The moon in Hindu astrology is known as Chandra. Shiva having Chandra adorning his head is knows by name Chandradhara. The other name most popular is Soma. Chandra means ‘shiny’ and Soma is the sacred intoxicating drink that was used in Vedic rituals. Moon is known as Luna as in the words, ‘lunatic’ and ‘lunar tides’. Ancients, both in East and West observed that mental makeup depends on Moon and the lunatics were observed to have a relationship with phase of Moon. This theory has been proved as well as disproved thrice by the psychologists! Moon’s position is all important in the chart as the transit effects; the directional scale is determined by the position of Moon. As such, the predictions based on Moon sign represent the person more than the Sun sign. Nobody has been observed to have mental illness due to position of Sun to be called solatic! Moon indicates changing mood. Moon is the karaka for mother, happiness, feminine beauty, mental status and eyesight. Remedial measures to Chandra will give peace of mind, healthy mental activity so that intelligence (represented by Budha) is put to full use. Anxiety related disorders and mental disorders and water related diseases are cured by propitiation to Chandra.
Monday is considered best for worshiping the Moon. Some scholars are of the opinion that the sadhana could be performed during Guru- pushya or Ravi- pushya yoga. They should start from Monday failing during shukla paksha. The devotee should wear white clothes, have a white seat and food for offering should also be white. The sage of the Mantra is gautam. The metre is atyasti. The deity of the Mantra is the Moon God. The mantra is to be recited eleven thousand times. Saphatika (Crystal) idol of Moon God is used for worshiping the god. After realisation of the mantra homa is done with the twigs of plash.1/10 of the recital is done homa and 1/10 of homa is done tarpan and marzan respectively. Brahims are fed milk, rice or milk boiled with rice & sugar. The mantra for recital is:
om imandevatee som mantrasaya gautam rishi|
atyasti chanda, somo devta| somo pritye jape viniyoga||
Om gautam rishiye namah sirshi, atyanisht chandse namo mukhe, somo pritye jape viniyogayee namah sarvange||
Om imandevayeeaspatan suvadhnam angustabhyam namah (Touch the thumb with index finger), mehte kshtrayee mahte jyesthayee tarjani bhayam namah, (Touch the index fingers with thumb), mehte jan rajayee madhyama bhyo namah (Touch the middle fingers with thumb) inderasyeeinderyee anamikabhyam namah (Touch the ring fingers with thumb), imam mushyee putrmmushayee kanistika bhayam namah (Touch the little fingers with thumb), putrmasyee avushayeesvomiraja- somoasmakam brahmanana raja kartalkarpristhabhayam namah (Touch the back of the palm)
Om imandeva aspatan suvadhvam hridayae namah (Touch your heart with your hand), Mehte khstrayee mahtee jyesthayee sirse swah (Touch your head), mehte jan rajayee sikhayee vast (Touch your hairs), inderasyeeinderyee kavchayee hum (Touch your right shoulder with left hand and left with right), imammushayee putrammushayee netartrayee vaushat (Touch your eyes) putarmasyee vishesh vomiraja somoasmakam brahmanana raja astrayee phat (clap, after taking circle around your head)
Take white flowers in your hands and do dhyana as under.
Shewatamber shewat vibhushanash shewatdyutridandgharo dwibahu|
Chandroamritatma varda kriti mayee parsadam viddhatu deva||
After dhyana perform mental pooja of Moon as under.
Lam prithvivyatmak Somaye namah gandham parikalpyami|
Ham Aakashatmak shri Somaye namah Pushpam parikalpyami|
Yam Vyaayatmak shri Somaye namah dhupam parikalpyami|
Ram Brahmyatmak shri Somaye namah dipam parikalpyami|
Vam Lalatmak shri Somaye namah navedyam parikalpyami|
Now perform pooja of Moon God by taking rosary in the hand and recite the following mantra for the rosary.
Ma male mahamale sarvshakti sawrupani|
Now start reciting mantra facing towards east direction. Moon mantra for recital is as under
Om shram shrim shrom sa om bhur bhuva swah om Imandevaa aspatan suvadhvammenhte khstrayee mahte jyestayee mehtee janrajayeeindersanedrayeeyee|
Imam mushayee putrammushayee putarmasyee vishashodmi raja somo asmakambrahanam raja A om swah bhuva bhu om sa shrom shrim shram om somayee namah|
||Chander Gayatri Mantra||
Om Atriputraya vidyamahe Sagrobhadvaye dhimahi tannas Chandra parchodayat||
The other mantras for Moon are:-
Som Somaye namah ||
Om shram shrim sah somaye namah ||
Om swa somaya namah||
Dr. Shanker Adawal
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