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Showing posts with label Rahu. Show all posts

Hinduism - Who Is Rahu In The Hindu Pantheon, Astrology, And Mythology?

 

In Hindu astrology (jyotisha), a wicked "planet" that has no analogue in Western astrology and was formerly the head of a demon.

According to legend, when the gods are drinking the nectar of immortality that they had churned from the ocean of milk, the demon Sainhikeya disguises himself and enters their midst.

The sun and moon alert Vishnu, who uses his discus to chop off the demon's head as the monster starts to drink.

However, after coming into touch with the nectar, Sainhikeya's two parts become eternal.

Rahu is born from the severed head, while Ketu is born from the beheaded body.

Rahu is the ascending node of the moon, rather than an actual planet.

This is the point in the sky when the moon's northward route crosses with the sun's path, resulting in an eclipse.

Rahu has a special dislike for the sun and moon, whom he blames for his death, and wants to devour them anytime he sees them in the sky.

He always succeeds, but they escape unhurt through Rahu's severed neck since he no longer has a body to digest them.

The traditional reason for solar and lunar eclipses is that they are associated with the wicked Rahu, which has led to eclipses being regarded as particularly unfavorable events.

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Hinduism - Who Is Ketu In The Hindu Pantheon?


In Hindu astrology (jyotisha), a wicked "planet" that was once the body of a demon.

The gods and demons join forces to churn the ocean of milk in order to gain the nectar of immortality, according to legend.

The gods are successful in defrauding the demons of their part.

While the gods sip the nectar, the demon Sainhikeya disguises himself and enters their midst.

The sun and moon alert Vishnu, who uses his discus to chop off the demon's head as the monster starts to drink.

Since coming into touch with the nectar, Sainhikeya's two parts have become eternal.

The dismembered body transforms into Ketu, while the severed head transforms into Rahu, another terrible planet.

Ketu is not an actual planet, but rather the moon's descending node, or the point where it meets the ecliptic as it moves southward.

Ketu is also linked to comets and blazing meteors, both of which are seen to be bad omens.

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