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The Rahu-The Dragon’s Head Planet in Vedic Astrology

The Rahu - The Dragon’s Head Planet

Introduction to Rahu

Rahu, also known as the Dragon’s Head, is a renowned malefic in the context of Indian Astrology. It is one of the nodes in the Universe (the other being Ketu). It is the North node of the moon. Though considered as a malefic component, the transit of Rahu can also have immensely positive impact on the life of a person. This change can also bring about a major positive transition in a person’s life.

This node or shadow planet is said to be the karmic measure of an individual’s life, leading to related results.

Mythology behind Rahu

In traditional Hindu mythology, Rahu is considered to be the son of Viprachitti and his wife Simhika, the sister of Prahlada (who was astounding devotee of Lord Vishnu).

The legend has it that when Lord Vishnu had incarnated in the form of the Enchantress Mohini, the asuras (demi gods) were filled with lust for her. As per Mohini’s instructions, the devas and asuras sat in line and agreed to the nectar distribution. The nectar was being distributed to the Devas first, and it is said that Rahu disguised himself as a Deva. Lord Vishnu severed Rahu's head with his sudarshan charka. In the process, Rahu managed to consume a droplet of the nectar that was being distributed. This made him become immortal.

It is said that Rahu constantly seeks revenge from the Sun and The Moon (as he sat in between during the nectar distribution). The Solar and Lunar eclipse is the result of them catching hold of the Sun and the Moon respectively.

Rahu and Vedic Astrology

Rahu is considered of Feminine Gender. It is said to be the flag bearer of Spiritual knowledge. Below are some quick facts about the Planet Rahu in context of Indian Vedic Astrology:

Status of Rahu No Status
Temperament Unpredictable
Ruling Element Air
Caste No Status or Caste
Dasha Period Eighteen Years
Lunar Mansions that are Governed by Rahu Ardra Nakshatra, Swati Nakshatra and Shatabhisha Nakshatra


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Relationship Status of Planet Rahu with Other Zodiacs and Planets

Ruler of Zodiac No rule on any zodiac
The Exaltaton Zodiac for Rahu Taurus
Friendly Planets for Rahu Venus, Mars and Saturn
Enemy Planets for Rahu The Sun and the Moon
Neutral Planets for Rahu Jupiter and Mercury

Influence of Planet Rahu on Health

Governing Body Part of Rahu Rahu, being on similar lines as Saturn, is said to govern the similar body parts like Intestines, boils, skin
Health Problems Influenced by Rahu Resultant diseases affecting the related body parts are ulcers, spleen, worms, high blood pressure, etc.

Other Major Influences of Planet Rahu

Governing Day of the Week
Governing Direction Southwest
Governing Season Spring
Governing Metal Lead
Governing Color Gray and Black
Governing Gemstone Hessonite (Gomed in Hindi)
Substitute Gemstone for Hessonite or Gomed Agate
Governing Numbers All numbers summing up to be ‘4’ (six) like 4, 13, 22, 31, etc.
Governing Flavor Leftovers, inedible and foul taste
Governing Professions Rahu, having similar characteristic features as that of Saturn, is immensely associated with the jobs and professions governed by them. Beyond the major characteristic jobs it also signifies the menaces like magic, occult art, gambling, smuggling, underworld and other such indulgences.


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Remedies for Planet Rahu

Rahu placement can bring about a great change in ones life. If the placement is not very favorable, the following remedies can be exercised to ameliorate the effects of such positioning. In such circumstances, the following quick remedies can help in improving the counter effects of

Planet Rahu in your life:

1. Recitation of Mantras of Planet Rahu, namely

Om Bhraam Bhreem Bhraum Sah Rahave Namah (Beej Mantra)

Ardha kaayam maha veeryam chandraditya vimardanam simhika garbha sambhutam tam Rahum pranamamy aham (The Rahu Stotra)

Om naaka dhwajaaya vidmahae padma hastaaya dheemahi tanno Rahu prachodayaat (Gayatri Mantra of Rahu)

2. Philanthropic act of donation of clothes (blue in color), horse bean or urad dal, coconut to beggars on Saturdays

3. Conduct a mahakaal pooja

4. Regular recitation of Rahu Mantra and observation of fasts on Saturday

5. Wear Rudraksh (preferably eight faced)


Rahu, also known as the Moon’s North Node, is malefic in nature. Though malefic, it does benefit in astounding ways. The impact of Rahu, malefic or otherwise largely depends upon the degree of its presence in one’s natal chart.

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