Rahu is the head part of the celestial snake. It is innovative, diplomatic and understands people nerve. Rahu is planet of contraction. It is described as a shadowy planet (Chayya Grahas). They have no substance and are physically non-existent. Yet their influence is full of potency and spiritual significance and so powerful than the Sun, which combusts other planets due to its luminescence, is eclipsed by coming within 14 degrees from Rahu or Ketu and a solar or lunar eclipse results. Rahu is a node that is positioned where the earth s trajectory around the Sun and the Moon s trajectory around the Earth meet. It completes one circle of the zodiac in 18 years in a retrograde fashion. According to the Puranas, Rahu is instrumental in strengthening one s power and converting even an enemy into a friend. Rahu is often called the Planet of Grand successes and unexpected gains because it acts as an accelerator and a catalyst. Rahu doesn t rule any zodiac, since it is not a real planet. Rahu behaves like Saturn. Rahu is a  shudra graha , hence people influenced by Rahu behave like illiterate and uncultured people, it craves for pleasures and never satisfied with the gains. It deals with drugs, poisons, over ambition, power play, hidden knowledge, skin diseases, small pox, deception, politics, political maneuver, inventions, scientists, execution, diseases, disenchantment, thieves, witches, magicians, venom snakes and thorny bushes, jail travel, death, night, lost articles, hidden wealth, gambling, isolated places, cemeteries, accidents, aviation, pilots and hypnotists etc. On the same hand, black magic is also possible during the periods of Rahu and Ketu. Rahu also signifies foreigners in all fields, people, countries, tastes.
Exalted:       Taurus                                  Debilitated:     Scorpio
Body Part:-                                               MahaDasha:    18 years
Gem:           Gomeda                                Numerology:   4
Colour:         Indigo                                  Nakshtra:         Adra, Swati, Shatbhisa
Element:      Chhaya                                 Bhav Karak:-
Mantra:        Om ram rahuve namah        Day:                Saturday
Rahu Mantra:     Ardha Kaayam Mahaa Viiryan Chandraa Ditya Vimardhanam
                          Sinhi Kaagarbha Sambhutam Tam Rahum Prana Maamyaham
Meaning:       I pray to Rahu, having half a body, of great bravery, the eclipser of the Moon and the
                      Sun, born of Simhikaa.
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