The Significance of Chandra Grahan

Chandra Grahan or Lunar eclipse occurs, when the Moon comes directly behind the Earth as it revolves around it and all three; the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are in a straight line. The Earth’s shadow then block's the Sun’s light from getting reflected off the Moon resulting in the eclipse of the Moon. It can occur only at full Moon. In one year, there can be two to three lunar eclipses.

Depending on how much of the Earth’s shadow covers the Moon, the eclipse can be total, partial or penumbral.


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For the year 2019, the second ‘Chandra Grahan’ will occur on 17th July, Wednesday, and this is going to be a partial lunar eclipse. For a Partial lunar eclipse, the Sun, the Earth and the Moon have to be perfectly lined up.


This eclipse is also called the 'Buck Moon', as the Moon turns deep red and will be occurring after 149 years. It will involve the second Full Moon of the month, which is popularly called the ‘BuckMoon’. At this time the Moon is going to be at its closest point to Earth which is then called the 'Buck Moon'. Thus, this Chandra Grahan, can also be called a "Buck Moon".

It will be observed on the night side of the Earth; in North/East Europe, Asia, Australia, North/East Africa, North America, North/West South America, the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Arctic and Antarctica.

The eclipse will start with Moonrise, 01:34 am and end at 4:30 am on 17th July 2019.


Such a phenomenal occurrence has a great significance and effect on man. It is believed that during a 'grahan', harmful rays are generated and so it is not advisable to look at the Moon at this time. Also, if possible, one should not be out in the open during the time of the grahan.


Since Moon is related to emotions, the natives who have problem with the Moon in their horoscope, face emotional distress. It is also related with ‘mother’, and so natives can face some conflicts in their relationship with mother. Mental stress can increase. The 'Grahan' affects an individual, depending on his/her zodiac sign, ranging from loss of energy to career downfall.


Pregnant women should stay indoors as the harmful rays can have an adverse effect on the growing baby. 'Chandra mantras or Stotras’ should be recited to reduce the harmful effects of the rays. Holy 'Gangajal' should be sprinkled all over the house and workplace to minimise the harmful effect of ‘Chandra Grahan’.


During the ‘Grahan’ one should avoid eating or having sexual Intercourse. Also, no new venture or deal should be started during this time.


On the spiritual side, during Chandra Grahan, prayers of natives are more easily accepted and those with certain 'doshas' can worship during this period to get rid of evil effects of malefic combinations of planets in their horoscope. For example, if the native has 'Kaal-Sarp Yog' in his/her horoscope, this is the best time to perform prayers to get rid of it.


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