The demon that causes eclipses. One day Rahu stole into
Valhalla to quaff some of the nectar of immortality. He was discovered
by the Sun and Moon, who informed against him, and Vishnu cut off his
head. As he had already taken some of the nectar into his mouth, the
head was immortal, and he ever afterwards hunted the Sun and Moon,
which he caught occasionally, causing eclipses. (Hindu mythology.)
Source: Dictionary of Phrase and Fable, E. Cobham Brewer, 1894
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