Nav Graha (Nine Planets)
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SUN  

The Sun god has two arms. He is seated on a lotus pedestal and both his hands are embellished with lotus flowers. There is a beautiful golden crown on his head and a garland of gems around his neck. His radiance resembles the inner folds of the lotus flower and he is mounted on a chariot pulled by seven horses.

The Sun god is also known as ‘Savita’, meaning - one who creates, ‘SAVITA SARVASYA PRASAVITA’ (Nirukta -10/31). According to the Rigveda, the Sun God situated at the center of the solar system is all inspiring and pervasive and is an embodiment of Almighty God. According to the ‘Markandeya Puran’, the Sun is the embodiment of Brahma. The world originates from the Sun and is established within it. The Sun is the appearance of all elements and matter and is the eternal Almighty. This God ‘Bhaskar’ creates, nurtures and annihilates the world respectively, in the form of Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu & Lord Shiva. The Sun is the supreme deity amongst all the nine-planets.

When Brahma manifested himself by breaking an egg, he pronounced ‘OM’. This Omkar is the supreme soul and the very physique of the Sun God. The four Vedas emerged from all four mouths of Lord Brahma, which were glowing in their own radiance. The powerful radiance emanating from the ‘Omkar’ covered the radiance of the Vedas and ultimately all of them unified. This very Vedic appearance of ‘Omkar’ is the Sun God. This radiant sun was the first to be manifested during creation; hence it was called ‘Aditya’.

Once the demons, monsters and titans together fought with the deities and snatched their power and authority after defeating them. ‘Aditi’– the mother of the deities worshipped the Sun God to get protection from this calamity. The Sun God was pleased with her and assumed the incarnation as her son, establishing the eternal path of the Veda after defeating the deities’ enemies. He is therefore called Aditya.

The Sun God is endowed with a red complexion. His vehicle is a chariot. There is only one wheel in his chariot, which is called ‘Samvatsar’. The wheel of his chariot has 12 spokes, which symbolise the twelve months. The wheel has six circumferences, which symbolize the six seasons, and three ‘Naves’, which symbolise the three four-month cycles.

The sages (rishis) and all the celestial supernatural beings like ‘Gandharva’, ‘Apsara’, ‘Nag’ yaksha and the deities’ move along with the Sun God, doing his worship. The wheel, power, a loop and a hook are His weapons. His great-phase (Mahadasha) lasts for six years. To get his blessings and to pacify Him, ‘Arghya’ (pouring water facing the sun in the morning) should be performed each day, along with listening to the text of the Harivansh Purana. Ruby should be worn on the body and donation of wheat; cow along with a calf, raw-sugar (gur), copper, gold and red-clothes should be made to the Brahmins.


OM AAKRISHNEN RAJASA VARTAMANO NIVESHAYANNAMRITAM MARTYAM CHA ||
HIRANYEN SAVITA RATHENA DEVO YAATI BHUVANANI PASHYAN ||


The mantra mentioned in the Purana is as follows:

JAPAKUSUMA SANKASHAM KASHYAPEYAM MAHADYUTIM ||
TAMORIM SARVA PAPAGHNAM PRANATOSMI DIWAKARAM ||


Cryptic mantras is as follows:


OM HRANG HRING HRAUNG SAH SURYAY NAMAH’ ||


 

General mantra is as follows:

OM GHRINI SURYAY NAMAH ||

Any of the above mantras can be chanted repeatedly with devotion. The mantras should be chanted 7000 times at dawn.

MOON

The Moon God is fair in complexion. He is attired in white. His chariot is white in color and so are the horses pulling it. He is seated on the pedestal of lotus placed in a beautiful chariot pulled by seven horses. He possesses a golden crown on his head and a garland of pearls on his neck. He has a mace in one hand and the other one is raised in the posture of showering blessings.

According to the ‘Srimad Bhagawat’, the Moon-God is the son of Maharishi Atri and Anasuya. He is considered to be all pervading. He possesses all the sixteen phases (Kala). Lord Krishna was the descendant of the Moon God, possessing all the sixteen phases like Him. He is the one from whom all the deities’ ancestors, yaksha, human being, animals-birds and trees get life.

Lord Brahma made him the seed, medicine, water and the king of the Brahmins. He was married to the twenty-seven constellations i.e. ‘Ashwini’, ‘Bharani’, ‘Krittika’, ‘Rohini’ etc. These constellations were the daughters of ‘Daksha’. (Harivanshpuran)

According to the Vanparva of Mahabharata, all the wives of the Moon God are chaste and beautiful. While moving along with the constellations in their respective orbits, the Moon God nurtures all living beings and classifies various festivals, combinations and months.

