For EST readers ,your name is almost
synonymus with the remedies . What made you
take so much interest in the remedies rather
We go for medical tests, to know what is the root
cause of our physical sufferings, and what is wrong
in our system. Then, our immediate next step is to
ask the doctor for the medicines to cure the symptoms
and the disease. Similarly, after diagnosing that xyz
dasa is unfavorable, the client's immediate next
question is about the pariharas. Hence since beginning
itself, I got inclined towards the remedies and
pariharas to solve the clients' problems. I used to write
(from 1995 till recently) regular monthly column on
Instant Remedies in our esteemed magazine EST.
It's been 25 years, I have been suggesting various
kinds of remedies to solve people's burning problems,
be it court case or family issues, career-related matter
or burden of debt! In fact, this is my silver jubilee
association with EST.
How do you define Totka?
In my humble opinion, Totkas are the traditional
remedies to ward off evil, passed from generation to
generation. We have been following Totkas unwittingly
e.g. eating Curd with Sugar before going to write
examinations, putting Turmeric paste on body, a day
before getting married, and distributing Saffron rice to friends on Vasantha Panchami day etc.
How did you come to know about Totkas? How did you get introduced to the Totkas?
During my childhood, I used to curiously observe
seven Green Chillies and one Yellow Lemon hung in
Black thread at the entrance of many shops and
commercial establishments. When I visited Guindy
Engineering College, Chennai in 1983, there also I
saw Lemons welcoming the customers at the
entrance of many shops & restaurants, but in a
different way .The shopkeepers had kept one Yellow
Lemon dipped in a glassful of water, near the Cashcounter.
Some shopkeepers immersed one Rose
flower also, along with Yellow Lemon.
Later in life, when I started going to other Southern
states (Bangalore, Hyderabad & Kochi etc.,) for
Astro-Vastu consultations, I observed many
shopkeepers burning Camphor after pulling down the
shutters. Breaking Pumpkins on the roads on special
days was a common sight. I had witnessed similar
kind of rituals being practiced in Malaysia, Mauritius
& Dubai also.
I asked my mother about all these rituals, to which
she replied that all these are Totkas done to get
protection against the enemies. It is widely believed
that the Totkas protect us against evil eye & black
In remedial astrology, we propitiate malefic planets to get positive results. We make an attempt
to convert Lemons into Lemonades. We cannot stop the rains; but don't we undertake
protection(umbrella / raincoat) to get past the rains? Similarly we believe that we cannot
stop or alter the movements of the planets, but we can use astrological remedies as a tool to put
a protective shield on us to get protection from malefic planets. We suggest easy to perform
and result-oriented remedial measures to solve burning problems. We work on the principles
just like Paracetamol tablets, which are given to control fever in our body. Fever is discomfort
and Paracetamol is the remedy (symptomatic).
There is a another term Tona , which is used along
with Totka. Totka is a positive ritual to protect
ourselves against the enemy's attack, whereas Tona
is a negative ritual meant to harm the opponents /
enemies. African occult practitioners use voodoo dolls
to perform Tona. My mother & other gurus have
always taught me NEVER to indulge in Tona, as it
attracts bad karmas.
Kindly share your personal experience with the
efficacy of the Totkas
I clearly remember two incidents of personal
experience, with the efficacy of the Totkas. One, at
the time of applying for passport, I realized that I had
misplaced bunch of my school certificates, mark
sheets and date of birth certificate. I didn't know
what to do as I needed the passport urgently. A close
friend suggested me to consult his Family-priest, who
was also an expert in the art of the Totkas.
Reluctantly I went to him and explained my plight.
He told me to bring two seeds of Betel nut and one
Betel leaf. He wrote something on the Betel leaf
and read some mantra over the Betel nuts. Then he
told me to go home and keep both Betel nuts on the
Betel leaf at the last remembered location, where I
had kept / seen the certificates. I did what I was told
to do. After a few days, I opened the cupboard, where
I had kept the Betel nuts and the Betel leaf (last
remembered location of the Certificates). I started
moving the papers and the files kept there. To my
surprise, suddenly I saw a bunch of the Certificates,
which I was looking for, and needed desperately!
Immediately I thanked God and the priest for helping
me getting back the lost Certificates.
Second time, a friend requested me to borrow my
Bike for two days. I gladly gave him as he was a
trusted and one of my close friends. On the third
day, when he didn't turn up to my place to return my
Bike, I went to his house. On asking about my Bike, he apologetically told me that he had gone to attend a
marriage-party, and he suspected that someone had
stolen the Bike from the venue. He also told me that
he was trying through unofficial sources for the
recovery of the Bike. I felt disheartened, and decided
to lodge Police complaint. After lodging the Police
complaint, I thought of same Family-priest of my
friend, who had helped me finding lost Certificates. I
went to him and asked for his help this time also. He
again did the same ritual of Betel nuts and Betel leaf.
