December 01, 2007


SRI Kalahastiswaraswamy -(sri kalahasti-A-P
Ardhakaayam mahaveeryam chandraadhitya vimardanam !
Simhikagarbha Sambootham tham Rahum pranamaamyaham !!

I bow down to Rahu who is semibodied, who is endowed with a lot of powers, who troubles fiercely the Sun and the Moon and who comes from the womb of Simhika
Múla Mantra
Ōm Krīm Hum Hum Tam Tańkadhārińe rāhave Ram Hrīm Śrīm Paim swāhā

Nakhadhvajāya vidmahe padma hastāya dhīmahi
Tanno rāhu pracōdayāt

Rahu is the ascending node in astronomy. He is the cause of all eclipses and shines as the King of meteors He is the guardian of the southwest quarter. His father is Viprachitti and Simhika. He has four arms and his lower part ends in a tail. As a lover of mischief he causes a lot of mischief. He disguised himself and had a sip of the immortal nectar during the churning of the ocean. lhe legend goes that Vishnu cut his head off due to this. His chariot is drawn by eight black horses. He is called 'Abra Pisacha', the Demon of the Sky. He is also called Kabandha or Bharani-bhu.

workship of Durga,Parvathi is good for Rahu.

Kal Sarpa Pooja
prayer-hanuman chalisa,Rahu kavach ,Gayatri Mantra,Devi stotram

prayar on Devi stotram on friday rahu kalam--(9..30 to 12 .00 Am )
Thuesday Rahu kalam(3.00 to 4.30 pm) is the best Time for rahu.

Japam has to be performed separately for Kuja, Rahu and Ketu.
. Visit Rahu Temple situated In Tamilnadu Tirunageswram and perform milk abishekam in Rahukalam after performing this, visit

Vaideeswaran koyal (Kuja Temple) and then Ketu temple in Peroambare and perform pooja.
3. It is advisable to visit Srikalahasti in Andhra Pradesh and perform pooja for Kalasarpa Dosha Nivarana and perform Pooja to Goddess GyanaPrasunamba with kumkum.
4. Those who are not financially sound may at least 7 Tuesdays and perform pooja to Lord Subramaneswara Swami temple.
5. A ring made of silver in the form of Sarpa and wear the same to the point finger or contact the purohits in Triambkeswar near Nasik for remedies.
6. Wear Gomedika or Vaiduryam (cats eye) made of silver and wear the same in Middle finger.
7. Naga padaga made of silver and donate it to a Brahmin in Lord Siva Temple after performing Ekadasa Rudrabhishekam to reduce negative effects.
Kalasarpa Dosha to the natives on date and year wise
As we are aware that all the planets are under the clutches of Rahu and Ketu is called Kalasarpa Dosha. The native who born during this period may not get benefits especially when its' especially during Rahu or Ketu Dasa. It is our endeavor to give the dates and years who are are subjected to Kalasarpa Dosha. If proper remedies are made, it will bless the native with all benefits and take them to higher positions.

In Hindu mythology, Rahu is the demon that causes eclipses. The story says that he drank some of the nectar of immortality, was caught by the sun and moon who informed upon him and Vishnu cut off his head, however the mouth having touched the elixir remained immortal and forever hunts the sun and moon, occasionally catching them and so causing eclipses
About Rahu In Hindu mythology, Rahu is a snake that swallows the sun or the moon causing eclipses. He is depicted in art as a dragon with no body riding a chariot drawn by eight black horses. According to legend, during the Samudra manthan, the asura Rahu drank some of the divine nectar. But before the nectar could pass his throat, Mohini (the female avatar of Vishnu) cut off his head. The head, however, remained immortal. It is believed that this immortal head occasionally swallows the sun or the moon, causing eclipses. Then, the sun or moon passes through the opening at the neck, ending the eclipse.

Definition of RahuThe Sanskrit name for the Dragon's Head - the Moon's North node. In Hindu mythology Rahu is a Daitya (demon) who possessed an appendage like a dragon's tail, and made himself immortal by stealing from the gods some Amrita - elixir of divine life - which they obtained by churning an ocean of milk. Unable to deprive him of his immortality, Vishnu exiled him from Earth and made of him the constellation Draco: his head called Rahu, and tail Ketu - astronomically speaking, the Moon's ascending and descending nodes. Using his appendage as a weapon, he has ever since waged a destructive war on the denouncers of his robbery, the Sun and the Moon, which he swallows during the eclipse. The fable is presumed to have a mystic or occult meaning. (v. Nodes, Moon's.)

