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Grahas (Planets) & their significance

In Hindu Astrology there are nine planets or Grahas. These include Mercury, Venus, Mars, Jupiter,Sun, Moon,Saturn Rahu and Ketu, which are astronomical points formed where the moons orbit intersects the apparent path of the Sun around the earth.  Each planet is considered to be having masculine, feminine or neutral characteristics as well .

Grahas and their equivalents in Western Astrology

Indian Grahas
Western Names
Sex
Ravi
Sun
Masculine
Chandra
Moon
Feminine
Kuja
Mars
Masculine
Budha
Mercury
Neutral
Guru
Jupiter
Masculine
Sukra
Venus
Feminine
Sani
Saturn
Neutral
Rahu
Dragon's Head
Feminine
Ketu
Dragon's Tail
Neutral

Rahu and Ketu

The Moons apparent path intersects the ecliptic obliquely at two points called the nodes. The point where the Moon crosses the ecliptic from south to north is called the ascending node or Rahu, where it crosses the ecliptic from north to south is called descending node or Ketu. These two points are 180 degrees apart and their movement is constantly  retrograde, meaning, against the normal direction of movement of planets. Rahu and Ketu are given special status and considered as planets in Indian astrology.But they are not included in Western Astrology. Rahu and Ketu take approximately eighteen years and ten days to complete one round of the zodiac .


Grahas'
Relationships

Each planet or Graha considers another planet as friend, enemy or equal. Some relationships are not mutual, for example, while one planet considers another as a friend, the second planet in turn may not see the first one as a friend. Mercury and Moon are examples.


Grahas (Planets)
Friends
Equals
Enemies
Sun

Moon, Mars, Jupiter

Mercury
Venus, Saturn, Rahu
Moon
Sun, Mercury
Mars, Jupiter, Venus, Saturn
Rahu
Mars
Sun, Moon, Jupiter
Venus, Saturn
Mercury, Rahu
Mercury
Sun, Venus, Rahu
Mars, Jupiter, Saturn,
Moon
Jupiter
Sun, Moon, Mars
Saturn, Rahu
Mercury, Venus
Venus
Mercury, Saturn, Rahu
Jupiter, Mars
Sun, Moon
Saturn
Mercury, Venus, Rahu
Jupiter
Sun, Moon, Mars
Rahu
Mercury, Venus,Saturn
Jupiter
Sun, Moon, Mars
Ketu
Mercury, Venus, Saturn, Rahu
Jupiter
Sun,Moon, Mars

Grahas And Gemstones

Each graha (planet) of Indian astroogy has a gem stone associated with it. The nine stones corresponding to the nine planets are called the Navaratna group of stones

Planets
Gemstones
Image
Ravi (Sun)
Ruby
Chandra (Moon)
Pearl
Kuja (Mars)
Coral
Budha (Mercury)
Emerald
Guru (Jupiter)
Yellow Sapphire
Sukra (Venus)
Diamond
Sani (Saturn)
Blue Sapphire
Rahu (Dragon's Head)
Gomed
Ketu (Dragon's Tail)
Cat's Eye

.Grahas (Planets )& Associated Colors

Grahas (Planets)
Colors
Image
Ravi (Sun)
Red
Chandra (Moon)
White
Kuja (Mars)
Red
Budha (Mercury)
Green
Guru (Jupiter)
Yellow
Sukra (Venus)
White
Sani (Saturn)
Blue
Rahu (Dragon's head)
Smoke
Ketu (Dragon's Tail)
Smoke

Grahas (Planets) and their Respective Elements

Graha (Planet)
Element
Image
Mercury
Earth
Sun
Fire
Saturn
Air
Jupiter
Ethereal
Venus, Moon
Water

Grahas (Planets) & Associated Characters

Character
Ravi (Sun)
Chandra(Moon)
Kuja (Mars)
Budha(Mercury)
Color
Copper
White
Red
Green
Sex
Male
Female
Male
Eunuch
Element
Fire
Water
Fire
Earth
God
Agni
Varuna
Subramanya
Vishnu
Metal
Copper
Gems
Gold
Brass
BodyPart
Bone
Blood
Marrow
Skin
Grains
Wheat
Paddy
Lentil
Greengram
Seasons
Summer
Winter
Summer
Autumn
Taste
Pungent
Salt
Acidity
Mixed
Residence
Place of Worship
Springs
Fire
Playground
 

Character
Jupiter
Venus
Saturn
Color
Gold/Silver
White/Yellow
Blue/Black
Sex
Male
Female
Eunuch
Element
Ether
Water
Air
God
Indra
Indrani
Brahma
Metal
Silver
Diamond
Iron
Body Parts
Brain
Semen
Muscles
Grains
Bengalgram
Beans
Sesame
Seasons
Snow
Spring
All Seasons
Taste
Sweet
Sour
Astringent
Residence
Store-house
Bed-room
DustBin





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