Mythological Story of Rahu and Ketu & Their Astrological Influence

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Rahu and Ketu are the shadow planets in Astrology. In Hindu mythology, Samudra Manthan led to the creation of both these nodes of the moon that influence our daily lives adversely. Rahu represents desire and materialistic things while Ketu on the other hand symbolizes detachment and inclined behavior. Both these shadow planets have mythological as well astrological significance which makes them quite important. They are the two lunar nodes also known as shadow planets in astrology.

In Vedic Astrology, both these nodes have been given huge importance and are the two strong planets. Rahu is behind the success or failure of an individual but if it’s placed right then it brings fame and success to its native. Ketu represents suffering but it also helps to gain moksha in life and free us from desires around us. Both these have some history and significance in everyone’s life. Let us know more about them in detail.

Mythological Story of Rahu and Ketu

This story is mentioned in the Vishnu Purana and Bhagavata Purana. According to this, when the power of the gods was weakened due to the curse given by Durvasas they asked the demons for their help. The Amrit or elixir from the cosmic ocean was supposed to be drunk by the demons to win back their powers. The Great Naga “Vasuki” was used as the rope during this process. But unfortunately one demon – Svarbhanu who was sitting between the Sun and the Moon was able to drink a few drops of the elixir.

When the Sun and Moon told this incident to Lord Vishnu, he decided to cut the demons into two halves. However, the demon had already taken a few drops, so his head and tail turned immortal. The head part was known as the Rahu while the tail part was called Ketu. Due to this legendary event in history, even today the Rahu and Ketu are after the Sun and the Moon; hence they swallow them and form the Lunar and Solar Eclipse. However, both, the Sun and the Moon, can’t remain too long under their influence as they are immortal too and when they emerge out of their effect it marks the end of the Eclipse. It is believed that Rahu and Ketu are most powerful between sunrise and sunset and create Rahu Kaal. No auspicious work has to be done during this Kaal as it will not be fulfilled.

Astrological Influence of Rahu and Ketu

Both these planets are not physical and they acquire the characteristics of the planets associated with them. Rahu has the attributes of Saturn while Ketu has the attributes of Mars. Rahu is responsible for the materialistic desires and obsessions that help us to achieve success. On the other hand, Ketu resembles non-attachment and liberation.

Rahu and Ketu play a vital role in shaping our life journeys. They both denote positive and negative transformations due to their movement. Rahu can make a person greedy, obsessive and weakens their decision-making skills. Ketu also weakens confidence but leads to the path of liberation and makes a person free from desires. It detaches a person from relationships and isolates them from physical, mental, and emotional needs. It is important to focus on meditation and begin your spiritual path during Ketu. We can receive more than what we ask for during this period.


Both Rahu and Ketu impact an individual’s spiritual journey and teach them about liberation. To achieve harmony, it is important to balance these two nodes effectively. They don’t have any physical existence therefore their effects are due to the planets associated with them. Through spiritual practices and awareness the malefic effects can be decreased to live a healthy life. They are treated as points while making calculations in astrology.

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