Rahu: Unfolding The True Nature Of This Shadow Planet!

Rahu holds high significance in Vedic Astrology. In case you have any question about Rahu, its impact on the houses of a kundli or different aspects of life such as health, education, family etc. you can click here and get connected with our expert astrologers.  In the present times, there are several misconceptions related to Rahu that have created a sense of fear around this planet.

When Rahu is placed in a kundli with the Sun and Moon, it creates the Grahan Dosha and impacts various aspects of your life, such as business, marriage, family and much more. Are you facing some challenges in life? Brihat Kundli, an accurate, comprehensive and precise report will help you decode the right answer and understand the influence of Rahu in your life.

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Rahu in a kundli of any native can either make him/her taste the best leisures of life or suffer through poverty and bad times. With its impact, one can face several challenges and obstacles in career and profession or reach the heights of professional success. On this note, AstroSage’s CogniAstro Report can come in handy and act as your career guide.

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Planet Rahu: Religious Significance and Impact On Life

अर्धकायं महावीर्यं चन्द्रादित्यविमर्दनम। 

सिंहिकागर्भसम्भूतं तं राहुं प्रणमाम्यहम।।

ardhakāyaṃ mahāvīryaṃ candrādityavimardanama। 

siṃhikāgarbhasambhūtaṃ taṃ rāhuṃ praṇamāmyahama।।   

Meaning: The One who is half-bodied, full of courage and might, capable of afflicting the Sun and the Moon and born from the womb of Sinhika, I bow and fold my hands in front of that Rahu.

According to Hinduism, Swarbhanu, the son of Sinhika, was quite powerful and intelligent. During the process of Samudra Manthan, both Demons and Gods struggled to lay their hands on the Nectar of Immortality, called Amrit. It was then when Lord Vishnu took the form of beautiful Mohini and tricked Demons into drinking common water instead of Amrit.

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Swarbhanu caught this trick and after transforming himself into a God, sat in the line amongst the Gods. However, as soon as he tasted some drops of the Nectar, Lord Surya and Lord Chandra (Sun and Moon respectively) revealed his true identity in front of Lord Vishnu, who out of anger separated Swarbhanu’s torso from his head with his Sudarshan Chakra. Since by then he had become immortal, his head became Rahu, whereas his torso became Ketu. 

This is the reason why Eclipses occur, as it is believed that Rahu and Ketu formed an enmity with the Sun and the Moon, and caused this phenomena. Rahu and Ketu are considered shadow planets in retrograde motion. Rahu doesn’t rule any particular zodiac sign, but Virgo is considered to be under its governance. It is expected to be an exalted state in Gemini and debilitated in Sagittarius. 

If Rahu is placed with the Lord of the Trikona house in the Kendra House in a kundli, or with the Lord of the Kendra House in the Trikona House, it creates an effective Raj Yoga. in such a situation, it allows a native to reach the heights of success. The grace of Rahu helps a native exceed in Politics and Diplomatic Relations.

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Innumerable Outcomes Attained By Rahu

An auspicious and favourably placed Rahu offers sharp intelligence, with the help of which you become capable of tackling difficult situations ahead of time. Rahu is a transformative planet, which does not bind itself in the shackles of dignity, but remains far away from such a hustle. The negative impact of Rahu is majorly visible on one’s thinking abilities and understanding skills. Such a native doesn’t have many well-wishing friends and gains advice from wrong people. They can fall in bad company and may suffer from problems such as Hiccups, Intestinal problems, Ulcers, Gastric Issues and Dementia.

This shadow planet Rahu produces good and bad thoughts in our brain. It appears to be blue in color, which is why blue-colored objects tend to amplify the influence of Rahu. Apart from this, Rahu signifies enemies, electricity, lowliness, treachery, elephant, cat and much more. Also, in-laws’ house, secretive police, trickery, crude coal, iron rust, dirty drains, black dog, fever etc. also represents Rahu as per the Lal Kitab.