On a full moon day and during the rising moon, an offering of delicacies mined with honey in a copper-vessel is made to Him, whereupon He is satisfied. Thus pleased with the offering, he frees a man from all pains and sorrows. By satisfying him one also satisfies the Sun God, ‘Vishvedeva’ (ancestors), ‘Marudgana’ (deities controlling natural forces) and the wind god (Vayu).

The vehicle of the Moon God is a chariot. There are three wheels in his chariot. Ten powerful horses pull his chariot. All the horses are divine, incomparable and are as quick as the mind. The eyes and ears of the horses are white. According to the ‘Matasyapurana’, the horses are as white as a conch.

Mercury is the son of the Moon God and was born to ‘Tara’. The presiding deity of the Moon-God is goddess Uma. The Moon-God is the Lord of the zodiac sign Cancer and his ‘great-phase’ (Mahadasha) lasts for ten years. He is also considered to be the Lord of the constellations. He holds the second position among all the nine planets.


A lack of the Moon God’s favour causes various kinds of physical pains and diseases like mental tensions and bad breathe. He is pleased if one fasts on Monday, or if one eulogizes and worships Lord Shiva. He is also pleased if a person wears pearls.

Donations of rice, grains, camphor, white-cloth, silver, conch, white sandal, white flower, sugar, bullock, curd and pearls should be made to please him.

Worship of  the Moon God can be done by the following mantra taken from the Puran.

DADHI SHANKHA TUSHARABHAM KSHIRODARNAVA SAMBHAVAM ||
NAMAMI SHASHINAM SOMAM SHAMBHOR MUKUTBHUSHANAM ||


Cryptic Mantra :

OM SHRANG SHRING SHRAUNG SAH CHANDRAYA NAHAM ||

GENERAL MANTRA:

OM SOM SOMAY NAMAH ||

Any of the above given three mantras can be chanted repeatedly for fixed numbers with faith and devotion.

Chanting of this mantra should be done for 11,000 times during evening time.

MARS

The deity Mars has four arms. He has a hairy body. The small hairs of the body are red in color. In his hands is mace and Trident, and His hands are raised in the postures of bestowing fearlessness and blessings. He has a golden crown on his head and his vehicle is a lamb. He is attired in red colored apparel and had red garlands in his neck.

In the ‘Kalpa’ of Varah’ when Hiranyaksha, the elder brother of Hiranyakshipu had abducted the earth, Lord Vishnu had taken his incarnation as a boar and rescued the earth by killing Hiranyaksha. Mother Earth was pleased to see Lord Vishnu and desired Him as her husband.

In His incarnation as a boar, Lord Vishnu’s radiance was as dazzling, illuminating and unbearable as millions of Suns. He transformed his appearance into His enchanting form to fulfill the wish of the presiding deity of the earth and lived with earth for one year in solitariness. Thus, Mars was born. (Brahmavaivarta Puran 2/8/29 to 43).

There are different stories about the origin of Mars in different ‘Kalps’. While performing worship, Mars is addressed as belonging to the Bhardwaj clan. This narration is found in the Ganesh Puran.

The invaluable benefit of worshipping the planet Mars has been described in the Purans. Mars fulfills all the desires of a man once he has been pleased. The method of worship has been described in the Bhaumayantra on copper sheet and worshiping the golden idol of Mars. Chanting the name of ‘Mars’ gives liberation from all debts. Mars is considered an inauspicious planet.

Mars passes through all the twelve zodiacs in one and a half year after crossing each zodiac in three ‘pakshas’ (45 days), provided its motion is not in retrograde.

Mars is pacified by the worship of Shiva. Wearing a coral also pacifies Mars. Making donations of copper, gold, wheat, red clothes, jaggery (gur), red sandal, red flowers, saffron, musk, red-ox, lentil and land also pacifies Mars. A fast should be observed on Tuesdays and the Hanuman Chalisa should be read.

The great phase of Mars lasts for seven years. Mars is the lord of two zodiacs, i.e., Aries and Scorpio.

