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Why Srikalahasti Temple is Open during Grahan or Eclipse?

When there is Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) or Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse) majority of Hindu Temples remain closed. But the famous Srikalahasti Temple in Andhra Pradesh remain open during the period. Why is that Srikalahasti Temple remains open?

From times immemorial, Srikalahasti Temple has remained aloof from the practice of closing the shrine during grahanam.

As per Hindu beliefs, Rahu and Ketu are believed to cast their evil effects over the sun and moon respectively during solar and lunar eclipse. But Rahu and ketu is worshipped in the temple.

This forms the backdrop for the firm belief that the bad rays, if any from eclipse, will be effectively countered by Rahu and Ketu.

The temple is known for the ‘Rahu Ketu Puja’ and ‘Sarpadosha Puja’ performed by hundreds of devotees everyday to ward off astrological effects and also death from poisonous creatures.