This Sunday, October 27, was a highly auspicious day both astrologically and for devotes of Raghavendra Swamy or Rayaru.
Sunday saw the rule of the Pushya Nakshatra. By the way, 2013 has so far seen eleven such days and two more are in the offing.
The first Pushya Nakshatra was in January this year and the last is slated on December 21. The other days on which Pushya Nakshatra rules were on February 23, March 23, April 19, May 16, June 12, August 6, September 2 and again on September 30, October 27, November 23 and December 21.
However, of all these, when the Pushya Nakshatra falls on a Sunday, it is highly regarded and it is considered to be more auspicious. This day, Pushya on s Sunday, is also called Ravi Pushya Yoga. Ravi is another name for the Sun God.
The Ravi Pushya Yoga is considered to be highly auspicious for people to conduct marriages, buy gold, enter into new and fresh transactions. This is so as the general belief is that Goddess Lakshmi comes home during this period and she prefers to reside in such houses.
Another unique character of such a Nakshatra is that it happens only for a few times in an year. Pushya Nakshatra is reckoned to be among the most favourable alignment of stars.
Pushya is a Sanskrit word, meaning “to nourish”. The ruler of Pushya is Saturn or Shani and its deity is Brihaspati or Jupiter, the Guru of wisdom. When the Pushya Nakshatra falls on Thursday or Sunday, astrologers and religious minded people consider it as favourable and call it Pushya Amrit Yoga.
If Pushya Nakshatra comes on a Thursday, it is called as Guru Pushya Nakshatra and if its falls on Sunday, it is called as Ravi Pushya Nakshatra.
Pushya is also called as Pushyami or Pusya and it is one among the 27 nakshatras in Indian astrology.
This year, the October 27, 2013 day was highly auspicious. It was on a Sunday and the Pushya Nakshatra time was from 2:59 p.m., on October 26 to 5:30 p.m., on October 27, 2013.
The symbol for Pushya Nakshatra is the udder of a cow. In Hinduism, cow is revered as a sacred animal and there is a story about how Gods and Goddesses have dwelt in the animal. It provides milk and cowdung, both of which have religious significance.
Thus, cow is associated with the Pushya Nakshatra and it is known for nurturing people. Brihaspati, the presiding deity for Pushya Nakshatrai, is translated as Guru. In Hinduism, Guru is a teacher or preceptor. Moreover, the prefix gu- translates as darkness and the suffix –ru translates as light. Thus, Guru is someone who can make darkness vanish or enlighten us.
Guru also can mean as heavy and this is a quality attributed to Kapha dosha in Ayurveda or the Indian system of medicine. Moreover, Pushya nakshatra is considered the most humanitarian of all the 27 Nakshatras or constellation.
This day (Pushya Nakshatra) is an auspicious day to see, take blessings and remember your Guru or spiritual teacher. It is in this manner that Pushya has an auspicious link with spiritual and religious matters.
One of the greatest devotees of Rayaru was Appanacharya. He brought out the benefits of remembering Rayaru on such a day or on Pushya Nakshatra.
In his Raghavendra Ashtotra, Appanacharya says,
“Soma surya parogo cha pushyarkadhi samagame,
Yo anuthamam idham stotramashtothara satham japeth,
Bhootha praetha pisachadhi peeda thasya na jayathe”
What this means is that when there is a lunar or solar eclipse or during Pushya Star on Sunday, any person reciting the shlokas of Raghavendra Swamy or remembering him, will not have any kind of trouble.
No ghost, devil or/and any evil will trouble a person who recites the Raghavendra Stotra 108 times or performs the japa 108 times.
Having mentioned the importance of the Pushya Nakshatra, I would like to add that Rayaru is Kalpavruksha Kamadhenu and he will help his devotees and believers at all times. However, remembering him on such an auspicious day is one of the few small things that we can do to Rayaru from our side.