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Planet Rahu: Everything You Need To Know About!

Rahu and Its Significance

Planet Rahu, also known as Chaya Graha, is an elusive entity that casts a shadow. It represents the Northern Lunar Node in astrology, and when coupled with Ketu, the Southern Lunar Node, it is believed to cause eclipses. This article will delve into the significance of the Rahu planet in Vedic astrology, its impact on human life, and its importance in the horoscope. Additionally, we will provide information on the remedies available for managing the influence of Rahu, including Rahu grah shanti puja, mantras, and Rudraksha.

What is Rahu?

Rahu is lord of the Ascending / North lunar node. Rahu represents a head without a body and is depicted as the head of a demonic serpent that causes eclipses by swallowing the sun or the moon. This planet is considered a Tamasic Asura and can create chaos in any aspect of an individual’s life that he governs. The influence of Rahu can affect an individual’s life, Rahu’s placement in a horoscope is said to give results according to its companionship with other planets residing in the horoscope.

Story of Planet Rahu

According to legend, Rahu is the head of asura ‘Svarbhanu’ who disguised himself as a God during the distribution of the divine holy nectar. The Sun Lord and Moon Lord identified him and told Lord Vishnu about it. Lord Vishnu, after learning this, separated Svarbhanu’s head from his body by cutting it off using his Sudarshan Chakra. But by that time, a few drops of nectar were already swallowed by the demon, making him immortal. Since then, the head of the demon is known as Rahu while its body is known as Ketu.

Planet Rahu and Its Significance

Planet Rahu is associated with the qualities of desire, materialism, and worldly attachment. It is said to govern the areas of life-related to material success, fame, power, and ambition. Rahu is also associated with the concept of maya or illusion, and its placement in the chart can indicate areas where a person may be prone to delusion or deception.

Rahu Planet

Importance of Rahu in Vedic Astrology

In Vedic astrology, Rahu is often seen as a malefic planet, meaning that its influence can be challenging or difficult to handle. Astrologers believe that when Rahu is positioned unfavourably or weakened by the influence of other planets in a native’s horoscope, it can negatively affect their life. Although Rahu is not associated with any particular zodiac sign in astrology, it is considered strong when placed in Gemini and weak when in Sagittarius. Therefore, the significance of Rahu in Vedic astrology can be understood from these beliefs and observations.

Rahu – The Lord of These Constellations

As per astrology, Rahu is the lord of the constellations Adra, Swati, and Shatabhisha out of the 27 constellations in Vedic astrology. It is said that when the Moon comes between the Sun and the Earth, the shadow of the Moon falling on the Earth leads to the appearance of the planet Rahu.

Rahu Period in Vedic Astrology

In Vedic astrology, there is a time in the whole day that is considered inauspicious due to the influence of the planet Rahu. This period is called Rahu Kaal and is about one and a half hours long. The time varies according to the location and date.

Impact of Rahu Planet on Human Life

The influence of Rahu on an individual’s life is determined by its position in their horoscope. If we consider the concept of protection from an anatomical perspective and the principles of Vedic astrology, then individuals with Rahu placed in their Ascendant house tend to be attractive and charming. They are usually adventurous and tend to take risks in life. They tend to be influential and earn respect in society, however, astrologers believe that the effects and outcomes of Rahu’s placement depend on the zodiac sign in the Lagna. According to astrology, Rahu’s presence in the Ascendant house is believed to cause problems in the married life of the native.

If Rahu is positioned favourably in the birth chart of an individual, it can bring about positive results in areas such as wealth, fame, and success in business. It can also enhance the individual’s creativity, intuition, and spiritual growth. In some cases, Rahu can even help an individual break free from the shackles of social norms and pursue unconventional paths to achieve their goals.


However, if Rahu is positioned unfavourably in the birth chart of an individual, it can bring about negative results such as financial losses, health problems, and legal issues. It can also cause the individual to become excessively materialistic, manipulative, and deceitful. In some cases, Rahu can even drive an individual towards illegal and immoral activities, leading to a downfall in their personal and professional life.

Rahu is known to be a shadow planet, which means that it does not have a physical existence but rather affects the luminaries it comes in conjunction with. In Vedic astrology, Rahu is often associated with materialism, worldly desires, and illusions.

What is Rahu Dosha

Rahu Dosha is a term used in Vedic astrology to refer to the malefic effects of Rahu in a person’s horoscope. It occurs when Rahu occupies unfavourable houses in one’s birth chart, causing negative impacts on different aspects of an individual’s life. People with Rahu Dosha in their horoscope are believed to face various challenges and obstacles in their lives, including financial losses, health issues, mental stress, and relationship problems. Remedies such as performing puja, reciting mantras, wearing divine beads, and conducting charity work are believed to help reduce the negative effects of Rahu Dosha.

