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[1]  In Indian Jyotish, Uranus, Neptune and Pluto are not considered as planets as their names are not found in there; rather two other shadow planets, Raahu (Northern Node) and Ketu (Southern Node) are found there. They are called shadow planets because they are not the actual planets, rather they are only two Lunar nodes - only points which are in the sky where the plane of the Moon's orbit around the Earth and the plane of the ecliptic (where the plane of the Earth's orbit around the Sun) intersect and cannot be seen anywhere. [Back]

[2]  Number 7 being an important number. There are many 7 things -
(a) 7 notes of the music - Sa, Re, Ga, Ma, Pa, Dha, Nee in Indian music and Do, Re, Mi, Fa, Sol, La, and Si in western music;
(b) Revelation's Seven Seal;
(c) 7 colors of a rainbow - Red, Orange, Yellow, Green, Blue, Indigo and Violet (its mnemonics are VIBGYOR in east and ROY G VIB in west)
(d) Sapt Rishi (The Great Bear stars);
(e) 7 days of the week - Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday
(f) 7 sacred cities - Ayodhyaa (UP), Mathuraa (UP), Haridwaar, Kaashee (UP), Kaanchee (Tamilnaadu), Avantee or Ujjain (MP), and Dwaarakaa (Gujaraat));
(g) 7 sacred rivers - Gangaa, Yamunaa, Sindhu, Saraswatee, Godaavaree, Narmadaa, and Kaaveree;
(h) 7 horses of the Sun - the 7 meters of Vaidik literature - Gaayatree, Trishtup, Anushtup, Jagatee, Pankti, Brihatee, and Ushnik;
(i) 7 companions of the Sun (each month a new set of 12) - Devtaa, Apsaraa, Raakshas, Serpents, Yaksha, Rishi and Gandharv. [Back to Introduction]  [Back to the Sun]

[3]  Daksh had 60 daughters. He married 13 daughters to Kashyap Jee, 27 daughters to Chandramaa, 1 daughter Satee to Shiv Jee, 4 daughters to Dharm, 1 daughter to Agni Dev etc etc. [Back]

[4] We have never heard this story, but this is given in the book. [Back]

[5] Once Durvaasaa Rishi got a beautiful flower garland. He got very happy to see it. As he was going carrying it, he saw Indra riding his Airaavat elephant. He thought that garland worth for Indra, so he threw that garland on Indra. Indra threw it on his elephant and the elephant crushed it under his feet. Seeing this Durvaasaa Rishi got very angry and he gave Shaap to Indra that his all prosperity and glory, of which he was proud of, will be destroyed soon. After a while Indra lost everything. [Back]

[6] Brahmaa Jee had 10 Maanas Putra (brain children). Their names are -- Mareechi, Atri, Angiraa, Pulastya, Pulah, Kratu, Bhrigu, Vashishth, Daksh and the tenth one was Naarad.

[7] Swayamvar - It is a ceremony in olden India for the purpose of marrying a girl. In this ceremony the father of the girl invites suitable Kings and Princes to marry his daughter. They are given proper seats in a court and then the girl appears carrying a garland in her hands. She is given a round of the court introducing each suitor to her. In the last she puts her garland in one of the suitor's neck to whom she likes to choose her husband. There is no pressure on the girl in this ceremony, except that all the suitors are chosen by her parents.

Sometimes she has somebody else who is not being invited in the Swayamvar, in her mind. In such cases, either the person abducts her (example: Sanyogitaa's Swayamvar), or she invites him secretly and runs away with him (example: Rukminee's Swayamvar). Sometimes, of course in very olden days, fathers used to keep some kind of condition that whoever will fulfill that condition, only he will be able to marry their daughter. These conditions were fixed keeping somebody in their minds or keeping somebody's powers (examples: Draupadee's and Seetaa's Swayamvars).

Bhavaarth Ratnaakar in its chapter on "Taurus Ascendant" says -
"Saturn gives Raaj Yog results if conjunct either with Mercury or Sun.
Saturn cannot give Yog results alone because it is a Baadhak Lord. If he is conjoined with a angular or Trinal lord, his blemish is reduced and then only he becomes Yog Kaark.



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Created by Sushma Gupta on 8/9/2008
Updated on 06/09/11