By Swami Harshananda
Grahayajña literally means ‘yajña to appease the grahas or planets’.
The nine grahas or planets like the sun, the moon, or the Mars have an effect on human life. This has to be ascertained for each individual as per the details of the horoscope.
During certain periods in one’s life, some of the grahas are said to become inimical and affect the person adversely. Hence, certain rites known as ‘grahayajña’ is recommended to perform. It has to performed on certain days specified as good by the almanac. During such rites gifts of a cow, a conch, gold or cloth are to be given to worthy persons.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore