Monday, November 14, 2016

Kartik Purnima Today

Are you all geared-up for the celebration of the most eminent Purnima of all-Kartik Purnima? Kartik Purnima, also known as Dev Diwali or Tripuri Purnima, is the full moon day occurring in the Hindu month of Kartik. This auspicious day provides us with many reasons to celebrate it with much piety and zeal. Read on to know more of this felicitous day and how to make the most of it !

Kartik PurnimaNovember 14, 2016Monday

हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहाँ क्लिक करें

Kartik Purnima, also widely known as Dev Diwali or Tripuri Purnima falls on the full moon day in the month of Kartik. This day is particularly celebrated with much enthusiasm as it has many legends associated with it. According to the scriptures, on Kartik Purnima, a demon called Tripura was defeated by Lord Shiva. Mainly, Lord Kartikeya is worshipped on this day along with Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva. 

This year, Kartik Purnima will be celebrated on the 14th of November. 


The day of Prabodhini Ekadashi is of particular importance when we talk about Kartik Purnima. As per the scriptures, Chaturmas, Lord Vishnu’s four month long sleep terminated on Prabodhini Ekadashi. Prabodhini Ekadashi marks the onset of many festivities in different parts of India. Many fairs, expos and carnivals begin on Prabodhini Ekadashi and last till Kartik Purnima. 

On Kartik Purnima, devotees perform Kartik Snaan, which is a holy bath to be taken on the eve of Kartik Purnima. Kartik Snaan is performed twice, at sunrise and at moonrise on Kartik Purnima. After the evening Kartik Snaan, devotees perform prayers for Lord Vishnu, Lord Shiva, Lord Brahma, Angira Rishi, Lord Surya and Lord Kartikeya. Also, Satyanarayan Katha can be performed on this auspicious day. 

Holy food called Annakoot is offered to God, post all the rituals and prayers. On the day of Kartik Purnima, any sort of violence, shaving, cutting of hair, cutting of trees, plucking of fruits and flowers, crop harvest and sexual union are strictly barred. Making donations, especially of cows, feeding Brahmins and observing fast, on this felicitous day, is believed to be prosperous. Endowment of Gold on Kartik Purnima is believed to be opportune. 

To acknowledge the night of Dev Diwali, lamps are lit in temples for the entire night. In this duration, all temples, places of worship and the Ghats of Varanasi are decorated magnificently. Lighting 360 lamps or 720 wicks at the place of worship of Kartik Purnima is believed to provide Moksha to the doer. In this process of lighting lamps, 360 lamps or 720 wicks symbolise the 360 days and nights of the year. 

On this day, Diyas and lamps are given to priests and flown in water. This day is also known as Kartika Diparatna as the lamps bear the radiance of vividly-hued gems. Areas around sacred plants and trees such as Tulsi, Amla and the sacred Fig are also kept well lit and decorated. According to popular beliefs, by seeing the holy light of these lamps and Diyas birds, animals and other living creatures will attain liberation from this mortal world.


Kartik Purnima is also known to be the day of birth of Matsya which is an incarnation of Lord Vishnu in the form of a fish. Lord Kartikeya, the God of War and son of Lord Shiva, is known to share his birthday with Matsya. Also, Vrinda, the incarnation of Tulsi is believed to be born on Kartik Purnima. 

Kartik Purnima has special significance for the devotees of Lord Krishna and Goddess Radha. As per popular beliefs, on this day, Lord Krishna had adored Goddess Radha and consummated the act of Rasalila with her. 

Apart from these events, Kartik Purnima is also dedicated to Pitrs, the dead ancestors.


Though performing Maha Mrityunjaya Havan is considered to be auspicious on the day of Purnima but it is not religiously practised. The Havan begins by building a Havan Kund and placing firewood in it. Gradually Ghee is added to the burning fire while chanting the Mantra. The Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra is used to pray to Lord Shiva. 

Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra 
Om Tryambakam Yajamahe |
Sugandhim Pushti-Vardhanam ||
Urvarukamiva Bandhanan |
Mrityor Moksheeya Maamritat ||

Chanting ‘Om Swaha’ 108 times after chanting the Mantra winds up the Mrityunjaya Havan.

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2016: Honor The Founder Of Sikhism

The auspicious festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti, celebrated by Sikhs residing all over the globe will be celebrated on 14th November this year. The positive vision of Guru Nanak towards life, made a difference in the ideology of the people. His selfless approach towards humanity and his preachings made him the 1st Sikh Guru. It is on his birthday that people celebrate the festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti

We at AstroSage, wish you a very Happy Kartik Purnima !

May this Kartik Purnima and grace your life with prosperity, happiness and abundance !

Guru Nanak Jayanti Today - Honor The Founder Of Sikhism

The auspicious festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated by Sikhs residing all over the globe. This year it will be celebrated on 14th November. His positive vision towards life, made a difference in the ideology of the people. His selfless approach towards humanity and his preachings made him the 1st Sikh Guru. It is on his birthday that people celebrate the festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti. Let’s learn more about this alluring festival.

Guru Nanak Jayanti also known as Gurpurab is celebrated with a great enthusiasm by Sikh community. In this article, we will share with you the history behind this festival and the reason why it is celebrated. Refer to the article below and observe strongly, the glory of this festival.

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2016: The Background

The auspicious festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti famously known as Prakash Utsav and Gurpurab is celebrated by the disciples of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in the entire world. Though this festival is mainly celebrated by Sikhs, apart from them Nanak Panthi Hindus also follow this festival. The birth of 10 Sikh gurus is regarded as Gurpurab and it is celebrated with great interest globally. 

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2016: About Guru Nanak

The first Guru of Sikhs, Guru Nanak incepted Sikhism. It was on April 15, 1469 when he was born in Rai-Bhoi-Di Talwandi, which is now at Sheikhupura, a district of Pakistan and now known as Nankana Sahib. Guru Nanak Dev ji’s birthday is celebrated on Kartik Purnima (Full Moon night in Hindu month Kartik), as per the traditional Hindu lunar calendar. The Gregorian Calendar shows that Guru Nanak’s birthday falls in the month of November. The relation between Lunatic Calendar and Gregorian Calendar is such that the date changes every year. 

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2016: The Festival

Guru Nanak Jayanti is celebrated with a great devotion all over the world. The celebration is similar everywhere, only the chants may differ depending on the region. To begin with the celebration, Prabhat Pheri is conducted. It is a ritual in which people sing hymns on the street at 4 A.M. and they greet other Sikh families. It is vibrant and musical. Those who conduct Prabhat Pheri, begins it from Gurudwara. Sikhs follow it religiously and they spread enlightenment by singing beautiful canticles and also by lighting lamps.

Two days prior to the festival, Akhand Path is organized in most of the Gurudwaras. The preachers recite Guru Granth Sahib continuously for 48 hours. Nagar Kirtans are arranged a day before the festival. It is an assembly lead by Panj Pyares. For those of you who are not aware of Panj Pyare, read the following details.

Panj Pyare implies 5 beloved. As mentioned in the history, Guru Nanak inducted 5 men as Panj Pyares.It has been followed since then that 5 men are elected as Panj Pyare. Subtly, they are regarded as the most authentic protectors of the religion. 

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2016: Legend Behind The Evolution Of Panj Pyare

It was the day when many Sikhs assembled as per the invitation given to them by Guru Nanak Dev Ji. He wanted to know who was brave enough, to sacrifice their life for the betterment of mankind. He announced it as an act of honor. The man who can sacrifice his life exemplifies that death cannot haunt them. One man volunteered and he was accompanied by Guru Nanak to the tent. He came out with the blood spilled all over his sword. He then asked for more volunteers and every time he came out with blood on his sword. This process came to an end after he took the 5th man inside the tent. Later, he came out with all five men by his side and they were not at all hurt. He sprinkled holy water on them and announced them as the purest men ever to walk on the face of earth. These 5 men were given the status of Panj Pyare. Guru Nanak then asked them to sprinkle holy water at him too. Since then it has become a ritual to chose 5 pure people, who are then given a distinction of Panj Pyare.

