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Varuna - God Of Neptune And The Sea

Varuna – God Of Neptune And The Sea

Neptune is called Varuna according to Vedic scriptures. It is the fourth-largest planet in the solar system and placed in the eighth position from the sun. Due to its distance from earth, it is impossible to spot this planet via a normal telescope. It is a mixture of ice and gas and is 17 times bigger than earth. This planet was discovered in the year 1864 and holds the power of intuition. Neptune is a very splendid and striking planet that has the reputation of holding deception and idealism. It is a planet that leads to a lot of misconceptions and lies just as it is in command of faith and trust. The meaning as well as the role of this planet changes from time with the changing pattern of the solar system. Neptune keeps shifting from being the last planet to being the second last. This brings in a variety of differences in the effects of this planet’s influence on a person’s life.

Neptune when seated in the 1st, 3rd, 5th, 8th, 9th and 12th house of somebody’s horoscope makes the person very intuitive, gives great success, popularity and takes them to new heights in personal and professional life. The person who has an influence on Neptune will always shine bright in the limelight.  Just like Uranus, Neptune is also responsible for triggering life-changing events and developments in one’s life. If one wants to embrace the existence of this planet in their charts, he/she will have to also accept all the cloudy, unstable, scared, fragile properties that come with it. The planet brings in fragility in emotions and when one’s ruling planet gets in touch with Neptune it is sure to be called a rollercoaster ride for the person. The person starts to experience all kinds of insecurities and gets scared of the rough and cruel world around him.

Neptune also known as Varuna can be recognised as the illusion that we base our path on including the difficulties and the success that come with choosing it. Varuna is the Vedic deity popularly known as the god of oceans. Pasha (rope loop), Varunastra and Gandiva are his weapons and Makara (crocodile) is his vehicle.

He takes abode in the Jala Loka (Ocean). He is the son of Kashyapa and Aditi and is the husband to Varunani. He is considered to be the father of rishi Vashishtha along with Varuni, Vandi & Sushena. Vashishtha is one of the Saptarishis who are known to maintain the orderly balance in the world and create a world from scratch when needed. The mention of Varuna is found in Jainism as well as Buddhist Mythology along with Hinduism.

Varuna is associated not just with the seas or oceans but also with the sky, truth and justice. Varuna is often mentioned along with Mitra (protector of treaties). They are often mentioned as Asuras in Rigveda but are classified as gods (devas) as well. The mention of Varuna’s name is very prominently seen in many olden scriptures.

In Taittiriya Upanishad, Varuna who is addressed as Varuni did the task of explaining Brahman to sage Bhrigu. He spoke to him on the importance of introspection. This is where we can see the aspect of self-realisation being associated with the planet Neptune’s qualities. Varuna had to play a very crucial role in the epic – Ramayana. When Rama had to cross the ocean to rescue his dear wife, Sita, he tried all methods to cross the huge water body which stood behind him and Lanka. He tried to request Varuna but there was no response whatsoever. Rama then decided to shoot an arrow and dry up the entire sea.

Rama shot his arrow which resulted in flames in the entire sea and Varuna appeared in front of Lord Rama. He bowed down to Rama and explained to him that he himself cannot change the nature, structure and behaviour of the sea. After careful discussions, they found the solution of building a bridge and Varuna bid them goodbye with a promise that he will not bother them or their army while they are crossing the bridge. Some sources have mentioned that it was Samudra who met Rama but the incident happening with Varuna is also mentioned in the literature.

It represents the aura and spirit that surrounds a person. One needs to dig deeper into his consciousness and accept the fact that it takes a deliberate effort to understand the character and presence of this planet. It is not visible to a naked eye just like that. It is often seen as the supporter and encourager of talent, the gentle feel of humankind in living beings and a door to unleashing possibilities that are beyond any man’s belief. Hence it is deep and permeating. Varuna is the karaka or indicator of thought, creativity, research, financial, stock and business-related work and represents the possibilities of using inner self-awakening for achieving greater things in life.

It is magical to think of the limitless benefits of the Neptune planet on our lives. It shows us that there is something beyond this world that you see, hear, feel and perceive every single day. It is the window that might open to realities unknown to the man. The only way to believe and make this into a reality is to unleash the true powers of your own self. One needs to recognise his talent, his own capabilities and bring his past life rewards to better his future.

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