Rahukalam, Yamagandam, and Kuligai are important astrological timings that are believed to have a significant impact on the fortunes of individuals. It is believed that performing certain auspicious activities in the Rahukalam and Yamagandam is not considered good as these timings are considered inauspicious.

Rahukalam is the hour that is influenced by Rahu, the malefic planet among the nine planets. Rahu is thought to surround and engulf the mind during the Rahukalam. As a result, mental clarity is compromised and all important tasks run the danger of failing. Rahukalam is hence considered unlucky. Rahu kalam according to Hindu astrology, corresponds to the roughly 90-minute period that occurs daily between sunrise and dusk.

As per the Hindu scriptures, Rahu is the originator of the Rahu kalam. He is demon Svarbhanu’s detached head. Rahu is depicted as having a human head on a serpent’s body and riding a chariot pulled by eight black horses. Rahu is also known by the name Bhayanaka, which is hostile by nature. Certain specific tasks should not be performed during Rahu kalam to escape from Rahu’s negative impacts.

During the period of Rahukalam, one should refrain from starting a new venture, project, or Job. One shouldn’t travel for work-related activities during Rahukalam. One must also refrain from executing any rituals like Upanayanam, House warming, marriage or engagement, Shaving, and ear piercing for the child.

In the same way, no transactions, buying or selling of products, jewelry, or other items must take place during this time. On Tuesday, Rahu’s energy is at its peak during the Rahukalam. This day is dedicated to Goddess Durga. The task commenced during Rahukalam might result in difficulties and disappointment. Rahu and Ketu are considered to be Chaya Grahas. Rahu is in the northern lunar node while Ketu is in the Southern Lunar Node.

While these two grahas are considered natural malefic, according to mythology, Demon Svarbhanu who drank Amrit deceiting devas became Rahu and Ketu and they also became divine. They depend upon the planet they are placed with. They will behave as per that planet in conjunction or the lord of the house, the nakshatra where they are placed or according to the planet which aspects them. Rahu represents our desires and attachments. Both these planets are indicators of our past pending karma, our unfulfilled desires, and also the knowledge that we lack to attain moksha. Other planets have a day for them but Rahu and Ketu, the nodal planets have no such allocation. They have 90 minutes or one and a half hours every day of the week.


Yamagandam as the name suggests is a dangerous time that is considered unfavourable to start any auspicious activities. Only inauspicious activities are performed during this period. As Rahu and Ketu are considered serpents in the horoscope, it is considered a poisonous period. Hence, it is not considered an auspicious period, as Rahu and Ketu are associated with serpents in the horoscope, so it is considered a poisonous period. Therefore, it is not considered an auspicious time for auspicious activities. As our mind is influenced by the moon, during the Yamagandam time due to the influence of Kethu, our mind gets disturbed. So we cannot arrive at correct decisions. This Yamagandam is for 90 minutes a day or one and a half hours a day. The other planets are provided a day in a week but these shadow planets are provided only 90 minutes in each day.

Yamagandam is a time of death, and only death ceremonies and rituals are performed during this time. It is believed that any activity started during Yamagandam can lead to failure or destruction of the result.

Yamagandam is determined by dividing the day hours into eight parts, each lasting around one and a half hours. Yamagandam means the time of Yama, the son of Planet Sun (Yam or Yamraj – the Lord who is responsible for carrying the Soul (Atma) to its deserving place upon the death of a person). Any activity that starts in this period generally does not give a successful outcome. So it is better to avoid Yamagandam and Rahukalam timings to do any auspicious activity.

Rahu kalam on Tuesday:

3.00 to 4.30 pm

 Yamagandam on Tuesday:

9.00 to 10.30 am

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