Rahu-Ketu will be changing their signs on 1 June, 2011. Rahu-Ketu always change their signs together. They are both fictional points in the space also known as Shadow Planets. Before knowing how the conditions will change with the change in the positions of signs of Rahu-Ketu , let us first study what exactly are Rahu-Ketu. Why these planets are significant as per vedic astrology.

What is Rahu-Ketu.

In reality Rahu-Ketu are not planets at all.They are just two imaginary points in space,which have been given a significant place in Indian astrology which considers them equal to planets. Rahu and Ketu stay in one Rashi for a period of 18 months. Both Rahu and Ketu are placed at a constant distance of 180 degrees, or are seven houses apart, so they are always seen seven houses apart in the kundali. 

The direction of both the planets is retrograde and they always travel together in the opposite direction to the direct motion.They are considered Malefic. The planets which comes in contact with these two planets, becomes malefic. Rahu and Ketu are two points on earth’s axis and the earth is circled by the moon. Both the points are located at a distance of 180 degree. 

Rahu-Ketu Auspicious/Inauspicious Yoga

Solar Eclipse and Lunar Eclipse are formed because of these planets They also form the Kalsarap Yoga. Thus they become the lord of any house that they are placed in. 

The Story of Rahu-Ketu’s Origin

The birth of Rahu -Ketu is described in the Vishnu Purana. It is said that, the Amrit was extracted by churning the sea. The gods and the Rakshasas had a fight to drink the Amrit . Both of them wanted to drink it. To solve the problem, Vishnuji came in disguise of Mohini. Taking the Mohini form, Shri Vishnu gave the Amrit to the gods, and alcohol to the Rakshasas. 

Rahu ruled the devils, he recognized Vishnuji. He also took the form of a god, and sat between the Sun god and the Moon God and started drinking the Amrit. Rahu had just started to drink the holy water when Vishnuji recognized him in disguise. To prevent Rahu from drinking the amrit, he cut his head off with his chakra. But because Rahu had already had a few drops of amrit, he didn’t die. The head which was cut is known as Rahu, and the body is called Ketu.

How to get relief from Rahu’s effect

On 6th June if the change in the Rahu-Ketu’s position is not favourable for you, following the remedies below will be helpful in getting relief from the ill effects of these planets.

Sesame oil, brown-colored clothing, blankets, coconut, Krishan flowers, etc should be donated. Other than that , Rahu’s Mantra ऊँ भ्रां भ्रीं भ्रौं स: राहवें नम: should be enchanted 18000 times. Reading the Gajendra Moksha source will also be beneficial. 

Gayantri Mantra of Rahu 

"ऊँ शिरोरुपाय विदमहे अमृ्ते]शाय धीमहिं तन्नो राहू: प्रचोदयात ।।

How to get relief from Ketu’s effect

Donating iron, black cloth, coconut, blanket, etc, will be beneficial. Chanting Ketu’s Mantra 

" ऊँ स्त्रां स्त्रीं स्त्रौं स: केतवें नम: " 17000 times will get good results and reading Ganesha source or Aparajita source is also beneficial. 

Gayatri Mantra of Ketu

"ऊँ पदम पुत्राय विदमहे अमृ्तेशाय धीमहि तन्नो केतु: प्रचोदयात।।"

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