|About Shri Kalahasti Rahu & Kethu Pooja/ Kaala Sarpa Dosha|
|Poojas are Done Daily but the best time for pooja is Rahu Kalam|
What is Kaala Sarpa Dosha?
Kaala Sarpa Dosh is all about faulty planetary position, with a snake like formation, found in the person's natal birth chart. In a dosha like this, the planetary positions are such that Rahu (head of the snake) and ketu (tail of the snake) happen to fall on the beginning and end of the formation, respectively. There are many other ways by which Kaaal Sarpa Yoga can be formed, the moon in the eight house of the natal chart being one of the ways. However, there are no rules of thumb to Kaaal Sarpa Dosha and it requires a good astrologer to study the planetary position accurately. The person suffering from Kaala Sarpa Yoga finds it difficult life to lead a happy life. He/she suffering from Kaala Sarpa Dosha has problems in married life, loss of money and constant health problems. The Dosha can be cured and control by offering prayers to Lord Shiva at some chosen destinations. Srikalahasti is one of them.
Rahu-Ketu/ Sarpdosha/ Grahadoshas/Sarvadoshas Puja
Rahu Ketu Sarpdosha Puja is performed in order to minify ill effects of yoga. Thousands of devotees flock to Srikalahasti to get the desired results through this pooja. Many of these pujas are performed with ascertained results for those who suffer with marital discord, not begetting children, problems in jobs and many long-standing problems. The puja is performed to neutralize the malefic effects of the planets and cut out its negative effect on the life of the individual.
Rahu Ketu Dosha Nivarana Puja at Srikalahasti
Charges: Rs 600 per person. Only 3 people are allowed at a time on purchase of one ticket of Sarp Dosh Pooja. The charges are inclusive of the puja ingredients. A special rahu ketu pooja can be availed by paying Rs 1500 (excluding the dakshina).
The temple is renowned for the Rahu-Ketu Dosha Nivarana puja; there are hundreds of pooja performed daily. Srikalahasti Temple is mostly recommended for Rahu Ketu Pooja than for normal darshans. As the temple hosts number of different poojas, there are particular counters selling tickets for specific pooja. People must bear in mind that the cost for special pooja is inclusive of puja samagri (puja material).
Puja Samagri: Two metal image of Rahu and Ketu, with the prasadam of Laddu and Vada, flowers (from a different counter), vermillion (sindoor) and turmeric (haldi)
Note: Never lose your ticket as it is imperative to show it at all counters.
The Pooja: The Rahu ketu Pooja lasts for 30-40 minutes, and it is always better to get the pooja performed during Rahukalam, preferably on Saturdays. Unlike other pooja that consist of hawan or homa (fire ceremony), the Rahu-Ketu Nivran Pooja is all done by chanting mantras for two metallic snake strips that represent Rahu and Ketu. Flowers and vermillion are sprinkled or proffered to the rahu-ketu representing metals while the mantra is cantillated to complete the whole puja routine. Mantra recitations are also done in favour of one's gotra, caste and janamnakshtra . The person, in whose name the puja is offered, is required to discard their clothes and take bath after the pooja. The act is symbolic of doing away with the ill effects.
Note: It is suggested and advised to plan your journey exclusively if going for pooja as it takes fair amount of time for the completion of the same.