Thursday, 2 June 2011


The mantras related to planets can
be classified broadly into four groups. Some are recited only once. Some can be
recited any time, any where. Some are used in pooja procedures and some are used
for conducting japa shanti.

Kavacha, Stotra, Asttottara shatanama stotra,
Navagraha sukta are recited only once, but regularly. Navagraha sukta involves
pronunciation pattern and should have to be learnt personally from a guru. Out
of these, kavacha are short and easy ones. These should recited in particular
dress in the morning after bath.

Peedahara  and Namaskara mantra /
stotra  are easy to recite. These mantra are also used to do pradakshina in
navagraha temple. These can be recited while traveling. There are no strict
rules for these set of mantras.

Doing pooja invoking the particular
planet is a separate procedure and those who already know shodashopachara pooja
method can take up this. The particular graha is invoked reciting navagraha
sukta as aavahana mantra. The archana is done using asttottara shatanamavali.

For doing shanti, beeja mantras are used. These are abbreviated mantra
forms and one should be careful in pronunciation. Not a single should go wrong.
These mantra are recited for a particular number of times. For instance for
sani, it is recited 19,000 times. One can also recite in terms of 10, 28,108, or
1008 times for a mandala (41days) or 54 days. Austerity measures like strict
vegetarian food, celibacy (even though married), abstinence from alcoholics, not
eating food outside, having only one meals a day etc., are required. These are
recited in the morning in pooja vastra (separate dress which is exclusive for
the purpose). These mantra are preferred by those who have good concentration.

Gayatri mantra  for planets can be recited for shanti purpose if one is
already initiated in moola gayatri manta (given at the time of Upanayana). This
involves 3 lines in specific pronunciation pattern and can be learnt personally
under the able guidance of a guru. Priests who do not have much concentration
prefer this mantra to conduct shanti in the similar manner as in beeja mantra

Moola Gayatri mantra is: om
bhurbhuswa;  tatsaviturvarenyam;  bhargo devasya dheemahi;  dhiyo yohanh
prachodayat. In the sound file this mantra is repeated thrice word-by-word with
sufficient pauses for your practice.

            Listen to Gayatri mantra through below media player and practice:

of Gayatri mantra is known an Sandhya vandana - prayers at junction periods.
These prayers are done thrice - morning, mid day and evening. There would slight
variation of mantra s. A session will take 25-30 minutes.

Whatever mantra or stotra you select kindly see it
is easy for you to recite. Engaging a priest to do shanti will not absolve you
from doing your own bit as remedial measure.