A date with your stars

Alternate science

A date with your stars

You wouldn’t have heard of a more unique fair. The most famous astrologers, palmists, face readers, Tarot, Vaastu and Feng Shui experts from all over India have congregated for an astrology fair ‘Nakshatra’ at Pragati Maidan. You can not only learn what the stars and planets hold in store for you, but also purchase remedial items like gems, avail alternative healing therapies like Accupressure and even learn astrology yourself.

This fair is held annually by a Delhi-based astrological concern Futurepoint. In its eighth year now, the fair has over 100 stalls and is attracting believers, and non-believers, in hundreds every day. Founder-director, Futurepoint, Arun Bansal explains, “Belief in predictive techniques like astrology, numerology etc. is increasing rapidly. As more and more people realise that these are based on scientific principles of astronomy and reliably foretell the future, they are turning to us for guidance. No wonder, every TV channel has a programme on astrology these days.”

“Youngsters are most enthusiastic about occult sciences like Tarot card reading, Feng Shui and Vaastu. In such a scenario, it is good to bring together practitioners of these Vedic sciences and help people learn more about them.”

Arun himself is a pioneer in introducing modern technology in astrology. He has prepared softwares which require you to just feed in your date and time of birth and it automatically generates a birth chart. He first developed this software in MSDOS computers, Casio calculators and palmtops, and now it is available in Windows and Android mobiles as well.Other than him, there are astrologers from various parts of the country who have unique methods of telling the future. Pandit Lekhram Sharma of Mandi, Himachal Pradesh tells your birth date and time by just looking at your palm. Arun informs us that many people who didn’t know their birth date for different reasons have benefitted from Pt Lekhram’s expertise at the fair.

Then Naresh Udasi from Nasik puts ink on one’s palm and reads from its print on paper, and Pt Nathuram Sharma of Bhilwara, Rajasthan has brought along Bhrigu Samhita, an ancient astrological text which has been in his family for generations.

25-year-old Swatika Jain reads your aura and angels. She says, “This is based on American spiritual doctor Doreen Virtue’s theory that all of us have guardian angels. Only some of us have the power to see them and get messages from them.”

Neera Sareen, who does Coffee and Tea cup reading, is garnering the maximum attention. She serves her customers Turkish coffee or tea, swirls the leftover liquid and grounds, and then answers their questions based on the patterns formed in the cup. She says, “These are ancient Chinese techniques which travelled to the Middle-east and are now popular in India. Many of my customers have come back to me after the predictions proved right.”

If predictions are not your cup of tea, then you can simply purchase gems, rudraksh malas and yantras. As a customer Preksha Sood put it, “I love to adorn my house with Feng Shui items like Laughing Buddhas, three-legged frogs, crystals and wind chimes. They look so beautiful, and if they bring good luck, then even better.”

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