rAga: shanmukhapriyA (cAmaram) / tAla: rUpaka
mahAsuraM ketum ahaM bhajAmi chAyagrahavaram
mahAvicitramakuTadharaM maHNgalavastrAdidharam narapIThasthitaM sukhaM navagrahayutasakhaM
ketuMkRNvanmantrinaM krodhanidhijaiminaM kulutthAdibhakSaNaM koNadhvajapatAkinam guruguhacAmarabharaNaM guNadoSacidAbharaNaM
I worship Ketu, the great demon who is foremost of the shadow planets.
Who wears a peculiar crown and auspicious dress. Who is happy in his part human-like body and is friendly in the group
of nine planets.
Who is adored by the Ketum-krinvan mantra, who is exceedingly wrathful, a descendent of Jaimini, who savours his grain,
and has his flag with the cut-out triangle. Who bears the fan of Guruguha, whose distinction lies in his discernment of good
and bad, who causes eclipses and moves in a counterclockwise direction.
Madurai Mani Iyer,T.N.Krishnan & Umayalpuram Sivaraman
Year of Recording : 1960
Lyrics and Translation Courtesy : Todd M. McComb