Rahu and Ketu in Vedic Astrology – Part 1

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We have seven planets i.e. Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Jupiter, Venus and Saturn.  Each planet owns two zodiac signs except Sun and Moon. Sun and Moon own one sign (Rasi) each i.e. Leo and Cancer respectively.Seven days in a week are dedicated in the name of these planets. Sunday for Sun, Monday for Moon, Tuesday for Mars, Wednesday for Mercury, Thursday for Jupiter, Friday for Venus and Saturday for Saturn. Throughout the world, we follow seven days per week.

In Vedic astrology, we have nine planets (Nava grahas). We have already discussed about seven planets and left with two other unknown planets. What are they?

Rahu and Ketu are the two other planets, which were included by later astrologers. Rahu and Ketu do not own any zodiac sign (Rasi). They occupy any sign and represent the lord of that sign (Rasi).The planets Rahu and Ketu do not have physical body or mass like other seven planets. Rahu and Ketu are the nodes of the moon. The ascending node is named as Rahu (also called as Dragon’s Head by westerners) and descending node is named as Ketu (also called as Dragon’s Tail by westerners). These planets are known as Chaya grahas (shadow planets).

In Vimshottari dasa system, Rahu has been given 18 years and Ketu with 7 years. From this, we can know the importance of Rahu and Ketu in our lives.

Rahu Ketu storyAccording to Hindu mythology, the story of Rahu ketu goes like this.

Devas (Gods) and Asuras (Evil forces) always quarrel with each other. Devas do good things and Asuras do bad things. Devas and Asuras churn the ocean for amrita (nectar), to make themselves immortal. The Supreme God Vishnu wanted to give the whole nectar to Devas only. In this process, Lord Vishnu avoids Asuras and distributes the nectar (after churning of ocean) to Devas.One of the Asura (Serpent) stands in between Sun and Moon to receive nectar. Once the asura got his share of nectar (amrita), Sun and Moon reveals the Asura’s identity to Supreme Lord Vishnu. Before the Asura swallows the amrita, Lord Vishnu beheads him. Since the Asura had tasted amrita, he becomes immortal even after being beheaded. The head portion of serpent is known as “Rahu” and the body with tail is “Ketu”.

As Sun and Moon were the reason behind the Asura’s body being cut into two parts, Rahu and Ketu hates Sun and Moon. With vengeance on Sun and Moon, Rahu and Ketu tries swallowing them on periodical basis. This we see as the phenomenon of Lunar and Solar eclipses. However being immortal, Sun and Moon escapes from their clutches.

Rahu & Ketu Dasa: It is said, Rahu is a giver and Ketu is taker. Rahu gives immense wealth and position during its mahadasa. The native (person) having this mahadasa, can grow without boundaries. Whereas Ketu gives only what is necessary in terms of wealth and position and takes away the excess in its dasa. In both the above cases, Rahu and Ketu should be favourably placed in Horoscope.

Best Place for Rahu and Ketu

Rahu and Ketu in 3rd, 6th and 11th house from Lagna is good. The native will get good results.

Rahu in 3rd house: Capable, Bold, Quarrels with siblings, Proud, Wealthy, has long life.
Rahu in 6th house: Long life, Rich, Destroys hurdles, Brave, Winner.
Rahu in 11th house: Wealthy, Long life, little deaf, Prosperity.
Ketu in 3rd house: Long life, Rich, Good person.
Ketu in 6th house: Courageous, Success, Famous, Enjoys life.
Ketu in 11th house: Enjoyments, Success, Learned, Gains, Prosperity, Rich.Note: The above results are subject to modifications due to the aspect of other planets, association with other planets, placement of sign lord and running dasa period.

Rahu & Ketu in other houses can be read in my post Rahu and Ketu in Vedic Astrology – Part 2

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31 comments

  1. What happens when Ketu is with Sun in the 11th house in Leo from Lagna. Does that modify the effects of ketu in the 11th house as you have mentioned???
    and, does it signify pitri dosh???

  2. If Ketu is with Sun in the 11th house in Leo from Lagna, then the lagna will be Libra. The effects of ketu in the 11th house is same as mentioned my post. It does not signify pitru dosha.

