We live in a fast lane, with time barely to breathe. What happened to the ho-hum existence; the time we took to fast, to pray, to please the Gods, the planets and the supernatural. If one does not have time to recite the mantras, fasting is as good to please the planets.
Fasting for Sun:
If Sun is afflicted at birth, or if transit Sun is 4th, 8fh or 12fh from natal Moon, then fasting on 16 Sundays is helpful. Start the fast during the bright half, Shukla Paksha. Recite the Sun mantra at least 108 times. Eat in the evening after Sun set. Do not use salt, instead eat a sweet dish made of wheat. On he 17th Sunday, a havan may be performed and some prasad can be distributed to poor people.
Fasting for Moon:
If Moon is afflicted by Saturn or /and other malefics, then fast for 16 Mondays. Start the fast during Shukia Paksha. Eat in the evening after Sunset. Only white coloured food, like rice, kheer, curd, cottage¬cheese or milk. Wear white colored clothes. Recite a Mantra for Moon at least 108 tirnes. Perform a havan on the 1 7th Monday and distribute some prasad to poor people.
Fasting for Mars:
If Mars is afflicted, combustor if you are a mangalik, a fast will do wonders if you do it for 16 Shukla Paksha Tuesdays. Recite a Mars mantra for at least 108 times. Eat in the evening after Sunset, some Gur and Masoor kidaal. Do not use salt. On the 1 7th Tuesday perform a havan and distribute some prasad to poor people.
Fasting for Mercury:
If Mercury is afflicted or if you are running the dasa or bhukti of Mercury, fast 16 Wednesday during Shukla Paksha. Wear green clothes or keep a green handkerchief. Recife a Mercury mantra. Eat in the evening after Sunset food made of Moong ki dal. A havan can be performed on the 1 7th Wednesday and prasad can be distributed to the poor people.
Fasting for Jupiter:
Jupiter is one of the most auspicious planets. A strong Jupiter alone can make an otherwise ordinary life, exciting, (rich and fortunate. Woe to a person, if Jupiter is weak or afflicted in a chart. However, Jupiter can be pleased by fasting for 16 Thursdays. Start during Shukia Paksh. Wear yellow clothes or carry a yellow handkerchief during the day. Recite a Guru mantra at least 108 times. In the evening, eat food made of basan. Fruits can also be taken. On the 1 7th Thursday, perform a havan, and distribute prasad to poor people.
Fasting for Venus:
To appease Venus, one must fast on 16 Fridays, starting from Shukla Paksha. Wear white clothes and recite a shukra mantra. Eat food made of khoya and kheer in the evening. On the 17th Friday, perform a havan and distribute prasad in a blind school.
Fasting for Saturn:
God forbid, if Saturn dislikes you. Saturn if afflicted at birth must be appeased. Begin a fast for 40 Saturdays starting from Shukla Paksha. Recite a shani mantra. Eat in the evening food prepared by Urad dal and Til. A hawan may be performed on purnahuti and sweet halwa and Til ladoos can be given to poor, lame or one-eyed people. A diya of mustard oil can be lit and kept under a peepal tree.
Fasting for Rahu/Ketu:
Rahu and Ketu, the nodes, those imaginary points in the sky can eclipse us here at planet Earth. During the dasa or bhukti of Rahu and Ketu, one may fast on 40 Fridays or Saturdays during the bright half of the lunar month. Recite Rahu or Ketu mantras at least 108 times. Green grass mixed mustard oil may be kept under a peepal tree. A havan may be performed and gray colored prasad may be distributed.
Should you fast 7 days a week?
Now suppose you have more than one planet afflicted in your birth chart, will you fast tor all the afflicted planets? Now, that would be taxing on your health. lt would be better to fast on one chosen day than all the days. That is if you worship one God property, you please all the Gods.
Mondays or Tuesdays
Suppose you have both Moon and Mars afflicted at birth. Instead of fasting on both days, choose Tuesday instead. This is because 'mangalya' means auspicious. Ladies should fast on Tuesdays as they will enjoy a long, married life.