rahu ketu’s pacification, mantras and remedies

Rahu and Ketu are known as Shadow Planets in the world of Vedic Astrology. As these planets will soon move out and change their planetary positions, these transits are said to be of high significance.

The planet Rahu will transit in Taurus on 23 September 2020, whereas on the same date, Ketu will transit and enter Scorpio. You can find detailed information about these important transits on AstroSage. But before that, let us know how Rahu-Ketu in one’s kundli transforms the lives of natives, and what are tips to appease these planets.

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Both Rahu and Ketu hold high significance in Vedic Astrology. These planets majorly affect our lives and its various aspects. In case you wish to attain an astrological input regarding this topic and have questions regarding their impact on your academics, marriage, career, family life etc, you can click here and seek expert consultation from our well-read astrologers. Now let us move ahead and read in detail about Rahu and Ketu.

Let us talk about Rahu. There are various notions and superstitions regarding Rahu and its effects on our lives. People usually consider Rahu as an inauspicious planet; however, the reality seems completely opposite. Rahu forms an eclipse with either the Sun or Moon in a kundli, whose impact can be seen in your family life, career, marriage, profession etc. It can completely turn the tables and make a native touch the heights of success. However, its afflicted placement gives rise to several obstacles. 

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Next is Ketu. Many consider Ketu as an unfavourable planet as well; however, outcomes may vary. Ketu present in the third, sixth and eleventh house of a kundli enables a native to move forward in life. This shadow planet with either the Sun or the Moon, creates an eclipse or Grah Dosha and impacts various aspects of life.

Mythological Legend Associated With Shadow Planets Rahu and Ketu

In Hinduism, Sawrbhanu was the son of Simhika and quite powerful and intelligent. To obtain the Nectar of Immortality or Amrit derived from Samudra Manthan or Churning Of The Ocean, a situation of warfare had arisen among the Gods and Demons. At that time, Lord Vishnu took the form of Mohini and initiated a reconciliation between two sides. After this, Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini first started distributing the Nectar to the Gods and planned to trick the Demons. When Swarabhanu saw this and realised the trickery, he took the form of a God and sat in line.

The moment he tasted the Nectar, the Sun (Lord Surya) and the Moon (Lord Chandra) recognized the true identity of Swarabhanu and revealed his truth in front of Lord Vishnu. Enraged, Lord Vishnu separated his head from the torso with his Sudarshan Chakra, but since the Nectar had reached his throat by then, his body became immortal.

From then, his head attained the name Rahu and torse, Ketu. This is the reason why Rahu and Ketu forms an eclipse with the Sun and the Moon as an act of revenge.

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Rahu-Ketu- Astrological Significance & Impact On Our Life

Rahu and Ketu are always considered to be in retrograde motion. They are not recognized as direct planets but widely known as shadow planets.


अर्धकायं महावीर्यं चन्द्रादित्यविमर्दनम। सिंहिकागर्भसम्भूतं तं राहुं प्रणमाम्यहम।।   

ardhakāyaṃ mahāvīryaṃ candrādityavimardanama। siṃhikāgarbhasambhūtaṃ taṃ rāhuṃ praṇamāmyahama।।   

Meaning: I bow in front of the Great Rahu, who is half-bodied, full of great power, afflicts the Moon and the Sun and is born from the womb of Sinhala.

If Rahu is located in the Angular or Kendra House with the Lord of the Trikona House or in the Trikon House with the Lord of the Angular or Kendra House, it forms a major Raj Yoga. In such a situation, the native is expected to reach the heights of success. A blessed and favourable Rahu is necessary if you want to become an expert in Politics and Diplomacy.


पलाशपुष्पसंकाशं तारकाग्रहमस्तकम। रौद्रं रौद्रात्मकं घोरं तं केतुं प्रणमाम्यहम।।   

palāśapuṣpasaṃkāśaṃ tārakāgrahamastakama। raudraṃ raudrātmakaṃ ghoraṃ taṃ ketuṃ praṇamāmyahama।।   

Meaning: I fold my hands in front of Ketu, whose aura is similar to Palash Pushpa, who is aggressive by nature and son of Rudra, is very fierce, and prominent among planets and stars.

If Ketu is posited in the Angular or Kendra House with the Lord of the Trikon House or in the Trikon House with the Lord of the Angular or Kendra House, it forms a major Raj Yoga. Such a person tastes complete success and prosperity in life. It makes him/her religious, and if favourably placed, Ketu makes such a native the Head of a temple, religious place or institution. 

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Planet Rahu & Multiple Outcomes Attained From It

  • Favourable Rahu: Sharp Mind, Not Confined Within The Walls Of Society But Makes One Eager To Explore
  • Inauspicious Rahu: Obstacles In Thoughts, Bad Company, Hiccups, Intestinal Problems, Ulcers, Gastric Issues and Insanity
  • Colour: Blue
  • Symbols: Enemy, Lightning, Despair, Treachery, Elephant, Cat

How To Appease The Shadow Planet Rahu

Different scriptures reveal multiple methods and remedies to appease Rahu and attain his grace. Let us know some of them.

Tp please Rahu, adorning Gomed or Hessonite Gemstone is revealed to be significant. In case Gomed stone is not available, you can adorn Tursa or Safi stone as a substitute as well. Click here to know more about ways to appease Rahu.