Guru Nanak Jayanti 2016: Nagar Kirtan

One of the prime events of the festival of Guru Nanak Jayanti includes Nagar Kirtan. This procession is lead by The Panj Pyares. They hold a flag called Nishan Sahib and Palki of Guru Granth Sahib. A team of other devotees sing chants in chorus, as they follow the Panj Pyares. They also showcase various arts, like mock battles which involves weapons and martial arts. The event signifies the strength of the Sikh community. 

Many other such events are celebrated during the course of Guru Nanak Jayanti. The Sikhs participate in all these preparations with great enthusiasm and they add more power to the festival. It is one of the most auspicious festival. You will only learn more about it once you will experience it yourself. So make your presence felt at the celebrations of Guru Nanak Jayanti 2016.

Sunday, November 13, 2016

Weekly Horoscope 2016 (November 14 - 20)

Plan your week with this Weekly horoscope 2016, from November 14 to 20. Read the predictions below given by our panel’s expert. Also, read the remedies given. 

Note: Weekly horoscope is based on your Moon sign. Know your moon sign by clicking here: Moon sign calculator


Arians, a good health will be maintained throughout the week. In the mid-week you may go on a trip. The long hauled projects related to family, can be completed now. This is the correct time. During this, workload might increase, but with this, fame and success will also knock the doors. 

Love Prediction: Though this week is predicted to be pleasant for love relations, minor carelessness might lead to quarrels with your partner this week. Onset of the week will give you ample opportunities to stay in touch with your beloved. Mid week is also predicted to be blissful. This week would be a good time to enjoy leisure activities and entertainment together. Week is expected to end on a happy note. 

Fortune Star: 3/5

Remedy/Treatment: Keep some precaution with the love partner at the weekend.

Click here to know more about your sign: Aries zodiac sign


Taureans, in professional life, favorable time is foreseen. But, only if you do hard work. More than handful of income will be received which might result in increase of expenses. While your health looks stable. Some small trips with friends is possible. Chances are there that you might turn yourself towards the path of spirituality. 

Love Prediction: This week would be a good time to celebrate the bond you share with your beloved. Though keep a tab on your stubbornness. Keep a check on your sensual behaviour and thoughts this week. This week might have a slightly dull start. You might not get to meet your partner as much as you might want to but by the middle of the week you will get opportunities to enjoy fine dining in each others company. Weekend might urge you to spend some quality time together. 

Fortune Star: 3.5/5

Remedy/Treatment: Stay calm and avoid feeling stressed, you can also try Yoga or meditation for the same.

Click here to know more about your sign: Taurus zodiac sign


Geminis, your professional life will start with a good note. This week you will be able to surpass all the barriers. In order to get the desired result, you need to be calm. According to your cards, you will spend your most of the time in socializing online. Children will become the reason behind your happiness. Lastly, natives who are from journalism will reap success. 

Love Prediction: This week can be expected to fare well as far as your love relations are concerned. It would be a good time to promote your love relation to a marital one. Try to maintain the faith on each other as mutual trust is the foundation of any relationship. The beginning of the week is predicted to be blissful for you. By the mid of the week your relationship might feel a bit dull but weekend will come with a promise of bringing back the lost charm and romance in your bond with your beloved. 

Fortune Star: 3/5

Remedy/Treatment: Save time for important things.

Click here to know more about your sign: Gemini zodiac sign


Cancerians, this week is a blend of favorable and unfavorable outcomes. Luck ratings are also good. You will be able to enjoy your love life now. As it will provide you joy and happiness. Your bank balance will now increase. It is suggested to have patience and avoid being egoistic. The Mantra for you is to Yoga on daily basis.

Love Prediction: Abstaining from quarrels with your lover would heighten the love in your relation. Trying to maintain the peace and harmony in your relation this week would be of utmost importance to you. Those in love with a colleague of theirs are predicted to enjoy the onset of the week the most. Middle of the week promises to induce your relation with love and understanding. Weekend can be expected to be pleasant and fun-filled. Try to maintain the decorum of your relationship this week. 

