your capacity, donate black sesame, black clothes, horse bean (Urad), oil, and gold. Lord Saturn is worshipped on this fast and so donate the items mentioned above as they are his favourite. In the night take Khichari of black horse bean (Urad). Offer the same to others as well. This fast too should commence on first Saturday of Shukla-Paksha and continue the same on coming 21 Saturdays.

Worship of Rahu

At the time of Samudra - manthan (churning of the ocean) even Rahu tasted some nectar along with other gods. He, too is being offered his share in Pooja from that time only. Worshipping Rahu on Saturdays bears auspicious fruit. With blue flower in folded hands Rahu is invoked - “O Lord Almighty Rahu! Do appear and take your seat and free us from all our worries.” Now perform his Pooja as you did in case of Lord Ganesha and then chant mantras (of Rahu), beej-mantra, Rahu-Stotra, and Rahu-Kavach. Lastly, donate oil, gold, gomed, and black clothes as per your capacity.

Worship of Ketu

Rahu and Ketu are called shadowy planets. Planet Ketu is offered Pooja on Tuesday. Worshipping Rahu gives result as one gets in case of Saturday fast whereas Ketu bears fruit like a fast on Tuesday. Start worshipping Ketu with some flowers in folded hands by invoking him - “O headless, aggressive- looking God! We invoke you here. Please do take your seat and put an end to our miseries.” Now perform Pooja as you did in case of lord Ganesh and then chant mantras of (Ketu), Beej-mantra, Ketu-Stotra, and Ketu Kavach. Later on donate blanket, Kasturi (musk), sesame oil and gold according to your capacity.

After performing Pooja of all the planets, they are individually given a warm send off (Visarjan). We should give apologise to them that if there was any mistake in course of Pooja, Awahan, chanting of mantras and Visarjan, they all should forgive us and finally put an end to all of our miseries. Make it a point to invite guidance of a qualified Brahmin to complete the affair.

Worship of Vastu Deities

To have the better result of Vastu, Vastu deity is worshipped on the occasion of Anushthan, Bhoomi Poojan, digging plinth, laying of foundation stone, digging a well, Dwarasthapan and house warming ceremony. There takes Vastu Bhang fault with the house reconstructed. To ward off faults too, worship of Vastu deity is performed. Apart from this if you are living in a flat or a bunglow and feel that there is some dispute in your house, or you feel that you are suffering loss of wealth or you are suffering from some disease, then you should get the Navagrahas propitiated and perform the worship of Vastu deities. Worship of Vastu Deities should be performed on an auspicious day or on a Ravi Pushya Yoga.

Spiritual materials for worship of Vastu deity are mentioned below :

Roli, Moli, betel leaves, clove, cardamom, unbroken nut, barley (Jau), camphor, rice (Akshat), flour, black sesame-seeds, yellow mustard, Dhoop, Havana materials, Panchameva (cashewnut, almond, pistachionut, raisin, walnut), pure ghee, a waterpot of copper, coconut, white cloth, red cloth, 2 planks of wood, flowers, rosary of flowers, cotton, Deepak, mango leaves, firewood of mango tree, Panchamrit (Gangajal, milk, curd, ghee, honey, sugar), matches, a stylus of gold.

Some more materials for foundation laying ceremony-water pot of copper, rice (akshat), turmeric, mustard, a pair of silver Nag-nagin, Kashyap (tortoise) of Ashtadhatu, 5 cowries, 5 unbroken nuts, vermilion, coconut, red piece of cloth, grass, smaller coins, spongy sugar- cakes, pancharatna, five new pieces of bricks.

The plot/house should be cleaned on the morning the worship of Vastu deity has to be performed. The native should sit facing east with his wife on his left. Worship should be performed in the able guidance of learned Brahmin. The Brahmin should sit in a crosslegged sitting posture facing north.

Body, place and Asan are purified by chanting Mantras. First of all, Lord Ganesha should be worshipped. The Navagrahas should be worshipped thereafter. The 81 Pad Vastu chakra is cast to worship the Vastu deity. 45 deities dwell in 81 pad Vastu. 9 Pads have been allotted to Lord Brahma in the middle. 32 deities are posited in

Remedies of Vastu

Remedies of Vastu

Scholars have mentioned some remedies to overcome Vastu faults. Some advise to perform Vastu Shanti and some to proritiate the planets. Some others advise to adopt remedies mentioned in Tantra-Mantra whereas some to wear Rudraksha.

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