Chennai, June 4th, 2011: From cricketing star Sachin Tendulkar to Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yeddyurappa, there is a serpentine list of people who have reportedly performed the Rahu-Ketu Pooja to tame these astrological snake planets.
“An important day to perform this Pooja is June 6th, when Rahu and Ketu move into the signs Scorpio and Taurus respectively. This transit can spell favorable or unfavorable times for you depending on how these 2 Nodes of the Moon are positioned in your astrological chart”, says Maya Benkovich, Director, AstroVed (www.astroved.com), an online service provider in the area of Vedic Sciences.
Rahu is often shown as head of a demon without a body and represents obsession with material desires. On the other hand, Ketu is denoted as the demon’s headless body and signifies withdrawal from the world. Together, they represent the push and pull of 2 opposing forces that allow human beings to experience life in its entirety. No wonder, sudden and unpredictable changes in life are usually attributed to Rahu and Ketu.
To bring relief from the so-called ‘dreaded bite’ of these planets, special ceremonies have been commissioned on June 6th by AstroVed. Two back-to-back fire rituals for Rahu and Ketu will be webcast LIVE on www.astroved.com for those who wish to participate in these rituals.
Apart from these, Vedic rituals will be organized on June 6th at important powerspots in South India – Thirunageswaram, Keelaperumpallam and Thirupamburam (here Rahu and Ketu are present as a single physical form resembling very much the human DNA strand).
Interestingly, mythology presents a great remedy to take the sting out of the Rahu-Ketu effect. “As per scriptures, Vishnu had used his Sudarshana Chakra (divine discus) to cut the demon into halves, which then became Rahu and Ketu. Therefore, Sudarshana Yantra is considered an effective safeguard against the malefic influence of the snake planets”, informs Ram Kumar, Vedic Astrologer, AstroVed.
A lesser-known scientific rationale explains the phenomenon of Rahu and Ketu. The seven colors in the visible spectrum of light are known to correspond to the energy vibration of the planets in Astrology. The Infra-red rays and Ultaviolet light, which fall at the extremes of the visible spectrum, actually represent Rahu and Ketu respectively.
Like these invisible rays, Rahu and Ketu too signify their hidden impact on human affairs and warn us of the changes that lie ahead. Perhaps, it is their ‘hiss’ rather than the ‘bite’ that people should be wary of during the upcoming transit on June 6th.