There are many misconceptions and misunderstandings related to the Poojas which are performed for various defects present in a horoscope and an average native is usually not able to decide what the proper way and procedure is to perform Pooja for a defect present in his horoscope. Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja also leads to many misunderstandings as different astrologers and different natives interested in astrology preach and do this Pooja in different ways. In this chapter, we will discuss the procedure which should be followed by the Pandits performing this Pooja for a native.
First of all, it should be noted that though I have named this Pooja as Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja, this single Pooja can be performed to rectify as many defects in Gun Milan, as many may be present in case of a couple appearing for such Pooja. It means that if a couple suffers from Nadi Dosh alone in their Gun Milan procedure, Nadi Dosh Pooja is performed for them. If they suffer from Bhakut Dosh alone, even then the same Pooja is performed and the name is changed to Bhakut Dosh nivaran pooja.
However, if they suffer from more than one defect formed during Gun Milan, even then a single Pooja is performed to rectify all these defects. In such a case, this pooja is named after the biggest defect present during Gun Milan, though the rest of the defects are also covered in the Pooja. For example, if a couple has Nadi Dosh and Doshas related to four other koots, Nadi Dosh nivaran pooja will be performed to rectify Doshas related to all five koots. However, if Nadi matching is fine but 4 koots form Doshas and the biggest one of these koots is Bhakut Dosh, Bhakut Dosh nivaran pooja is performed to rectify Doshas related to all four koots. Knowing this, let’s move ahead with the procedure of pooja.
The most important step in performing any kind of Pooja to rectify any defect in a horoscope is to perform the chant of a mantra specified to reduce the strength of that defect and this chant amounts to a number of 125,000 in most cases. Nadi Dosh as well as other Doshas like Bhakoot Dosh, Gan Dosh, Graha Maitri Dosh, Yoni Dosh, Tara Dosh, Vashya Dosh and Varna Dosh which are formed during the process of Gun Milan can all be rectified with the help of a single pooja which is called MahaMritunjaya pooja. This Pooja is carried out with the chant of 125,000 MahaMritunjaya Mantras of lord Shiva.
MahaMritunjaya Mantra of Lord Shiva is believed to be capable of removing problems like serious physical injuries, death and other problems of such kind. Hence this Mantra is used to remove the malefic effects of Doshas like Nadi Dosh and other defects formed during the process of Gun Milan. Knowing the nivaran mantra for any kind of Dosh is the most important part of the process for rectification of that Dosh. As we now know the mantra required for performing Nadi Dosh nivaran pooja, let’s discuss how to properly conduct Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja with the help of MahaMritunjaya mantra which serves as Nadi Dosh nivaran mantra in this case.
Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja should ideally include a chant of 125,000 Nadi Dosh nivaran mantras and rest of the procedure is built around this chant. To start with Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja, a specific day is chosen for the start and completion of this Pooja which is decided according to the horoscope of the natives.
At the day of starting this Pooja, a Sankalp or resolution is taken by the Pandits who are generally 5 in number. In this Sankalp, the head Pandit or the main Pandit takes an oath in front of Lord Shiva that he and his assistant Pandits are going to perform a chant of 125,000 Nadi Dosh nivaran mantras for a specific couple of boy and girl who wish to marry each other, which is the native and his future wife; and their names, their fathers’ names and their family surnames are also mentioned in Sankalp.
The names of the Pandits doing this chant are also mentioned, the days taken to complete this chant are also mentioned, which are generally 7 to 8 days for this pooja, and the specific wishes required by the couple as a result of this pooja are also mentioned. This is the first step which starts Nadi Dosh nivaran pooja. The specific benefic results asked by Pandits on behalf of the couple in this case are to rectify the ill effects of Nadi Dosh and any other defects like Bhakoot Dosh etc. formed during match making; and to bless the couple with a happy and prosperous married life.
