NAUTAPA -9 days of excess heat
With the transit of Sun in Rohini Nakshatra on Sunday, marking the beginning of Nautapa, the nine days of reeling heat that will test everything around for its tolerance. Nautapa or period of nine hot days when the earth’s temperature rises drastically will initiate tomorrow (25Th May 2020)with Sun entering Rohini nakshatra at 2:34am. Rohini -under in the domain of planet Venus (Taurus) is the nakshatra of moon and is widely known for soothing effect whereas sun is exactly opposite to it and represents burning effect. Therefore, when Surya enters this nakshatra, it tends to take away all the cooling effect. Nautapa has been mentioned clearly in Srimad Bhagwatam and Surya Siddhanta. The scientific reason behind this is direct rays of sun on earth’s surface.
During these 9 days, you will be experiencing extra-ordinary heat in the environment. The sun will stay in this nakshatra for 15 days but only initial 9 days are most harsh and hence called Nautapa. Also, due to the retrograde motion of two prime planets -Saturn and Jupiter, there will be unbearable heat in Nautapa. On 30th may, Venus will get combust and then you may experience some relief from this heat. There may be some untimely rains too. However, it is believed if earth gets rains during Nautapa, it will not experience good monsoons.
It is always suggested to take utmost care during this time as due to excess heat and loo (particularly in North India), your health may suffer. In old times, women often applied mehndi (henna) on their hands, legs and head during these days to provide a soothing effect on the mind. As Rohini is the nakshatra of moon, it is essential to keep yourself hydrated. Drink adequate water and also compliment with other soothing drinks. Avoid direct contact with sun rays and also take care of plants & other beings on earth. This time is also good for earning good merit by providing fresh drinking water to the needy.