Also known as: the God of the ascending / north lunar node

  • According to Hindu mythology, Rahu is the severed head of an asura, that swallowed the moon or sun, causing eclipses
  • Astronomically, Rahu and Ketu denote the points of intersection of the paths of the Sun and the Moon, as they move in the celestial sphere. Rahu is the God of the ascending / north lunar node.

Associated songs / slokams

Raahu Gayathri Manthra:

Om naakadhwajaaya vidmahae,

padma hastaaya dheemahi,

tanno raahu prachodayaat.


Om, Let me meditate on him who has the snake on his flag, Oh, He who has a lotus in his hand, give me higher intellect, And let Rahu illuminate my mind.

How to pray

  • The best day to pray is Saturday. Colour is Purple. The dhanyam is Urud dhal. Use Durva grass, Lord Ganesha’s favourite, to pray.  You can chant the Raahu Gayathri Manthra. Prayers will remove Sarpa Dosha (which causes difficulties in marriage and conceiving) and will confer joy.

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