Rahu is the natural badaka in all horoscopes. During this Rahu Kalam time Rahu is given the opportunity to exercise this badaka influence. If we know the time for this, we just choose activates of lesser impact e.g. no major decisions or expectations during this time. Now, the one action I have performed during this time is a yajya for Rahu. He owns this time and hence a yajya for Rahu makes sense in terms of the right muhurta for this action.Recall the term graha - that which binds, or holds. Now if we consider one definition for Rahu , other then one of the nodes for the moon, Rahu -to seize , to take hold of suddenly or forcibly; grasp; to grasp mentally; to take possession of by force or at will; to take possession or control .


How to calculate Rahu Kalam is a portion of the day (or night), a particular segment.
Here is the schedule, and then we will add an example.
Sundays - 8th portion from the sun rise
Mondays - 2nd portion from the sun rise
Tuesdays - 7th portion from the sun rise
Wednesday -5th portion from the sun rise
Thursday - 6th portion from the sun rise
Friday - 4th portion from the sun rise
Saturday -3rd portion from the sun rise

What do we mean by 'portion'?
If we divide the day up in equal portions, then rahu owns this part. So, the division is from sunrise to sunset and, divided up into 8 equal portions, Then sunset to sunrise, same 1/8th portion division.
Why 8?
Rahu is the 8th Graha in the charakaraka system ( there's fixed or sthirakaraka's and 7 planets only are considered, ruled by Siva, Chara with 8 planets , rules by Visnu, and Naisargika or natural karaka system rules by Brahma). This again is the information from the tradition that you could search for some time and never find out why 7,8 or 9 graha's are used.
ObservationsWe take the day from Sunrise to Sunset and divide that time by eight. Each 'portion' is 1/8th, yes? We then look for the portions defined above for each day and we have identified the time.
A quick calculation ( back of the napkin as they say ) is Sunrise = 6 AM and Sun Set = 6 PM. Divide by 8 and each 1/8th portion is equal to 1 1/2 hrs. So each Rahu Kalam portion would = 1 1/2 hrs.Lets now use an actual sunrise and sunset...Practical ExampleLook at Mahatma Ghandhi's birth chart , as a reference point that we have used in the past.
The sunrise on his day of birth was 5:51:10 AM. Sunset was 17:45:40. This is for 2 Oct 1869 and the day is Sunday, Like this Day of this posting. So, 17:45:40 - 5:51:10 = 11:54.30 hours of daylight ( correct?) 11:54:30 divided by 8 = 1:29:19 hours for each 1/8th period1/8th Portions Starting @ sunrise --
Start time 1-------------5:51:10
2 -am--------------------7:20:29
PM Rahu Kalam Starts for daylight portion of the day
8-am ------4:10:51

AM Rahu Kalm starts for the night portion It's most interesting to me that on Sunday, Rahukalam is the farthest away from the time period owned by the sun . Sun owns light, atman, the sunrise on Sunday, and Rahu (as darkness) is as far away from light ( the extreme pole) as possible.Hope this helps... written at sunrise, Sunday Morning, the hora of the sun.

Sukla Ashtami ( the 8th) tithi, owned by Siva; Chandra in Swati Nakshatra , owned by Rahu.

(Kal chakra)The concept of Kal Chakra or 'the Wheel of Time', is of great importance to the Hindu way of living. It is also a name for Yama, judge of men and god of the netherworlds. Kal as time is immensely important, as all ceremonies and occasions are performed at a time carefully calculated to be 'auspicious'. Time, said to have existed before creation, is also believed to be the source of primordial water and the progenitor of the creator. In fact both Shiva and Vishnu are regarded as forms of cosmic time. The term Kal is also used for fate (a popular doctrine which states that actions performed in a former life predefine events in the next ) and associated with destruction. Called the ever-rolling wheel or chakra, it is said to be have no beginning and no end. So quite literally, time is of essence.
Different Yog Of Kaalsarp Yog.
If all the 7 planets are situated between Rahu and Ketu then KaalSarp Yog is formed.
According to the situation of Rahu in twelve houses of horoscope there are KaalSarp Yogas of twelve types.

