Starting a day as per astrological tradition in Kerala

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A day starts for a person when he or she wakes up in the morning. The first object that comes into view at that time is called ‘kani’. However, catching sight of certain object the first thing in the morning is considered inauspicious. According to astrology, ‘kani’ can influence a full day’s events.

Nowadays, almost everyone owns a smartphone and immediately after waking up picks it up and gets busy with it. However, this habit is not good. It's harmful to health scientifically and inauspicious astrologically.

The tendency to look at the mirror on getting up is also common. But this also invites bad effects, according to astrologers. It is also believed that starting the day by looking at pictures of animals, river or yacht is not beneficial. It is better to remove all such items from the bedroom.

Waking up hearing an argument or debate may also spoil the day. Such incidents increase the mental stress and give rise to negative energy that lasts an entire day.

It's said that bad luck follows a sight of somebody sweeping the compound or carrying a weapon, an empty pot, a disorderly tabletop or unwashed dishes the first thing in the morning.

Morning prayer

A prayer named ‘Karavandanam’ (obeisance to hands) was suggested by old timers to have an auspicious first view and start the day full of energy. In the past, grandmothers used to teach youngsters this prayer.

The stanza is in praise of the Supreme Goddess who is the source of energy for living creatures on Earth. As all our actions involve the hands, the prayer is a fervent plea to the Goddess to give strength to our hands.

The lines are as follows:

‘Karaagre vasathe Lakshmi / Karamadhye Saraswathy / Karamoole sthitaa-Gowri / Prabhaate karadarsanam.’

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