Fast To Be Observed For Rahu

To pacify the malefic effects of Rahu, the fast is observed on Saturday. Apart from this, this fast can be observed on the day ruled by the Ruling Deity of the house in a kundli where Rahuis posited. The fast associated with Rahu must be performed for eighteen consecutive Saturdays. Click here to know about the Rahu Fast Rituals.

Donations For Rahu

नीलाम्बरो नीलवपुः किरीटी करालवक्त्रः करवालशूली।
चतुर्भुजश्चर्मधरश्च राहुः सिंहासनस्थो वरदोऽस्तु मह्यम्।।

nīlāmbaro nīlavapuḥ kirīṭī karālavaktraḥ karavālaśūlī।

caturbhujaścarmadharaśca rāhuḥ siṃhāsanastho varado’stu mahyam।।


Rahu, the One who adorns blue-coloured clothes, wears a blue-coloured crown, has a deformed face, owns a Sword, Shield and Prong and resides on a glorified Throne, I wish to seek your blessings and grace on me!

As a remedy to cure a malefic Rahu, it is auspicious to donate a Black-colored Sheep, Iron, a figure or idol of Nag or Serpent made of Gold, Gomed or Hessonite Gemstone, and a Vessel made of Copper and filled with Sesame Seeds

Diseases Due To A Malefic Rahu

Diseases caused by a malefic Rahu present in the kundli of a native are: 

Constipation, Chicken Pox, Brain-related Illnesses, Memory Loss, Arthritis, Leprosy, Diarrhea, Fear of Ghosts, Spinal Pain or Rupture, Hunger and Dehydration, Air-borne Disorders, Skin-related Diseases, Heart Diseases or Stomach Infection

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Mantras For Rahu

  • ॐ ऐं ह्रीं राहवे नमः / oṃ aiṃ hrīṃ rāhave namaḥ
  • ॐ रां राहवे नमः / oṃ rāṃ rāhave namaḥ
  • ॐ भ्रां भ्रीं भ्रौं सः राहवे नमः / oṃ bhrāṃ bhrīṃ bhrauṃ saḥ rāhave namaḥ
  • ॐ कया नश्चित्र आ भुवदूती सदावृधः सखा। कया शचिष्ठया वृता।। (यजुर्वेद  ३६/४) / oṃ kayā naścitra ā bhuvadūtī sadāvṛdhaḥ sakhā। kayā śaciṣṭhayā vṛtā।। (Yajurveda  36/4)

Remedies for Rahu

  • To pacify the shadow planet Rahu, one must offer a Silver Nag-Nagin on the Shivling to attain favourable outcomes.
  • It is auspicious to donate black sesame seeds wrapped in a blue-coloured cloth on Saturday.
  • You can also perform the Rudrabhishek as a remedy for a Malefic Rahu. (Click here to know more about Remedies to pacify Rahu).

Planet Ketu & Multiple Outcomes Attained From It

  • Favourable Ketu: Fame and Success, Courage, Spirituality and Peace in Life.
  • Malefic Ketu: Weakness in legs, Alienation from your Maternal Grandfather and Uncle’s Love and Affection, Issues related to Spine, Genitals, Knees, Joint Pain, Kidney, Legs, Ears etc.
  • Symbols: Poisonous Creatures, Brown and Black Animals.

How To Appease The Shadow Planet Ketu

According to the various religious scriptures and texts, one should adorn Cats Eye or Lehsunia Gemstone to appease Ketu. Firoza or Turquoise Gemstone can also be worn in in case the above stone is not available.

Fast To Be Observed For Ketu

To pacify the malefic effects of Ketu, the fast is observed on Saturday. Apart from this, this fast can be observed on the day ruled by the Ruling Deity of the house in a kundli where Ketu is posited. The fast associated with Ketu must be performed for eighteen consecutive Saturdays. Click here to know about the Ketu Fast Rituals.

Donations For Ketu

केतोर्वैदूर्यममलं तैलं मृगमदं तथा।

ऊर्णांस्तिलैस्तु संयुक्ता दद्यात्क्लेशानुपत्तये।।

Ketorvaidūryamamalaṃ tailaṃ mṛgamadaṃ tathā।

ūrṇāṃstilaistu saṃyuktā dadyātkleśānupattaye।।

As a remedy for the dosha due to a Malefic Ketu, it is auspicious for the native to donate a Goat.

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Diseases Due To A Malefic Ketu

These are some of the diseases arising due to the presence of a malefic Ketu in the kundli of a native: 

Cholera, Cancer, Anemia, Pneumonia, Burns, Skin Diseases, Contagious or Infectious Diseases, Asthma, Urinary Diseases, Biliary Diseases, Body Itching, Diarrhea, Nervous System Related Issues, Rashes, Black Magic, or Hemorrhoids.

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Mantras For Ketu

  • ॐ ह्रीं ऐं केतवे नमः / Oṃ hrīṃ aiṃ ketave namaḥ
  • ॐ कें केतवे नमः / Oṃ keṃ ketave namaḥ
  • ॐ स्रां स्रीं स्रौं सः केतवे नमः / Oṃ srāṃ srīṃ srauṃ saḥ ketave namaḥ
  • ॐ केतुं कृण्वन्नकेतवे पेशो मर्या अपेशसे। समुषद्भिरजायथाः ।। (यजुर्वेद  २९|३७) / Oṃ ketuṃ kṛṇvannaketave peśo maryā apeśase। Samuṣadbhirajāyathāḥ ।। (Yajurveda  29|37)

Remedies For Ketu

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