Sri Kalahasthi Temple Rahu Kethu Pooja Procedure:
There is no online Booking of Ticket to perform Rahu kethu pooja at Sri Kalahasthi. Only in-person purchase of tickets is available.
Should reach the temple Ticket Counter one or two hours before Rahu Kaal Time (if would like to do at this time), depends on the crowd on some auspicious days.
The best days to perform Rahu Kethu Pooja are Panchami, Sashti, Ashlesha, Amavasya, Pournima, Sundays, Mondays and Tuesdays generally crowd throng in. Very auspicious days are when the aforesaid thithi falls in Shukla Paksha.
Pooja Samagri will be given along with the ticket. No need to buy extra Pooja Material from outside, as shopkeepers says something to sell and touts you.
Kalahasthi Temple Ticket Cost:
Rs.300, Rs.750, Rs.1500, Rs.2000.
Devotees need not get assistance or help to get the pooja done at Sri Kalahasthi from any other peoples as it is open with no risk of unavailability, for any number of devotees who throng in at the temple.
Kalahasthi Temple Rahu Kethu Pooja Procedure:
- Rahu Kethu Pooja at Sri Kalahasthi Temple is a simple procedure with just Manthroccharana being followed after the Poojari and pooja did on self to two Naara Idols (Rahu and Kethu).
- When devotees are allowed to sit on a small wooden stool inside the Parihara Sthala with the Pooja Material. Then Poojari informs the devotee to spread both the red and black clothes on the floor in front of you and place the black urad daal on the black cloth and horse grams on the red cloth, place lemon on top of it and place the Naaga Prathimas (Silver idols) on it.
- Mix well the given Turmeric and Kumkum. Separate the petals fo the flowers provided for making Archana to the idols.
- You would be asked to break the coconut provided in the bag.
- The Poojari recites the Manthra to be recited by you which you need to follow him.
- The Archana / Pooja lasts for nearly 30 to 40 minutes approx.
- On completing the Pooja, place Rs. 200 min beneath the cloth as Dhakshina for the Poojari, devotee needs to take the Naaga Prathima (Silver idols) that should be placed in the Hundi kept outside the Parihara Sthala.
- Some devotees throw the Naaga Prathimas first showing it round to their face thrice vice versa and throw from behind their head into the Hundi and return without looking back. But some do not follow as may they don’t know that. Actually, there is nothing of that sort is to be followed or required.
- After this you are directed to get the Dharshan of Lord Kalahastheeshwara and Goddess Gnaana Prasunaamba Devi. Dharshan time depends on the Ticket and crowd throng in there. Normally this may take not more than an hour.
- Free darshan line can take you somewhat near to the Lord.
- There is no need/mandatory to discard the devotee’s clothes who perform the Parihara Pooja.
- Devotees can donate Food (Not Compulsory) to the poor peoples outside the temples. For this you can purchase “Annadhana Tokens” sold in almost all the Restaurants / Hotels near the temples to distribute the poor. There is no restriction of “Annadhana Tokens” to donate as it depends on your affordability.
Things to Know about Kalahasthi Temple:
- Wear traditional clothes. For Men – Dhoti and Shirt, For Women/girls – Saree or Halfsaree or Chudidhaar. Avoid jeans or unpleasant dresses. This is a tradition to follow not only in this temple but can be followed in all Hindu temples is advisable.
- Every Family or Individual should carry their Aadhaar Card to submit to get entry. This is due to COVID 19 issue.
- Mobile phones are not allowed inside the temple, So, can keep them either in your Car / Lodge room or at the clock room counter available near the South face entrance of the south face second Gopuram.
- Avoid tipping poor stays in front of the temple when more poor peoples sits as they may surround you.
- Please be careful while handling your cash inside or near the temple.
- Devotees cannot sleep inside the temple or in any mandap. If necessary to stay should take a Temple Devasthanam Rooms or the Private Lodges. Be careful with your valuables when keeping inside the rooms.