(Last Updated on : 14/12/2018)
Rahu in Indian Astrology is actually not a planet
but is termed as shadowy planet. In reality, it is an intelligent concept which is unique to Indian astrology
. The two nodes where the trajectory of Earth
round the Sun
, and the trajectory of Moon
around the earth intersect are named as Rahu and Ketu
. Unlike other planets of the solar system, Rahu and Ketu are not observable, substantial heavenly bodies, with shape or mass content.
Legends of Rahu
Rahu was Danava
Vipracittis son and his mother was Simhika. Maya
, a Danava or Rakshasa
, the famous architect and magician
was his brother. According to mythology
, when Lord Vishnu
extracted the nectar of immortality
by churning the sea
, he invited Gods
only, to drink it. Rahu disguised himself as God and drank the nectar, sitting between the Lord Surya
and Lord Chandra
. Hence Vishnu cut his head. Since the nectar had reached the neck of Rahu by that time, the head survived, while the rest of the body turned to ashes. Since then, both the planets are hell bent on taking revenge with Moon and Sun, by constantly causing Lunar and Solar eclipses.
Nature of Individual with Rahu as Ruling Planet
Rahu is regarded as a Shudra Graha, which rules illiterate and uncultured people. In horoscopes
, it is considered to be a malefic planet, which signifies thieves, witches, venom, magicians, snake
, jails, spies, criminals, cemeteries, terrorists, etc. People dealing in occult, mainly dark magic are deeply influenced by this planet. Rahu is similar to Saturn
in its effects
Effects of Rahu
Rahu is instinctual and animal
istic in nature. It craves for pleasures, and is never satisfied with the gains. Fame, success in politics, money and physical attractions are all granted by this planet. The presence of Rahu in peoples' horoscope signifies karma
bondage coming down from the previous births thus making the lives of natives very difficult.
Colour for Rahu: Black.
Day for Rahu: Friday.
for Rahu: Garnet
for Rahu: Lord Shiva.
Mantras for Rahu
"Ardha-kayam maha-viryam chandraditya-vimardanam
simhika-garbha-sambhutam tam rahum pranamamy aham"
The above mentioned Mantra
for Rahu means; "By bowing down to Rahu praises the famous warrior who splits even the Sun and Moon in two half, born from Simhikas womb".
Importance of Rahu in Indian Astrology
Rahu, the malefic planet occupies a significant place in the list of celestial bodies. The alignment of Rahu with different planets creates different types of bondages. As per the Indian tradition, Rahu represents the head. According to the Hindu
belief, Rahu cannot discriminate between good and evil
, and so it works against the Dharma
. Rahu is stated to be ignorant about the spiritual subjects and it is a slave to the Maya.