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Various scriptures have described several measures to be followed in order to attain the grace of Rahu. Out of them, adorning gems and yantras, performing fasts, chanting mantras and performing the medicinal bath or Aushidhi Snan are some of the fruitful tips. In Yantra Chintamani, Vrihadaivagya Ranjan, Garuda Purana, Narada Samhita and Shukra Niti, etc. also mention its importance as well.

Tips To Appease Rahu

Accordingly, one can adorn Gomed or Hessonite gemstone of the highest quality to appease the Shadow Planet Rahu. In case Gomed is not available, you can also wear Tursa or Safi gemstone as a substitute. 

Adding to it, adorning or installing the Rahu Yantra is also said to incur auspicious results. For this, you must wear this Yantra carved in an iron amulet or Taweez on Saturday.

विश्वाष्टतिथ्यामनुसूर्यदिश्या खगामहीन्द्रैकदशांशकोष्ठे।

विलिख्य यन्त्रं सततं विधार्यं राहोः कृतारिष्टनिवारणाय।।

viśvāṣṭatithyāmanusūryadiśyā khagāmahīndraikadaśāṃśakoṣṭhe।

vilikhya yantraṃ satataṃ vidhāryaṃ rāhoḥ kṛtāriṣṭanivāraṇāya।।

Fast Observed For Rahu

The fast for Rahu is usually observed on Saturday. Apart from this, the Rahu’s fast can also be observed on the day ruled by a specific planet, who also governs the house or bhava where Rahu is positioned. This fast dedicated to Rahu must be observed for eighteen Saturdays.

  • On the day of fast, one should wear dark-colored clothes and chant the mantra, “ॐ भ्रां भ्रीं भ्रौं सः राहवे नमः/oṃ bhrāṃ bhrīṃ bhrauṃ saḥ rāhave namaḥ”. 
  • This mantra should be chanted on a mala or rosary for about five, eleven or eighteen times.
  • While chanting the above mantra, keep Durva, water and Kusha in a vessel near you.
  • After you are done with the recitation, offer the mixture in the vessel to the roots of the Peepal tree.
  • One the day of fast, you must consume Sweetened Churma, Meethi Roti, Revadi and eatables made of Black Sesame Seeds.

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  • At night, light a diya with clarified butter or Ghee and place it near the roots of the Peepal Tree.
  • It is believed that observing this fast blesses one with courage and might, and that native emerges victorious in legal and other cases. 
  • His/Her reputation in the family and society increases and he/she attains freedom from Rahu-inflicted pains and sufferings.

Aushidhi Snan or Medicinal Bath for Rahu

In astrology, a Medicinal Bath or Aushidhi Snan holds high significance as it helps eliminate the pain and sufferings caused by Rahu. According to it, you must bathe with Motha (Nut Grass), Lal Chandan (Red Sandalwood), Sugandha Bala, Bilvapatra (Bel Leaves), Kasturi (Musk), Durva (Green Grass), Lodh and Gajamad while chanting the below mantra if you wish to get rid of the adverse effects of Rahu:

सलोध्रगर्भेणमदेभदानै रर्णोऽम्बुदश्रीफलपर्णवर्णैः।

हरेदभद्रं विषमागुजातं शरीरिणामाप्लवनं सदूर्वै।।

salodhragarbheṇamadebhadānai rarṇo’mbudaśrīphalaparṇavarṇaiḥ।

haredabhadraṃ viṣamāgujātaṃ śarīriṇāmāplavanaṃ sadūrvai।।

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Rahu Daan

राहोर्दानं कृष्णमेषो गोमेदो लौहकम्बलौ।

सौवर्णं नागरूपं च सतिलं ताम्रभाजनम्।।

rāhordānaṃ kṛṣṇameṣo gomedo lauhakambalau।

sauvarṇaṃ nāgarūpaṃ ca satilaṃ tāmrabhājanam।।

To eradicate the Rahu Dosha, it is auspicious to donate Black Sheep, Hessonite gemstone, Iron, Blankets, Nag made of Gold, and a Copper Vessel filled with Sesame seeds. You must wear Gomed or Hessonite gemstone to attain the grace of Rahu.

If you are thinking of performing any Rahu-related remedy, you can chant the below mantra as well while carrying out that remedy:

नीलाम्बरो नीलवपुः किरीटी करालवक्त्रः करवालशूली।

चतुर्भुजश्चर्मधरश्च राहुः सिंहासनस्थो वरदोऽस्तु मह्यम्।।

nīlāmbaro nīlavapuḥ kirīṭī karālavaktraḥ karavālaśūlī।

caturbhujaścarmadharaśca rāhuḥ siṃhāsanastho varado’stu mahyam।।

Meaning: The one who wears blue-colored clothes, has a blue complexion, wears a crown, has a deformed face, holds a shield, sword and prong and resides on a throne, O Rahu, shower your blessings upon me!

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Diseases Caused By Rahu

Rahu becomes extremely afflicted under certain circumstances and can become the cause of several physical illnesses and diseases. Situations can become unfavourable if:

  • Rahu is in a conjunction with Shani in Sagittarius zodiac sign,
  • Rahu in the eighth house is being aspected by Mars,
  • Rahu is posited in a debilitated state in the ninth house and being aspected by either Mars or Shani,
  • Rahu in Aries, Cancer, Leo or Scorpio is positioned in the first, fourth, sixth or tenth house of a kundli

If Rahu is afflicted in your horoscope, then it can lead to diseases such as Constipation, Smallpox, Brain-related Problems, Memory Weakness, Arthritis, Leprosy, Diarrhea, Paranormal Haunting and Fear, Spinal Pain or Discomfort, Hunger and Thirst. Problems such as Air-Related Disorders, Skin Diseases, Heart Diseases or Stomach Worms can also occur.

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Rahu Mantras & Special Remedies

Chanting Rahu Beej Mantra and other mantras helps you attain the blessings of Rahu:

ॐ ऐं ह्रीं राहवे नमः

ॐ रां राहवे नमः

ॐ भ्रां भ्रीं भ्रौं सः राहवे नमः

ॐ कया नश्चित्र आ भुवदूती सदावृधः सखा। कया शचिष्ठया वृता।। (यजुर्वेद  ३६/४)

oṃ aiṃ hrīṃ rāhave namaḥ

oṃ rāṃ rāhave namaḥ

oṃ bhrāṃ bhrīṃ bhrauṃ saḥ rāhave namaḥ

oṃ kayā naścitra ā bhuvadūtī sadāvṛdhaḥ sakhā। kayā śaciṣṭhayā vṛtā।। (yajurveda  36/4)

Even in the Brahma Purana, Rahu Shloka is mentioned so as to wash away the pain incurred from its malefic impact:

अनेकरूपवर्णैश्च शतशोऽथ सहस्त्रदृक।

उत्पातरूपो जगतां पीडां हरतु मे तमः।।

anekarūpavarṇaiśca śataśo’tha sahastradṛka।

utpātarūpo jagatāṃ pīḍāṃ haratu me tamaḥ।।

Meaning: The one with innumerable forms, colours, visions, who is a form of contempt for the world, O Tamomay Rahu, relieve me of my suffering.

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Apart from the above mantras, several other remedies also come in handy:

  • To pacify Rahu, visiting a Shiv Temple and offering a pair of Silver Nag-Nagin to the Shivling is considered auspicious.
  • Wrapping black sesame seeds in a blue-colored cloth and donating it on Saturday offer favourable results.
  • To appease Rahu, plant a Nag-Kesar tree.
  • You can also perform the above remedies during the Ardra, Swati and Shatabhisha Nakshatra ruled by Rahu, or in Rahu Kaal or Shani Hora to gain benefits.
  • To pacify Rahu, worshipping Maa Durga is considered the best remedy.
  • You can also perform the Rudra Abhishek and eliminate the malefic effects of Rahu.
  • Apart from this, if Rahu is undergoing its Dasha and churning out unfavourable results, you can recite the Bajrang Baan.

Hope you have liked the information given in this article about the shadow planet Rahu & its impact. Thank you all for being a part of AstroSage.


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