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Chandra Grahan 2016: Dark Night For Moon

Last Updated: 2/26/2016 1:54:23 PM

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The dates for Chandra Grahan in 2016 are 23rd March & 16th September. Moon in India is signified as God and worshiped on various days. But, what stains the godly importance of Moon on the day of Chandra Grahan. Read on to know the story behind.

Grahan or Eclipse

Chandra Grahan 2016

Grahan is a phenomenon which occurs because of the three main celestial bodies, the Sun, the Moon and the earth. Eclipse is an astronomical phenomenon where earth comes in between the Sun and the Moon, or when the Moon comes in between the earth and the Sun. This passing of one of celestial body by another, results in eclipse or Grahan. The Grahan is divided into two forms, one is lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan and other is solar eclipse or Surya Grahan. The year in 2016, the earth will witness two partial Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse. Let’s talk about what lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan is.

What Is Chandra Grahan?

We all know that Moon moves around the earth, and the earth revolves around the Sun. There are times when these three celestial bodies come in line. Lunar eclipses occur when the earth’s shadow covers the Moon and casts its shadow on the Moon. This phenomenon is known as lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan.

This year in 2016, two lunar eclipses will take place. We at AstroCAMP bring you the complete information before the two Chandra Grahan in 2016.

Let’s find out the scientific reason why Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse occurs; so that this Chandra Grahan in 2016, you are already aware of its scientific reason.

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Astronomical Reason: Chandra Grahan Or Lunar Eclipse

We know that earth revolves around Sun, a lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan occurs when Moon comes in between the two celestial bodies. This coming of the Moon in between the two, prevents sunrays from reaching earth. Lunar eclipse occurs only on a Full Moon night. Though this does not occur on every Full Moon night, reason being the size of the Moon is very small and the orbital plane of the Moon is tilted about 5° in comparison to earth’s orbital plane that is why we do not witness a lunar eclipse every month.

As per astronomy, there are three types of Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipses:

dates for Chandra Grahan in 2016
  1. Partial lunar eclipse, where the portion of Moon is covered by earth’s umbral shadow.

  2. Total lunar eclipse, where Moon is completely covered by earth’s umbral shadow.

  3. Penumbral lunar eclipse occurs when Moon passes earth, and it becomes hard to observe such an occurrence.

Chandra Grahan in Hindu mythology holds a lot of significance. This Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse in 2016, the Moon will again be affected.

Every time a Chandra Grahan occurs, we consider that time as inauspicious. Moon is signified as God and worshiped on a number of days. Why is Moon rated as inauspicious at the time of Chandra Grahan? Let’s find out...

AstroCAMP brings to its readers the legends associated to Chandra Grahan, as per the Hindu mythology. Let’s take a look at them before the Chandra Grahan occurs in 2016.

Chandra Grahan Legends Associated With Chandra Grahan

The story behind Grahan is stated in the Hindu mythology. It was during the time of Samudra Manthan (churning of the milk ocean), when Asuras and Devas, together, brought everything back to earth and divided everything equally. But when Amrit (immortality potion) was getting distributed, Rahu sat between the gods for Amrit. Sun and Moon identified him and Lord Vishnu knowing the trick, beheaded Rahu.

It is believed that Rahu (in the form of snake) retaliates and indulges in war with the Sun and Moon periodically, because of which “Grahan” takes place. It could be either Chandra Grahan or Surya Grahan.

Now, when you know the legend associated with Grahan, let’s move further to know the dates and effects of the Chandra Grahan in 2016. We will be witnessing 2 eclipses throughout the globe in 2016.

Let’s check out what effect it will have on the people in this 2016.

2016 Chandra Grahan Or Lunar Eclipse: Date & Effects

Date Type Of Eclipse in 2016 Visible In India Areas in which Grahan will be visible Time (GMT)
(Start - Mid - End)
March 23, 2016 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse No Much of Asia, Australia, North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica, 09:39 - 11:47 - 13:54
16th september 2016 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Yes Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica, India 16:54 - 18:54 - 20:53

In 2016, we will have two partial lunar eclipses.

At the time of Chandra Grahan, no auspicious work is done. As per astrology, the time before Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse is also not favorable and is known as “SUTAK”.

Now, let’s know the concept of Sutak and its relationship with Chandra Grahan in detail, to get prepared for the lunar eclipses in 2016.

Relationship Between Sutak & Chandra Grahan

Sutak is the time under which no good things are done, as the time is unfavorable. During the time of Sutak, one should avoid eating and drinking. Sutak is usually observed 9 hours before the Chandra Grahan. This time would again arrive in 2016, before the occurrence of Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse.

It is believed that during the time of Sutak or Chandra Grahan, one should avoid certain things. Let’s proceed, take a look at the measures that could be taken during Chandra Grahan Sutak.

Things To Avoid During Grahan Sutak

Following are the things to be kept in mind, this Chandra Grahan in 2016:

  1. Avoid eating and drinking (exception exists for old, sick and children below 2 years).
  2. No stored item should be consumed after the Chandra Grahan or during the time of Sutak.
  3. Avoid the use of any beauty products.
  4. Ladies who are expecting, should avoid eating and should stay inside the house, as it might affect the child’s health.

A person should try to follow these steps, as it will be for his/her betterment and prevention.

Let’s look at the measures which you can take into consideration during the Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse in 2016.

Measures To Be Taken During Chandra Grahan Sutak

These are some of the simple measures one can take during the time of Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse and Sutak in 2016

  1. Chanting of Mantras can be done during the time of Sutak, this 2016.
  2. Meditation during this time can be of great help.
  3. During lunar eclipse in 2016, one can chant this Mantra:

Om Kshirputrayay Vidmahe Amrit Tatvaaye Dheemahi Tanno Chadrah Prachodayat ||
(ॐ क्षीरपुत्राय विद्महे अमृत तत्वाय धीमहि तन्नो चन्द्रः प्रचोदयात्॥)

  1. Post the Grahan in 2016, people should take bath, as it is considered to be the sign of purification.
  2. Eat only freshly cooked food, post the Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse in 2016
  3. Sprinkle holy water (Amrit) of the river Ganga all over the house, which could purify the house from all the negative energies, post the Chandra Grahan in 2016.

The duration of Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse has been rated as a significant time, as Chandra or Moon is treated as a god and worshiped in India. The impact of Moon is considered to be extremely significant, as it tells what the future of the person would be.

Don’t worry about the coming Chandra Grahan in 2016. Use this article and protect yourself from any adverse effects of lunar eclipse in 2016.

AstroCAMP wishes you to be safe in this Chandra Grahan in 2016!

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