a possibility this week. However, you may suffer from...Read More

PISCES


You will remain quite busy this week. As a result, you may spend less...Read More

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Hariyali Teej Tomorrow, Know its Significance

Know rituals and legends of Hariyali Teej! Also know how to appease Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati. Follow the celebration of Hariyali Teej with enthusiasm and fanfare.


This year, Hariyali Teej or Madhushrava Teej will occur on 13th August 2018, i.e. tomorrow on Monday. The festival of Hariyali teej is celebrated for marital bliss and well-being of the families. There are three teej festivals that are celebrated across Northern India. As per Hindu Calendar, Hariyali Teej, Kajari Teej and Hartalika Teej occur in Sawan and Bhadrapad months. It is observed that women in the states of Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Haryana, Rajasthan and Bihar celebrate Teej with great gaiety and fanfare. On this auspicious day of Sawan, colorful ethnic wear, sumptuous sweets like Ghevar and fasting mark the celebrations of the unification of Lord Shiva and Goddess Parvati.


As per Hindu Calendar, Hariyali Teej will occur tomorrow on 13th August, while Kajri Teej will be celebrated on 29th August. Kajari Teej or Badi Teej is celebrated 15 days after Hariyali Teej or Choti Teej. In Rajasthan, processions of Teej Mata are taken on the streets, songs are sung and dances are performed. This day marks as the official holiday in Haryana and Government also organises several functions. There is also a tradition for women to enjoy swings. In Chandigarh, students perform plays and cultural programs and Chandigarh government makes special arrangements in Rock Garden for Teej celebration. In Punjab, all girls and women gather and perform Gidda and visit their families.

Women in the states of Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh and Bihar, celebrate the festival of Teej with great joy and enthusiasm. 

Legend Associated with Hariyali Teej


Teej is a festival that symbolizes the reunion of Shiva and his wife Parvati. According to Hindu mythology, on this auspicious day, Parvati came to Shiva’s abode, marking the union of husband and wife. It shows the sacrifice of a wife to win the heart and soul of her husband. This festival marks the celebration of well-being of spouse, children and personal purification.

Goddess Parvati observed a fast for around 108 years in order to prove her love and devotion for Lord Shiva, before he considered her as his wife. According to some scriptures, she was born 107 times before she take the birth of Parvati, and at her 108th birth, she was granted the boon to be the wife of Lord Shiva because of her dedication, perseverance and penance over many births. Hence, the festival of Teej is celebrated to salute the devotion of Parvati, who is also often called as ‘Teej Mata’.


The Mythological Significance of Hariyali Teej


It is believed that on this day, Lord Shiva accepted Goddess Parvati as his wife after she fasted for him for many years. There are Legend which says that she prayed and took 108 births to be Lord Shiva’s wife. Goddess Parvati is also known as Teej Mata. The union took place on the third day of Shukla Paksha in the month of Shravan.

There is a tradition of sending a basket of gift called ‘Sindhara’ to the daughter and her in-laws by her parents. The gift contains Henna cones, new bangles, homemade sweets and ghewar. Because of the Hindu tradition of sending Sindhara, Hariyali Teej is also known as Sindhara Teej. The day is also called as Choti Teej or Shravan Teej. On the other hand, the Teej that falls after 15 days of Hariyali Teej is known as Badi Teej. 

Celebration of Teej


  • On this auspicious day, married couples visit Lord Shiva temple and offer red flowers to him. They also offer Bhog, Solah Shringar and pray for their happy married life.
  • As per Hindu culture, parents of married women send a basket to their daughters on Teej, known as Sindhara, which is full of fruits, ghevar, mehndi cone and bangles.
  • On this day, the atmosphere is filled with traditional songs of Teej, and women decked up in ethnic wear especially in green colored clothes. They put on a bindi, wear anklets, bangles, mehndi (henna) and do all Solah Shringar. 
  • In rural areas, groups of girls and women gather around swings and enjoy the beautiful greenery and weather of Sawan month. 
  • Women observe a fast during the day, decked up traditionally and offer prayer to the Lord Moon in the evening. 
  • A special puja is performed to worship the lord moon with curd, milk and flowers. Religious hymns are chanted and songs are sungs.

AstroSage wishes our readers a blissfully happy hariyali Teej!
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Surya Grahan Today, Read Horoscope Predictions

Special Benefits for 4 Zodiac Signs! Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) will occur today in the afternoon. Read here to know its timings, Sutak Kaal and predictions for the natives of all 12 signs.


The third and last Solar Eclipse of the year is occurring today on August 11, 2018. It will be a partial Solar Eclipse, and will be visible in North East Europe, North America, North West Asia and other countries. Sutak Kaal and religious significance of the eclipse will be valid in these regions.

