Ketu (mythology)

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Caption = Ketu - Tail of Demon Snake
Name = Ketu
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Sanskrit_Transliteration = केतु
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Affiliation = Graha,Asura
God_of = South Lunar Node
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Ketu (Sanskrit: , IAST: IAST|ketú) is the descending lunar node.In Hindu mythology, Ketu is generally referred to as a "shadow" planet. It is believed to have a tremendous impact on human lives and also the whole creation. In some special circumstances it helps someone achieve the zenith of fame. Ketu is often depicted with a gem or star on his head signifying a mystery light.

Astronomically, Ketu and Rahu denote the points of intersection of the paths of the Sun and the Moon as they move on the celestial sphere. Therefore, Rahu and Ketu are respectively called the north and the south lunar nodes. The fact that Eclipses occur when Sun and Moon are at one of these points gives rise to the mythology of the swallowing of the Sun by the Moon.


In Vedic astrology Ketu represents karmic collections both good and bad, spirituality and supernatural influences. Ketu rules over the sign Vrischika (Scorpio) (Along with Mangala) in Vedic astrology [ [ Basic concepts and mechanics of Vedic Astrology ] ] . Ketu signifies the spiritual process of the refinement of materialization to spirit and is considered both malefic and benefic, as it causes sorrow and loss, and yet at the same time turns the individual to God. In other words, it causes material loss in order to force a more spiritual outlook in the person. Ketu is a "karaka" or indicator of intelligence, wisdom, non-attachment, fantasy, penetrating insight, derangement, and psychic abilities. Ketu is believed to bring prosperity to the devotee's family, removes the effects of snakebite and illness arising out of poisons. He grants good health, wealth and cattle to his devotees. Ketu is the lord of three nakshatras or lunar mansions: Ashvini, Magha and Mula.


Ketu is associated with the following: his color is smoky, metal is lead and gemstone is cat's eye. His tattva or element is earth.

See also

* Navagraha


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