In the Hindu tradition, the other name of Rahu is Bhayanaka. Rahu is the separated head of the demon called Swarbhanu, who, it is believed, swallowed the sun affecting eclipses. Rahu, in iconography, has a human head and serpent body and is seated in a chariot drawn by eight black horses. Considered one among the nine planets in astrology, Rahu is considered as a malefic planet. It might have positive or negative implications as per one’s birth chart. There are few solutions or remedies to get relief from this planet’s negative impact. Rahu Yantra can give viable results. Hessonite can also nullify the effects of Rahu but it may suit according to the birth chart and ‘Dasha’.
What is Rahu Kaal?
Rahu Kaal (also known as Rahu Kalam), as the name suggests, is a time period during a day when Rahu Dasha or the planet Rahu is dominant. Astrologically, it is an inauspicious time which is not considered as favorable to begin any new activity. As per Hindu astrology, Rahu Kaal covers a span of about 90 minutes every day in between sunrise and sunset.
In Hindu religion, we generally begin any work in accordance with ‘muhurat‘. It is believed that if we begin good work or plan our travel in shubh muhurat, we will get productive results. As per Hindu astrology, there are a few hours in days, when doing any good work is restricted. These unfavorable hours are called Rahukaal. Rahu is an inauspicious planet and it generally causes obstructions and hurdles in every good work.
Rahukaal always occurs between sunrise and sunset but it might be different according to place to place. It would never occur during early morning but it always comes before Sunset.
How to calculate Rahu Kaal
In spite of the fact that Rahu Kaal is considered in a predefined way amid set times on the different days of the week, one should know that Rahu Kaal can differ according to the sunrise timing. Hence the correct method to calculate Rahu Kaal on a given day is to consider the time of sunrise in the given zone. Here is the right method to find the correct time of Rahu Kaal.
- Mark the sunrise timing according to the Panchang at a given place.
- Divide the entire day from dawn to dusk into eight equal parts. There is 12 hours duration from sunrise to sunset which will be divided into 8 parts.
- The resulting 8 parts will be
1st Part – 6.00 AM – 7.30 AM
2nd Part- 07.30 AM – 09.00 AM
3rd Part- 09.00 AM – 10.30 AM
4th Part – 10.30 AM – 12.00 PM
5th Part – 12.00 PM – 01.30 PM
6th Part- 01.30 PM – 03.00 PM
7th Part – 03.00 PM – 04.30 PM
8th Part – 04.30 PM – 06.00 PM
- Leave out the 1st part (06.00 – 07.30) since Rahu Kaal never comes during the initial part of the day on any day.
- Arrange the remaining seven sections of the day in this way: Monday, Saturday, Friday, Wednesday, Thursday, Tuesday and Sunday. Beginning from the second part of the day (07.30 – 09.00), arrange the seven parts of the day one each to the remaining of the times of the week. This will help you to calculate the Rahu Kaal time on the given day of the week.
The Timing of Rahu Kaal on every day of a week:
Day Rahu Kalam
Monday 07.30 AM – 09.00 AM
Tuesday 03:00 PM – 04:30 PM
Wednesday 12:00 PM – 01:30 PM
Thursday 01:30 PM – 03:30 PM
Friday 10:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Saturday 09:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Sunday 04:30 PM – 06:30 PM