The Mantra given in the Purana is as follows:

DHARANI GARBHA SAMBHOOTAM VIDDUTKANTI SAMAPRABHAM ||
KUMARAM SHAKTI HASTAM TAM MANGALAM PRANAMAMYAHAM ||


Cryptic Mantra:

OM KRANG KREENG KRAUNG SAH BHAUMAYA NAMAH ||

General Mantra:

OM AM ANGARKAYA NAMAH ||

Any one of the above mantras can be chanted for a fixed number of times with faith and devotion.

The total number of chanting of this mantra = 10,000 times at 8 a.m. in the morning.

One can take help of a learned Brahmin in special circumstance.

GOD MERCURY

Mercury is attired in yellow and wears a garland of yellow flowers. The radiance and glow of his body is like that of an oleander flower. He has a sword, a shield a mace in each of his three hands respectively and his fourth hand is raised in the posture of giving blessings. He has a golden crown on his head and a beautiful garland in his neck. His vehicle is a lion.

According to the ‘Atharavaveda’ Mercury’s father is the moon and his mother is Tara. Lord Brahma gave him the name mercury because of his intelligence. According to Shrimad Bhagawat, he is proficient in all the scriptures and is as radiant as the moon.

According to Matsyapuran (24/1-2) Lord Brahma made him lord of earth and a planet.

According to a mountain, which comes in the Mahabharata, Manu impressed by his learning’s and intelligence married his daughter Ila with him. As a result of this marriage ‘Pururva’ was born and the descent of moon expanded.

According to the Shrimadbhagawat (5/22-13) mercury is situated about 2,00,000 yojans (2400 000 km above venus). Mercury is considered to be an auspicious planet but if by chance it transgresses, chance of natural calamities like draught storm and floods occur.

According to the Matsyapuran, Mercury’s complexion is yellow like an oleander flower. His chariot is white in color and illuminated by light. Horses as fast as the wind pull the chariot. The names of the horses are Shweta, Pisanga, Saranga, Neel, Peeta, Vilohita, Krishna, Hairta, Prisha and Prishni.

The governing deity of the planet Mercury is Lord Vishnu. Mercury is the Lord of the zodiac Gemini and Virgo. The great phase of mercury lasts for 17 years.

For the pacification of this planet, fasts should be observed on every Amavasya (moonless night) and emerald should be worn on the body.

Donations of ivory, green-clothes, coral emerald, gold camphor, weapon, fruit and ghee to the Brahmins also satisfies Mercury.

 Mercury is worshipped when it is situated in a northeasterly direction. His symbol is an arrow and possesses a green complexion.

The Mantra mentioned in the Purana is as follows:

PRIYANGU KALIKA SHYAMAM RUPENA PRATIMAM BUDHAM ||
SAUMYAM SAUMYA GUNOPETAM TAM BUDHAM PRANAMAMYAHAM ||


Cryptic Mantra:

OM BRANG BREENG BRAUNG SAH BUDHAYA NAMAH ||

General Mantra:

OM BOM BUDHAYA NAMAH

Any of the above mantras can be chanted repeatedly at a fixed number.

Total numbers of chanting = 9000.
Time for chanting is two hours after sunrise.

Assistance from a learned Brahmin can be taken in special circumstances.

JUPITER

The preceptor of the Deities – Jupiter (Vrihaspati)--has a yellow complexion. He is adorned with a golden crown on his head and a beautiful garland in his neck. He is attired in yellow apparel and is seated on the pedestal of a lotus flower. He has four hands and holds a stick (dand), Rudraksh garland, and receptacle in each of his three hands, his fourth hands raised in the posture of bestowing blessings.

According to the Mahabharat (Adiparva), Jupiter is the son of great sage Angira and the priest of the deities. The demons wanted to starve the deities unto death by obstructing the oblation (Yagya) performed by them. Jupiter, with the help of his profound knowledge, helped the deities to get their due shares of the oblation. He also protected them by using the Rakshoghna mantra and driving away the demons.

In the ‘Skandapuran’, there is a detailed description of how Jupiter became the preceptor of the deities. Jupiter undertook severe penance in ‘Dwarka’ (prabhas area) to please Lord Shankar. Pleased by his penance, Lord Shiva granted Him the boon of becoming the preceptor of the deities.

Jupiter remains in each zodiac for a year. If He has a retrograde motion, this duration changes. (Shrimadbhagawat 5/22/15).

According to the Rigveda, Jupiter is very pleasant to observe. He has constructed his own abode. The entire world would benefit from worshipping Him. Once pleased with his devotees, he blesses them with prosperity and intelligence. He helps his devotees to be on virtuous paths and protects them in every calamity. Jupiter is very affectionate toward people seeking his refuge.

