Guru (Jupiter) and Shani (Saturn) are coming together in the sign of Makara (Capricorn) on December 21st, 2020.
They are already closely conjunct (within 3 degrees) now.

The Story of Gajendra Moksha from the Srimad Bhagavatam has a close connection with this grand conjunction in Capricorn.

Gajendra Moksha

Gajendra Moksha or The Liberation of Gajendra is a Puranic legend from the 8th Skandha of the Bhāgavata Purāṇa, a sacred book in Hinduism. Lord Vishnu came down to earth to protect Gajendra, the elephant, from the clutches of a Crocodile, alternatively known as Makara or Huhu, and with Vishnu’s help, Gajendra achieved moksha, or liberation from cycle of birth and death. Gajendra then attained a form like that of the god (Sarupya Mukti) and went to Vaikuntha with Vishnu. This story was narrated by Shuka to King Parikshit at Parikshit’s request.

There was once an elephant named Gajendra who lived in a garden called Ṛtumat which was created by Varuna. This garden was located on Mount Trikuta, the “Three-Peaked Mountain.” Gajendra ruled over all the other elephants in the herd. One day as usual he went to the lake near by to pick lotus flowers to offer prayer to Lord Vishnu.

Suddenly, a crocodile living in the lake attacked Gajendra and caught him by the leg. Gajendra tried for a long time to escape from the crocodile’s clutches. All his family members, relatives and friends gathered around to help him, but in vain. The crocodile simply would not let go. When they realised that ‘death’ had come close to Gajendra, they left him alone. He trumpeted in pain and helplessness until he was hoarse.

As the struggle was seemingly endless and when he had spent his last drop of energy, Gajendra called to the god Vishnu to save him, holding a lotus up in the air as an offering. Hearing his devotee’s call and prayer, Vishnu rushed to the scene. As Gajendra sighted the god coming, he lifted a lotus with his trunk. Seeing this, Vishnu was pleased and with his Sudharshana Chakra, he decapitated the crocodile.

Gajendra prostrated himself before the god. Vishnu informed Gajendra that he, in one of his previous births, had been the celebrated King Indradyumna, a devotee of Vishnu, but due to his disrespect to the great Sage Agastya, he had been cursed to be reborn as an elephant. Because Indradyumna had been devoted to Vishnu, the god had him born as Gajendra and made him realize that there is something called Kaivalya which is beyond Svarga and Urdhva Loka, the realm of the gods. Indradyumna could attain Moksha finally when he (as Gajendra) left all his pride and doubt and totally surrendered himself to Vishnu.

Symbolic Meaning

The symbolic meaning of Gajendra moksha is that materialistic desires, ignorance and sins create an endless chain of karma in this world and are similar to a crocodile preying upon a helpless elephant stuck in a muddy pond. Humans are thus stuck in a continuous cycle of death and rebirth until the day when they can look beyond everything in this creation and ultimately submit themselves to the supreme being Vishnu .

Source – Wikipedia

Astrological Significance and Remedies

As we know Elephant is connected to the planet Jupiter and the sign of Capricorn also known as Makara is connected to the crocodile. Saturn is the lord of the sign Capricorn.

As we saw in the story Gajendra could not be saved by his own effort, but the minute he remembered the Lord and surrendered to HIM and called out to HIM to save HIM, Lord Vishnu came and protected HIM.

So offering a lotus flower to Lord Vishnu and listening to the Gajendra Moksha Stotram every day until December 21st is a great remedy. If you are unable to do it every day then you can do it on Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays.

Reading this story and sharing this story with everyone is also another great remedy!

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