you must know # 8
Navagrahas: Nine Planetary Gods – Surya, Chandra, Mangal, Budha, Brihaspati, Shukra, Shani, Rahu and Ketu
Hanuman as Protector Against Negative Astrological Influences
Mahiravana’s death filled Ravana’s heart with fear. He consulted the court astrologers who studied his horoscope and decreed that the alignment of celestial bodies was not in his favor. Now, Indian astrology is governed by nine planets, known as the Navagrahas.
Ravana thought that by changing the alignment of these heavenly bodies he would be able to alter his destiny. Mounting his flying chariot he rose to the skies, captured the nine planets, and herded them to his capital in chains.
He then began a series of rituals which if successful would force the planets to realign themselves in his favor. When Hanuman came to know of this ritual, he assembled and led a band of daredevil monkeys to Ravana’s sacrificial hall, intending to disrupt the proceedings. They found the villain sitting beside a fire altar with his eyes shut in profound meditation, mouthing mantras.
The group of simians let out a loud war cry and rushed into the hall. They snuffed out the sacred fire, kicked off the ceremonial utensils, and wiped off the occult diagrams (yantras) painted on the floor. Unfortunately, none of this roused Ravana from his deep trance and he continued chanting the sacred mantras. Hanuman realized that Ravana would have to be stopped at any cost, otherwise the villain would succeed in changing the course of destiny.
Towards this end, he devised a mischievous plan and ordered his lieutenants to enter the female chambers and scare away Ravana’s many wives. The monkeys did as instructed and attacked Ravana’s queens and concubines, pulling their hair, scratching their faces, and tearing away their clothes. But it was all to no avail; the immovable Ravana did not stir.
To be continued…