Lord Chandra Hindu Moon God

According to Hinduism, Lord Chandra or the Moon God, is the Hindu God of plants and vegetation. Lord Chandra is portrayed as young and fair with two-arms having a club and a lotus. Also called as Soma, he rides his chariot across the sky every night, pulled by ten white horses or an antelope. Chandra is also known by the names, Rajanipati, Kshuparaka and Indu. He is married to the 27 Nakshatras, the daughters of Daksha. Chandra is the father of Budha, (planet Mercury) and presides over Somvar or Monday. Revered at the head of the Lord Shiva, he is considered as a fertility god. Lord Chandra is also one of the nine Navagrahas of Hindu Astrology.

The bright Moon is considered beneficial and the dark Moon is considered harmful.

Picture of Lord Chandra the Moon God of Hindus

Associations of Chandra

Color – White
Metal – Silver
Gemstones – Pearl and Moonstone
Element – Water
Direction – North-west
Season – Winter
Food Grain – Rice

Temples of Chandra 

Kailasanathar Temple, located at Thingaloor which is about 8 km from Tiruvaiyaru near Thanjavur in Tamilnadu, is a famous temple dedicated to Lord Chandra.

Lord Chandra in Hindu Astrology

According to Vedic astrology, Lord Chandra represents the mind, emotions, brain, imagination, beauty, mother, softness, and sensitivity. Soma rules Karkadaka Rasi (Karka sigh or Cancer) and is believed to be glorious if seen in Vrishabha rasi (Taurus) and he is not good in Vrishchika Rashi (Scorpio). Chandra is most beneficial in 4th house of the horoscope.


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