What is Bhayanaka

Rahu Gayatri mantra

Rahu Gayatri mantra, the Gayatri of the ascending lunar node: Sanskrit text (Devanagari and transcription), translation and meaning. Rahu Gayatri Mantra is a mantra in homage to Rahu, the ascending lunar node. Rahu is in Jyotisha, Indian astrology, one of the nine heavenly bodies, Navagraha.

Rahu, the ascending lunar node, depicted as a head

In Hindu mythology, Rahu is an asura who drank the immortality nectar Amrita and was therefore beheaded by Vishnu. However, the head remained immortal - and became the ascending lunar node as a celestial body. His body also lives on as a ketu, the descending lunar knot.

In Jyotisha, Rahu stands for various difficulties and challenges of fate. Its effects are similar to those of Shani, Saturn. Rahu also stands for deceit and falsehood. Rahu Gayatri recitation helps to strengthen one's own strength and to deal with difficulties better, to uncover deceptions, to transform the negative in oneself.

Rahu is also called Bhayanaka, terrifying. The Rahu Gayatri is therefore also known as the Bhayanaka Gayatri Mantra.

Rahu Gayatri mantra text and translation

Here the Rahu Gayatri in the Devanagari script:

ॐ शिरोरूपाय विद्महे
अमृतेशाय धीमहि
तन्नो राहु: प्रचोदयात्

Scientific transcription:

oṃ śirorūpāya vidmahe
amṛteśāya dhīmahi
tanno rāhu: pracodayāt

Simplified transcription:

om shirorupaya vidmahe
anriteshaya dhimahi
tanno rahu: prachodayat


We meditate on Rahu, whose shape is a head. May He who drank the nectar of immortality give me clarity. Oh Rahu, please bring enlightenment and inspiration to me.


Rahu Gayatri Mantra helps to expose frauds and criminal machinations and to free oneself from negative unethical tendencies.

Rahu Gayatri is also supposed to help get favors from the government and administration and defeat enemies.

Rahu Gayatri should be recited especially during Rahu astrological times and on Saturdays, 2 hours after sunset.

Rahu Gayatri recitation

Here the Rahu Gayatri mantra is recited:

Nadadhvajaya Rahu Gayatri - Bhayanaka Gayatri

Here is another version of Rahu Gayatri:

ॐ नाकाध्वजाय विद्महे
पद्माहस्ताय धीमहि
तन्नो राहु: प्रचोदयात्
oṃ nākādhvajāya vidmahe
padmāhastāya dhīmahi
tanno rāhu: pracodayāt
om nakadhvajaya vidmahe
padmahastaya dhimahi
tanno rahu: prachodayat
Nakadhvajaya - who has heaven as his banner
Padmahasta - who has the lotus in hand

Sometimes one also finds Nakadhvajaya Nagadhvajaya, which means: who has a serpent in his banner.

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