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Today in a TV programme Shri K N Rao has blasted those so called knowledgeable in Vedic / India astrology professing adverse effects on people born with different Janama Rashis & advocating remedial measures to annihilate the adverse effects of forthcoming solar eclipse on July 22, 2009. He is the most read astrologer having engaged in Vedic astrology having written over 40 books, research work and teaching thousands of students in Bharti Vidya Bhavan, New Delhi. He has earlier removed similar doubts on Kaal Sarpa Dosha through electronic media to the masses. He has again vociferously opined that ill-read astrologers (Ponga Pandits) are exploiting the masses, who do not have access to original treatises of astrology. Thus bringing disrepute to the Vedic astrology. He felt pity on such astrologers who are exploiting ignorance of the masses for their personal benefits; and called them as Ponga Pandits. He opined that : Effects of eclipse is covered in Samhitas for study of mundane astrology; and not for effects on individuals based on the sign on which the eclipse falls. Effects of eclipses are not covered under Hora branch of astrology. Since the eclipse is falling in 3rd house of India, 4th house of Pakistan & 7th house of China’s horoscopes; these countries may have adverse effects related to the said houses. Duration of eclipse should be used for Pooja & donations etc. Public should not fall in their traps and start seeking remedial measures propagated by the so called Ponga Pandits. Three to five eclipses occur every year since inception of the world. That does not mean that people belonging to the specific Janma Rashis must perish as effect of such eclipses; every time the eclipse falls in their birth sign. I wish he continues to remove such misconceptions spread by such Ponga Pandits. The purpose of my repeating extracts of the TV programme is because in this forum also there had been a discussion on thread titled “Triple eclipses - pls share your knowledge - 06-23-2009 “ ; and put up the facts through this forum. In my opinion following precautions should be taken on an eclipse: a) Do not see the solar eclipse with naked eye. (Eve modern science agrees with this) b) Purification bath be taken after expiry of the eclipse. c) Engage yourself in Punya Karmas like donations & worships. d) Do not undertake / initiate any important life activity especially during currency of eclipse, and also during the fort-night (Paksha) between two eclipses. All Muhurt (electional) treatises advises the same. e) Umbral eclipses have no effects. ( Like the two Lunar eclipses which are falling before & after the solar eclipse on July, 22, 2009). … V K Shridhar