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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Rahunoun

    a Hindu demon who swallows the sun causing eclipses

Wiktionary

  1. Rahunoun

    A snake that swallows the sun or the moon causing eclipses. He is depicted in art as a dragon with no body riding a chariot drawn by eight black horses. Rahu is also one of the navagrahas (nine planets) in Vedic astrology.

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  1. Rahu

    Rāhu (Sanskrit: राहु, ) is one of the nine major celestial bodies (navagraha) in Hindu texts and the king of meteors. It represents the ascension of the moon in its precessional orbit around the earth, also referred as the north lunar node, and along with Ketu, is a "shadow planet" that causes eclipses. Despite having no physical existence, Rahu has been allocated the status of the planet by ancient seers owing to its strong influence in astrology. Rahu is usually paired with Ketu, another shadow planet. The time of day considered to be under the influence of Rahu is called Rāhu kāla and is considered inauspicious.As per Hindu astrology, Rahu and Ketu have an orbital cycle of 18 years and are always 180 degrees from each other orbitally (as well as in the birth charts). This coincides with the precessional orbit of the moon or the ~18 year rotational cycle of the lunar ascending and descending nodes on the earth's ecliptic plane. This also corresponds to a saros, a period of approximately 223 synodic months (approximately 6585.3211 days, or 18 years, 11 days, 8 hours), that can be used to predict eclipses of the Sun and Moon. Rahu rules the zodiac sign of Aquarius together with Shani. Astronomically, Rahu and Ketu 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. Eclipses occur when the Sun and the Moon are at one of these points, giving rise to the understanding of swallowing of the Sun and the Moon by the snake. Rahu is responsible for causing the Eclipse of the Sun.

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  1. rahu

    Rahu is a term originated from Hindu astrology, representing one of the nine major celestial bodies, or 'Navagrahas'. It is often described as a shadow entity, a serpent, or a dragon causing eclipses and symbolizing the ascending lunar node. Rahu is associated with spiritual growth and is known as a force that challenges societal norms and disrupts stability to bring transformative change. Its effect is often considered malefic but can also lead to intense personal and societal transformation.

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  1. Rahu

    In Hindu tradition, Rahu is a cut-off head of an asura, that swallows the sun causing eclipses. He is depicted in art as a serpent with no body riding a chariot drawn by eight black horses. Rahu is one of the navagrahas in Vedic astrology. The Rahu kala is considered inauspicious. According to legend, during the Samudra manthan, the asura Rahu drank some of the amrita. Sun and moon realized it and they alerted Mohini. Before the nectar could pass his throat, Mohini cut off his head. The head, however, remained immortal due to the effect of amrita and became Rahu. It is believed that this immortal head from time to time swallows the sun, causing eclipses. Then, the sun passes through the opening at the neck, ending the eclipse. The body also turned into Ketu due to a boon, and it in turn swallows the moon on timely basis to cause a lunar eclipse. Astronomically, the Moon in its orbit, on a northerly course from South to North, crosses the ecliptic. This point of intersection is known as Rahu or "Dragon's head". 180 degrees away from this point, the Moon on its southerly course crosses the ecliptic. This point is called "the dragon’s tail" or Ketu.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Rahu

    rä′hōō, n. in Hindu mythology, the demon who causes eclipses of sun and moon.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of rahu in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of rahu in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

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