As per Astrology, all planets of the Solar system play a different role in one’s life. Shukra grah (Venus) is worshiped on Friday through Shukra Puja. Durga, the goddess is also worshiped on Friday. Although a lot of people just follow what an astrologer or a priest tell them to, but most of them don’t even know the impact of Shukra (Venus) in their life and why Durga and Shukra or Venus are worshiped on Friday.
Shukra, named after Shukracharya, Guru of Asuras (demons) is considered to be responsible for love, marriage, beauty and for providing comforts in one’s life. Shukra, known as Venus, proves to be a beneficial planet for majority of people. If placed at a good position in your birth-chart, it will give you power to control your sense organs and bring name and fame.
Shukra puja is performed if the Venus is ill-placed in the birth chart. The impacts because of the ill-placement can be stones in bladder, diseases of ovaries, abortions, weakness of sexual organs, losses in business or business failure, debt, poverty, disturbed family and married life, loss of wealth, and many more.
Start Shukra Puja on any Friday. Wear white clothes, facing the south-east direction, chant the following beej mantra of Shukra :
ऊँ द्रां द्रीं द्रौं सः शुक्राय नमः ||
Om Draam Dreem Draum Sah Shukraay Namah ||
Friday is also considered to be the day of Goddess Durga. Worshiping her on Friday gives you strength, success and calmness in life. She is one of the most powerful Hindu Deities. Goddess Durga removes obstacles of our life and helps us to overcome any difficulties that we may have in our life. She is said to be worshiped even by the Gods, Brahma, Vishnu and Mahesh. Durga is depicted as a fearless woman riding a lion. She carries weapons in each of her eight arms.
She is worshiped in many forms and with different names. As Parvati, she is seen by the side of Lord Shiva in the snowy peaks of Kailash Parbat (Mountain) considered to be the place of living of Lord Shiva. As Kali she is depicted as black in color with red tounge who killed demons and wore their skulls as a garland. As Shakti or Mahishasurmardini, she is seen killing Mahishasura, a demon representing as the destroyer of evil. The most famous forms of her are Nav Durga (9 deities) which are worshipped during Navratras that come twice a day. The names of the NavDurga manifestations which are worshipped one by one on each day of the Navratri are as follows:
Shailputri, Brahmcharini, Chandraghanta,
Kushmanda, Skandmata, Katyayini,
Kaalratri, Mahagauri, Sidhidatri
Goddess Durga, the Supreme Mother, is believed to take care of her devotees as her own children if they simply surrender in her lotus feet and accept that every material happiness, wisdom and health is bestowed upon them only with Mother’s grace. Surrender alone is enough even if you do not know the religious practices, shlokas, mudras or the complete procedure of puja. You just need to connect with her through your heart & soul and she will certainly be there for you.
May Goddess Durga and Shukra Grah bless you!