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Mythological story of Rahu and Ketu.

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Mythological story of Rahu and Ketu.

Sage Kashyapa was the father of Hiranyakashyap who was the first demon king. Sage Kashyapa`s wife Diti is the ancestral mother of asuras (demons). Simhika was the daughter of Diti and Kashyapa. Simhika got married to a demon known Viprasiddhi. They gave birth to a child known as Swarbhanu. At the time of distribution of Amrita by Goddess Mohini, Swarabhanu in the disguise of devata, took some Amrita by sitting in between Sun and Moon.

Sun and Moon identified Swarabhanu as demon and informed Lord Vishnu (Goddess Mohini) and instantly Lord Vishnu cut the head of Swarabhanu with cosmic Sudarshan Chakra. However, few drops of Amrita have gone into his mouth, hence two parts acquired immortality. The head is called Rahu and the tail Ketu. Simhika nurtured the head of the Swarbhanu and got a snake body. The severed body of Swarbhanu was nurtured by a Brahmin named Mini. Lord Vishnu granted a serpent head to the severed body of Swarbhanu and granted a boon that he will travel above Sun. Due to this Rahu and Ketu always treat Sun and Moon as their natural enemies and causes eclipses to Moon and Sun. Rahu makes Moon to Wax and Wane on daily basis and causes lunar eclipse. Ketu set to travel on the higher circute of Sun and causes solar eclipse.

Rahu and Ketu are shadow planets without any physical existence. They acquire qualities of the planets associated with them. Rahu acts like Saturn and Ketu acts like Mars. In Astronomy these are two mathematical computed sensitive points on ecliptic. In Astrology our ancient sages gave these sensitive points, graha status. Ketu in 12th house become karaka for Moksha (Salvation). Rahu in lagna gives mundane comforts.

- M. Anjaneyulu, 14/04/2017

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