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Mantras for South Node (Ketu)

Ketu is the planet of spirituality. Ketu represents the spiritual process of evolution. Ketu is also not a material embodiment and is referred to as chaya graham (Shadow planet). Ketu is the southern point where the path of earth around Sun cuts the path of Chandra. Like his counterpart Rahu, he is also the significator of any sudden event be in an accident or a lottery gain. He indicates secrecy, dissatisfaction, hidden enemies, greed, proficiency in foreign and artificial languages like computer languages. He represents foreign or alien religious believes obsessive personality, mass tragedies and mysterious diseases. He causes abortions, rifts in married life as well as domestic problems. The difference between the significations of Rahu and Ketu is that the effects caused by Ketu are not as severe as those caused by Rahu. However, the mental agony, uncertainties are more. Ketu is considered a worldly malefic and spiritual benefic, as he causes mild amount sorrow nad loss, which ultimately turns the individual to God. Ketu signifies intelligence, liberation, wisdom, non-attachment, deep insight, and psychic abilities. Regular propitiation measures to Ketu removes possibility of accidents, insect bites, allergy etc., The remedial measures to Ketu reduce mental worries and mysterious fears.

As in the case of Rahu, when Ketu is not afflicted it showers its blessings to the house it occupies. Ketu is worshipped in the night on Saturday.

The sage of the Mantra is Madhu chand. The metre is gayatri. The deity is Ketu. The idol of ketu should be made of brass. The mantra is to be recited for seventeen thousand times. 1/10 of homa be done with Kusha leaves and 1/10 of homa is done is tarpan and 1/10 of tarpan be done s marzan. Fter that the devotee should denote articles of Ketu. After realization of the mantra Brahmins are fed with rice mixed with green pulses (Khicdhri). Mantra for recital is:-

Om Ketu krishanvan iti sani mantrasye, madhochanda rishi, gayatri chand, Ketu devta, ketu pritye jape viniyoga||

Madhochandarishiye namah sirshi, gayatri chandse namo mukhe, Ketu devtayee namo hridayee, Ketu pritye jape viniyogayee namah sarvange||

Om Ketum krishanvan angustabhyam namah (Touch the thumb with index finger), aketve tarjani bhayam namah (Touch the index fingers withthumb), pershomarye madhyama bhyam namah (Touch the middle fingers with thumb) apeshe anamikabhyam namah (Touch the ring fingers with thumb), samusdhibha kanistika bhayam namah (Touch the little fingers with thumb), ajaaytha kartalkar pristhabhayam namah (Touch the back of the palms)

Om Ketum krishanvan hridayee namah (Touch your heart with your hand), akete sirse swah (Touch your head) peshomarye sikhayee vast (Touch your hairs), apeshe kavchayee hum (Touch your right shoulder with left hand and left with right), samusdhibha netartrayee vaushat (Touh your eyes) ajaaytha astrayee phat (clap, after taking circle around your head)

Dhyana verse

Take smoky coloured flowers in your hands and do dhyana as under.

Ekotarshatam keturdivyam bhumyantre stitha|
Eteshyam cha grahanach shantibhichchasu te sada||

After dhyana perform mental pooja of Ketu as under.
Lam prithvivyatmak Ketuvee namah gandham parikalpyami|
Ham Aakashatmak Ketuvee namah Pushpam parikalpyami|
Yam Vyaayatmak Ketuvee namah dhupam parikalpyami|
Ram Brahmyatmak Ketuvee namah dipam parikalpyami|
Vam Lalatmak Ketuvee namah navedyam parikalpyami|

Now perform pooja of Ketu by taking rosary in the hand and recite the following mantra for the rosary.

Ma male mahamale sarvshakti sawrupani|
Chaturvargsstavyinayeesatsamanmam sidhidabhav||

Now start reciting mantra facing towards east direction. Ketu mantra for recital is as under

Om pram prim prom sa bhur bhuva swah om ketungkrishanvann peshomryyaapeshe|samush dibharjaytha om swah bhuva bhu om sa prom prim pram om Ketue namah||

||Ketu Gayatri Mantra||
Om Atrvayee vidyamahe kapotvaahanhaye dhimahi tanno ketu parchodayat||

Om pram prim proom sah ketuve namah||
Om kem ketuve  namah||

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