Disclaimer: This is based upon my research and intuition. The knowledge came from the Mother Divine.
The best remedy: I have firmly believed that the best remedy for any planet is to pray to the Lord of that planet and doing charity related to it.
While gemstones etc. do help but these two the Dharmic remedy and the Karmic remedy are the ones I firmly believe in and always recommend.
While Karmic remedies are easy to design (e.g. charity to orphans in case you are facing difficulty with child birth), the Dharmik remedies required worshiping to the right gods. But here came the dilemma. There was a lot of debate. About who’s the boss.
Who’s the Boss?: While there has been a general agreement around the deities of a few planets, e.g. Moon is ruled by Shiva, Ketu by Ganesha, but there was a dispute regarding others especially my good friend, Rahu. Upon in depth study of the subject, I found this further muddled up.
The Misguiding Vishnu Key from BPHS: Yes the “Bible” of Indian astrology, BPHS Brihat Parashara Hora Shastra was really corrupted in my view (Yes I said that…comments welcome…!) In my view BPHS was first corrupted when Buddhism was taking over, the priests conspired and gave Vishnu the prominence, and then, declared Buddha an avatar of Vishnu, all Buddhists were returned to the Hindu fold. Mission accomplished. However, in trying to do that they also attached 9 planets to 9 avatars of Vishnu. There are astrologers who claim that all 9 planets are related to the Avatars of Vishnu e.g. Rama for Sun, Krishna for moon, Narsimha for Mars and Varah for Rahu etc.
While this has been mentioned in Parasara Hora Shastra, I did not agree to this as Vishnu has never been fair to Rakshasas so the likes of Rahu Ketu (who were killed by Vishnu) and Shukra who lost his eye because of him, so logically these planets would follow him (obviously). Then you don’t find temples dedicated to Narshimha or Varah that easily. So this didn’t stand up to logic or convenience.
Then There Were The Generally Agreed Rulers: Sun ruled by Vishnu, Moon ruled by Shiva, Jupiter ruled by Brahma, and Ketu ruled by Ganesha. All stood to reason and more or less their temples were available, barring Brahma, something we would discuss later.
Disputes and concerns about Lords of planets:
Mercury: Some said that it was ruled by Durga, some said it was ruled by Vishnu, some said it was ruled by Buddha, and others said it was ruled by Ganesha, and thus was a confusion.
Saturn: The most powerful of all planets that has become a deity himself, who ruled him? Some said it was ruled by Shiva, others said by Hanuman (there were good reasons for it) and remaining said that it was a deity in itself.
Jupiter: All agreed that this was ruled by Brahma, but where do you find Brahma temple? Barring two place in India, there is no major Brahma temple and his idol is missing from almost all other places, due to a curse by Shiva. So whose worship should be recommended to please Jupiter?
Rahu: My quest started to find the true ruler of Rahu, perhaps the most disputed and most evil planet in the zodiac. Most of the people need to do some or the other remedy related to Rahu. However, again there were disputes regarding all other planets. Some said Rahu is ruled by Durga, some said it was ruled by Bhairav, some said by Kali, and others said that it was ruled by Sarswati (this one I found horribly wrong).
How Kali solved my problem: It is said that when you try to do something good, the Gods help you. And I have found this to be true when it came to this endavor. While seriously contemplating this problem, I had a mental vision of Kali carrying a Rakshasa head and touting it to me playfully, laughing and saying “Look at this”. And BOOM, the lights went on. I just jumped out of bed and called up my spiritual friend Pravesh who approved of and even applauded this idea. The more I thought about it, the more I got convinced.
HERE IS THE IDEA: LORD OF THE PLANET ALWAYS CARRIES A SYMBOL OF THE PLANET
Here we see how it works:
- SUN-Surya: Is ruled by Vishnu (Look at that DISC):
Vishnu, always carries the disc with him, which is the symbol of sun. If you look the disc it is it is bright yellow and round, just like the sun. I read later that it was made by Vishwakarma from the rays of sun. (I rest my case here)
- Moon-Chandra is ruled by Shiva: (Look at that MOON):Ok this one was a no brainer and there was no dispute but it proves the point, our beloved Bholenaath carries the Moon on his head in every pic
3.Mars-Mangal is ruled by Hanuman: Look at those MUSCLES of the super SOLDIER, carrying MOUNTAIN:Mars is ruled by Lord Hanuman. It stands to reason that the manliest of all planets should be ruled by the manliest of all gods. The planet of soldiers is ruled by the best soldier ever. Mars is the rulers of muscles, and Hanuman the most muscular of all gods (we have started showing him with 6-pac now). And remember Mars is a soldier, so is Hanuman, the best ever soldier. Moreover, Mars is son of earth, mountain anyone?
