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Yamagandam represents danger time that is considered unfavorable to start any auspicious activity. Only inauspicious ceremonies are performed during Yamagandam. Any good activity performed in this timing is believed to destroy the end-result of the work. Hence, it is widely perceived that Yamagandam, in addition to Rahu Kaal is another inauspicious time window that appears on each day for approximately 90 minutes.
Yamagandam denotes the time in a day which is ruled by the planet Ketu for approximately one and half hours. This timing will change each day based on the timing of sunrise and sunset. All the planets have one week day assigned to them, while Rahu and Ketu do not own any day. Instead, they each rule a time window of one and half hours every day. Both Rahu Kaal and Yamagandam are considered inauspicious to commence any activity.
The first period of a day i.e. 4:30 AM to 6:00 AM (out of the eight segments of time period between sunrise and sunset) which approximately lasts for one and a half hours is always auspicious, as this duration of the day is always free from any negative effect. Since the sunrise and sunset timings differ for each location, Yamagandam timings also vary from place to place.
The first Yamagandam of the week starts from 6:00 AM to 7:30 AM starts on a Thursday and follows till Sunday in the reverse order for successive one and half hour periods from this day and ends on a Friday (3:00 PM to 4:30 PM).