Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu!

Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu!


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August 1, 2018

Rahu Kala Pooja

Jai Ma Ambe!

Any obstacles or suffering that we go through the life is due to our karma of previous birth. Navagrahas just perform their duty. They are very sweet enough to bless us provided we sincerely pray to them and to the supreme god that they prayed to.  Through the sincere prayers we can request to minimise or remove those obstacles from our life's journey and make it more pleasant.

Today thought of sharing the pooja that I do at Rahu Kala at home. May it benefit those who would like to do it at their place. Those who go through Rahu Dasha and those who just want to pray to Goddess on her special day can do this and get benefitted.

Rahu Bhagawan

Rahu and Ketu are Chaya Grahas. There is no particular day that is devoted for them unlike the other planets viz Surya (Sunday), Moon (Monday), Mangal (Tuesday), Budh (Wednesday), Guru (Thursday), Shukra (Friday), Shani (Saturday). Hence everyday 1.5 hours is ruled by Rahu Bhagwan hence known as Rahu Kaal (Rahu Kalam). 

Rahu Kalam - 1.5 hours of duration per day. This varies with each day is allocated for Rahu
Yama Gantam - 1.5 hours of duration per day. This varies with each day is allocated for Ketu.

No auspicious work is done during Rahu Kal and Yama Gantam. If some important thing couldn't be postponed or cancelled, then the Vedic astrologers generally advise to start the work before the rahu kal or yama gantam starts on that particular day.

Why to pray to Ma Durga! :-

Jai Ma Durge!

We should pray to Goddess Durga during rahu Kal as she is the protector from all evils. Amongst the Navagrahas, Rahu is more devoted to Ma Durga.  The divine mother's grace cannot be described in words. Her blessings are abundant and like a mother, she comes to protect us from all evils.  Durga stands for the unified symbol of all divine forces; Strength, Morality, Power, Protector. 

Friday and Tuesday are considered auspicious for Devi Pooja. Hence, It is good to offer prayers to her on those days especially during the Rahu Kal that falls on Tuesday, Friday and Sunday.

Tuesday (3.00 pm to 4.30 pm) 
Friday (10.30 am to 12.00 pm)
Sunday (4.30 pm to 6.00 pm)

So, those who work, if they cannot afford time on any other day, can offer prayers to her in the Rahu Kal on Sunday.

Briefly about the Pooja :-

For any prayer or pooja, if we do Sharanagathi (total surrender at the lotus feet of god / goddess), our sincere prayers will be answered. This I am telling from my personal experience. Having that connect with the god, Trusting him, feeling his presence and enjoying that bliss is an Experience which cannot be described by words. It is a Bhakti Bhav. All our saints did that and tried to shows us also the same path. To help you initially, you can try to remember the goddess picture, slowly convert that into a physical presence and then feel the divine grace... picturising the lotus feet and surrending all our worries, happiness.... this is how we can train our mind to establish that connect with the supreme power!

Whatever we hear, good or bad, just chant the nama viz., 'Om Namo Narayananaya' / Om Namashivaya / Jai Ma Ambe / Jai Ma Durge etc.... and offer that experience at the lotus feet. This calms down our mind... will try to write a detailed post on this later.

We will be lighting a lemon diya as lemon is considered to be powerful in warding off the evil or negative effects. In South India, we can see Durga Ma ladden with lemon garlands and ladies going to the temple and lighting these diyas in the sannidhi of goddess Durga. We can absolutely do this lighting of lemon lamp at home as well if there is no nearby temple with Durga Sannidhi. There is nothing wrong in it. Lemon is considered to be effective in warding off the negative / evil effects around us. It is sacred to do it at home as well. I am writing this as I have personally experienced and still experiencing her divine presence, blessings and that abundant divine grace of her.  

Oil :-   Different oil has their own goodness. They purify the air. Brings in lot of psoitive vibes. Lighting the lamp is considered sacred and auspicious. Sesame oil is the most commonly used oil for lighting lamps. Apart from this, Cow's Ghee, Castor oil, Neem Oil, Mahua Oil are also used for lighting lamps. But for this pooja, We will use only cow's ghee or sesame oil. I prefer using cow's ghee for the regular oil diya and sesame oil for the lemon diya. The effect of ghee diya lasts longer in the air.

Then we will be lighting the lemon diya, offer red flowers (if available) to the regular diya and the lemon diya. 

Prayer Slokas :- then we Offer prayers. We always start any pooja by chanting ganesh mantra. It will take time to get used to chanting all the slokas during Rahu Kal. So Initially you can recite the first 09 slokas from the list below during Rahu Kal and the remaining (those who know tamizh) can be chanted during morning or the evening hours. THe intention is to spend that time praying to Ma Durga.