It should be noted that all defects like Nadi Dosh and Bhakoot Dosh which are formed during the process of gun Milan are mutual or relative defects, which means that these defects are not formed in one horoscope and instead these defects are formed in two horoscopes relative to each other. Hence both boy’s and girl’s presence, physically or by proxy is compulsory in order to conduct this pooja. It means that this pooja is conducted for the couple as a whole and not for a boy or a girl alone, like most other poojas which are conducted for one native and not for a couple.
For example, Manglik Dosh is another defect which can adversely affect a marriage and hence Manglik Dosh nivaran pooja is performed to rectify this defect. However, Manglik Dosh is an individual Dosh, which means that this defect forms separately in the horoscopes of boy or girl; or in both horoscopes. Accordingly, Manglik Dosh nivaran pooja is conducted for an individual and not for a couple, which means that in case both bride and groom are suffering from this defect, two separate Manglik Dosh nivaran poojas should be conducted for both the natives and a combined or collective Manglik Dosh nivaran pooja for the couple should not be conducted in such cases.
This is due to the reason that any Dosh that forms individually in a horoscope should be rectified individually for that horoscope only; and it should not be rectified by means of collective remedies like a pooja which is being performed collectively for more than one individual suffering from the same defect. The pooja for defects like Nadi Dosh and Bhakoot Dosh on the contrary should never be performed for an individual, as these defects are collective and hence a collective Nadi Dosh or Bhakut Dosh nivaran pooja for future bride and groom should be performed in such cases.
It should be noted that Nadi Dosh nivaran pooja should ideally be performed before the marriage takes place, instead of getting it performed after the marriage. The best timing to get this pooja performed is to schedule it 15 to 30 days prior to the day of marriage. However, if a couple misses out on this pooja before their marriage due to various reasons, it should be performed at the earliest after marriage.
Coming back to the procedure for Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja, the head Pandit takes Sankalp on behalf of the couple. After this, all the Pandits start chanting Nadi Dosh nivaran mantra on daily basis for about 6 to 8 hours a day and in such a way that they are able to complete the total chant of 125,000 mantras till the decided day of completion of this Pooja. The Pandits keep chanting Nadi Dosh nivaran mantra on daily basis till the day of completion and they complete the committed chant of mantras on that day. After completion of chant of Nadi Dosh nivaran mantra, the completion ceremony is arranged for the Pooja which can take about 2-3 hours if done with proper procedure. A Pooja for lord Shiva, goddess Parvati, Lord Ganesha and other members of Shiva family is performed first and many kinds of offerings like flowers, fruits, sweets, milk, curd, honey, desi ghee, sugar and many other things are offered to these gods and goddesses.
The completion of the resolution or Sankalp taken by the Pandits is repeated and it is conveyed to the gods by Pandits that they have completed the chant of 125,000 Nadi Dosh nivaran mantras, in the time promised by them and in the manner promised by them, at the day of start of this Pooja. It is also mentioned that all this chant and Pooja has been performed on behalf of the couple whose details are again mentioned and it is then preyed that the couple should be blessed with the good results of this Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja, since the couple has followed all the procedures for this Pooja and they have got this Pooja performed through Pandits in order to rectify Nadi Dosh.
Things related to navagraha or some specific planets among navagraha are also offered and donated during the course of this final Pooja ceremony for Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja. Generally, the things related to all planets among navagraha are donated during the final Pooja for Nadi Dosh nivaran and these things may include rice, wheat, sugar, salt, oil, blanket and some other things, each of which relates to one or the other planet among navagraha. After completion of this Pooja, blessings are taken from the gods and goddesses; and then the ceremony of Havna is started which is the final and a very important ceremony as this is the ceremony through which a direct connection between the natives and the corresponding planets or gods is established with the help of Pandits.
