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Surya Grahan in 2016

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What is Surya Grahan?

When the moon revolving in its orbit comes between the Sun and Earth, it cast a shadow on the Earth's surface. This is known as 'Surya Grahan' in Hindi. Surya Grahan has a deep astrological significance and there are many beliefs associated with it.

What is Kankanakriti Surya Grahan?

Kankanakriti Surya Grahan is called Annular solar eclipse in English. Kankan is an Hindi/ Sanskrit word for Bracelet. A Kankanakriti Surya Grahan occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the Sun to look like an bracelet, blocking most of the Sun's light. A Kankanakriti Surya Grahan appears as a partial eclipse over a region thousands of kilometres wide.

Surya Grahan 2016 Date and Time

There are two Surya Grahan in 2016 - one on 9th March that will be visible in India and other one is on 1st September that will be not be visible in India.

Surya Grahan 2016 on 9th March

On 9th March i.e Wednesday, Purna Surya Grahan (Total Solar Eclipse) will be cast on Purva Bhadra Nakshatra in Aquarius (Kumbh Rashi).

The first Surya Grahan 2016 will be visible in Australia, Palau, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, China, Myanmar, Sri lanka, Indian ocean & North Pacific ocean, India, South Korea, Guinea.

As per IST (Indian Standard Time), Purna Surya Grahan will begin on 09 March at 05:43 and will get over on 09 March at 06:44.

Surya Grahan 2016 on 1st September

On 1st September i.e Thursday, Kankan Surya Grahan (Annular Solar Eclipse) will be cast on Purva Falgun Nakshatra in Leo (Singh Rashi).

The second Surya Grahan will be visible in countries like Africa, South Pole, Madagascar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Malaysia, Mozambique, Geban

As per IST (Indian Standard Time), Kankan Surya Grahan will begin on 1 September at 11:43 and will end at 17:30.

What to do or not do during Surya Grahan

There are a lot of astrological beliefs associated with Surya Grahan. Many believe that Surya Grahan is an inauspicious time for initiating anything new. To way off the malefic effect of Surya Grahan these are few things recommended:

  • Donate things like clothes and food to deprived, cereals to animals and birds is auspicious
  • Chanting the Mantras of your family God is considered auspicious
  • During the eclipse one should avoid eating food, food already prepared and also stay away from preparing anything new.
  • Once the period of eclipse is over one can take fresh made food.

Effect of Surya Grahan on different Rashi's

Surya Grahan 2016 like any other Surya Grahan will influence the twelve Rashis differently. While for some Rashi signs this Grahan might bring a positive influence for others it might be negative. We will talk about the effect of Surya Grahan 2016 on different Rashi's in our upcoming article. So don't forget to check to know what Surya Grahan 2016 brings for you.

Surya Grahan: Exact time for your city

Grahan time vary from city to city. If you want to calculte exact time for Surya Grahan in your city, you can use NASA Surya Grahan Calculator ( If you do not find your city in the city list of NASA calculator, you will require latitude and longitude of your city. Latitude and longitude of your city can be found from

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