Rahu Puja is a veneration offered to Rahu, which according to Hindu Vedic Astrology is one of the Navagrahas or the nine planets. As stated in certain legends of the Hindu religious traditions, Rahu is depicted as the decapitated head of the demon Svarbhanu. This legend is associated with the chapter of Sagarmanthan or churning of the ocean to extract amrita, the potion of immortality. Svarbhanu was the only demon who could consume few drops of the elixir. However, Lord Vishnu beheaded Svarbhanu in a bid to stop the demon from attaining immortality. Since the demon had already ingested amrita, he had become deathless. Though, Svarbhanu was no longer the powerful demon he used to be. Now, the head of the demon had become immortal as Rahu. According to Hindu religious myths, Rahu swallows the sun, which causes a solar eclipse.
Veneration of Rahu
According to Hindu Vedic astrological beliefs, Rahu is the northern node of the moon. Thus, Rahu is considered as a Chhaya Graha, shadow or obscured planet. Rahu puja is primarily performed by those who are believed to be reeling under the ill effects of the malefic placement of Rahu in celestial positioning. This concept is based on astrological calculations. Astrologers term the malefic effects of Rahu as Rahu Dosha. Veneration of Rahu is performed as a remedy of Rahu Dosha. According to astrologers, it is essential to appease Rahu to enhance the positive effects and to neutralize the malefic effects. Rahu Puja may be very helpful if you are undergoing ill effects of Rahu in your horoscope. The malevolent effects of Rahu are collectively called Kaal Sarp Yog.
Characteristics of Rahu
Rahu is considered to be the representation of dark secrets and intense mysteries. Everything that is unknown to human beings is the characterized by Rahu. According to astrological beliefs, Rahu is the most puzzling and intriguing among the planets of the Navagraha. The characteristics of the planet Rahu are very contradicting. Rahu resides over the world of serpents. Again, Rahu portrays the antidotes for snake bites. Hindu Vedic astrology says that Rahu represents anything that has to do with elusion, deception, unpredictability, wickedness, addiction, filth, immorality, perversion, and selfishness. If you are reeling under the effects of any of these vices, you may be suffering the malefic effects of the planet Rahu or Rahu Mahadasha. You must seek to perform a Rahu puja to resolve the persistent problems of Rahu Kaal.