Remedies for Rahu in Vedic Astrology

Chanting mantras

Reciting mantras dedicated to Rahu is believed to be a powerful remedy. 

Powerful Mantras for Rahu

Rahu beej mantra

|| ॐ भ्रां भ्रीं भ्रौं सः राहवे नमः ||

The most famous benefit of the Rahu Mantra is that it helps the natives to fight against any kind of evil spirit or negative energy. Rahu bestows physical happiness on the native. Chanting Rahu Beej Mantra strengthens your aura, as it connects you to the energy in the universe. If you want to fight your enemies wisely then chant Rahu Beej Mantra. It will be very useful for you.

Rahu shanti mantra

|| ॐ राहवे देवाय शांतिम, राहवे कृपाए करोति

राहवे क्षमाए अभिलाषत्, ॐ राहवे नमो: नम: ||

By chanting Rahu Shanti Mantra all the obstacles coming in the way of your success will be removed and the apprehensions of accidents will end. By chanting the mantra, the person remains safe and leads a happy life.

Rahu Gayatri mantra

|| ॐ नागध्वजाय विद्महे पद्महस्ताय धीमहि तन्नो राहुः प्रचोदयात् ||

According to astrologers, chanting Rahu Gayatri Mantra gives many benefits. It removes all the inauspicious effects of the Rahu planet in the horoscope. Regular chanting of the Rahu Gayatri Mantra can give you sudden wealth. Also, you can get success. Rahu acts as a factor of good fortune in achieving quick success.

Rahu Puranic mantra

|| ॐ अर्धकायं महावीर्य चन्द्रादित्यविमर्दनम, सिंहिकागर्भसंभूतं तं राहुं प्रणमाम्यहम ||

Rahu Purana Mantra drives away any kind of evil spirits from the life of the native. By chanting the legendary Rahu Mantra, one gets relief from general body pains.

Performing Rahu Dosh Nivaran puja

Rahu Dosh Nivaran Puja is a special ritual in Vedic Astrology that is performed to pacify the malefic effects of the planet Rahu. The puja begins with the chanting of Vedic mantras to invoke the blessings of Lord Ganesha, who is considered to be the remover of obstacles. This is followed by the chanting of mantras specific to Rahu. It is believed that performing this puja can help in reducing the malefic effects of Rahu and can bring positivity in the life of an individual.


Donating items like black sesame seeds, coconut, blankets or blue clothes are believed to appease Rahu and reduce its negative effects.

Wearing gemstones

Wearing gemstones like Gomed (Hessonite) or Agate are said to help in reducing the negative effects of Planet Rahu. These stones should be worn in a ring or pendant made of silver or gold on the middle finger of the right hand on a Saturday. 

Rudraksha for Rahu Planet

The 8 Mukhi Rudraksha is blessed by Lord Ganesh. This Rudraksha is said to have the power to attract fame, artistic excellence, and prosperity. One of the most significant benefits of wearing this Rudraksha is control of the malefic effects of Rahu. 8 Mukhi Rudraksha bestows the wearer with a sharp intellect to overcome obstacles. It enhances the wearer’s analytical mind, leading to better comprehension and understanding.

8 Mukhi Rudraksha

Rahu Graha Shaanti Puja

Those who want to do Puja to reduce the adverse effects of Rahu. Rudralife can help you in organizing a personal Rahu Graha Shanti Puja. This puja is a special worship ceremony dedicated to Planet Rahu and is believed to bring blessings and reduce the negative effects of its influence.

Ganesh Sankashthi Maha Puja  

We at Rudralife are organizing a Ganesh Sankashti Maha Puja on 8th May 2023. It will be conducted by 8 Pandits. This Puja is especially beneficial for those who are looking to overcome any hurdles in life.

We encourage devotees to take the Sankalp of any students or children in their family in order to receive the blessings of Lord Ganesha. Those with a malefic Rahu should take part in this Puja.

Puja Description: Swasti Vaachan, Sankalp, Kalash Pujan, Gauri and Ganesh Pujan, Pradhan Sthapan, Ganesh-Lakshmi-Shiva Mahabhishek, Ganesh Atharvashirsha Path (101 Times), Durvaarchan, Brahman Bhojan, Vachan and Mangal Aarti, Visarjan, Ashirvachan.

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