His vehicle is a chariot made of gold and appears very beautiful. Eight horses with yellow complexions pull his chariot and they are as fast as the wind. His weapon is a stick made of gold.

Jupiter has two wives - Shubha and Tara. Seven daughters were born to Shubha – Bhanumati, Raka, Archismati, Mahishrvati, Siniwali and Havishmati.

Seven sons and a daughter were born to Tara. Jupiter also had a third wife whose name was Mamta and who gave birth to ‘Bhardwaja’ and ‘Kacha’. The presiding deity of Jupiter is ‘Indra’.

Jupiter is the lord of the zodiac Sagittarius and Pisces. His ‘great phase lasts for sixteen years. A fast should be observed on a dark moon night (Amavasya) and on Thursday, for His pacification. Wearing yellow topaz also pacifies Him. Donating yellow clothes, gold, turmeric, ghee, cereals of yellow color, topaz, horse, book, honey, salt, sugar, land and umbrella to the Brahmins pacifies Jupiter.

The following mantra is taken from the ‘Purana’ and chanting of this mantra pacifies Jupiter.

DEVANAM CHA RISHINAM CHA GURUM KANCHAN SANNIBHAM ||
BUDDHI BHOOTAM TRILOKESHAM TAM NAMAMI BRIHASPATIM ||


Cryptic Mantra:

OM GRANG GRING GRAUNG SAH GURAVE NAMAH ||

General Mantra:

OM BREENG BRIHASPATAYE NAMAH ||

Any of the above three mantras can be used to pacify Jupiter.

Total numbers of repetition = 19000 times
Time = in the evenings.

VENUS

Venus, the preceptor of the demons, is white and of fair complexion. He wears a beautiful crown on His head and wears a garland in His neck. He is seated on the pedestal of a white lotus. He has four hands. In his three hands, he holds a ‘dand’ (stick), a Rudraksh garland & a receptacle. His fourth hand is raised in the posture of giving boons and blessings.

Venus or ‘Shukracharya’ is the priest of the demons. He continuously showers his blessing on his disciples (demons). He is the supreme teacher of the ‘yoga’ Following rigrous penance, he pleased Lord Shiva and received the ‘learning’ of ‘Mritasanjivani’ (bringing alive a dead person). With this learning, he brought back to life those demons that got killed in the battles with the deities. (Mahabharat, Adiparva 76/8)

According to the Matsyapuran, Shukracharya performed severe austerities and penance for the benediction of the demons, which have since then not been performed by anyone. Lord Shiva was pleased and blessed him with a boon that he would defeat the deities in battle and that he would not be killed. Lord Shiva also made him the custodian of all the wealth. As a result, he became the Lord of all the wealth of the world.

According to the Mahabharata (AdiParva (78/39), Shukracharya was not only the Lord of all wealth but also the master of medicinal herbs, mantras and all kinds of taste. He possessed vast capabilities. He donated all his wealth to the demons and accepted the life of a hermit.

By Lord Brahma’s blessings, he became the planet Venus and began protecting the lives of all living beings in the three worlds. As a planet he attends the assembly of Lord Brahma. He is very favorable planet for the world since he pacifies those planets that obstruct rain.

His presiding deity is ‘Indrani’. According to the Matsyapuran (94/5), the complexion of Shukracharya (Venus) is fair. Chariot is his vehicle, which is pulled by eight horses, which are like fire. Flags keep fluttering on top of the chariot. He has a dand (stick or mace) as his weapon.

Venus is the lord of the zodiac Taurus and Libra and his great phase lasts for twenty years.

For the pacification of Venus, the worship of cow should be done and a diamond should be worn. Venus is also pacified if donations of silver, gold, rice, ghee, white clothes, white-sandalwood, curd, sugar, cow and land are made to the Brahmins.

The white pentagon situated in the east symbolizes Venus among the nine planets.

Chanting of the following mantra, which has been taken from the Puran, pacifies Venus

HIMAKUNDA MRINALABHAM DAITYANAAM PARAMAM GURUM ||
SARVA SHASTRA PRAVAKTTARAM BHARGAVAM PRANAMAMYAHAM ||

Cryptic Mantra:

OM DRANG DREENG DRAUNG SAH SHUKRAYA NAMAH ||

General Mantra:

OM SHOM SHUKRAYA NAMAH ||

Any of the above mantras can be used for the pacification of Venus.

