RATIONALE BEHIND RAHU KALAM...

  Ramesh A
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The Rationale behind Rahu Kalam 
This article is purely based on a very ancient Hindu belief system. It is not backed by Empirical evidence Or Scientific Analysis. Friends who do not attach importance to this may please ignore this article.
The Rahu in Rahukalam does not refer to the shadow planets Rahu and Ketu of Hindu astrology, it refers to the colors of a group of sun-rays :
As we all know, "vibgyor"  represents the seven colours of rainbow. If we reverse it, we get "roygbiv", namely red, orange yellow, green, blue, indigo and violet. After violet, there is another group of rays called "ultraviolet"  rays which are not visible to naked eyes. If we divide the daytime of Sunday into 8  parts of 1.5 hours each, this will be the order in which the coloured rays will occour. In subsequent days, the starting colour will be different but the sequence will be the same.
The following table will clarify things properly.
Time 
Sunday
Monday
Tuesday
Wednesday
Thursday
Friday
 Saturday
06.00-07.30 AM
Red
Violet
Orange
Green
Yellow
Blue
Indigo
07.30-9.00 AM
Orange
UltraViolet
Yellow
Blue
Green
Indigo
Violet
09.00-10.30 AM
Yellow
Red
Green
 Indigo
Blue
Violet
UltraViolet
10.30 -12.00noon 
Green
Orange
Blue
Violet
Indigo
Ultraviolet
Red
12.00-01.30 PM
Blue
Yellow
Indigo
Ultraviolet
Violet
Red
Orange
01.30-03.00 PM
Indigo
Green
Violet
Red
Ultraviolet
Orange
Yellow
03.00-04.30 PM
Violet
Blue
Ultraviolet
Orange
Red
Yellow
Green
04.30-06.00 PM
UltraViolet
Indigo
Red
Yellow
Orange
Green
Blue
Ancient Tamil Hindus named the period of " Ultraviolet " rays as " RAHU KALAM ".  
Summary
V   -     Monday              07.30 AM to 09.00 AM
I    -    Saturday             09.00 AM to 10.30 AM
B   -      Friday                 10.30 AM to 12 Noon  
G   -      Wednesday      12 Noon to 1.30 PM       
   Y    -      Thursday         01.30 PM  to 03.00 PM      
O   -       Tuesday 03.00 PM to 04.30 PM
R      -       Sunday          04.30 PM to 06.00 PM    
Semi Rational people like most of us need not get scared by RAHU KALAM. As far as possible, they may remain at home or office and indulge in ethical deeds.  If at all, it is essential to travel during this period, they may chant Rahu Kala Durga Ashtakam or Durgasaptha slokee. Idea is not to get exposed to the ultraviolet rays being emitted at that time. Tuesday Rahukalam is taken more seriously as mars is linked with blood or accidents. Pujas during Rahukalam are ideal.
The sequence of colours of rays at night is exactly reverse of the sequence  in the day,  as we see in a mirror.  So, there is Rahu Kalam at night also.  Nobody Takes it Seriously as most of us are asleep during that period. 
Let us travel the middle path between reason and faith.











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