  3. Dear Mohit Arora, Rahu in 5th house leads to progeny related problems & short tempered. If Rahu is aspected by benefic planets, then the malefic effects of this planet will be reduced. The results of Ketu in 11th house is already mentioned in my post. When it comes to predictions for a particular lagna/birth chart, we have to consider all the nine planets in Rasi chart and Navamsa chart

  4. 1. How about staurn in 3rd, Sun and Mars in 6th, Rahu and moon in 11th house from Lagna.
    2. Beside this Jupiter in 10th, Venus in 4th house from Lagna.

  5. Dear Anonymous, The purpose of my blog is to bring the important principles of astrology to general public and students of astrology. Your comment shows that you need to discuss about a particular horoscope in detail. I do not wish to discuss personal horoscopes in my blog. If you need any clarifications on the subject, you can send me an email. Regards

  6. Dear Shailesh Kharkwal, Eventhough Rahu is in exaltation rasi, you should consider its placement,aspect by other planets and conjunction with other planets. Then only, you have to come to conclusion.
    If Rahu is well placed, native may become rich in rahu mahadasa. regards

  7. Sir, I am Sridevi born on 17-06-1974 at 1.32 AM in Visakhapatnam. Where are Rahu and Kethu placed for my horoscope. Kindly suggest any precautions and pariharas Sir. Thanking you.

  8. SIR , WHAT WOULD BE THE EFECT OF KETHU AND MOON togetr IN 5TH HOUSE WITH RISHABHA LAGNA.. WIL IT AFFECT CHILD BIRTH ? time:6.50pm , 28-11-1986 ,Madikeri (place of birth)(male)…

  9. Dear Sulakshana singh, I am publishing a new post on Rahu & Ketu, which can explain the results of the placement of these planets in other houses. Please wait and check my new post. you will get answers to your question. regards

  10. Dear Anonymous, Your comment shows that you need to discuss about your horoscope in detail. I do not wish to discuss personal horoscopes in my blog. If you need any clarifications on the subject, you can send me an email. Regards

  11. Does Rahu in 6th house scorpio (debilitated) does well in Rahu Maha dasa. This Rahu is aspected by 10th house Guru (in Pisces sign).
    Please help me understand this.

  12. Dear Anupama, Rahu in 6th house usually gives good results in Rahu dasa. But final conclusion should be arrived after observing the below points.

    1. In which Nakshatra, Rahu is placed.
    2. In which house, Mars is placed, (because scorpio house belongs to Mars).
    3. Any other aspects other than Jupiter on Rahu
    4. Planets along with Rahu , if any

    regards
    regards

  13. Dear Suresh Sir,

    Following are the points which you had asked:

    1. In which Nakshatra, Rahu is placed — Anuradha
    2. In which house, Mars is placed, (because scorpio house belongs to Mars) — Mars is in 10th house along with Guru
    3. Any other aspects other than Jupiter on Rahu
    4. Planets along with Rahu ,–Rahu is alone in 6th house.

    Thanks
    Anu

  14. Dear Anupama, In my previous comment, i had given some points for analysing the horoscope by which you can do it on your own.

    i am not analysing horoscopes in this blog. regards

  15. sir i have Ketu in 1st house in Gemini Lagna along with sun and Venus,,,,,,,,,,,,,Rahu in 7 th house in sagitarrius ….Retrograde Saturn in 8 th house , Lagna lord mercury in 2nd house ,jupitar and moon conjunction in 3 rd house in leo sign and mars in 11 th house in its own sign …..please let me know will this planets combination help me in gemstone business ….or which business will be favorable for me … now i am running into venus mahadasha in ketu anterdasha ……how will be the time period for me ??? plz help me out

  16. Dear Anonymouse, From your comment, i can understand that, you need predictions for your chart. I am not giving predictions in my site as the very purpose of my blog is to give astrological knowledge to my readers. However, you can opt for my consultation for your chart analysis by following the steps mentioned in my consultation page. regards

  17. Dear Sir,
    My DOB is 05-11-1982, time is 11:03 PM, and location is New Delhi. I wanted to know what is the exact house placement for Rahu and Ketu for me. How to determine the right life purpose ?

  18. Ketu in first house leo and rahu in 7th house aquarius? What will be the effects of ketu dasha?and will the next venus dasha be good?
    Place:trichy
    Dob:11.05.89
    Time:13:12pmĺĺp

    1. Dear Ganesh, The purpose of my blog is to bring the important principles of astrology to general public and students of astrology. Your comment shows that you need to discuss about your horoscope in detail. Please take personal consultation appointment to discuss about your horoscope. Regards

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