These are (1) Anant Kaalsarp Yog
(2) Kulik kaalsarp Yog
(3) Vaasuki Kaalsarp Yog
(4) Shankhpal Kaalsarp Yog
(5) Padam kaalsarpYog
( 6) Mahapadam Kaalsarp Yog
(7) Takshak Kaalsarp Yog
(8) Karkotak Kaalsarp Yog
( 9) Shankhchud Kaalsarp Yog
(10) Ghaatak Kaalsarp Yog
(11)Vishakt Kaalsarp Yog
(12) Sheshnag Kaalsarp Yog.
There are two types Of KaalSarp Yog

(1) Ascending Order
(2)Descending Order.
When all the 7 planets are eaten away by Rahu's mouth then it is Ascending KaalSarpYog.
When all planets are situated in back of Rahu then Descending KaalSarp Yog is formed
When Rahu and Ketu are placed in the second and eighth position in a horoscope then it said to be Kulik Kalasarpa Yog
The Hindu Calendar
The Hindu calendar plays an integral role in the lives of Hindus. Apart from measuring the traditional periods of time, it is also used to calculate the date of festivals, and auspicious times and days for performing ceremonies. Calendars are calculated on the basis of the sun, moon, and a combination of both. The Hindu Year is based on the lunar cycle, the waxing and waning of the moon, numbering 29 and a half days. Based on this cycle, the year has 12 months, each named after a stellar constellation near which the full moon of that month is sighted. The 12 lunar months however, make a total of only 354 days, 11 days less than the solar year. To avoid any discrepancies with the solar year of 365 days, the Hindu year includes an extra month or Adhik Maas every two and a half to three years. Though it is lunar based, it remains in consonance with the solar year in the long run.
Rahu KetuRahu literally means 'the seizer', while Ketu stands for 'bright appearance'. In astronomy they are the ascending and descending nodes of the moon respectively. Rahu was actually a four-armed, dragon- tailed demon called svarbhanu and is believed to be the cause of eclipses and a major mischief maker. In fact there is a very interesting legend associated with it. According to it, when amrit (nectar of immortality) arose from the churning of the ocean and was being distributed to the gods who stood in a line to receive it, he is said to have disguised himself and joined them. The 'sun' and the 'moon' detected this mischief and reported it to Vishnu who immediately cut off his head. The head became Rahu and the body became Ketu. However, because the demon had drunk a bit of the nectar, he attained immortality and his body was placed in the stellar sphere. It is said that Rahu traverses the heaven in his eight- horse chariot and tries to devour the sun and the moon for denouncing him. Whenever he succeeds in whole or in part, an eclipse takes place. Hence, both Rahu and ketu are believed to be inauspicious and fierce..
One is said to have "Kalasarpa dosham" if all the planets are positioned in between Rahu and Kethu in ones horoscope. Srivanchiyam is a lesser-known parihara sthalam for Kethu and Kalasarpa dosham. Pariharam for Rahu is also done here. Rahu-Kethu is here in a single form and known as "Chanda Rahu".


Sri Kalahasti temple is located 36 km away from Tirupathi in Chittoor district of Andhra Pradhesh, India. The inner temple is constructed around 5th century and the outer temple was constructed in the 12th Century.
This temple itself is a great architectural piece of art. Spend some time exploring the temple. You can see that the inside pillars are fresh as they were hundreds of years back because they were hidden from natural degradation by sun and wind.
Please plan your trip in such a way that you can spend some time exploring the physical and spiritual beauty of the temple.
In the outer temple, as soon as you enter the temple gates (after the shops)on your left you will see the old idol of SriGnanaprasunambika Devi (the original one) which was placed outside due to some reasons.....Still lot of people pray to it....
By the way, do not forget to see the Pathala Ganapathi who is associated with the old Sivalingam beneath the temple. You cannot see the Old SivaLingam (related to the old Story of SriKalaHasti) beneath the temple but you can imagine it (and the real story) when you see the Lord Ganapathi

Temple Address:

Sri Kalahastiswaraswamy vari Devastanam
SriKalaHasti Chittoor District. Andhra Pradhesh PIN: 517644
Telephone: 08578-221655, 222787

