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Basic Description: The Dragonís Head, counterpart to Ketu, the Dragon's Tail. One of the Nine Planets.
Blades of grass from Durva are sacred to Rahu. Mythology:
During the giving out of the ambrosia to the gods, one of the Asuras (demons)
disguised himself as a god and sat among them.
Just as he took a mouthful of ambrosia, Surya and Chandra realized the
fraud and Vishnu quickly cut him in two, thereby giving us Rahu and Ketu.
However the power of the ambrosia caused the two pieces to continue to
be alive, and so Brahma changed them into planets and sent them to the
heavens. Rahu continues to be the enemy
of Surya and Chandra, eclipses are when Rahu tries to devour them.
The Hindu Pantheon. Los Angeles: Philosophical research society,
Thomas, P. Epics, Myths
and Legends of India. Bombay, India: D. B. Taraporevala Sons &
Co. Private Ltd, 1961.
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