Fortune Star: 2.5/5

Remedy/Treatment: Perform Yoga for the peace of mind.

Click here to know more about your sign: Cancer zodiac sign


Lions, get happy, this week you will receive an ample amount of income. Couples who are married, are likely to receive presents from in laws. Office goers will do great in whatever task they perform. Whereas, in domestic life some problems from children might come up. This week is suggesting you to believe in yourself. Lastly, love birds will have a cherishable moments. 

Love Prediction: This week might be a little unpleasant for those who are romantically involved with someone from a different caste. The week is expected to have a blissful beginning. Try to plan a trip with your beloved to enhance your spiritual self. Middle of the week is predicted to be joyous. Those in love with a colleague will be able to enjoy this week fully. Weekend can be expected to end on a happy note. 

Fortune Star: 3/5

Remedy/Treatment: Don’t think too much about anything. Just believe in yourself.

Click here to know more about your sign: Leo zodiac sign


Virgonians, the beginning of the week looks very fine. However, in the mid-week, you have to think about some matters seriously. You will observe progress this week. This week you might get a chance to meet some old friend. Your love life will be spent in peace along with the bonding getting stronger. 

Love Prediction: Try to keep a tab on your egoistic self this week and keep a watch on your conduct with your beloved. Abstaining from abrupt lashing out and immoral behaviour will give you good results this week. Try to maintain the decorum of your relationship during the onset of the week. Middle of the week and weekend can be expected to fare well. You will be able to establish an equilibrium between your work and your love life this week.

Fortune Star: 3.5/5

Remedy/Treatment: Don’t get stressed about the problems in relationship. Things will get fine in few days.

Click here to know more about your sign: Virgo zodiac sign


Librans, this week will turn you religious. You will gain a good reputation in the society. In your cards, it is clearly foreseen that money will enter your life. In professional life, some ups and downs might be possible. Your expenses might go up, so have control. The long pending work will get resolved now. 

Love Prediction: You might feel easily irritable this week for some unknown reason. Steering clear from irritation and abrupt mood swings would give you good results this week. The onset of the week can be expected to be quite pleasant for you. Married couples will be able to make the most of this week. Middle of the week might seem a wee bit dull but the weekend is predicted to be fun-filled. You will be able to acknowledge and enjoy the love and romance in your relationship this week. 

Fortune Star: 2.5/5

Remedy/Treatment: Daily expenses will increase but try to control them. 

Click here to know more about your sign: Libra zodiac sign


Scorpions, favourable results are foreseen if you work extremely hard. This week your financial matters are required to be taken seriously. Whereas, mid-week seems very much favourable. You might plan a journey, which will help you to gain profits. If you work hard, you will certainly achieve success. 

Love Prediction: Try to prioritise your family and love relationship equally this week. This week is predicted to be bitter-sweet for your love relation. Try not to indulge in any discussion related to your love affair with your family members this week. You might get involved in light tiffs with your partner during the onset of the week. Middle of the week is expected to fare well for you. Though weekend might seem a little drab. Try to maintain the decorum of your relationship by the end of the week. 

Fortune Star: 3/5

Remedy/Treatment: Someone from your family might keep an eye on you so be alert. 

Click here to know more about your sign: Scorpio zodiac sign


Sagittarians, this week is a bag of mixed result. If any problem is going on in your married life, then it will likely to get over. Though business life does not seem to be okay. On some situations you might feel stressed. Thus, acting calm will help. With siblings in the house, some quarrels are likely to arise. The suggestion for you is stay focussed on your work, weekend will be enjoyable. 

Love Prediction: This week is predicted to be refreshing and cheerful for your love relation. You would be at the peak of your romantic self. Though, tiffs originating from ego can be expected with your beloved. The week will begin on a positive note. You might experience maturity and stability in your love relation this week. Middle of the week might urge to get involved in squabbles with your partner while the weekend is expected to be a wee bit drab. Try to maintain the decorum of your relationship during weekend. 