Kalahasti is located near the pilgrimage town of Tirupati and is visited by thousands of pilgrims. This temple is also associated with Rahu and Ketu, (of the nine grahams or celestial bodies in the Indian astrological scheme). This famous Saivite temple in Kalahasti, 38 km from Tirupati, is one of the Panchabhoota Kshetras. Located on the banks of river Swarnamukhi, Sri Kalahasti Temple is one of the most ancient temples in South India.
This temple has one of the elemental lingas, the vayu (air) linga. There is a lamp inside the inner sanctum that is constantly flickering despite the lack of air movement inside. The air-linga can be observed to move even when the pujaris close off the entrance to the main Deity room, which does not have any windows. You can see the flames on several ghee lamps flicker as if blown by moving air. The linga is white and is considered Swayambhu, or self-manifested.
Kalahasti is surrounded by two sacred hills. The Durgamba temple is on the northern hill. On the south hill there is the shrine of Kannabeswara, in memory of the Sage Kannappa, who offered an eye to the Lord. When he tried to offer his other eye as well, the Lord mercifully stopped him. There is also a temple dedicated to Subramanya on one of the surrounding hills.
The main linga is untouched by human hands, even by the priest. Abhisheka (bathing) is done by pouring a mixture of water, milk, camphor, and panchamrita. Sandal paste, flowers and the sacred thread are offered to the utsava-murti, not the main linga.
This temple is one of the most impressive Siva temples in India. It features an enormous, ancient gopuram (tower) over the main gate. The tower is 36.5m (120 feet) high. The entire temple is carved out of the side of a huge stone hill. It was built in1516 by King Krishnadeva Raya.
The temple is run by neatly dressed Saivite Brahmins, who conduct the worship of the various deities inside. Inside the temple you will find the tremendously ornate and splendid architecture that South India is famous for. Elaborately designed pillars, altars, and paraphernalia abound.
This ancient temple dedicated to Lord Shiva is one of the panchabhootha stalams (temples celebrating Lord Shiva as the embodiment of the primary elements), air being the element in case here, the other five temples being Tiruvannamalai (fire), Chidambaram (space), Thiruvanikkaval (water) and Kanchipuram (earth) respectively. Sri Kalahasthi is located near the pilgrimage town of Tirupathi and is visited by thousands of pilgrims.
Legend:Lord Shiva is worshipped here in the form of Vayu Linga (one of the elements air). The legend says that Sri (spider), Kala (cobra) and Hasti (elephant) worshipped Lord Shiva here and attained Moksha. Hence this place is known as Srikalahasti. A statue that shows all three animals is situated in the main shrine.
The Skanda Purana, Shiva Purana, and Linga Purnas mention about Srikalahasti. The Skanda Purana says that Arjuna visited this place, worshipped Kalahastiswara, and met the sage Bharadwaja on the top of the hill. It is believed that Kannappa (also called as Bhakta kannappa), a tribal devotee has worshipped Shiva at Srikalahasti.
Brahma, the God of creation, is said to have worshipped Lord Shiva, and bathed in the swarnamukhi river to get rid of “sisuhathya patakam” (the sin of killing children).
The river Swarnamukhi got its name from a belief that gold was found in its stream. Swarna means gold and Swarnamukhi means gold faced in Sanskrit.

Festival:Maha Shivaratri which occurs in the Tamil month of Maasi (Feb 15 through March 15) is one of the greatest festival seasons here, and the celebrations are marked by processions of the deities. The fifth day of the festival in the month of Maasi coincides with the Maha Shivaratri the Shiva Linga of Srikalahasti Temple is considered to be one of the five important Lingas. According to Hindu mythology the five lingas represent the five great elements namely - Water, Fire, Ether, Air and Earth, established in the five great ‘Kshetras’. At Srikalahasti Temple Lord Shiva is worshiped as Vayu Linga of the wind God. A flame present in the Garbhagraha of the temple flickers even though no wind can enter the shrine.

Rahu Shanti Mantra
"Om Rahuve Devaye Shaantim,

Rahuve Kripaaye Karoti,
Rahuaaye chamaaye abhilaashat,
Om Rahuve Namoh Namah.”


S.J.Naidu said...

Very detailed interesting article. I thank the author for giving such a detailed article on Rahu.


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