|Ruling Planet Rahu
and Ketu have been considered as Grahas in Vedic astrology.
They have no physical identity but only mathematically calculated
sensitive points having immense influence on the natives of earth.
in its orbit, on a northerly course from South to North, crosses the
ecliptic (the apparent path of Sun). This point of intersection is
known as Rahu or Dragons head. 180 degrees away from this point, Moon
on its southerly course crosses the ecliptic. This point is called the
dragon's tail or Ketu.
and Ketu are unique to our system or astrology. Why so much stress on
the point of intersection of the ecliptic is given has to be
understood. While sun is the body and Moon is the mind the intersection
is bound to give immense effect.
and Ketu are not stationary in space but have a mean motion of about 19
degrees and 30 minutes in a year. It means it takes about 18 years and
6 months to make a revolution around the Earth. This motion is
retrograde. There is a concept of Mean Rahu and True Rahu. In Hindu
astrology we take the true position of Rahu and Ketu.
story relates to the great churning of the ocean by the Devas and
the Asuras to
take out Amrita.
Lord Vishnu with
the intention of preserving good made it a point that the Amrita should
not go to the Asuras.
To ensure this he took the form of Mohini.
maneuvered the sitting arrangement that she got to the Devtas first.
The Asura to
understand this trick was Swarbhanu.
He took the form of Devas and
positioned himself in between Sun and Moon. When his term came he also
received Amrita from the disguised Lord Vishnu. Before Swarbhanu could
drink the Amrita Sun and Moon identified it. Lord Vishnu severed off
his head with his Sudarshan
However, some drops of Amrita had gone down hence both the head and
body became immortal. The head represents Rahu and Tail is Ketu.
severed head was taken by Simihika the
mother of Asura
nursed patiently. The head over a period of time got the body of
Serpent and he was named Rahu. A Brahmin named Mini took the body. He
brought up this body as his own son. To this body Lord Vishnu granted
a serpents head. This became Ketu who in the due course of time became
a saintly and revered seer.
Rahu and Ketu have
not forgiven Sun and Moon for exposing them and they cause Eclipse.
is the significator of the following as per Uttara
Faulty Logic b) Harsh speech c) Outcaste d) an irreligious person e)
going to a foreign country f) Unclean g) Bones h) abdominal ulcers i)
Falsehood j) South western direction k) serpents l) Old age m) Maternal
grand father n) Worship of Vana Durga o) Writing Urdu or Persian
(Because these two languages start from right hand side, written in
reversed manner, like Rahu and Ketu's movement in Zodiac, which is
retrograde or Apsavya move. p)
Breathing q) Acute duodenal pain.
is observed that a strong Rahu is
good for the above mentioned significations and weak Rahu shows
just the opposite.
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