Know the Planets (Graha)

Surya (Sun)

Surya (Sun): Whole wheat for daan (offering), Red color, center facing East

Identifications: He has hair and arms of Gold. His chariot is pulled by 7 horses

Afflictions: heart, eyes, upper back and spine, aorta and blood circulation

Presiding deity: Siva

Chandra (Moon)

Chandra (Moon): Rice for daan, White color, South east facing of Sun

Identifications: Chandra is also known as Soma. He is described as young, beautiful, fair; two-armed and having in his hands a club and a lotus. He rides his chariot - the moon - across the sky every night, pulled by ten white horses or an antelope. He is connected with dew, and as such, is one of the gods of fertility. As Soma he presides over Somavaaram or Monday

Afflictions: Represents mind

Presiding deity: Lakshmi

Mangal (Mars)

Mangal (Mars): Bengal Gram, Red color, facing South

Identifications: He is painted red or flame color, four-armed, carrying a trident, club, lotus and a spear. His Vahana (ride) is a ram. He presides over 'Mangala-vaara' or Tuesday

Afflictions: Energetic action, confidence and ego

Presiding deity: Hanuman

Budha (Mercury)

Budh (Mercury): Green Gram, Green Color, facing North East

Identifications: He is represented as being mild, eloquent and of greenish color. He is represented holding a scimitar, a club and a shield, riding a winged lion. In other illustrations, he holds a scepter and lotus and rides a carpet or an eagle or a chariot drawn by lions.

Afflictions: He is the god of merchandise and protector of merchants. He is of Rajas Guna and represents Communication.

Presiding deity: Vishnu

Guru (Jupiter)


Guru (Jupiter): Indian Yellow Split Peas(Kabuli chana), Yellow color, Facing North

Identifications: Guru is usually depicted with an elephant or chariot drawn by eight horses as his vehicle. He is also depicted in a lotus flower

Afflictions: Knowledge, eloquence, wisdom

Presiding deity: Siva

Shukra (Venus)

Shukra (Venus): Soya Gram, white color, facing East

Identifications: He is of white complexion, middle-aged and of agreeable countenance. He is described variously mounted, on a camel or a horse or a crocodile. He holds a stick, beads and a lotus and sometimes a bow and arrow.

Afflictions: clear, bright, pure, cleanliness, Pleasure

Presiding deity: Lakshmi

Shani (Saturn)

Shani (Saturn): Mustard Seeds, blue color, facing west

Identifications: He is depicted dark in color, clothed in black; holding a sword, arrows and two daggers and variously mounted on a black crow or a raven

Afflictions: Hard and slow to achieve, Career, Longevity.

Presiding deity: Vishnu


Rahu (North Node): Black gram, Black color, facing South West

Identifications: He is depicted in art as a dragon with no body riding a chariot drawn by eight black horses.

Afflictions: Chaotic

Presiding deity: Hanuman



Ketu (South Node): Horse gram, Multi color, facing North West

Identifications: He is considered as Tail of the Demon Snake

Afflictions: Opposite of Rahu. Can sometimes help in achieving fame.

Presiding deity: Hanuman


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