Ancient Astrological Prayers

जपा कुसुम संकाशं कश्यपेयं महाद्युतिम् ।
तमोरिं सर्वपापघ्नं प्रणतोस्मि दिवकरम् ।।

japaa kusuma sankaasham kashyapeyam mahaadutim
tamorim sarva paapaghnam pranato’smi divakaram

Shining like a yellow flower in midst of a lake; the great descendant of the primordial sage Kasyapa; the enemy of darkness and destroyer of ill karma; we respect you, the brilliant Sun.

दधि शन्ख तुषाराभं क्षीरो दार्णव संभवम् ।
नमामि शशिनं सोमं शम्भोर्मुकुट भूषणम् ।।

dadhi shankha tushaarabham ksheero darnava sambhavam
namaami shashinam somam shambhor mukuta bhooshanam

With cooling rays, white like yoghurt and conch shells; born from churning the ocean of milk; we respect you Moon, by the names Soma and Shashi. You are the crown on the head of Shambhu.

धरणी गर्भ संभूतं विद्युत्कान्ति समप्रभम् ।
कुमारं शक्ति हस्तं तं मङ्गलं प्रनमाम्यहम् ।।

dharanee garbha sambhootam vidyut kaanti samaprabham
kumaaram shakti hastam tam mangalam pranamamyaham

Born from the womb of the Earth; brilliant and powerful like a bolt of lightning; the young man with a weapon in his fist; we respect you Mars, by name Mangala.

प्रियङ्गु कलिका श्यामं रूपेणा प्रतिमं बुधम् ।
सौम्यं सौम्यगुणोपेतं तं बुधं प्रणमाम्यहम् ।।

priyangu kalikaa shyaamam roopena pratimam budham
soumyam soumya gunopetam tam budham pranamamyaham

Beautiful body, like a green bud of millet; gentle and intelligent in appearance and nature; we respect you Mercury, by the name Budha.

देवानां च रिशीनां च गुरुं काञ्चन सनिभ् ।
बुद्धि भूतं त्रिलोकेशं तं नमामि बृहस्पतिम् ।।

devanaam cha risheenaam cha gurum kaanchana sanibham
buddhi bhootam trilokesham tam namaami brihaspatim

Shining like gold; guru of both the celetials and the sages; the element of wisdom for all the three worlds; we respect you Jupiter, by the name Brihaspati.

हिमकुन्द मृणालाभं दैत्यानां परमं गुरुम् ।
सर्वशास्त्र प्रवक्तारं भार्गवं प्रनमाम्यहम् ।।

hima kundaa mrinaalaabham daityaanaam paramam gurum
sarva shastra pravaktaaram bhaargavam pranamaamyaham

The color of a frozen winter lake or a snow-white jasmine; the supreme guru of the primordial forces of nature; elucidator of all ancient knowledge; we respect you Venus, by the name Bhargava.

नीलांजन समाभासं रविपुत्रं यमाग्रजम् ।
चाय मार्तण्ड संभूतं तं नमामि शनैश्चरम् ।।

neelaanjana samaabhaasam ravi putram yamaagrajam
chaaya maartanda sambhootam tam namaami shanaishcharam

As dark as blue-black mascara; the son of the Sun, brother of death, born of shadow; we respect the deliberate-moving Saturn, by the name Shanaishchara.

अर्धकायं महावीर्यं चन्द्रादित्य विमर्दनम् ।
सिंहिका गर्भसंभूतं तं राहुं प्रणमाम्यहम् ।।

ardha kaayam mahaa veeryam chandraaditya vimardanam
simhikaa garbha sambhootam tam raahum pranamaamyaham

Great warrior; a head with no body; conqueror of the Sun and Moon; born from the womb of Simhikaa; we respect you by the name Rahu.

पलाश पुष्प संकाशं तरका ग्रह मस्तकम् ।
रौद्रं रौद्रात्मकं घोरं तं केतुं प्रणमाम्यहं ।।

palaasha pushpa sankaasham tarakaa graha-mastakam
roudram roudraatmakam ghoram tam ketum pranamaamyaham

Bright orange in color; the stars and planets are your head; fearsome, fierce and terrifying; we respect you by the name Ketu.

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