From the Skanda Purana Translated by P. Kethu is an asura unlike other planets and son of sage Kasyapa and an ogre called Simihika. He was born with a serpent head. When Mohini the feminine form of Lord Vishnu was distributing the nectar to the devas, Kethu entered the row and ate the nectar. The Sun and moon who saw this informed Lord Vishnu about this.
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Kethu, he who causes death, he who makes time, smoky headed one, One who is multi coloured, head of people, great head, One who has only head, one who torments the Sun. He who is angry, he who likes Shiva, he who is fierce, He who does cruel deeds, He who is seen by pleasant smell, One who resembles the smoke of husk, one who is seen wearing sacred thread. One who troubles star groups, one who belongs to the clan of Jaimini, One who is the lord of all planets, one who is God Ganesa, One who is the lord of obstacles, one who destroys disease due to poison,.
Due to the grace of Kethu all his troubles will come to an end, And without doubt his wealth, cereals and animals will increase. Rahu and Ketu arise from Hindu Mythology and are important in Vedic astrology Read More. Ketu Stotram. Kethuh, Kaalah, kalayitha, dhhomrakethur, vivarnak, Loka Kethur, maha Kethuh, sarva kethu, bhay pradah. Roudhro, Rudhra priyo, rudhrah, kroor karma, suganda dhruk, Palaash dhoom sankaash chithra yagnopaveeta dhruk. Taara gana vimadi ch jaimineeyo grahadhip, Paanchvishati namaani ketorya sattatam patheta 3 One who troubles star groups, one who belongs to the clan of Jaimini, One who is the lord of all planets, one who is God Ganesa, One who is the lord of obstacles, one who destroys disease due to poison, Tasya Nashyathi badha ch sarva Kethu prasadatah, Dhan dhaanya pashoonaam ch bhaved vrudhir na sanshaya.
Sri Kethu Stotram