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By Swami Harshananda

Religious rites must be performed on certain days which are considered as good and auspicious. Similarly, they should be avoided on inauspicious days. According to the smṛtis and the purāṇas the sage Aṅgiras begot four daughters from his wife Smṛti. They were:

  1. Anumati
  2. Sinīvālī
  3. Kuhu
  4. Rākā

They were considered as the goddesses associated with certain phases of the moon producing good or bad results.

Kuhu is the goddess associated with the new-moon day mixed with the next or first day of the bright fortnight. Kuhuyoga starts when the planets like Rāhu, Surya (Sun), Śani (Saturn) and Kuja (Mars) in the zodiacal sign Makara (Capricorn) gets assembled.

The Kuhuyoga, though occur once in the centuries, is considered as an extremely inauspicious moment. It is dangerous or even fatal for the rulers. It is said that this occurred during the reign of Kṛṣṇadeva Rāya (CE 1488- 1529). He was the famous ruler of the Vijayanagar kingdom. He was saved by the Mādhva sage Vyāsarāya (CE 1447-1539).


  • The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore