Shri Anna Ganapati Navgraha Siddhapeetham Nashik Maharashtra India

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Lord Rahu (north Lunar Node)

Rahu is the head of the demonic snake that swallows the sun or the moon causing eclipses, according to Hindu scriptures. He is depicted in art as a dragon with no body riding a chariot drawn by eight black horses. The rahu kala is considered inauspicious.

According to legend, during the Samudra manthan, the asura Rahu drank some of the amrita (divine nectar). Sun and moon realized it and they alerted Mohini (the female avatar of Vishnu). Before the nectar could pass his throat, Mohini cut off his head. The head, however, remained immortal due to the effect of amrita and became Rahu. It is believed that this immortal head from time to time swallows the sun, causing eclipses. Then, the sun passes through the opening at the neck, ending the eclipse. The body also turned into Ketu due to a boon, and it in turn swallows the moon on timely basis to cause a lunar eclipse.

Astronomically, the Moon 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 'Dragon's head'. 180 degrees away from this point, the Moon on its southerly course crosses the ecliptic. This point is called 'the dragon’s tail' or Ketu.

Thus, Ketu and Rahu denote the points of intersection of the paths of the Sun and the Moon as they move around the celestial sphere. Therefore, Rahu and Ketu are respectively called the north and the south lunar nodes. The fact that eclipses occur when the Sun and the Moon are at one of these points is explained in stories as the swallowing of the Sun and the Moon by the demon snake. Thus, Rahu and Ketu do not have physical identity but only mathematically calculated sensitive points.

Rahu is friends with Ketu, Saturn, Mercury and Venus. It is the enemy of Sun, Moon, Mars, and Jupiter. It is important to note that Rahu is more inimical to the Sun as compared to the Moon. Rahu is lord of three nakshatras or lunar mansions: Ardra, Swati and Shatabhisha.

In Vedic astrology Rahu is seen as an asura or demon who does his best to plunge any area of life he controls into chaos, mystery, and cruelty. He is associated with the world of material manifestation and worldly desire, as well as random, uncontrolled growth without wisdom or understanding. Rahu is a legendary master of deception who signifies cheaters, pleasure seekers, operators in foreign lands, drug dealers, poison dealers, insincere & immoral acts, etc. It is the significator of an irreligious person, an outcast, harsh speech, falsehoods, uncleanliness, abdominal ulcers, bones, and transmigration. Rahu is instrumental in strengthening one's power and converting even an enemy into a friend. He represents Tamo Guna, dualities and illusions being a naughty child of Maya. It relates to the Seventh Ray energy of esoteric astrology, as it represents a force displaying all the possibilities within the realm of existence.

In some astrological positions he is bestows of prosperity and wealth and ultimate knowledge.

Characteristics of Rahu are: Wife – Simhi; Colour – Smoky; Gender – Female; Element – Air; God – Nirriti; Pratyadi Devata – Durga; Metal – Lead; Gemstone – Hessonite; Body part – Head; Taste – Nil; Food – Urad pulse; Season – nil; Direction – South West; Day – Saturday; Tone – Nil.

Mantras and Remedies

  • For Rahu related problems and during the dasa or antardasa of Rahu:
  • Worship Bhairava or lord Shiva.
  • Recite the Kalabhairav asthakam.
  • Japa of the rahu beeja mantra : 'Om bhram bhreem bhroum sah rahave namah', 18000 times in 40 days.
  • Recite the Rahu stotra : Ardha Kaayam maha veryam chandraditya vimardhanam Simhika garbha sambhutam tam rahum pranamamyaham.
  • Donate : Udad dal or coconut on Saturday.
  • Fasting day : On Saturdays.
  • Pooja : Bhairav or Shiva or Chandi pooja.
  • Rudraksha : Wear An 8 mukhi Rudraksha.
  • Wear An 8 mukhi Rudraksha.
  • Friends : None
  • Enemies : None
  • Neutral : None
  • Lord of : None
  • Exaltation : None
  • Debilitation : None
  • Sex : Male
  • Direction : South–West
  • Lucky stone : Gomed or onynx (sulemani)
  • Lucky colours : None
  • Deity : Mahashakti, Nagaraja
  • Articles of donation : sarso, mooli, blanket, til, lead, saffron, satnaja (mixed seven graains), coal (On Thursday evening or Monday morning)
  • Appearance : Irasicble, fierce looking, tall stature, black complexion
  • Ailments : Disease of spleen & adrenals, fall from high places, intestinal disease, insanity, debility
  • Represents : Sensual pleasure, erotic impulses, jeeva
  • Prominent Qualities : Poetical Planet, of Materialism, Planet of Pleasure of Flesh and Denotes Splendour, Radiance, Vitality, Sports and Games, Art and Culture
  • The planet Shukra is the most benevolent of all the planets. To have a happy married life, one should worship this planet.
  • Appearance : Tall stature, easily excitable


  • Nakshtra Name: Shatabhisha ['requiring a hundred physicians' ]
  • Lord : Rahu (north lunar node)
  • Symbol :Empty circle, 1,000 flowers or stars
  • Deity : Varuna, god of cosmic waters, sky and earth
  • Indian zodiac :6 o 40' – 20 o Kumbha
  • Western zodiac : 2o 40' – 16 o Pisces
  • Nakshtra Name: Swāti ['Su–Ati (sanskrit) Very good' name of Arcturus ' ]
  • Lord : Rahu (north lunar node)
  • Symbol :Shoot of plant, coral
  • Deity : Vayu, the Wind god
  • Indian zodiac :6 o 40' – 20 o Tula
  • Western zodiac : 2 o 40' – 16 o Scorpio
  • Nakshtra Name: Ardra ['the moist one' ]
  • Lord : Rahu (north lunar node)
  • Symbol :Teardrop, diamond, a human head
  • Deity : Rudra, the storm god
  • Indian zodiac :6 o 40' – 20 o Mithuna
  • Western zodiac : 2 o 40' – 16 ° Cancer

Lord Rahu (north Lunar Node) Shanti Karma


    The common and the standard Pooja to remove obstacles and bestow prosperity and wealth. This pooja is done before commencing any auspicious job. Pratisthana and Shodashopachara are done which are followed by SHRI SUKTAM.


    Rahu is lord of the Ascending / North lunar node. Rahu is the head of the demonic snake that swallows the sun or the moon causing eclipses, according to Hindu scriptures. He is a Tamasic Asura who does his best to plunge any area of one's life he controls into chaos. The Rahu Kala is considered inauspicious.

    Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets and have the powers of Shani and Mangal respectively. Rahu is capable of causing sudden and unpleasant changes if it is badly placed in the natal horoscope. The proper worship of Rahu blesses all those who suffer from sudden illness, loss of money and delays in marriage.

    Description :

    Kalash Sthapana, Panchang Sthapana (Gauri Ganesh, Punyavachan, Shodash Matrika, Navgraha, Sarvotabhadra), Yogini Pujan, Kshetrapal Pujan, Swastivachan, Sankalp, Ganesh Pujan, Hanuman Puja and Abhishek, Shukra Yantra puja, Shukra Mantra Jaap, Shukra Gayatri mantra chanting, Aarti, Pushpanjali.

    The puja will performed as per Vedic rituals based on birth details (name, date, place, time), and Sankalp (your wish).

    This is an individual puja (you may do the puja on individual name or include your family members in the puja). You will be provided with the contact number of the priest to call during the Sankalp.

  • Benefits :

    1. For Professional and personal success.

    2. Relief from physical and mental hardships.

    3. Provides relief from unexpected and unpleasant changes.

    4. Helps in quick and accurate diagnosis of long term health ailments.

    5. Helps in improving relations within the family, friends and government authorities.

    6. Helps in overcoming habits like gambling, imbibing in alcohol and other narcotics.

    7. Provides protection against hidden enemies.

  • Who should perform Lord Rahu Graha Shanti puja? :

    A person who has a debilitated (Neecha) Rahu, is undergoing a period of Rahu Maha dasa or sub–dasa, or if the planet Rahu is in association specially with Sun, Moon, Mars and Jupiter by conjunction, aspect or is placed in the 3rd, 6th, 8th or the 12th house of the natal horoscope.

    Rahu Puja or the Dragon's Head Worship is dedicated to planet Rahu. Grah Shanti Rahu Pooja is recommended for those, having malefic Rahu or wrongly placed Rahu as per the horoscope. Here is list of things associated with Rahu (Dragon's Head). In Vedic astrology, the North Node of the Moon is called Rahu. Rahu is described by scriptures as half–bodied, born of a lioness, snakelike, having a huge body and being extraordinarily powerful. Rahu is called dark or shadow planet because of the Node's association with the phenomena of eclipses. The nature of Rahu is Airy. Rahu Puja / Worship of Dragon's Head Rahu Puja is performed to appease the planet Rahu. Rahu Puja is very useful & beneficial, since it strengthens and increases the positive influence and neutralizes the negative effects of Rahu. Rahu Puja is recommended for those having malefic Rahu or wrongly placed Rahu as per horoscope. Chanting of the following mantra helps to get the blessings of the Dragon's head. Aum Kleem Kleem Rog Naashaay Raahave Kleem Kleem Phat The proper worship of the Dragon's Head blesses all those who suffer from sudden illness, loss of money and delay in marriage. Rahu / Dragon's Head – Its Position Rahu is considered as the first rate malefic. Rahu has no sign ruler ships, although it is said to favor Mercury and Jupiter's signs according to some authorities, while others claim that Rahu favors the sign of Aquarius. Rahu stays for 1.6 year or 18 months in each Graha. Rahu is windy in temperament and is intelligent. Rahu – Its Significance Dragon's head or Rahu is associated with the world of material manifestation and worldly desire. Rahu is associated with the spiritual process of involution, or the engrossing of spirit in materialization. Rahu is an indicator of worldly desire, fame, greed, high intelligence, manipulation, obsessive behavior, foreigners, mass disease, dementia and inertia. Rahu is believed to strengthen one's power and converting even an enemy into a friend.

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