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An Asura.


Son of Kasyapa Prajapati by his wife Simhika. (Adi Parva. Chapter 65, Verse 31).


The story of Rahu is told in the Maha-bharata, Adi Parva, Astika Parva


#Rahu and the Solar eclipse. The oldest story about Rahu is that about the solar and lunar eclipse. (See under Candra IV, Para 4).


3) Other information.

(i) Rahu is a member of Brahma’s court. (Sabha Parva Chapter 11, Verse 29).

(ii) Sanjaya once spoke to Dhrtarastra about Rahu. (Bhisma Parva, Chapter 12, Verse 40).

(iii) Rahu exists 10,000 yojanas below the Sun. (Bhagavata, 5th Skandha).

(iv) Rahu is installed in temples as wearing a half-moon on his head. (Agni Purana, Chapter 51).




Below Rāhu by another 1,000,000 yojanas or 8,000,000 miles are the planets of the Siddhas, Cāraṇas and Vidyādharas or material mundane sub-heavenly planets which is the so called heavenly realms of Christianity, Islam and Judaism, and below these are planets such as Yakṣaloka and Rakṣaloka.
Below these planets is the earth, and 70,000 yojanas or 560,000 miles below the earth are the lower planetary systems — Atala, Vitala, Sutala, Talātala, Mahātala, Rasātala and Pātāla.
Demons and Rakṣasas live in these lower planetary systems with their wives and children, always engaged in sense gratification and not fearing their next births. The sunshine does not reach these planets, but they are illuminated by jewels fixed upon the hoods of snakes. Because of these shining gems there is practically no darkness.
Those living in these planets do not become old or diseased, and they are not afraid of death from any cause but the time factor, the Supreme Personality of Godhead.




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