Total number of chanting = 16000 times
Time for chanting = During Sunrise.

SATURN

The complexion and radiance of Saturn is as brilliant as a blue diamond. He has a golden crown on his head and wears a garland and is attired in blue. He is seated on the back of a vulture. He possesses a bow, an arrow and a trident in each of his three hands respectively, and his fourth hand is raised in the posture of giving boons and blessings.

Saturn is the son of the Sun God and Chhaya (Sanvarna). He is considered a cruel planet. The cruelty reflected by him is owed to a curse he received from his wife. The narration has been mentioned in the Brahma Puran as follows:

From his childhood, the deity Shani (Saturn) was a great devotee of Lord Krishna. He was always immersed in his devotion and love for Lord Krishna. Later, his father married him with the daughter of ‘Chitraratha’. His wife was a chaste woman, full of radiance.

One night she went to him after having a bath having completed her menstrual cycle, with a desire of having a son. But her husband Shani (Saturn) was immersed in meditating over Lord Krishna and was oblivious to his surroundings. She became tired of waiting and became angry. She cursed him and stated that from that day whoever he laid his eyes on would be destroyed. After he came out of his meditative trance, ‘Shani’ (Saturn) tried to make up with her by cajoling her. His wife also felt sorry for her mistake but she was powerless in neutralizing the ill effects of her curse. Since then Shani has been keeping his gaze downward, not wanting to cause harm to anyone.

Astrologically speaking, if Saturn pierces and passes through the constellation of Rohini it is considered to be very inauspicious, and causing drought for twelve years, and making the survival of living beings impossible. This combination could have occurred during Dasharatha’s time. He was cautioned by his astrologers against its consequences. To protect his subjects from ‘Shani’s’ wrath, Dasharatha went up in the constellation-zone. First, he made salutations to the deity ‘Shani’. But when the latter refused, he fought with him using the most destructive of weapons.

‘Shani’ was pleased by Dasharatha’s sense of duty and asked him to demand any boon. Dasharatha asked him not to cross the Rohini-constellation’ until the time that the sun and constellation exist. Shani agreed to his request.

Lord Brahma is the presiding deity of Saturn. His complexion is dark, his vehicle is a vulture and his chariot is made up of iron. Saturn remains in each of the twelve zodiacs for thirty months.

Chanting of the following mantra, which has been taken from the ‘Purana’, pacifies Saturn.

NILANJANA SAMA BHASAM RAVIPUTRAM YAMA GRAJAM ||
CHHAAYA MARTANDA SAMBHOOTAM TAM NAMAMI SHANAISHCHARAM ||

Cryptic Mantra:

OM PRANG PRING PRAUNG SAH SHANAISHCHARAYA NAMAH ||

General mantra:

OM SHANG SHANAISHCHARAYA NAMAH ||

Any of the above three mantras can be chanted for the pacification of Saturn.

Total numbers of chanting = 23,000 times
Time for chanting the mantra = Evening.

THE DRAGON’S HEAD (RAHU)

The face of Dragon’s head is very ferocious and terrifying. He has a crown on his head, a garland in his neck and wears apparels of black color. He holds a sword, a shield, and a trident in each of his three hands respectively and his fourth hand is raised in the posture of giving boons and blessings. He is seated on a lion, which is his vehicle.

‘Rahu’s’ mother is ‘Sinhika’ who was the wife of ‘Viprachitti’ and was the daughter of Hiranyakashipu. Rahu is also known as ‘Sainhikeya’, which is based on his mother’s name. Rahu had one hundred brothers, but he was the most capable and powerful among all of them. (Shrimadbhagawat 6/6/36).

During the time of churning of the sea, when lord Vishnu in his appearance of an enchanting woman (Mohini) was giving ambrosia to the deities for drinking, Rahu sat among the deities in disguise. Rahu also was able to drink the ambrosia but the moon and the sun made the secret open about with real identity. Lord Vishnu killed him with his Sudarshan Chakra’ by severing his head. The drinking of ambrosia had made him immortal and lord Brahma transformed him into a planet. (Srimadbhagawat 8/9/26)

According to the Mahabharata (Bheeshma Parva 12/40), the shape of the dragon’s head is circular. He too sits in the assembly of Lord Brahma along with the rest of the planets.

According to the Matsyapuran (28/61), the shadow of the earth is circular and Rahu rotates around this very shadow.

