Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja
Though this Pooja is called Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja, it can also be performed for other defects formed during Gun Milaan. It means that if a couple suffers from Nadi Dosh, this Pooja may be performed for them. If they suffer from Bhakoot Dosh, even then the same Pooja may be performed and the name is changed to Bhakoot Dosh Nivaran Pooja.
In case they suffer from more than one defect formed during Gun Milaan, even then a single Pooja may be performed to reduce the strength of all such defects. In such a case, this Pooja is named after the biggest defect present during Gun Milaan, though the rest of the defects are also covered in the Pooja. For example, if a couple has Nadi Dosh and defects related to four other koots, Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja may be performed to reduce the strength of defects related to all five koots.
However, if Nadi matching is fine but defects related to 4 other koots are formed and the biggest one of them is Bhakoot Dosh, Bhakoot Dosh Nivaran Pooja may be performed to reduce the strength of defects related to all 4 koots. Knowing this, let’s move ahead with the procedure of Pooja.
The most important step for any kind of Pooja to reduce the strength of any defect in a horoscope is to perform the chant of a mantra meant to reduce the strength of that defect. This chant amounts to 125,000 mantras in most cases. Nadi Dosh as well as other defects like Bhakoot Dosh, Gana Dosh, Graha Maitri Dosh, Yoni Dosh, Tara Dosh, Vashya Dosh and Varna Dosh which are formed during the process of Gun Milaan can all be treated with the help of a single Pooja called Mahamritunjaya Pooja. This Pooja is carried out with the chant of 125,000 Mahamritunjaya Mantras of Lord Shiva.
Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja generally includes chant of 125,000 Mahamritunjaya mantras and rest of the procedure is built around this chant. In the first step, specific days are chosen for the beginning and completion of this Pooja which may be decided according to the horoscope of the natives.
At the day of beginning of this Pooja, a Sankalp (resolution) is taken by the Pandits who are generally 5 in number. Through this Sankalp, the head Pandit takes an oath before Lord Shiva that he and his assistant Pandits are going to perform a chant of 125,000 Mahamritunjaya mantras for a specific couple; and their names, their fathers’ names and their family surnames are also mentioned in Sankalp.
The names of the Pandits doing this chant and the days taken to complete this chant are also mentioned, which are generally 7 to 8 days for this Pooja. The specific wishes sought by the couple as result of this Pooja are also mentioned. The specific benefic results asked by Pandits on behalf of the couple in this case are to reduce the strength of the ill effects of Nadi Dosh and any other defects like Bhakoot Dosh; and to bless the couple with 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 Milaan are mutual or relative defects. It means that these defects are not formed in one horoscope and instead these defects are formed in two horoscopes, with respect to each other. Hence both male’s and female’s presence; physically or by proxy is compulsory in order to conduct this Pooja. It means that this Pooja is conducted for a couple and not for a male or a female alone, like most other Poojas which are conducted for one native and not for a couple.
Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja should ideally be performed before marriage, instead of getting it performed after marriage. The best time to get this Pooja performed is 15 to 30 days prior to the day of marriage. However, if a couple misses out on this Pooja before their marriage due to some reason, 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, the Pandits start chanting Mahamritunjaya mantra on daily basis for about 4 to 8 hours a day; in a way that they are able to complete the total chant of 125,000 mantras till the decided day of completion for this Pooja. The Pandits keep chanting Mahamritunjaya mantra on daily basis till the day of completion and they complete the committed chant of mantras on that day.
After completion of the chant of Mahamritunjaya mantra, completion ceremony is arranged; which may take about 2-3 hours. Poojas for Lord Shiva, Goddess Parvati and other members of Shiva family are performed first and many types of offerings like flowers, fruits, sweets, milk, curd, honey, desi ghee, sugar and other things are offered to these gods and goddesses.
The completion of the Sankalp taken by the Pandits is announced. It is conveyed to the gods by Pandits that they have completed the chant of 125,000 Mahamritunjaya mantras, in the time promised by them and in the manner promised by them, at the day of beginning of this Pooja. It is also mentioned that such chant and Pooja has been performed on behalf of the couple; whose details are mentioned again. It is then preyed that the couple should be blessed with the good results of this Pooja, since the couple has followed all the procedures for this Pooja and they have got this Pooja performed through Pandits; in order to reduce the strength of Nadi Dosh.
Things related to navagraha or some specific planets among navagraha are also offered during the course of this final ceremony for Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja. They may include rice, wheat, sugar, salt, oil, blanket and some other things. After completion of this Pooja, blessings are taken from the gods and goddesses; and then the ceremony of Havna is started.
After starting Havna and completing the necessary formalities, the chant of Mahamritunjaya mantra is started again. This time, with the completion of each mantra, sound of Swaaha is chanted by the Pandits. Upon the chant of this sound, certain specific things which form the constituents of Pooja Samagri and which may vary from Pooja to Pooja; are offered in a specific way; to the holy fire of Havna. 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 count of Mahamritunjaya mantras fixed for Havna is completed, some other important mantras are chanted; which may differ from region to region. 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 regions. This coconut is then placed in the holy fire of Havna as final offering, with the chant of some specific mantras and the desired result is asked again by the Pandits on behalf of the natives. 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. Upon completion of Parikarmas, Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja is completed.
There are some precautions which should be observed by the natives during the running length of Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja; otherwise they may not get proper results from this Pooja. From the beginning 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 types; including fish and egg. They should abstain from liquors and alcohols of all kinds and they should also not make sexual contacts with anyone.
The natives should abstain from conducts of violence, hatred and other such conducts; during the running length of Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja. The natives should try to connect to Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja on daily basis. They can do so by praying to Lord Shiva. They should 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. 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. 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. The natives should be together in the picture and no one else should be there in the picture. This picture should be as recent as possible. In this case, the main Pandit takes the Sankalp for Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja on behalf of the natives; in the presence of their photograph.
The names of both natives’ fathers and the surnames of their families are mentioned during the Sankalp. It is also mentioned by the main Pandit that the natives are unable to attend to this Pooja by means of their personal presence. 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 supposed to perform the chant of 125,000 Mahamritunjaya mantras for the natives.
This way, the rituals to be performed by the natives at the beginning day and completion day of Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja are performed by the chosen Pandit. It is conveyed by him on both 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 he will then offer the flowers to Lord Shiva.
All other rituals are also performed likewise. Even if the natives are personally not present for their Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja, they are supposed to practice all the necessary and already mentioned precautions for this Pooja; in whichever part of the world they may be present during the running length of such Pooja. The natives should also repeat their Sankalp for Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja on daily basis as already mentioned; and they should ask for the best results from this Pooja.
Getting Nadi Dosh Nivaran Pooja performed along with other necessary astrological remedies may help in reducing the malefic effects of Nadi Dosh as well as other defects formed during Gun Milaan.