Fortune Star: 3/5

Remedy/Treatment: You might get discouraged, but it will be great if you can keep patience.

Click here to know more about your sign: Sagittarius zodiac sign


Capricorns, week will start with a big bang. Your plans will get successful and will help you to achieve profits. In the mid week, you might feel adventurous and would like to do something adventurous. This week, your relations will improve and happiness will be achieved. Be cautious, chances of getting deceived by someone is possible. 

Love Prediction: Try to refrain from indulging in unnecessary arguments with your beloved this week. Your week might have an emotional beginning. Work and stress at home might keep you away from your beloved this week. Mid of the week can be expected to be pleasant. The week is predicted to end on a happy note. Your efforts to keep your partner happy and satisfied will pan out well. Married couples will be able to make the most of this week. 

Fortune Star: 3/5

Remedy/Treatment: Don’t trust anyone with a blindfold. Stay cautious.

Click here to know more about your sign: Capricorn zodiac sign


Aquarians, promotions are in the cards. Also, you might experience some profitable journeys this week. Just make sure to have control on your anger. Aquarians, who are pursuing their qualifications needs to have focus. An argument with soulmate might occur. Thus, be careful. You are advised to drive carefully in order to avoid mishappenings. 

Love Prediction: Work pressure might keep you away from your beloved this week. Onset of the week will give you ample of opportunities to spend quality time with your beloved. You might get to meet your partner and indulge in leisure and entertainment with them during the middle of the week as well. Meeting and spending time with your lover will fill you up with delight and contentment. Weekend is predicted to be pleasant and upbeat. Withhold from indulging in unnecessary arguments with your beloved.

Fortune Star: 3/5

Remedy/Treatment: Don’t let ego or anger come in between your relationship; otherwise a bad tiff is possible.

Click here to know more about your sign: Aquarius zodiac sign


Pisceans, in the beginning of the week some challenges might be faced. Electronics gadgets that connects you from other might be a troublesome. In the mid-week things are looking great. You might plan a date for movie or dinner with your soulmate. It would be great if you maintain the distance from betting. Just show your talent and make others crazy for you. 

Love Prediction: This week can be expected to be favourable for your love relation. You might treat yourself and your lover with a nice romantic meal. Indulging in entertainment and leisure activities with your love partner is also on the cards. Do not plan to meet your beloved under risky conditions during the middle of the week. Weekend is predicted to be pleasant. If you have just gotten into a love relationship, then try to keep a tab on your emotional self this week.

Fortune Star: 3/5

Remedy/Treatment: Avoid driving after drinking.

Click here to know more about your sign: Pisces zodiac sign

Love Horoscope is exclusively by Pt. Hanumman Mishra

Friday, November 11, 2016

Dev Uthani Ekadashi 2016 Muhurat

Dev Uthani Ekadashi is a day devoted to Lord Vishnu. As per popular beliefs, Lord Vishnu woke up on this day after sleeping on Dev Shayani Ekadashi. Read on to know more about this auspicious day !

Ekadashi Tithi begins11:21 AM10 November 2016
Ekadashi Tithi Ends09:12 AM11 November 2016
Ekadashi Parana Muhurat06:41 AM to 08:51 AM12 November 2016

Dev Uthani Ekadashi

Dev Uthani Ekadashi or Prabodhini Ekadashi is believed to be a very propitious day. Prabodhini Ekadashi, literally meaning ‘the awakening eleventh’, is celebrated on the Ekadashi tithi of Shukla Paksha in the month of Kartik. This day is devoted to Lord Vishnu and is celebrated to acknowledge the end of his sleep which had begun on Dev Shayani Ekadashi. The legend associated with this day has given it many names like Dev Uthani Ekadashi, Dev-Prabodhini and Deothan. 

