When the constellation are in the aforesaid combination / position ,the situation is termed as â€˜Panchakâ€™ â€“ Ascending â€˜Ghanishthaâ€™, â€˜Shatibhishaâ€™, â€˜Poorva Bhaadrpadâ€™, Uttara Bhaadrapadâ€™ and â€˜Revatiâ€™ are the five constellations thus enumerated in the scriptures.
As said by the learned sage, Garg, whatsoever work is done during the â€˜Panchakâ€™ period has to be borne five times. It is believed that if a person dies during the â€˜Panchakâ€™ period, then at the time of cremation, four or five imitation corpses of â€˜Kushaâ€™ [grass]â€™ or wheat flour are made and cremated along with the dead person on the same pyre and all rituals are carried out for the imitation corpses â€¦., this is said to protect the family from the malefic effect of the â€˜Panchakâ€™ phase.
Scriptures used for calculating and deriving at auspicious timing for marriage ceremonies, head-shaving ceremonies, laying the foundation stone of a house, house-warming, sacred thread ceremony, etc, do not take into consideration the â€˜Panchakâ€™ period. Also â€˜Panchak â€˜is not considered when celebrating â€˜RakshaBandhanâ€™ , â€˜Bhai Doojâ€™ etc.[ festivals related to brother-sister relation]