Rahu- the Supreme Master of Deception, Mystery and Illusion


  • Colours: Light blue or Electric Blue and Black.
  • Number represented : 4
  • Direction: South(South-west)
  • Gemstone: Gomedh (Hessonite) 
  • Metal: Lead and Graphite. 
  • Representative Deity: Goddess Durga and Lord Shiva
  • Nature and Caste: Rahu is Tamasik in nature and is an outcast (Shudra).
  • Friendly Planets: Mercury, Saturn and Venus
  • Enemy Planets: Sun, Moon and Mars
  • Neutral Planets: Jupiter
  • Tattva or Element: Vayu or Air. 
  • Mantra:
    • 1) Om Raa Rahave Namah 
    • 2) Om Bhram Bhrim Bhraum Sah Rahve Namah
  • Stotra:
    • Arddhakaayam Mahaaviiryam Chandraaditya Vimardanam| 
    • Simhikaagarbha Sambhuutam Tam Rahu Pranamaamyaham|| 

The story and description of Rahu makes for a very interesting piece to read and to even compose.  Ganesha says that, whatever people may feel and think about the dreaded Planet, the Planet cannot be ignored at any cost and neither can his importance in Astrology and the current world be denied or undervalued. Instead, it is Rahu only whose influence will be tremendously on the rise, in this modern world. His role in the functioning of all the factors in the world is absolutely inevitable and crucial. He is the chosen one of the Almighty to maintain a balance in the universe and to keep bringing change.  Wisdom lies in understanding the power and significance of Rahu- 'The Mighty One' and please him to be happy in life. 


RAHU or Swarbhanu is known as the North-node of the Moon and also as the Dragon's Head. In Sanskrit, Raa means hide or that which is hidden, mysterious or secretive. The other name of Rahu is Bhayanka. He is the most feared planet in Astrology, a lot more feared than even the super-tough Taskmaster Shanidev or Lord Saturn! It is said that at least Saturn is kind at heart, though he externally is very tough, but Rahu is merciless, internally and even externally!  Rahu is considered the Minister of the Asuras and is the son of Viprachitti and Simhika- the Rakshasa (demon/ogress) sister of Bhakt Prahalada- the great Bhakta of Lord Vishnu. He is said to be born on the Chaturdasi (14th day) of the Krishna Paksha (Dark fortnight) in the month of Bhadrapada. He gets exalted in the sign of Taurus and debilitated in Scorpio. Virgo is said to be his Moolatrikona sign. It is also believed that Rahu has some connection with the sign of Aquarius, which is actually ruled by Saturn,  as many traits and characteristics of Rahu match with the attributes denoted by the 11th sign of the Zodiac- Aquarius.  


Generally, we can get an idea of the personality traits and characteristics of Rahu from the stories associated to him.  As per the famous story, after the completion of the process of Amrut-Manthan(churning of the ocean for attainment of nectar), to avoid any confusion and ruckus from the side of Asuras, the Devas and Asuras were divided into 2 camps and Lord Vishnu took the form of the Celestial Enchantress Mohini and took upon himself the task of serving the Nectar to the Devas and Asuras. The actual plan was to finish the nectar before the Asuras' turn came. So realising this plot, the Asura Swarbhanu crossed over to the camp of the Devas, disguising himself as a Deva. He went and seated himself between Surya Dev and Chandra Dev. Suddenly Surya and Chandra discovered this sly trick of the Asura and reported it to Lord Vishnu. Feeling enraged, Lord Vishnu hurled his Sudarshan Chakra(Discuss) at Swarbhanu, which cut and detached his head from the body. But he did not die as he had already consumed a few drops of the Nectar. He was now immortal. So, now the head came to be known as Rahu and the lower half was named Ketu. So these two became the 8th and 9th planets in astrology respectively. 

 It is said that though Lord Vishnu was already aware of the real identity of Swarbhanu, he let him consume the Nectar as he knew that it all was already a part of the cosmic plan and that he had already been blessed by Lord Brahma with a boon which conferred upon him the power and status of a Planet, as a result of his severe penance. 


  • We can observe that Rahu (formerly Swarbhanu) was of a stealthy, sly and elusive nature as he even took to cheating and deception to achieve his aim, without fearing what the repercussions of such an act would be! 
  • Moreover, Rahu and Ketu developed intense and deep hatred for the Sun God and Moon God because of their reporting the sly act of deception of Swarbhanu to Lord Vishnu, which resulted into him paying the penalty for it. 
  • Rahu is the 8th planet in Astrology. So he is the natural significator of all the attributes represented by the eighth sign of the Zodiac and also the number 8.
So even in general, Rahu is considered to be very fearless in nature but this fearlessness is laced with immorality and utter disregard for authority and the general rules, as can be seen in the story.   Rahu represents going to any extent to achieve the desired motive. Scruples, morals, ethics, traditions, feelings, emotions, etc. do not matter, just achieving the goal by any means is the sole objective! 'I shall get there by hook or crook' is the attitude and style of functioning of Rahu. Rahu achieved immortality or permanent existence in the universe by deceitfully consuming the poison, but he cared not for what the consequences may be. He just did what he felt like doing, as he wanted to be successful in his ambition and could b but then he had to pay the price for it, he was immediately punished by Lord Vishnu. But then his motive was not completely defeated and neutralised. Similarly, the natives with a heavy influence of Rahu behave in the same fashion. 