Dev Uthani Ekadashi: Date & Timing

This year, Dev Uthani Ekadashi will be celebrated on the 10th of November which is the Ekadashi tithi of Shukla Paksha of the month of Kartik. The fast of Dev Uthani Ekadashi should ideally be broken at Parana Muhurat and should be terminated by Dwadashi Tithi which falls on the succeeding day. 

The Muhurat timing for Ekadashi Parana Muhurat is 06:41 AM to 08:51 AM on 12 November 2016. Ekadashi Tithi begins at 11:21 AM on 10 November 2016. Ekadashi Tithi Ends at 09:12 AM on 11 November 2016. 

Dev Uthani Ekadashi: Legend 

According to the popular legend, the irregular sleeping pattern of Lord Vishnu was leading to a lot of problems on Prithvi Lok and for the Devas. Sometimes Lord Vishnu would sleep for days incessantly and sometimes he wouldn’t sleep at all. This made Goddess Lakshmi upset and concerned. Because of Lord Vishnu’s erratic sleeping pattern Devas had to wait for days to meet him. Moreover, the Asuras were taking advantage of this fact and were spreading Adharma on Prithvi Lok. After consistent requests by Goddess Lakshmi, Lord Vishnu decided to come up with a solution for this problem. 

In the meantime, Devas informed Lord Vishnu of the theft of Vedas by a demon called Sankhyayan. After fighting for days on end, Lord Vishnu defeated Sankhyayan and got back the Vedas from him. After the exhausting fight and reacquisition of Vedas, Lord Vishnu slept on Ashadha Ekadashi for four months uninterruptedly and woke up on Kartik Ekadashi. Hence, the day of Kartik Ekadashi is also known as Prabodhini Ekadashi. This legend gave birth to the celebrations of Dev Uthani Ekadashi. 

Dev Uthani Ekadashi: Celebration

On the day of Dev Uthani Ekadashi, devotees take a holy bath, early in the morning, and perform the ritual of marriage of Tulsi plant and Lord Vishnu. This ritual is also called Tulsi Vivah

The fast of Prabodhini Ekadashi begins on Dashmi, a day before Ekadashi, and continues till Dwadashi, which is the day after the day of Ekadashi. The fast should be broken on Dwadashi, as per the Parana Muhurat.

Dev Uthani Ekadashi: Significance

It is believed that Dev Uthani Ekadashi is one of the ways to attain salvation. If one celebrates Dev Uthani Ekadashi with utmost sincerity and follows all the rituals with absolute devotion, then he/she will receive Moksha after death and will be able to reach Vishnu Lok. The day of Dev Uthani Ekadashi is also known to have the boon to give Moksha to the souls of one’s ancestors.

This day is observed in different ways all over the country. Let’s take a look at a few of them:

Dev Uthani Ekadashi: Maharashtra

In Maharashtra, the day of Dev Uthani is devoted to a reincarnation of Lord Vishnu, Lord Vithoba. This day is celebrated with much fervor at Pandharpur where devotees assemble in huge numbers for a period of five days. The prayers and festivities held at Pandharpur are also known as Sarkari Puja.

Dev Uthani Ekadashi: Rajasthan

In Rajasthan, Dev Uthani Ekadashi takes a more fun avatar. Devotees celebrate this auspicious day in the form of Pushkar Mela at Pushkar in Rajasthan. The festivities beginning on Ekadashi end by Kartik Purnima. Pushkar Mela is organised to worship Lord Brahma and to put together Asia’s largest Camel Fair. It is believed that taking a holy bath in Pushkar lake on this particular day brings one closer to attaining Moksha. 

Dev Uthani Ekadashi: Gujarat

In Gujarat, it is believed that Lord Vishnu resides around Mt. Girnar during Dev Uthani Ekadashi. Hence, the devotees organise a two day long parikrama around the mountain to pay their respect and ardor. Every year, about 80,000 devotees gather around Mt. Girnar for worshipping Lord Vishnu on this particular day.

Make the most of this Dev Uthani Ekadashi by performing all the rituals with utmost dedication and at accurate Muhurats. May Lord Vishnu bless you with his choicest blessings!

We at Astrosage, wish you a very Happy Dev Uthani Ekadashi!

