About Ketu Pooja
Ketu is one of the Navagrahas, the 9 important planets which impact the people and their lives very strongly. Though counted among the planets, Ketu is actually considered a headless half planet or as the tail of a snake, whose head is Rahu, his planetary counterpart. Ketu is unique in many respects. He doesn’t have a physical existence and remains only the southern lunar node, the Southern point of intersection of the orbits of the Sun and the Moon. Hence, Ketu is regarded as a Chaya Graha, the shadow planet. His color is brown.
It is believed that Ketu will make people experience difficult times and learn from it, and hence he is known as Gnyana Karaka, the wisdom-provider. However this precious gift he gives not by teaching but only through practical hands-on experiences of life. He is said to kindle spiritual tendencies and non-attachment towards worldly affairs. In general, he is not considered a provider, but a great liberator. Ketu denotes electronics, maternal ancestors, spiritual orientation, occult sciences, healing arts and practices, and superstitions.
Ketu is regarded fundamentally as a malefic planet who rules distress. He can give both positive and negative results in a person’s life, and this depends in no small extent on the position in the zodiac that he occupies at the time of birth of the person, as reflected in his or her birth chart.
KetuPooja is special worship undertaken by the devotees for pleasing this dominant planet and earning his compassion so that he can act as a benefactor rather than an oppressor.
Why Perform Ketu Pooja
Ketu is a distinctive planet which moves in an anti-clockwise direction, and thus always remains in retrograde motion. This aspect is said to denote the karmic bondage, that is, the effects of the good and bad deeds of the past lives. Like other planets, he does not also own any zodiac sign and acts merely as a representative of the lord of the flag, in which he is placed at the time of birth of an individual.
People can perform this pooja, and the seek the blessings of this mighty planet for coming out of difficulties in life, for attaining mastery over their professions and vocations, and for living a life of excellence and good reputation.
When to Perform Ketu Pooja
All planets have their weekdays which they rule over, and only the shadow planets Rahu and Ketu remain as exceptions. Hence, there is no weekday meant for Ketu as such.
However, Sundays and Wednesdays are regarded as the right days for worshipping Ketu. Hence, Ketu pooja can best be performed in the morning time on Sundays and Wednesdays for receiving a maximum advantage.
Benefits of Ketu Pooja
Ketu is the Gnyana Karaka, the lord of wisdom, which he usually bestows after subjecting people to robust trials and tribulations. Ketu is thus said to denote the wrong deeds or the negative Karma of the past lives and their resultant hardships. Though a dominant planet, he is malicious. However, beyond all these, he represents the supreme goal of life, which is Moksha, the ultimate liberation. He can hence gift one with spiritual orientation and advancement.
Still, Ketu need not be taken as ‘all-spiritual and no-material.’ People can please him through Ketu pooja, and get relieved of his adverse effects and the resultant difficulties, diseases, misfortunes, and sorrows. Ketu pooja can hence provide devotees with good health, wealth and all-round prosperity.