Havna is a very important and technical procedure and it should be performed by expert Pandits with great attention and care. After starting the Havna and completing the necessary formalities, the chant of Nadi Dosh nivaran mantra is again started and this time with the completion of each mantra, a sound of Swaaha is chanted by the Pandits and upon the chant of this sound of Swaaha, certain specific things which form the constituents of Pooja Samagri and which can vary from Pooja to Pooja are offered in a specific way to the holy fire which has been lit to perform the Havna for Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja. This process is repeated again and again; and each time the Pandits chant the sound of Swaaha, Pooja samagri is offered to the holy fire of Havna in a specific way. Once the specific chant of Nadi Dosh nivaran mantras fixed for the Havna is completed, some other important mantras are chanted which may differ from Pooja to Pooja and here again, Pooja samagri is offered to the holy fire of Havna at the sound of Swaaha, at the completion of each mantra.
Finally, a dry coconut is filled with certain specific things which may again be different for different Poojas and this coconut is then placed in the holy fire of Havna as the final offering, with the chant of some specific mantras and the desired result is again prayed by the Pandits on behalf of the natives. The clients or the natives are then asked to complete 1, 3 or 7 circles around the Havna kund where each one of these circular movements is called a Pradakshina or a Parikarma and upon the completion of this Parikarma, Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja is completed. Though Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja includes many other steps and procedures than the ones mentioned here, these steps are the most important steps of Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja and they should be done and executed by expert and established Pandits. Missing some of the important procedures or not doing them properly can reduce the desired effects of the Pooja and the natives may not get proper results from their Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja.
There are some precautions which should be observed by the natives during the running time of their Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja; otherwise they may not get proper results from this Pooja. From the time of start of Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja till the time of completion of this Pooja, the natives for whom this Pooja is being performed should abstain from eating non vegetarian foods of all kinds including fish and egg, they should stay away from liquors and alcohols of all kinds and they should also stay away from smoking for all this time. Apart from this, the natives should also not make sexual contacts with anyone.
The natives should also not engage in any kinds of bad conducts of violence, hatred or any other kinds of conducts which are considered immoral during the running time of Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja. The natives should try to connect to Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja on daily basis; which they can do by praying to Lord Shiva daily after taking bath and repeating the Sankalp that the main Pandit had made on their behalf at the start of this Pooja. The natives should address Lord Shiva and say through their words or through their minds that they are getting Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja performed with the chant of 125,000 mantras and this Pooja is being performed at such and such place by a specific number of Pandits; and that they are following all the procedures and precautions with complete dedication and devotion; and that Lord Shiva should bless them with the best possible results for this Pooja.
It should be noted that Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja can be performed in the presence of the natives as well as in the absence of the natives and in case the natives are unable to be personally present at the place of Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja, this Pooja is conducted with the help of natives’ photograph or picture in which the natives should be together, no one else should be present in the picture and this picture should be as recent as possible. In this case, the main Pandit will take the Sankalp for Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja on behalf of the natives in the presence of their photograph or picture.
The names of both natives’ fathers and the surnames of their families are spoken in the Sankalp and it is also mentioned by the main Pandit that the natives are unable to attend to this Pooja by means of their personal presence; and hence a specific Pandit whose name and surname is mentioned, will be performing all the rituals to be performed by the natives on behalf of the natives. It should be noted that this Pandit is one of the Pandits who are performing a chant of 125,000 Nadi Dosh nivaran mantras for the natives.
This way, the rituals to be performed by the natives at the starting day and completion day of Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja are performed by the chosen Pandit and it is conveyed by him on both of these days that he is performing these rituals on behalf of the natives whose photograph is always kept present during the Pooja and it is used as a symbol of the natives. For example, if the chosen Pandit is supposed to offer flowers to Lord Shiva, he will first touch his hand carrying the flowers with the picture of the natives and then he will offer those flowers to Lord Shiva. All other rituals are also performed likewise. It is important to note that even if the natives are personally not present for their Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja, they are strictly supposed to practice all the necessary and already mentioned precautions for their Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja, in whichever part of the world they may be present during the running time of such Pooja. The natives should also keep repeating their Sankalp for Nadi Dosh nivaran Pooja on daily basis as already mentioned and they should ask for the best results of this Pooja.
Getting Nadi Dosh nivaran pooja performed along with the other necessary astrological remedies certainly helps reducing the malefic effects of Nadi Dosh as well as other Doshas formed during Gun Milan, to a great extent.