Astrological superstition - auspicious times, rahukala & gulikala
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One seldom mentioned Indian astrological-based belief among Hindus is that of auspicious and inauspicious times of the day or RAHUKALA and GULIKAKALA.
'Gulikakala' refers to auspicious periods of time when it is good to start projects, begin journeys, inaugurate anything (eg. building sites) and not least the right time for marriages, making life decisions etc. The time denoted as 'Rahukala' is the time not to initiate any such thing.

Following the fallacious astrological claims made by Hindu practitioners, the times have been explained (eg., by Sathya Sai Baba) as occurring when dark spots move across the sun, having a negative effect on our minds - lasting 1 1/2 minutes each day. The complexity of calculation of the exact minutes has been allowed for by a safety margin of 1 1/2 hours each day. However, sunspots do not occur in any such regular way, as anyone with the least knowledge of the solar system well knows. So these must be spots of the immaterial 'cloud-cuckoo' kind? The supposed times are as shown here.

Fot the interested, especially anyone who might have further information on the fallaciousness of this belief, I have further detailed the supposed times of rahukala and gulikala and incidental material here.
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(18-Jul-2010, 11:13 PM)rob Wrote: One seldom mentioned Indian astrological-based belief among Hindus is that of auspicious and inauspicious times of the day or RAHUKALA and GULIKAKALA.

I guess you are from outside of India? Because auspicious/inauspicious times are anything but seldom mentioned in India. Some Hindus live their life by those times. Apart from rahukalaam and gulikakaalam, they also believe in the power of Muhurtam. Major rituals (like marriages), business undertakings, starting a project (like construction of a house) are planned to occur on "good" muhurtams.

Of course as you mentioned, when asked for a reason for the goodness/badness of a particular time, one gets splattered with unadulterated pseudoscience crap.
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