Chandra Grahan - Significance in Hinduism
Grahan is an event when one celestial body covers another partially or completely. A ChandraChandra
The name Chandra originated from Sanskrit, meaning ‘the illustrious one’... Grahan takes place when earth’s shadow covers the moon or when earth comes between the Sun and the Moon. According to folktales, on the night of Chandra Grahan, a demon swallows up the moon, making it invisible.
At the time of Samudra Manthan when Gods managed to escape with the elixir of life, they decided to divide the content of immortality among themselves. A demon then changed his form to look like Gods and sat in between them. He took a place in between the Moon and the Sun but VishnuVishnu
Vishnu is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindus and is a part of Hindu Trinity,.. soon realized his evil plans and managed to cut his head. A few seconds, before the act of beheading, the demon was able to taste few drops of elixir and since then he has been living as two beings i.e., his head is known as Rahu According to Hindu religion, Rahu is the severed head of a demon which swallows sun and, thus, causes eclipses. The time of day under the influence of Rahu is considered inauspicious. He is lord of the three lunar mansions.and his tale is known as Ketu. It is the descending lunar node in Hindu astrology It is believed that it is Rahu who stays angry and swallows the Sun and the Moon consecutively over a period of time to take revenge.
People should meditate during the time of Grahan. If one wants to chant God’s name then it should only be done after lighting a lamp. The house should be purified by sprinkling holy water in all the corners. Taking bath in holy waters of GangaGanga
According to Bhagavata Purana, Vishnu in one of.... or any other sacred river is also considered beneficial. The water should be cold enough to end the influence of dark energies residing and swaying one’s body.
A fast can be observed for nine hours before the Chandra Grahan takes place and while completing the ritual, consume only home-made food. The food can be protected from the ill-effects of the Grahan by placing Durva grass It has many medicinal values and people who perform the rituals associated with the day, are benefitted by its positive effects on skin disorders, high sugar level, obesity, insomnia, fatigue, anemia and digestion. Hence it symbolizes purity of body. One can also purify his house by sprinkling water in all the corners using durva grass. According to some beliefs, the tip of the grass represents Shiva, the middle represents Vishnu and the roots represent Brahma. Thus it as pure as the holy trinityor leaves of holy basil on it beforehand. Prayers can also be offered to ShivaShiva
Shiva is one of the Supreme Gods of Hindu Trinity that ... after the celestial event and chanting of Maha Mrityunjay Mantra A group of sacred words chanted in order to gain something, be it materialistic pleasures or peaceful mindwill also protect from the evil forces. If one is affected by the Grahan, he should worship to the Moon.
One should recite the following mantra to subdue the negative influence of the day-
“Om Kshirputrayay Vidmahe Amrit The term ‘Amrit’ is used for the water or nectar of immortality. The word was used in Rigveda for the nectar which is drunk by Gods to gain immortality. It was one of the outcomes of samudra manthan. There was a curse on gods by Durvasa because of which they started becoming mortal and then they needed this drink for immortality. Later on the water which is given as prasadam to devotees in the temples is also called Amrit as it is believed to be blessed by Gods. It is the holy water which is sweet-tasting. It is consumed in the name of the God.
Tatvaya Dhimahi Tanno Chandra Prachodayat”.
What not to do?
There is a time period on the day of Chandra Grahan that is considered unlucky. It is known as Sutak and it begins from twelve hours after the commencement of eclipse. Thus any auspicious work should not be started on the day like signing a new deal, buying a property and fixing a marriage. No idol or items related to God should be touched. Holy basil leaves should neither be touched nor be consumed. Temples also remain closed during the period. Eating, cooking, urination and sexual intercourse is to be avoided.
Pregnant ladies should keep a special notice of this inauspicious time period and avoid going out of the house as they should not have a glimpse of the Grahan. It will protect their babies from malefic effects of Rahu. They should not sleep, stitch clothes, cut vegetables or fruits, tighten their clothes and hair pins or fast during sutak. They should chant Santana Gopala Data Mantram as it will result in a safe delivery of a healthy and knowledgeable child. The mantra is as following-
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