This time, he told me to keep the Betel nuts and the
Betel leaf at my house, where I used to park my
Bike. Two days passed, and there was no clue of the
lost Bike. I became worrisome. On the third or the
fourth day, I got a phone call from the Police station
to come to the Police station to recognize the Bike.
On reaching the Police station, I saw my Bike parked
in the parking lot. The Police officer on duty told me
that they found the Bike about ten kilometers away
from the wedding venue. He expressed the possibility
that the Bike must have gone out of fuel, which had
made the thieves to leave the Bike there only.
I again thanked God and the priest, for helping me
getting back the Bike.
Till date, I haven't found the secret behind Betel nuts
and the Betel leaf ritual.
Have you written any book on Totka?
I am in the process of compiling the Totkas. God
willing, I will be able to launch my book The book of
Totkas" very soon.
Can you share some easy to do Totkas for getting protection against Evil Eye?
For the shops & commercial establishments: Dip a
Yellow Lemon in a half glassful of water, and keep it
For homes: At the main entrance door, hang seven
Green Chillies and one Yellow Lemon pierced through
Black thread, with the help of needle. Change it every Tuesday & Saturday. Instead of seven Green chillies,
some people opt for three or five chillies also.
To get rid of Evil Eye: Every Wednesday night, the affected person should eat sweet Betel leaf,
with eleven Rose petals. Betel leaf represents Mercury planet, and the sweet stuff in it represents
Mars. The logic behind eleven petals is that nine petals for nine planets , one for Evil Eye and
one for Black Magic . This ritual can be done by anybody, as it boosts up positive energy.
For individuals Take a medium size Yellow Lemon,
and cut it into four pieces. Throw each cut piece in
each of four Directions, to be done while standing at
Do we require rare items to perform Totkas?
Traditionally our elders have been using many easily
available household items, such as Green chilies, Red
chillies, Black Pepper, common Salt, Betel nuts, Betel
leaf, Mustard seeds , Yellow Lemon, roots, flowers,
bark and leaves of various plants & trees, to ward
off evil and to attract good luck
Can you share some easy to do, useful Totkas
related to above-mentioned items?
It is generally believed that our enemies only cast
drishti/nazar on us, but in reality, our loved ones also
cast drishti/nazar unknowingly. In North India,
especially in Punjab, it is widely believed that when
the mother praises her child too much, the child's
health may get effected due to drishti/nazar. Even
we also cast drishti/nazar on ourselves unknowingly.
When we see ourselves in the mirror and admire our
beauty, then there is fear of drishti/nazar. Boasting
of our academic/professional achievements in front
of friends & relatives can also cast drishti/nazar.
It is very effective to remove Evil Eye cast on the
children. It works almost instantly. Take four pieces
of dried Red chillies and rotate anti-clockwise seven
times, over the head of the child. Burn the chillies in
fire. If you don't feel any smell or spicy aroma, it is a
sure shot sign that the child was under Evil Eye effect,
and now the child is free from drishti/nazar. This
can be performed anytime.
Astrologically speaking, Drishti/nazar is caused by
malefic Mars, and Red Chillies represent Mars.
We burn Red Chillies to destroy the negative effects
of malefic Mars
To repay loans
Businessmen take loan in order to expand their
business. The home-makers take loan to buy new
gadgets, mobile phones and laptops etc. If financial planning is good, and proper budgetary discipline is
maintained, then there is no problem in taking and
repaying the loan. Problem arises, when income
suddenly falls and one feels incapable of repaying
the loan. Stress of paying loan-installments doesn't
let the person sleep properly. If a person has the
good intentions of repaying loan, then the following
Totkas will definitely help the borrower.
Never take the loan on Tuesday . Always pay
installments on Tuesday
Plan to pay first loan-installments on Ravi-Hasta day
i.e. when Hasta nakshatra falls on Sunday. This helps
in speedy payments of the installments
Starting from first Wednesday of the bright lunar
phase (Sukla Paksha), daily recite Rin-harta Ganesha
Every Thursday, donate 800gm Red Masoor pulse
to any sweeper
Every Tuesday & Saturday, observe fast, and offer
sweet prasad at Lord Hanuman temple.
