Rahu Ketu is known as the nodes of the Moon. Rahu is the North Node and Ketu is the South Node. Rahu and Ketu have the prime importance in Vedic Astrology. They are called as Chayya Grahas (shadow planets). They have no material and are not physically exist. Even their impact is full of strength and divine meaning. With their shadowy nature, they act on an emotional level. It is always difficult to count their effect because they affectinternally.

Normally every one has five natures which attached us to the materialistic purpose of life. These are Kaam (Desire, hungers), Krodh (Anger), Madh (intoxicants- drugs, alcohol etc), Moh (Attachment), Lobh(Greed) and Matsaya(Jealousy). Everyone needs to control that nature rather than allowing you to be trapped by them. Rahu and Ketu keep our mind focused on these instincts as Rahu exaggerates and Ketu obscures or blocks our mind.


According to Hindu Mythology the most well-known myth about Rahu Ketu is as the Naga Vasuki. He was the ruler of the Patal Loka (the lower regions of the earth). Nagas in Vedic kaal were not ordinary snakes but they were Serpents with hidden information and knowledge. Gods and the demons used to fight for the control of the universe and at the centre of it was the ocean which was being churned to find the unseen treasures and for the Amrit. It was known as the nectar of immortality. Vasuki helped the Gods to get this Amrit. He was the rope tied around the spiritual mountain Mandara, it was like the rod, used by the Gods to churn the ocean.

As the Amrit was found the Gods wanted to keep it for themselves as they felt that the demons would use it for the incorrect purpose. Vasuki being a demon sacrificed him for others. Vasuki, was more intelligent than the other demons, he was not willing to be distracted by the Gods. He drank the nectar of immortality secretly. The Sun and the Moon protested to Lord Vishnu, the creator of the Universe. He became very angry at this dishonesty. In anger he threw the Sudharshan Chakra at Vasuki and cut him into two. Vasuki had drunk the Amrita and was immortal, thus could not be killed. He persisted in the sky as Rahu(the head) and Ketu (the lower half), as a permanent reminder to the other planets(Gods) about the darker side of life which we have to defeat in the pursuit of immortality or inlife.

Rahu and Ketu are considered great enemies of the Sun and the Moon because they told Lord Vishnu about them. They symbolically swallow the two celebrities during the eclipses. They can darken the Sun and the Moon so Rahu Ketu has the most powerful influences in our horoscope. The Sun, around whom the other planets and the solar system revolve, the Moon which controls life on earth, are covered by Rahu Ketu during eclipses. Rahu Ketu signifies planetary rules which everyone including the Sun and Moon have to obey.

The nodes always give opposite purposes as good and bad, lots and nothing, give and take. Rahu gives; Ketu takes back. They can give contrary results. They can create fear of the unknown. They can create sudden and unexpected results. The saying is that Rahu Ketu always take away what they give because they have a special reason for completing your wishes. They highlight dissatisfaction within us.

Rahu works depending on its placement and strength etc. in your hora. It can sometimes give a tremendous and sudden mystical developments and great Raja Yoga karaka helper. Rahu and Ketu can enhance your interest in Tantra and Mantra sadhanas and sometimes extreme rebellious ritualistic. According to south Indian Dravidians, Rahu is nothing but Lord Shiva himself. Rahu is pleased when Maa Durga is worshipped.


Rahu is also considered an inauspicious planet like Saturn. Rahu can cause many problems for the person if it is placed in an inauspicious position in the horoscope.

•The best remedial way to calm Rahu is to donate iron weapons, blue clothes, blankets, iron sheets, sesame seeds, mustard oil, electrical equipment’s, coconut and radish.

•Donate red coloured cereals to workers. The best way to pacify the planet is to donate the gemstone related with it.

•Keep fast on Saturdays to lessen the malefic effects of Rahu and donate rice to the poor and Brahmins.

•Help people who are suffering from leprosy and help poor people in their daughter’s marriage.

•Donate a pillow which one has slept on, the next morning.


You may face these effects during the Maha Dasha of the Rahu

•Unhappiness due to various reasons, physical hardships and a state of mindlessness may prevail.

•Fear from thieves, powerful persons, poison and weapons.

•Children may suffer and separation from children and dear ones.

•Insult and defame from people.

•Change of job and residence abroad is possible.

•Diseases and quarrelling.

•During the excellent Maha Dasha of Rahu, one may attain wealth and an advent of money and religious inclinations as pious deeds are performed.

•The dasha of Rahu normally last for 18 years but 6th and 8th years are the most painful.


Interpretations based on the condition of the planet and other influences in the birth chart and divisional charts are as follows:

•Sufferings due to weakness, diseases like cough, asthma and urinary ailments.

•Fear due to the powerful, cheating by thieves and destruction of one's family, low job or business and upheavals in business and loss of job is possible.

•Physical weakness, conflicts in the community, fear in high places, enemies and thieves.

•Mental agony, enmity with relatives and cheating by friends.

•Disagreement with family members, one's spouse and children may be ailing.

•Mother may suffer pain.

•Gifted with children, spouse and vehicles but there may be occasional hurdles and problems in progress


Avoid drinking alcohol and taking tobacco during Rahu Dasha. If a person is affected by Rahu Dasha he should move out from his joint family and should live separately.


•Rahurdnava Mantri Cha Simhikachittanandah

•Ardhakayah Sada Krodhi Chandraditya Vimardanah

One can overcome his troubles by a mere recitation of these names and can get sons, good health, prosperity, agricultural, cattle and wealth.

•DadatiRahustasmai Yah Pathet Stotram Uttamam

•Satatam Pathet Yastu Jeevat Varsham Shatam Narah

Reciting this stotra constantly you can get your wishes fulfilled and lives up a long age.

So it is not like that Rahu gives bad results every times. Actually it gives good and bad according to our karma. If you are doing nothing bad then no need to worry. Even if you are facing troubles in your life, you should consult an expert astrologer to minimise the effects of Rahu. He can be your good friend as he will tell you the best remedies and upay. So do not be late. Have a faith on astrology and get yourself benefited by following the path of Vedic Astrology.

Author's Bio: 

Jyotishacharya Vinay Sheel Saxena “Bhagya Samhita wale” is a well known indian Vedic Astrologer Horoscope reader and Vastu expert and provides best vedic astrology solutions, vastu remedies, astrology forecast, Horoscope matching and other astrological solution.