Rahu Kaal refers to the bad time or inauspicious time on every day which is not considered favourable to start any new activity. As per Hindu astrology, Rahu Kaal covers a span of about 90 minutes every day in between sunrise and sunset.
Rahu and Rahu Kaal
In the Hindu tradition, Rahu is the severed head of the demon called Svarbhanu, who is responsible for swallowing the sun causing eclipses. In iconography, Rahu is depicted with a human head and serpent body and seated in a chariot drawn by eight black horses. The other name of Rahu is Bhayanaka. Considered one among the nine planets in astrology, Rahu is deemed as a malefic planet. While one day of the week is dedicated to seven other planets, about 90 minutes every day is dedicated to Rahu, which is considered as Rahu Kaal
Rahu Kaal is not an auspicious time
In South India, Rahu Kaal is given utmost importance. While looking for Muhurats, this period is strictly avoided. As per popular belief, auspicious works done during this time will never give good results. People do not commence new ventures, marriage proposals, journeys, trades, interviews, trades, business deals, sale or purchase of assets, and any other important ventures during this period.
Rahu Kaal applies only to starting ventures
Rahu kaal is considered inauspicious only for starting any new ventures. The routine tasks already started during an auspicious time can always be continued during Rahu Kaal. For instance, if a task or journey is started before Rahu Kaal, it can go on during the Rahu Kaal and be completed after Rahu Kaal without any apprehensions. Do not start a new enterprise or sign up any new documents during Rahu Kaal.
How to calculate Rahu Kaal
• Though Rahu Kaal is considered in a predefined manner during set times on the different days of the week, know that Rahu Kaal can vary as per the sun rise timing. Hence the right way to calculate Rahu Kaal on a given day is to take into account the time of sunrise in the given zone. Here is how to find the right period of Rahu Kaal.
• Mark the sunrise timing as per the Panchang at a given place.
• Divide the whole day from sunrise to sunset into eight equal parts. Thus over the twelve hours duration from sunrise to sunset, you will have 8 parts.
• The resulting eight parts segments will be 6.00 – 7.30 (first part), 07.30 – 09.00 (second part), 09.00 – 10.30 (third part), 10.30 – 12.00 (fourth part), 12.00 – 01.30 (fifth part), 01.30 – 03.00 (sixth part), 03.00 – 04.30 (seventh part), and 04.30 – 06.00 (eighth part).
• Leave out the first segment (06.00 – 07.30) since Rahu Kaal never comes during the first part of the day on any day.
• Arrange the remaining seven parts of the day in this fashion: Monday, Saturday, Friday, Wednesday, Thursday, Tuesday and Sunday. Starting from the second part of the day (07.30 – 09.00), arrange the seven parts of the day one each to the remaining days of the week. This will give you the Rahu Kaal time on the given day of the week.
Rahu Kaal Timing on different days of the week
Monday: 07:30 - 09:00 am
Tuesday: 03:00 - 04:30 pm
Wednesday: 12:00 - 01:30 pm
Thursday: 01:30 - 03:00 pm
Friday: 10:30 - 12:00 am
Saturday: 09:00 - 10:30 am
Sunday: 04:30 - 06:00 pm