the planet in shadows, is accorded recognition by the Indian astrologers and like Ketu,
this planet is also not visible in the galaxy.
A mine of information about Rahu is available in Brahmaavaivartha puraana,
Mahaabhaagavatha, Mahaabhaaratha, Matsya puraana, Rigveda and Vishnu puraana.
Rahu was born to Simhika and
Viprachitthi. Rahus mother simhika (also known as Simhita) was the daughter of
Hiranyakashyapa (Bhakta Prahladas father). There are several brothers to Rahu and
they are Salya, Nabha, Vaataapi, Ilvala and Namuchi. It is also believed that Rahu is the
eldest of the 100 brothers. He also has a sister by name Maahishmathi.
Bhagavatha makes a mention
of Rahu in the cosmic churning. As the demons and the gods went on churning the milky
ocean with Meru parvatha, several interesting things surfaced and the ambrosia (amrita) is
one among them. Lord Vishnu, disguised himself as Mohini, a celestial dancer and took upon
himself the task of distributing the amrita. In this process, he elbowed the demons and
went on offering the amrita to gods and angels. Seeing this, Rahu impersonates as one of
the gods and sits in the row of the gods to partake the amrita. Noticing this surya and
chandra alerted mohini. Mohini, loses no time in beheading but by then Rahu swallowed
amrita and so he could not be killed. Henceforth the neckline became Rahu and the torno is
referred to as Ketu. Since then Rahu is said to have nursed a gurdge against the surya and
chandra, and gobbles them up in the wake of an eclipse.
Nature: The fierce face of Rahu
adorns a crown and a garland runs round his neck. Clad is black, the four shouldered Rahu
sports sword, shield, trishula and varamudra in his four hands. He sits on a lion. As the
faint trace of nectar made him immortal, Lord Brahma conferred upon him the status of a
planet. The eight horse driven chariot of Rahu is darkness. The presiding deity of Rahu is
Yama and Surya in his pratyadhidevata. His position in the galaxy is south - westwards and
it resembles a winnowing fan.
Astrology: Born into paithenasa gotra,
Rahu is fierdish in nature. He was born in the year parthiva(Rakshasa in some other
books) in bhaadrapada maasa, krishna paksha on the fourteenth day of the waving moon on a
Sunday. Visakha is his birth star. Rahu dasa lasts for 18 years. He has no aura of his own
as he is considered a "chaaya graha". At the intersecting points of lunar and
solar circumferences, there are two dots. The northern dot is called Rahu or the dragon
headed and the southern dot is referred to as dragons tail. Rahu, like other planets
does not preside over particular zodiac sign. Vrishabha lagna is his best place whereas
vrishchika lagna is his worst. For ketu, vrishchika is the best place. According to
parasara samhitha, kanya rasi is his nature place.
Mrityunjaya japa is considered to be
highly efficacious to pacify Rahu. The beejaakshara runs thus:
OM BHRAAM BHREEM BHROUM SAHA RAHAVE
This mantra or the mantra in the
Navagraha stotra pertaining to Rahu need to be chanted for 18000 times.
Rahu lords over aardra, swathi and
satabhisha nakshatras. Like Kuja and Sani, Rahu too yields favours when he is positioned
in 3, 6 & 11th houses from the janma raasi.
Malific effects of Rahu: Social
backwardness, mental tension, misuse of power, electric shock, lack of interest, evil
thoughts, bad dreams, trouble while in a foreign land, loss of money in vices, ill health,
fear of thieves, legal hassles, possession of evil spirits to mention a few.
Beneficial effects: Command over
foreign languages, courage, research, social service, interest in magic sciences,
photography are some of the positive traits.
What Rahu likes most: To pacify
Rahu, black gram should be given away. Caldera flowers, black lillies are used in his
worship. Fishes, grapes, almonds, liquor, red sandal paste, 10 wick-lamp, graveyard land,
panchaloha Rahu pratima, gomedhika, blue clothes, marijuana lotus leaves and aluminium are
some of the things used in Rahu pooja.
To pacify Rahu, gomedhika gem studded
ring is to be worn. Wearing this finger ring leads to prosperity success, financial
prosperity, education and good health.
Eclipses: Rahu and Ketu, if one is
with sun and the other with the moon, then it is lunar eclipse. If the sun and the moon
are with either Rahu or Ketu, then the solar eclipse occurs.
Tirunagendram at Kumbhakonam in Tamilnadu
is a sacred place of Rahu worship. Kalahasthi in Andhra Pradesh is also known for its Rahu
worship. Soornaarkoil in Kumbhakonam or any temple with Navagrahas is ideal for Rahu
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