From Hindupedia, the Hindu Encyclopedia
By Swami Harshananda
Gaṇḍakāla literally means ‘inauspicious time’.
In astrology, the birth of a baby at certain times, which are considered as inauspicious, forebodes evil to its parents. One such inauspicious time is called ‘gaṇḍakāla’.
For instance, the first three ghaṭikās when the three nakṣatras Aśvinī, Makha and Mulā are present are inauspicious. If it occurs in the night and the baby is born at that time it forebodes evil for the mother.
- The Concise Encyclopedia of Hinduism, Swami Harshananda, Ram Krishna Math, Bangalore