You will need

  1. White rangoli powder / wet rice batter to make a small rangoli
  2. A "Aasan" / " Palagai" - a wooden platform to keep the Lamp
  3. Lemon (ripen) - 1 No.
  4. Cotton wicks - 2 nos.
  5. Sesame oil - 1/2 cup
  6. Flowers (specially red color)
  7. Dhoop / Agarbati 
  8. Match box to light the lamp
  9. A Brass or copper plate to place the lemon diya
  10. Slokas (giving below what I recite) :- The intention is to spend that rahu kala, praying to Durga Ma. You can google for these mantras. 
  • Ganesh Gayatri and Ganesh Mantra ( that you know) - (Sanskrit)
  • Durga Dyana Mantram (Sanskrit)
  • Durga Gayatri (Sanskrit)
  • Durga Pancharatnam (Sanskrit)
  • Durga Saptasloki (Sanskrit)
  • Mahishasura Mardini Stotram (Sanskrit)
  • Durga Kavacham (Sanskrit)
  • Sri NavaMangali Stotram (Sanskrit)
  • Sri Durga Abhaduttarashtakam (Sanskrit)
  • Lalitha Sahasranamam (Sanskrit)
  • Mangala Chandika Stotra (Sanskrit) (to be recited on Tuesday - continuous for 9 tuesdays) and you can continue it without count as well.
  • Slokas from Devi Bhagavatham (Sanskrit)
  • Devi Paadam (Tamizh)
  • Sri Rahu Kala Durga Ashtakam (Tamizh)
  • Sri Dukkha Nivarana Ashtagam (Tamizh)
  • Thiruvilakku Slokam
  • Charana Slokam (Given at the end)

Pooja Vidhi :-

  • Draw a rangoli where you will be lighting the lamp and doing pooja.
  • Place the Aasan / Palagai / Manai over the Rangoli.
  • Light the regular oil lamp (that you light everyday) before the Rahu Kal Starts. You can use sesame oil or ghee for this lamp. You can either place this on a separate "Aasan" / Wooden platform (palagai in tamizh) after putting a small rangoli on the floor where we will be doing pooja (Facing east or west).  You can even place Goddess Durgas's photo on this "Aasan" if you have. then the diya on the side and the lemon diya in the middle. Do Namaskara.

  • Take one whole ripe Lemon, Cut into half and strain the juice (You can do this before Rahu Kal and keep it ready). Those who don't want to discard the juice, can offer it in juice form later on to goddess).
  • The empty lid should be turned inside out and this is used as a diya. (Please refer the photo given below). Place it on a brass plate.
  • Put a cotton wick
  • Apply saffron (Kum Kum) on the lemon next to both sides of the wick.
  • Pour in sesame oil or ghee

  • The lemon diya should be lit only after the Rahu Kal starts. Do a Namaskara.

  • Red color flowers are more auspicious for this pooje viz., Hibiscus (Chembaruthi), Red Rose, Red color Kasi Thumbai (Red Balsam), etc If you are not able to get red color flower, you can use any other flower that is used for pooja. If no flower is available, just offer your sincere prayers as flower on her lotus feet. 

Take a flower or some petals and chant the ganesh mantra and then offer it at the base of the lamp.

"Om Gam Ganapathaye Nama :"


Om Gajaananam Bhoota Ganaadi Sevitam
Kapittha Jambuu phalasaara bhakshitam
Umaasutam Shoka Vinaasha kaaranam
Namaami Vighneshwara paada pankajam

Take a flower or some petals and chant the Durga Dyana mantra and then offer it at the base of the lamp.


.meaning-I seek that Durga as my refuge,the goddess who is of the colour of flame,who blazes forth with her power,who is the consort of the self-luminous Lord,and who is worshipped by devotees for obtaining the fruits of actions,this obeisance be to you,O excellent boat for taking one taking one across to salvation.

likewise do recite the slokas and then offer the flower.

After chanting all the slokas, Do a namaskara. 

When we chant sanskrit slokas, there is a possibility that we may pronounce it wrongly due to printing error etc...  So do a Devi Kshama Prarthana (Please google for it).

Sarva Mangala Maangalye Shive Sarvaartha Saadhikhe
Sharanye Tryambake Devi Naarayanee Namostute

Aayur Dehi, Dhanam Dehi, 
Vidhyam Dehi, Maheswari. 
Samastha Mahilam Dehi, 
Dehimey Parameshwari


Loka Samastha Sukhino Bhavanthu!🌺🙏🌺

Jai Ma Durge! 🌺🙏🌺

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