Surya Grahan (August 11, 2018)
TimeTypeVisibility
From 1:32:08 PM till 5:00:40 PM (as per IST)Partial Solar EclipseNortheast Europe, North West Asia, North America, Atlantic and Arctic regions

Note: This partial Solar Eclipse will not be visible in India and therefore, its Sutak timings and religious significance will not be considered here.


Astrological Impact of Surya Grahan


This Solar Eclipse is occurring in Ashlesha Nakshatra and Cancer. Ashlesha is the Nakshatra of Mercury and Cancer is ruled by Moon. Therefore, the people associated with both these Nakshatra and Sign may face the malefic effects of Surya Grahan. With the eclipse occuring during Ashlesha, lawyers, politicians, teachers, astrologers, Chemical Engineers, chemists and businesspersons may face its adverse effects. As Cancer is a water sign and ruled by Moon, therefore, the native of this sign may also face mental and water related problems.

Horoscope Predictions for Surya Grahan


  • Aries: There is a possibility of success in certain aspects such as job and business. New sources of income will be achieved. Progress in career is also predicted. You will feel elated as well.
  • Taurus: Your social status will grow along with monetary gains. You will feel happy with support from your loved ones and friends. You will also feel happy with success in every activity.
  • Gemini: You may have to go away from your family due to some work or other reasons. You may feel mentally stress due to increase in your problems. Additionally, less income and more expenses would also create problems for you. You may suffer from health issues as well.
  • Cancer: Increase in stress may affect your personal and professional life. Drive carefully and not speedily. Do not ignore your health.
  • Leo: Due to some reason, you may engage in a dispute or argument with your family members. You are advised to be patient in such situations and talk in a controlled manner. Financial situation will remain as usual.
  • Virgo: Siblings will support you in every situation. Short trips are likely. Courage and strength will increase in you. Your interests in business will lead you to success.
  • Libra: Instability and restlessness may affect your life for a while. Problems in family life may occur. Your mother’s health may also decline.
  • Scorpio: Students may feel lack of concentration while studying. Misunderstandings may lead to problems in relationship with your beloved. There may occur differences of thoughts between you and your children, and their health may also get affected. Your income and growth may pace slowly in this period.
  • Sagittarius: You will get success in every task related to job and business. This will make you elated and happy. You will prosper in your domain. You will also dominate your opponents.
  • Capricorn: You may have to face some problems in your marital life. There are chances of arguments with your spouse. Misunderstandings may also lead to disputes with your business partner. Your spouse may have to struggle to get success in their working domain.
  • Aquarius: Sudden money losses and disgrace to your honor may disappoint you. Face or skin related problems may also occur. Constant problems may cause difficulties for you.
  • Pisces: Increase in stress may affect your health. Long journeys may prove troublesome for you. Certain issues at home may lead to difference of thoughts between you and your father. You may have to struggle for getting success and respect.


Surya Grahan Sutak Kaal


As we have already discussed that this partial Solar Eclipse will not be visible in India, therefore, its Sutak timings and religious significance will not be considered here. However, following activities are prohibited in Sutak period:
  • Worshipping idols or touching them, eating and drinking is prohibited and considered inauspicious during Sutak and Eclipse period.
  • It is highly beneficial to chant mantra during Sutak and Surya Grahan period.
  • These traditional rules of Sutak period are not applicable on helpless and sick people, elders, children and pregnant women.
  • Do not eat food. Only if it is necessary, then take milk, fruit, juice or Sattvic meal. Also avoid preparing food in this period.

Do’s and Don’ts during Surya Grahan


It is believed that negative energies become stronger during an eclipse, which affect humans negatively. Therefore as per religious beliefs, it is important to follow certain things during Solar Eclipse to avoid its malefic effects.
  • Put some Basil leaves in cooked meal, and in milk and curd before eclipse begins. This negates the effect of Surya Grahan on edible items.
  • Eat your food before and not during the eclipse.
  • Do not perform Puja or touch idols of deities, Tulsi and Shami plant.
  • Pregnant women should avoid activities such as cutting, sewing and peeling.
  • Avoid using a knife, scissor or needle.
  • Chant Surya Mantra and ruminate the name of God during this period.

Things to Do after Surya Grahan


  • Take a bath after Eclipse and also bathe the idols of the deities.
  • Sprinkle Gangajal over Tulsi and Shami plant.
  • Donate things to the poor and needy after Grahan.

This will be the last Solar Eclipse of the year. Next Year in 2019, again you will see 3 Solar Eclipses. Among them, first will be seen on January 6, 2019. Surya Grahan is a celestial phenomenon with special astrological significance. Its influence on human life and around the world is seen for quite some time.

AstroSage wishes you a very bright future.
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