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Lunar Eclipse 2019 - Do's and Don'ts during Eclipse

Hindu religion encompasses various cultures, traditions, festivals, beliefs and thoughts. Every year, there are several events that take place which are followed by people with great dedication and devotion. These traditional events are a symbolic representation of their faiths on Him, the preserver and protector of life. Among these events, Lunar Eclipse is a very important celestial and astrological phenomenon. This year, Lunar Eclipse 2019 will occur two times. Read this article to know more in detail about necessary facts and information about Chandra Grahan. Also read how to avoid the harmful effects as well as unfortunate results of Lunar Eclipse in year 2019.

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Lunar Eclipse 2019 - At a Glance

First Lunar Eclipse

Date Time Type Visibility
January 21, 2019 From 08:07:34 AM to 13:07:03 PM Total Lunar Eclipse Central Pacific, North/South America, Europe, Africa

Note: This eclipse will not be visible in India. It will occur during Pushya Nakshatra in Cancer Sign . However, people born during this Nakshatra with Cancer as their sign may get affected by Chandra Grahan.

Second Lunar Eclipse

Date Time Type Visibility
July 16-17, 2019 01:32:35 AM - 04:29:50 AM Partial Lunar Eclipse India & other Asian countries, South America, Europe, Africa, Australia

Note: This eclipse will occur between July 16 and July 17 and will be visible in India. Also, the timing mentioned above is valid for New Delhi only. It will occur during Uttarashadha Nakshatra in Sagittarius or Capricorn . Natives of these Zodiac signs and Nakshatra may get affected by Chandra Grahan.

Lunar Eclipse - A Celestial Phenomenon You Should Know

Lunar Eclipse, also known as Chandra Grahan in Hindi, occurs when Earth comes in between Planet Sun and Planet Moon , and covers the Sun partially or completely. As a result, sunlight gets blocked and does not reaches the surface of Moon. This period of Grahan may have adverse effects on people’s lives. This is also the time when negative energies are more effective. Therefore, it is very important for people to know the timings of Lunar eclipse, the rules of its Sutak Kaal and certain astrological precautions to avoid its bad results.

How often do we have Lunar Eclipse?

If we talk about the general occurrences of eclipse, whether Solar or Lunar (Moon) Eclipse, there are at least two Solar Eclipses and two Lunar Eclipses that occur every year. In 2019, there will be 2 Lunar Eclipses, among which first will be on January 21 and second will occur between July 16 and July 17. Both of these eclipses will be either visible or not visible in India. However, they will be visible in some parts of Asia, America, Europe, Pacific regions and Africa.

Please note that if Chandra Grahan is not visible in India, then its religious and astrological significance will not be considered here. However, as per astrological analysis and calculations, one of the Lunar Eclipse 2019 will be partially visible in India. Therefore, its astrological significance will be applicable. Read below to know more about Lunar Eclipse 2019, its dates, timings, visibility, do’s and don’ts, etc.

Sutak Kaal - The Inauspicious Period to Commence Tasks

Sutak Kaal is a time period during Grahan, which starts before an eclipse and ends after taking a bath when eclipse ends. As per beliefs in Hindu religion, certain tasks such as performing any auspicious activity, touching of the idols of Gods and Goddesses, eating and commencing a task etc are prohibited. This is because it is considered highly inauspicious to perform them during Sutak, otherwise they may not give you the desired results, or may have an adverse impact. However, the rules of Sutak Kaal are not valid for children, elderly and sick people. At the same time, if an eclipse is not visible in a region, then the applicability of Sutak period is considered null for that particular place.

Sutak Kaal Timings: As first Chandra Grahan is not visible in India, therefore, the rules of Sutak Kaal is not applicable here. But, the second and last Lunar Eclipse of 2019 will be partially visible in India, therefore, its sutak rules as well as religious and astrological significance will be considered.

Sutak Kaal Timings for Second Lunar Eclipse 2019
Sutak Begins 15:55:13 PM on July 16, 2019
Sutak Ends 04:29:50 AM on July 17, 2019

Things to Avoid during Lunar Eclipse

  • Initiating a new task.
  • Cooking/eating during Sutak period.
  • Going to the washroom/toilet.
  • Touching the idols of deities. Also avoid touching Basil (Tulsi) plant.
  • Cleaning of teeth, combing of hair, etc.

Things to Do during Lunar Eclipse

  • Meditate and exercise. Also, pray and worship Moon God.
  • Chant Chandra Mantra “ॐ Kshirputraya Vidmahe Amrit Tatvaya Dheemahi Tanno Chandrah Prachodayat”.
  • After Lunar Eclipse ends, sprinkle Gangajal in your home to purify it.
  • Take a bath and also bathe the idols of deities after Grahan. Then, worship them.
  • Have a fresh meal after Sutak Kaal ends.
  • If you have prepared food before Sutak Kaal, do not waste it. You can put basil leaves to purify it, and then have it.
  • Donation to a needy or Brahmin should also be done after Chandra Grahan ends.

Things to Remember by Pregnant Women

As per astrological beliefs, eclipse affects a pregnant woman. Therefore, it is important that they should take special precautions during Lunar Eclipse 2019. In this duration, they should avoid going out of their house or looking at Chandra Grahan. They should also avoid activities such as embroidery, stitching, peeling, cutting, etc. It is believed that using such tools (knife or needle) during Chandra Grahan may damage the body parts of the unborn child.

Additionally, according to religious texts, the rays of the moon can affect the child in womb adversely. It is also said that the woman who peeps out or comes out of her house during Lunar Eclipse have a higher chance of miscarriage. At the same time, a child born due to this may be more prone to Cancer. Therefore, it is really very important for pregnant women to remain at home during Lunar Eclipse in 2019.

FAQs related to Chandra Grahan

  1. What happens if we see Lunar Eclipse with naked eyes?

ANSWER: As per astrological as well as scientific facts, a lunar eclipse is absolutely safe to see with naked eyes as you are only looking at the Moon in the night, which is quite safe. However, pregnant ladies are advised not to watch Chandra Grahan as it is harmful for their unborn child.

  1. How can I see Lunar Eclipse safely?

ANSWER: If you want to see the various phases of Lunar Eclipse, then go ahead and watch this beautiful celestial event without any worry. This is because it is considered perfectly safe to watch Chandra Grahan as it does not have any harmful impact on your eyes or existence, except pregnant ladies who are advised not to see this or any Grahan.

  1. Why food shouldn’t be eaten during Lunar Eclipse?

ANSWER: As per information in ancient scriptures, the food prepared during Chandra Grahan can affect your health badly. Therefore, it is better to avoid eating food during this period. And if you have prepared food before Grahan, put Basil leaves into it, and then have it.

  1. Why it is important to worship the deities during Chandra Grahan?

ANSWER: According to religious scriptures, worshipping the Gods during Lunar Eclipse offers many times more auspicious results.

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