Black Pepper to control the enemies
When opponents become enemies, and may start harming
physically or mentally, then it makes a lot of sense to
protect ourselves from any such possible attack/s
On Amavasya and Pournami day, take a few seeds
of Black Pepper in hand. Rotate three times anticlockwise
over the head of all the family members,
and throw towards South Direction
As per the Hindus' beliefs, Betel leaf is always
included during worshipping the deities . There are
many references of Betel leaves, even in the Puranas
To appease Lord Hanuman
By getting the blessings
of Anjaneya Swami, one gets good health,
intelligence, smartness and alertness. One becomes
debt free and disease free. To appease Anjaneya
Swami, every Tuesday, one should offer sweet Betel
leaf (sweet paan) at His temple. Care should be
taken that it shouldn't contain Betel nut and Tobacco.
To get rid of Tantric effects
If you suspect that someone has done some kind of tantric action on you or your commercial establishment,
then doing the following ritual will prove to be beneficial,
in removing negative tantric action.
On Tuesday morning around Sunrise time, collect 8
already fallen leaves of Peepal tree. Wash them in a
mix of 1/3 unboiled milk & 2/3 water. Get 8 Betel leaves,
and wash them also in the above mentioned mix of water
& milk. Using needle and Red thread, pierce them in
alternate order i.e. one leaf of Peepal, then one leaf of
Betel. Hang this on the main door. Repeat this for 8
Tuesdays. You will definitely observe positive changes.
Make sure to be a pure vegetarian and teetotaler on
Betel nut is consumed in almost every part of India. If it
is worshipped and used properly, it can show miraculous
On Diwali night, wrap a sacred thread (Janeu) over a
Betel nut. Keep it on the altar and perform the Lakshmi
puja. After the puja, apply Red kumkum & Rice grains
on Betel nut, and keep it in locker, where the valuables
& cash are kept. By doing this simple Totka, prosperity
of the home increases many folds.
Jupiter symbolizes prosperity, knowledge, higher
education and reputation. Peepal tree represents Jupiter.
This should be done on Amavasya night falling on
Saturday. Worship Peepal tree located in a temple and
light a lamp of Mustard oil under the Peepal tree. Keep
a few coins, and a Betel nut near the roots of the tree.
Next day around Sunrise, take bath and go to that Peepal
tree, to collect the coins and the Betel nut. Wrap both
the items in a Peepal leaf (already fallen on the
ground). Keep this leaf, Betel nut and the coins in the
Cash-box. Improvement in business will be noticed within
For Domestic Peace
Draw a Swastika symbol, on a Betel leaf with pure ghee
& Orange sindoor.
Tie Red thread (kalawa / mauli ka dhaga) on a Betel
Keep this Betel nut on the Betel leaf and keep safely on
the altar or in the puja room. This process can be repeated
every Pournami. This ritual brings peace in the home.
Gain in business: Wrap a Coconut in 1.25 meter Yellow cloth, and donate it along with sweets,
a Yellow flower & a pair of sacred thread (yagyopavita or janeu) in a Lord Rama temple,
and pray for success and profits in business. This should be performed on every Navami day.
Unmarried girl of marriageable age
On Thursday morning, after taking bath, put a tilakam
of Red kumkum, Turmeric and Rice grains on Betel
nut. Tie Red thread (kalawa / mauli ka dhaga) on a
Betel nut. Go to Vishnu temple; pray to get suitable
groom, and leave the Betel nut there in front of God
Can you share a few Totkas, for peace & prosperity?
1. Place four spoonfuls of Red Sandalwood powder,
eight petals of Rose flower and one piece of Jaggery in
a Red (non-shining) cloth. Tie up everything with Red
thread, and place it near the feet of Lord Hanuman).
This should be done on Tuesday.
2. Collect 12 Peepal leaves (already fallen) on the
first Thursday of Shukla Paksha (Waxing Moon
period). Sit in South Direction and write "RAM" with
Ring finger on each leaf, using paste of pure ghee &
Orange Sindoor. Keep them near the feet of Lord
Hanuman, and seek His blessings.
For marital harmony: While sleeping, married couple
shouldn't keep mobile phones between their pillows.
Use Pink colour pillow covers.
For peace in family
Instead of buying Wheat flour from the market get
Wheat ground from wheat- grinding shops. Add about
10% Black chickpeas (kaala chana) with the wheat,
before you give the wheat for grinding. This should be
done on a Friday. Consuming this wheat flour brings
peace in the family.
Any caution to be taken, while performing the Totkas?
Breaking pumpkins on the road have serious implications
as motorists, elderly persons and the children tend to
skid on the road and this can lead to accidents.
Used stuff like Lemons, Green chillies etc shouldn't be
thrown carelessly on the road / public place. Keep them
respectfully under a Peepal tree or float in a flowing
For safety purpose, perform the Totkas before Sunset,
unless specified otherwise.
Before performing any Totka, it is advisable to consult
an expert & competent person.
DO NOT perform any Totka, to achieve any nefarious