In Vedic astrology, Rahu and Ketu are two imaginary astronomical points in the sky, which have a distinct, profound and predictable impact on human lives. They are considered to be a 'Node’, `Chayagrah’ or `Shadowy Planet’ known as the 'North Node’ in Western astrology.
Of the nine planets, Rahu is labeled as a `rogue’ planet as it is a significator of all morally wrong things like stealing, gambling, lying, being evil etc. But inspite of its malefic effect, it can also be benefic depending on its placement in the birth chart and has the power to fulfil any material wish of a person such as wealth, fame and all-round success. Although it is paired with Ketu, it has more importance than Ketu.
Since Rahu plays such an important role in a native’s destiny and luck, it makes sense to try and keep it positive by different remedies, one of which is the chanting of the sacred Mantras for Rahu. Mantras are powerful words that can be used to ward off the effects of malefic planets, to bring success, peace and contentment.
How to chant the Rahu Mantra:
There are certain procedures to be followed while chanting the mantras. Any one mantra of Rahu, can be started on any Saturday night and has to be recited 18 thousand times within 40 days.
If you are planning to recite the `Gayatri Mantra for Rahu’, start chanting at dawn, noon or at sunset.
Use blue flowers and sandalwood, to please the Lord. Place Kali and Durga Yantra in the place where you chant this mantra. This will speed up the results.
Some Beej Mantras (Seed Mantra), which are used to connect with this Planetary deity and energise all the higher powers of the Rahu is:
“Om Dhum Raam Rahave Namah”.
(Dhum corresponds to the power, Dhavana Shakti, which corresponds with hiding, saving and preparing)
"Om Bhraam Bhreem Bhraum Sah: Rahve Namah"
"Om Raag Rahave Namaha"
"Om Rang rahave Namah"
Any one of these should be chanted 108 times in one sitting.
Shanti Mantra For Rahu:
"Om Rahuve Devaye Shaantim, Rahuve Kripaaye Karoti;
Rahuaye chamaaye abhilaashat, Om Rahuve Namoh Namah"
O Lord Rahu, I bow down to you and pray that you forgive my sins and honour me with your benevolent blessings.
Gayatri Mantra for Rahu:
"Om Sookdantaya Vidmahe, Ugraroopaya dheemahee, Tannnoh Rahu Prachodayaat."
I pray to Rahu, who has a peaceful and ferocious form. Let Rahu enhance my intellect and give me insight.
Om Naakadhwajaaya Vidmahae Padma hastaaya Dheemahi, Tannoh Raahu Prachodayaat.
I meditate on Rahu, who is in the form of a flag bearing snake, holding a lotus in his hands. Let Rahu enhance my intellect and give me insight.
The Puranic Mantra for Rahu:
"Ardha-Kaayam, Maha-Viryaam, Chandraditya-vimardanam, Simhika-garbha-sambhutam tam rahum pranamamy aham."
I offer my obeisance to Rahu who has only half a body, but possesses the power to tame even the sun and the moon. I salute him, who was born from the womb of Simhika.