Propitiation of malignant Planets ||101||
1Yajnavalkya said: -It is incumbent on a person, cast under the malignant influences of hostile planets, to celebrate a religious sacrifice for their propitiation, which is called a Grahayajna, and which a man, in quest of earthly prosperity and peace in life, shall do well to perform.
2-3The learned have designated the planets as the Sun, the Moon, the Mars, the Mercury the Jupiter, the Venus, the Saturn and the Nodes both ascending and descending (Rahu and Ketu); and their respective malignant influences contain the wearing of copper, Indian bell metal, crystal, red sandalwood, gold, silver iron, lead and Indian bell metal, by person struck with them, on their bodies.
4Now hear me, O holy sages, describe the respective colours of the aforesaid planets. The Sun is red; the Moon is white, the Mars, red; the Mercury and the Jupiter, yellowish; and the Venus, white; all the rest being black.
5-6A person struck by the malignant influence of any of the planets, should be. bathed with water containing bits of the metal, specifically held sacred to it, and libations of clarified butter surcharged with its particles should be likewise cast in the sacrificial fire in honour of its tutelary god. Offerings of gold, cloth and flowers, should be made to the antagonistic planet, and the worship should be conducted with flowers, perfumes, edibles and burning incense-sticks made of aromatic gum resin.
7The tutelary gods of the planets, as well as their subordinates, should be worshipped by reciting the Mantras respectively held sacred to them. The RK running as Akrishna Rajasa, should be chanted during the worship of the Sun God, the one beginning with ‘‘Imam Deva”, etc., should be recited in worshipping the Moon-God. The Mars should be. invoked by reciting the Vedic verse, running as “Agnnirmurddha,” etc., while the Mercury should be addressed with the one beginning with “Udbudhyasva,” etc.
8The RK running as ‘‘Braspati, etc., shall be chanted in the occasion of a worship of the Jupiter, and the Mantra of” Anyat,” etc., on that of the worship of the Venus. The Saturn should be invoked by reciting the RK running as “Gannodevi,” etc., while the Nodes should be respectively addressed with the verse running as “Kayayana” etc., and “Kranvana” etc.
9-11The twigs of such sacrificial trees or plants such as the Arka, the Palsa, the Khadira, the Apamarga, the Pippalla, the Oudumbbara, the Sarni, and Durva and Kusa blades, soaked with curd, honey and clarified butter, should be respectively cast in the sacrificial fire, in Home ceremonies celebrated for the propitiation of the planets, such as the Sun etc., “Treacle and boiled rice, Payasa, Havisyannam (sun dried rice cooked with any sacred vegetables and soaked with butter), boiled rice mixed with milk condensed and sweetened by boiling, curd with boiled rice, clarified butter, cakes, cooked meat and Vicitrannam (something like our modem Pilaos) should be respectively dedicated as offerings to the planets beginning with the Sun.
12A cow, a conch-shell, an ox, gold a cloth, a horse, a black cow, iron and a goat, are the Dakshinas (honorarium), which should be paid to the Brahmanas officiating at the ceremonies respectively celebrated for the propitiation of the Sun, the Moon, the Mars, the Mercury the Jupiter, the Venus, the Saturn and the Nodes. Even a king may derive many benefits from worshipping the planets.