Of all the remedies which are in vogue today, there are only two prescribed by Maharishi Parashar. Mantra and Daana दान. (I have written several posts on mantra., if you wish to read, do use the index page)
Daana in the physical sense is giving away of certain objects to temples, deities, Brahmins, or in running water/sea. What to give in Daana? I have written this post on the things connected to the planets which are generally offered as Daana.
When to give Daana? The day which is linked to the planet/ graha is generally prescribed eg Sunday for the Sun and so on. In addition to this, you can do Daana on these following auspicious days.
The first day of Ayana. These are the two solstices, ie the start of the Dakshinayna or the Uttarayan, ie the apparent northwards or southwards movement of the Sun. Here there is a confusion. Popularly Uttarayan is associated with Makar Sankranti these days (there is a very detailed reason for this, which would involve too much math, so not going into this). The Uttarayan technically starts on the day when the length of the day time Din-maana starts increasing and the length of the night time Ratri-maana starts decreasing in the north hemisphere. This happens one day after the winter solstice, ie on 22nd Dec in the current times. Similarly the Dakshinayan starts when the length of the night time starts increasing and the length of the day time starts decreasing in the north hemisphere. So this, in the current times occurs one day after the summer solstice, ie on 22nd June. You can do your Daana on these days.
On equinox days, these days are called विषुवत् vishuvat. They are currently at 21st March and 21st September.
During an eclipse of the Sun or the Moon.
The day when the Sun enters the Gemini, Virgo, Sagittarius and Pisces signs are particularly auspicious. In fact all the twelve Surya Sankranti-s are auspicious for offering Daana. ie The day when the Sun enters a sign/ rashi is called the Sankranti. The best one for Daana is the Makar Sankranti when the Sun enters the Capricorn sign (this is also celebrated as Uttarayan in the current times).
Daana can be performed on days when Jupiter transits into another sign.
Akshay tritiya is another auspicious day when Daana can be done.
Then the Tithi-s on which you can perform Daana in a month are these,
- A Daana made on Amavasya is auspicious. Especially if it is a Somvati Amavasya, ie a no Moon day which falls on a Monday. This amavasya is also very good for snan/bathing in sacred rivers.
- Daana on Purnimas, ie full Moon days especially the Purnima of the Kartik month is auspicious.
- On Dvadashi, the 12th day from the no moon day or the full moon day.
- A Chaturthi on a Tuesday, called the Angarki Chaturthi is a good day for doing Daana. Chaturthi is the 4th day from the no moon day or the full moon day.
- Also a Saptami falling on a Sunday is highly auspicious. Saptami is the 7th day from the no moon day or the full moon day.
- Even an Ashtami on a Wednesday is considered good for doing Daana. Ashtami is the 8th day from the no moon day or the full moon day.
- You can give a Daana on a day where a Tithi has been suppressed/ Lopit tithi. The tithi-s or lunar days are calculated on the basis of the angular distance between the Sun and the Moon. And the regular solar days are calculated from sun-rise to sun-rise. The tithi for the day is the tithi which was in force when the sun was rising. And the lunar day/ tithi is slightly shorter than the solar day. So sometimes on one solar day, 3 lunar tithi-s can occur, this is also called Dina-kshaya, “loss of a day” and is auspicious for Daana.
Then Daana is not supposed to be given or taken during the Sandhya times, ie morning dawn, evening dusk and midday. It is given during the day time, ie between the sunrise and sunset. If you give Daana to a Brahmin, then make sure that he looks and feels like the genuine thing. His energy should be high. Also he should not be eating, sleeping etc when you go to give it to him.
Giving Daana in our powerful ancient temples is a very good option, older the temple better it is. Finding old temples is not an issue in India, most of our temples are at least 1000+ yrs old themselves or re-constructed on sites which are known for thousands of years. You can also put these items in flowing water, sacred rivers like Ganga, Godavari, Tungabhadra etc or the sea are best options. But if its not possible then any flowing river is also good enough.
Finally Daana is not ‘charity’. दान is a Sanskrit word so cannot be translated only experienced. It broadly means giving up, a gift, teaching, sharing, restoring, purification, paying back, imparting, cutting off, communicating etc. When you give away Daana you are restoring your own karmic imbalance. You are sharing your negative karma with someone who is capable of absorbing it. You are cutting yourself off from the negative karma by the act of Daana. You are paying back the energy, you are purifying yourself. So not get high on ego when you give Daan. There is no charity in the real sense ever, you are just re-balancing debts you owe. Be grateful that you are allowed to pay it back as Daana rather than having to endure/ suffer it through. As Daana given with the proper intention always works as a remedy to your astrological issues.