He is the presiding deity of this shadow (Chhaya). According to the Rigveda (5/40/5), when Rahu – the son of Asuya or Sinhika, covers the sun and the moon with his darkness, it becomes so dark that people are unable to identify their places.

Even after being transformed into a planet, Rahu attacks the moon on full moon day and the sun on dark moon days, because of his enmity towards them. This event is called an eclipse or Rahu Parag.

According to the Matsyapuran, Rahu’s chariot appears in the form of darkness. His chariot is pulled by eight horses, black in color.

The presiding deity for Rahu is ‘Kaal’. It is symbolized by a black flag in a northwesterly direction from all the nine planets.

The great phase of the Dragon’s head lasts for 18 years. Except in a few situations, it is generally considered an inauspicious planet. According to astrology, if ‘Rahu’ is situated unfavorably in a horoscope, it causes many types of physical illnesses as well as accidents. It also causes obstacles in accomplishing work.

Chanting of the Mrityunjay mantra and wearing the turquoise stone pacifies the Dragon’s head.

Donations of mica, iron, sesame, blue clothes, receptacles made of copper, horse beans, oil onyx, blanket, horse and a sword to the Brahmins also pacifies the Dragon’s head.

The following mantra taken from the Purana pacifies the Dragon’s head.

ARDHAKAYAM MAHAVIRYAM CHANDRADITYA VIMARDANAM ||
SINGHIKA GARBHA SAMBHOOTAM TAM RAHUM PRANAMAMYAHAM ||


Cryptic Mantra:

OM BHRANG BHRIMNG BHRAUNG SAH RAHAVE NAMAH ||

General Mantra:

OM RAM RAHAVE NAMAH ||

Any of the above mantras when chanted by a person under Rahu’s negative influence can prove to be very beneficial.

Total number of chanting = 18000 times.
The time for chanting = during night.

THE DRAGON’S TAIL (KETU)

The Dragon’s tail or Ketu has two arms. He possesses a crown on his head and is attired in black-clothes. The complexion of his body is smoke-like and he has a deformed face. In each of his two hands he holds a mace and the other hand is raised in the posture of giving boons and blessings. He is seated on a vulture, which is also his vehicle.

‘Ketu’ is the headless trunk of the demon ‘Rahu’. After the killing of Rahu, when lord Vishnu severed his head by his Sudarshan chakra. The head portion was called Rahu and his trunk was called Ketu. Both Rahu and Ketu became planets. According to the matsyapuran there are numerous Ketus out of which ‘Dhoomketu’ is the main.

According to the Indian astrology dragon’s tail is a shadow planet. It has a tremendous impact on human lives and also the whole creation. It’s area of influence is considered to be in the north-west direction. According to some scholars Ketu is Somber and mild as compared to Rahu and is beneficial for a man. In some special circumstances it helps a man to achieve the zenith of fame. The shape of Ketu is considered to be of the shape of a fluttering flag. Its length is only six angul (six inches).

Although both Rahu and Ketu originated from the same body but after being transformed into the planets and considering it as their rebirth, new names of lineages were given to them. Rahu was considered to be of ‘Paithinas’ clan or lineage and Ketu was considered to be of ‘Jainini’ lineage. The complexion of Ketu is like a color of the smoke. In some places there are mentions of pigeon as his vehicle.

The great phase of Dragon’s tail lasts for seven years. Rahu’s presiding dety is chitraketu. If there is a Ketu situated in an inauspicious house of a man’s horoscope then it causes inauspicious and misfortunes. The man gets inflicted with disease like leprosy itches and ringworm.

Making donations of the following things pacifies the Ketu
Lapis- Lazuli (gem), oil, black sesame, blanket, weapon, musk and flower of blue color. Wearing of a cat’s eye and chanting of ‘Mrityunjaya Japa also pacifies the Ketu.

The following mantra taken from the Purana pacifies the Ketu

PALASHA PUSHPA SANKASHAM TARAKA GRAHAMASTAKAM ||
RAUDRAM RAUDRAT MAKAM GHORAM TAM KETUM PRANAMAMYAHAM ||


Cryptic Mantra:

OM SRANG SRING SRAUNG SAH KETAVE NAMAH ||

General Mantra:

OM KENG KETAVE NAMAH ||

Total number of chantings = 17000 times
Time for chanting = Night

Kusha grass should be used for Havan and a Brahmin’s help should be sought in special circumstances.