Tulsi Vivah Today

The solemn marriage of Lord Vishnu with Tulsi plant, known as Tulsi Vivah, marks the beginning of the Hindu wedding season. So gear up for the upcoming festivities and read on to know more about the rituals and celebrations associated with this day !

Tulsi Vivah is the nuptial bond between Lord Vishnu and the Tulsi plant, also called the Holy Basil. Tulsi literally means something that’s unexampled. In Hinduism, Tulsi plant has a particular and an incomparable significance. No Hindu household is believed to be complete without a Tulsi plant at the entrance. It is believed that by planting it at the entrance of the house, one makes way for positive energy and good fortune to come in. 

This year, Tulsi Vivah will be celebrated on the 11th of November. 

As per the popular belief, Tulsi is considered to be a personification of Goddess Lakshmi, the beloved of Lord Vishnu. The ceremony of Tulsi Vivah can be carried out anytime between Prabodhini Ekadashi and Kartik Purnima, in the Hindu month of Kartik. This ceremony not only acknowledges the marital bond between Lord Vishnu and the Tulsi plant but also marks the end of Monsoon season and the onset of Hindu wedding season. Apart from the spiritual associations, the Tulsi plant has innumerable medicinal qualities as well. The Tulsi plant is known to cure a myriad of mental and physical diseases.


According to the customs, Tulsi Vivah is performed on the subsequent day after Kartik Ekadashi. Performing Tulsi Vivah endows the doer with the opportunity of performing Kanyadaan, as per popular beliefs. 

The ritual of Tulsi Vivah begins with dressing up the Tulsi plant in red clothes and bedecking her with ornaments, just as a bride. A stone or an image of Lord Vishnu is used to portray the groom. Then the bride and groom are tied together lightly by a cotton thread, symbolizing the gathbandhan of the couple. This is followed by the Mantra Ucharan and the marriage is solemnized by sprinkling vermillion mixed rice on the holy couple of Shaligram (the stone avatar of Lord Vishnu) and Tulsi. 

On the occasion of Tulsi Vivah, a special vegetarian meal is prepared to put forth as an offering to Shaligram and Tulsi. The felicitous day marks the onset of the Hindu wedding season.


There are many different legends linked to Tulsi Vivah. As per one of the legends, Tulsi was born as Vrinda, an incarnation of Goddess Lakshmi, and was married to a demon king called Jalandhar. As she could do nothing to stop her husband from doing bad deeds, she prayed regularly to nullify the adverse effects of his actions and ensure his safety from the Devas. But Jalandhar’s end was inevitable. To avoid breaking Vrinda’s heart, on the request of all Devas, Lord Vishnu took the form of Jalandhar and began living with Vrinda. On finding out the truth, Vrinda cursed Lord Vishnu and to punish him, changed him into a stone called Shaligram. She also cursed him to face separation from his wife in his next birth as Lord Rama. Vrinda couldn’t bear the death of her husband and collapsed to take the form of Tulsi plant from her remains. Since then the ritual of using Tulsi leaves while worshipping Lord Vishnu came into existence. As she was adored by Lord Vishnu, every year their holy union is celebrated as Tulsi Vivah. 

According to another legend, Lord Krishna once fell in love with a princess who was an incarnation of Tulsi. When Lord Krishna’s beloved found out about this she cursed Tulsi.

In another legend, at an auspicious event, Lord Krishna’s wife Satyabhama insisted on weighing him against gold and donating all of it. In spite of putting all the gold against Lord Krishna, he still weighed more than the gold. Seeing this, Lord Krishna’s other wife Rukmani suggested to put a Tulsi leaf on the gold pan. The gold pan immediately outweighed Lord Krishna. 


Tulsi plant and Tulsi Pujan is an integral part of every Hindu household. Tulsi plant is known to have countless medicinal traits apart from its spiritual facet as per which the Holy Basil is considered to be a Hindu Goddess. 

The Tulsi plant ebbs the pollution levels and purifies the air. Apart from being a purifier, this plant is also a mosquito and flies repellent. Also, Tulsi oil is an antidote to common health issues such as headaches, common cold and cough. 

