Surya Grahan in September 2016 in India – Suryagrahan Time – Solar Eclipse September 1, 2016, in India
Surya Grahan in September 2016 Date
1st September 2016 (Thursday)
Surya Grahan takes place when Moon comes between the Sun and the earth. This will happen only on the New Moon’s day. Moon blocks the light of the Sun, which results in Surya Grahan or solar eclipse. Surya Grahan can be categorized into two types one is Ardhya Surya Grahan or Annular Solar Eclipse and second is Purna Surya Grahan or Total Solar Eclipse. Purna Surya Grahan occurs when Moon totally prevents the light of the Sun and Ardhya Surya Grahan occurs when Moon partially prevents it.
Surya Grahan or Annular Solar Eclipse will take place on September 1, 2016. It is not visible in India. According to NASA, the Annular solar eclipse is visible in Africa and the Indian Ocean. The largest eclipse will be taking place at southeastern part of Tanzania and Madagascar. The Surya Grahan will be started between 12:50 PM and ends at 4:24 PM in India standard time. Mid-eclipse is at 2:36 PM.
The following map shows the detail view of the Surya Grahan on September 1, 2016:
Surya Grahan Rituals and Fasting in Hinduism
At the end of Eclipse, doing charity and memorial works is considered favorable.
Hindu Temples will remain closed during the Surya Grahan.
It is held highly auspicious to take holy dip on the day in rivers, seas, and other holy water bodies.
What to do after the end of Solar eclipse?
Once the period of the Solar eclipse is over, people should bathe, wear clean clothes. Paying tribute to ancestors and offering charity is considered auspicious now.
If there is a pilgrimage location nearby, the people should visit that place. Devotees may take a holy dip in the holy waters.
What not to do and what to do during Surya Grahan?
Since the start time of the Solar eclipse until its end, it is best to do indulge in chanting of mantras, meditation, prayers, and hawan. However, no idol worship should be done. Once the Sutak kaal is over, one should bathe, wear new clothes and clean the idols with Ganga Jal.
Do not touch Tulsi or Shami Trees
During the Surya Grahan not to touch Tulsi and Shami Tree. After ending the eclipse, these trees should be bathed with Ganga Jal to clean the impurities.