- Mercury-Budha is ruled by Ganesha-Look at that HEAD: Well this one was not that difficult, but disputed. Some attributed Budha it to Vishnu, and others to Durga. I never for once agreed with the Durga explanation, the goddess of war won’t be the befitting deity of the planet of intellect. While Vishnu is intelligent for sure, Ganesha is the real ruler of Mercury (Budha in Hindi). Budha is the karka of Buddhi (intelligence, which is stored in the brain within the head). Who contains the biggest of all heads? Ganesha wins hands down….! He has the most buddhi of all Gods. The true ruler of Budha.
5 Jupiter-Guru is ruled by Sai Baba of Shirdi-Look at Him, He is the GURU HIMSELF:Ok I know that it was written that Guru (Jupiter) was ruled by Brahma, but where do you find a Brahma temple? There had to be a solution. Ok I agree that I had an “unfair” advantage here J. Being a devotee of Sai Baba of Shirdi, I knew that Sai himself is the Guru of all Gurus, the best there ever was. His day is celebrated on Thursday (Guruwar or the day of Guru). Sai is so popular that finding his temple won’t be a problem. Call me biased but this stands to reason. And it works magically, I am one living example. Try Sai, even the most doubting Thomases (including myself) have been cured by him. Yes I am biased towards him because he is biased towards me :)…
6…Venus-Shukra- is ruled by Lakshmi-Look at all that JEWERLY:There were a few who brought in Durga here, but again the Goddess of war won’t have time for all that luxury and comfort. Enter Goddess Lakshmi. While most prominent aspect of Durga’s decoration are Her weapons, Lakshmi is the most BEJEWELED Goddess of all times. She wears every jewel ever thought of and contains the pots overflowing with gold, and grain. Now that’s luxury. Who is the planet of jewelry, food, and luxury, Venus
7. Ketu-Is ruled by Ganesha-Look at that TORSO:Ok so here I have a confession. While all books agreed that Ketu is ruled by Ganesha, I personally had a disconnect (initially). How could the cute and cuddly elephant god of all things auspicious, rule the detached planet of ascetics and liberation? I was of the view that Ketu should have been ruled by Shiva, the ascetic. But upon further research, I came across an article that enlightened me with regards to Ganesha, and the deeper side of him. While he is the most flexible of all gods, cute, fun and kind hearted, there is the mysterious and tragic side of him. Ganesha as a child was beheaded by his own father (don’t think any deity went through a bigger tragedy). He was given the head of the elephant and resurrected. However, the original body of Ganesha is his TORSO. Now what is Ketu? He is the beheaded body, a torso himself. No wonder he chose to obey to the god who is a torso himself and understands the pain of Ketu
Saturn: The most powerful of all planets can only be ruled by the most powerful of all deities, Mahadev. Saturn is also good friends with Lord Hanuman and only these two can keep the badass Saturn in check. This planet grew in such significance (for good reasons) that it attained the status of a deity himself.
The quest to find the lord of Rahu became the basis of this article. There were a lot of claims from Shiva to Bahriva to Saraswati (the last one was ridiculous) I would rather be dead that agree that the Simon-pure white goddess Saraswati was the ruler of Rahu, the planet of darkness and chaos. No way. I disagree with the astrologers who believed this, and pity their clients who are worshiping the wrong deity for a planet as badass as Rahu.
While Rahu does listen to Shiva (all of them do – will tell the reason in another article), there had to be something more. For the benefit of those souls in trouble who write to me daily, I had to find the right answer to this, as most are tormented by Rahu. While I was of the opinion that Bhairav and Shiva control him (not too wrong), I was intuitively aware that there was something more to this.
How Kali solved my problem: I had been wrestling with this problem for days. But like I have said this project has been blessed, and god comes to my aid whenever there is a need. In deep contemplation and state of semi asleep, I had a vision. Kali appeared to me in my vision, laughing, carrying a severed head in her hand and playfully touting it to me saying “Look at this”. And Boom that moment it appeared to me. Yes, that’s Rahu….RAHU IS THE SEVERED RAKSHASA HEAD. (For all those who know a thing or two about mythology and astrology, Rahu is the severed head of Rakshasa Swarbhanu, and Ketu is his torso…!) And yes the Mother Divine carries him around.
What about Bahriva?: The same “head carrying” logic applies to Bhairav, and many people worship him for Rahu. I had almost made up my mind that may be both Kali and Bhariv co-rule Rahu. But again after an inspiration from Kali (I am so thankful Mother), I changed my mind.
The head that Bhariv carries is a sattvic head, it belongs to Brahma. But the one that Kali carries is a Rakshasa head, that is what Rahu is, a Rakshasa head. The lord of darkness and chaos could only be ruled by the Dark Goddess who carries the head around and controls it. So if Rahu is bothering you, pray to Kali, she would give a few yanks to his hair and make him behave
HAIL THE MOTHER DIVINE…!
G. Vijay Kumar