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Saturday, June 09, 2007

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From Wikipedia - According to Hindus, this time is very inauspicious to undertake any new venture. Astronomically in the Hindu Panchangas, the ever varying planetary configurations mean that the auspicious hours during each day will not always fall at the same moment of time. Rahukaalam and Gulikakaalam are the two time periods which are especially considered inauspicious. The planets according to Indian astronomers were the Sun, Moon, Mars, Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. Rahukaalam and Gulikaalalam are calculated based on these planets. Even though Rahu and Ketu are not physical bodies, they are sensitive points on the intersection of the ellipse (the apparent path of motion of the Sun) by the Moon’s orbit. Rahu is the northern point and Ketu is the southern point. Ancient astronomers felt that the mighty Rahu and Kethu have the strength to eat the sun, thus causing a solar eclipse. Hence it is considered inauspicious to begin any undertaking during this “Rahukaalam”. Every day this Rahukaalam lasts for around 90 minutes.

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