Wednesday, 2 June 2010

Chandra Grahan 26th June 2010

A Chandra Grahan, a partial lunar eclipse, will take place on June 26, 2010. According to NASA, the Chandra Grahan is a partial lunar eclipse and is visible mainly in the pacific and eastern parts of Australia and for a greater extent in the western parts of USA and Canada. The partial eclipse will happen at moon rise in India, Nepal, Singapore, Malaysia and other places in eastern parts of Asia. The Chandragrahan will be taking place in India between 15:46 and 18:30 and will be slightly visible in northeastern parts of India.

Please note that the grahan is not visible in Gulf, Europe and Africa.

The following map shows the detail view of the Chandra Grahan on June 26, 2010 around the world

Chandra Grahan and Hindus

Usually during a Chandra Grahan, a fast (Upvaas) is observed by certain communities in Hindu religion. The fast begins about 9 hours before the beginning of Chandra Grahan.

People also take a bath in cold water and chant mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Shiva like the Ashtakshara Mantra or Mrityunjaya Mantra. This is done whenever Surya and Chandra are under the influence of Rahu. Pregnant women chant the Santana Gopala Mantra.

Note: There is no need to follow any rituals for this grahan as it is not visible in India. Panchangs and Calendars have ignored this grahan mostly.

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