Before planting Tulsi, the place or the pot is cleaned thoroughly. After putting the plant in its place, its leaves are smeared with Kumkum. Women light Diyas around Tulsi and perform Arti either at dawn or at dusk. 

In Indian culture, a parallel is often drawn between the characteristics of a woman and that of Tulsi. A woman is believed to be a personification of Tulsi with all its virtues and misery. Women worship the Holy Basil with utmost devotion and sincerity. 

Tulsi Vivah is celebrated each year with much joy and fervor, especially amongst women. 

We at AstroSage, wish you a very Happy Tulsi Vivah !

Let us invite the positivity and prosperity into ours lives by celebrating this auspicious occasion of Tulsi Vivah which celebrates the pious union of Lord Vishnu and Goddess Tulsi!

Wednesday, November 9, 2016

Mercury Transit In Scorpio - Know It’s Effect On You

Mercury will transit in Scorpio on November 09, 2016. This planet of intellect will reside here till December 26, 2016 and will bring drastic changes for everyone. To know what these changes are, go through our exhilarating horoscope.


Think twice before shooting your mouth off. It is advised to push back the date of a legal matter, otherwise losses are possible. Read more


It's time to give a fresh start to your love relationship. You will spend a fortune on your spouse. Read more


Health could drive you up the wall as cold, cough or problem in throat will mask you all over. Read more


You may feel disgruntled in love relationships, wastage of time and thoughts could also occur. Luck will not favour much, but you will keep on marching with aplomb. Read more


Your business will progress and you will get desirable results in service. Time is really good for businessmen, it will rain Benjamins for businessmen. Read more


You will get benefits from debates and consultations, time is really great for students. Read more


Lord of the ninth house has come to your second house and this is very auspicious for you. Read more


You could suffer from losses so be very mindful. Pay attention on your diet. Read more


Some work related travel is possible. Stoppages and setbacks may crop up at work, which will create stress. Read more


It’s the perfect opportunity for a job switch. Maintain healthy relations with your friends and make the best of their vibes. Read more


Mercury is a felicitous planet for you and Capricorns. Though it becomes the lord of eighth house in Aquarius, but number of its ominous results are very whimsical. Read more


Mercury in ninth house will give providential results. You should definitely plan some trips to make the most of this time. Read more

Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Venus Transit In Sagittarius - Know It’s Effect On You

Venus transited in Sagittarius on November 07(11:57am) & will embark upon to its next haven on 02 December 2016 (06:42pm). Believe this or not, but this transit will influence all of us, for certain. Who knows, maybe a new love pops up in your life or something very astonishing happens in your professional life. Let’s take a quick peep into our awe-inspiring and optimistic future.

Venus transited in Sagittarius

The effects on the various zodiacs are as follows:


Avoid futile travelling, bickering. Some problems might crop up in your married life. Read More


Try to act in a frugal way this time around. Beware of your adversaries. Read More


Try to gel in with your partner and spend some quality time with family. You have to be considerate and take special care of your health. Read More


The door to happiness leads you through family, spend some time with them. Be very watchful regarding financial matters. Read More


Speak gingerly especially about your relationship. Your professional life might go a little berserk. Read More


A propitious event might happen at home. Try not to trigger any discussion at home to avoid any fracas. Read More


Avoid erroneous ways to make money and hold the meaningless travelling for some time. You are advised to be Exuberant. Read More


Prioritise yours as well as your partner’s health. Plan about starting a family prudently so that you don’t lament later. Read More


You have to be clear in your actions or you might just end up burning your fingers. Being rational and persevering will help you take on everything. Read More


Redundant expenses might roll in and professional life could also go through a trouble spell. Read More


Everyday activities might take a backseat for a while. Work diligently to earn goodwill in life, instead of looking for shortcuts. Read More


Lead a simple life for a few days. Your professional life could go all downhill. Read More

These are the things to watch out for, once Venus transits in Sagittarius on November 07, this year.