Following rules and regulations is not Rahu's cup of tea. He prefers constantly breaking the rules, defying the general norms, breaking social customs, challenging the authority and creating troubles for others. Sun is authority and Rahu considers him his prime enemy, so the constant dislike and rebellion against authority(Sun). Rahu is generally called the Chief Tormentor of the luminaries- Sun and Moon. That is why, when the eclipses occur, it is said that the nodes- Rahu and Ketu are taking revenge with the luminaries by enveloping them in the evil darkness. 


Rahu is always furious, violent, aggressive, secretive, mischievous and mysterious in nature. He is discontentment incarnate. His temper is so horrifying and disastrous that it is said that when furious beyond a limit, he can explode as devastatingly as a nuclear bomb. He is obsessive, compulsive and stubborn.  His frame and appearance is very frightening and terrifying as he is a Head fixed to the body of a serpent/snake. He has bloodshot red eyes and a big moustache. He always carries an expression of anger and aggression on his face. His complexion is said to be of the sky-blue/ light purplish colour as he has control over all poisons in this world. His head has two horns as he is a Daanav and his crown has a skeleton head(skull). He carries a Sword and a Trident (Trishul) in each of his hands. He worships Lord Shiva and thus has three lines on his forehead. He is always decked in shining jewels and ornaments. He always has a Raat-rani flower in his hands and he loves the fragrance of it. His vehicle is a Lion. Rahu has an extraordinarily strong physique and a tall frame and is said to possess a piercing and unnerving gaze. He has a deep, hypnotic and sarcastic tone to his voice. 


Rahu represents the most profound mysteries and darkest secrets. All that is unknown to the normal people is represented by Rahu. That is why, even the things, subjects, creatures and people represented by Rahu always remain away from the view of the normal public. Be it reptiles, occultists (sorcerers, wizards, magicians), smugglers, terrorists- all of them have a very uncertain existence and inhabit in the most unusual places. They prefer to remain secretive. You would know where a Cow or Elephant or a horse resides, but deciphering the exact residence of a snake or a scorpion or a centipede is almost impossible! All the activities that take place in the dark and in the night time are the result of the Rahu effect. That is why the night time is said to be the most evil time of a day.

  Rahu fundamentally represents extremes and contradictions. On one hand, he denotes criminals and anti-social elements, but on the other hand he also signifies spies, informers and intelligence officers who trace the same criminals and make them face the punishment for the crimes. He resides over the serpent and snake kingdom and venom and poison and on the other hand he himself represents the anti-dotes or remedies for the snake-bites or poisoning!  He is the most perplexing and intriguing planet in Astrology.   

Rahu represents ignorance, illiteracy and darkness- darkness in all aspects. He represents uncultured and uncivilised people. It is said that most of the problems in life are caused due to ignorance and lack of proper awareness. So to attack a person or to cause problems, what Rahu does is to keep him in the dark and mask the truth from him. He creates clouds of illusion and shows a picture that is totally very far from the truth. Thus, unable to realize what the exact truth, the person ends up committing a lot of mistakes. What is the result? Only Confusion, obstacles, humiliation, sorrow and losses are the result.   

Rahu signifies all that is illusive, elusive, materialistic, deceptive, misleading, unpredictable, risky, dangerous, evil, wicked, erratic, unusual, bizarre, pompous, addictive, dirty, filthy, immoral, arrogant, barbaric, cruel, horrifying and confusing. Additionally, he represents cheating, falsehood, ostentatiousness, vanity, gambling, manipulation, treachery, fraud, forgery, torture, perversion, indulgence, lust, greed, avarice, discontentment, selfishness, megalomania, insensitivity, lunacy, hysteria, banishment, traitor-ship, autocracy, abuse of power, etc.

Amongst the nine planets, Rahu is considered the greatest expert of plotting, scheming, conspiracy, manipulation and strategy. Rahu's intelligence and sharpness is so penetrating and piercing that it can get past any person's mind and psychological mechanism. It can be said that Rahu's eyes are like a scanner or an X-ray machine, that is why many occultists and people dealing in psychoanalysis fields are able to make out the truth without anyone telling it.  Rahu stands for Black-magic, hypnotism, evil-spirits and dealing with evil-spirits, occult sciences, paranormal activities,  horror,  graveyards, cemeteries, dead-bodies, undertakers, care-takers of the crematorium and funeral grounds, forefathers-ancestors-predecessors, outcasts and people of low character, bootleggers, slums and people of poor status, anti-social elements, goons, kidnappers, snake-catchers,  perpetrators and conspirators of crime and terror, 

Rahu is irreligious in nature and is a pure non-conformist and he represents atheism. He feels delighted when a rule is broken or if some harassment is caused. He is sarcastic and derives vicarious pleasure from the suffering and agony of others. He is called the naughty and mischievous child of Maya or illusion and is the Cosmic Trickster, Magician and Master of Deception. He is said to magnify and amplify and exaggerate the qualities of the other planets that he gets associated with. He reflects the qualities of the other planet and starts mimicking it. So a person with a combination of Rahu with other planet/s can be found to have magnified characteristics of the planet in association with Rahu as even Rahu would somewhat function as the planet.

With Ganesha's Grace,
Aaditya Sain
The GaneshaSpeaks.com Team


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