Rahu Kalam, also known as Rahu Kaal, Rahu Kaalam, Rahu Kaala, Raukaala, Raahu Kaala, Raahu Kaal is a period of time in Hindu astrology that is considered to be inauspicious for starting new ventures or making important decisions. This period is associated with the malevolent planet Rahu, which is believed to have a negative influence on one’s life during this time.
Raahu Kalam / Rahu Kaal Timings:
Sunday: 4:30 PM to 6:00 PM
Monday: 7:30 AM to 9:00 AM
Tuesday: 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM
Wednesday: 12:00 Noon to 1:30 PM
Thursday: 1:30 PM to 3:00 PM
Friday: 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon
Saturday: 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
The period of Rahu Kaalam varies according to the times of sunrise and sunset.
After the day, the hours are divided into 8 sections. The following is the time allotted to Daily Rahu Kalam Timings.
- Sunday – 8th section of 8 divisions
- Monday – 2nd section of 8 divisions
- Tuesday – 7th section of 8 divisions
- Wednesday – 5th section of 8 divisions
- Thursday – 6th section of 8 divisions
- Friday – 4th section of 8 divisions
- Saturday – 3rd section of 8 divisions
What should be Avoided in Rahu Kaal Timings?
Rahu Kaal is not considered suitable or auspicious for starting a new business or event. However, there is no problem in continuing with the daily activities already started in an auspicious muhurta. Don’ts in Rahu Kaal include Wedding, Griha Pravesh, any type of Puja and Anushthan, Mundan, Annaprashan, Aksharabhyasam, starting a new business, and other auspicious things.
What to do when you cannot avoid an auspicious event during Rahu Kaal?
In situations where you cannot avoid doing important tasks during Rahu Kaal, it is recommended to worship Lord Hanuman by offering panchamrit and jaggery and reading Hanuman Chalisa. Consuming this prasad before starting auspicious work will keep the evil effects of Rahu away.
Mythology and Symbolism of Rahu in Hindu Astrology
In Hindu mythology, Rahu is a malevolent planet associated with deception and illusions. The story goes that Rahu was originally a demon who disguised himself as a god in order to obtain the nectar of immortality. However, when he was caught and punished by the gods, his head was cut off but his body remained immortal. It is believed that this body became the planet Rahu, and his head became the planet Ketu. In astrological charts, Rahu is represented by a dragon’s head, symbolizing its negative and malevolent influence.
Calculation and Duration of Rahu Kalam
Rahu Kalam is calculated by dividing the total duration of daylight hours between sunrise and sunset into eight equal parts. The time period associated with the seventh part of the day is considered to be Rahu Kalam. The duration of this period varies depending on the time of sunrise and sunset on a given day and can range from approximately 90 minutes to 2 hours.
Impact of Rahu Kalam on Life Events
According to Hindu astrology, Rahu Kalam is an inauspicious time for starting new ventures or making important decisions. It is believed that during this period, the negative energy of Rahu is at its peak and can cause obstacles and difficulties in one’s life. Many people consult astrologers or refer to daily calendars that list the timing of Rahu Kalam to avoid scheduling important events during this time.
Remedies and Rituals for Rahu Kalam
While Rahu Kalam is considered inauspicious, there are also remedies and rituals that can be performed during this time to mitigate its negative effects. Reciting mantras or prayers, performing puja or worship, and offering donations or charity are some of the ways to counteract the negative energy of Rahu. Many people also wear protective gemstones or talismans to ward off the negative effects of Rahu Kalam.