Chandra Grahana[Lunar Eclipse] on 10/12/2011

Chandra Grahana[Lunar Eclipse] on 10/12/2011

|| Hari Sarvothama Vayu Jivothama ||
|| Sri Raghavendra Tirtha Gurubyo Namaha ||

Chandra Grahana[Lunar Eclipse] is visible in our Bharatha desha on 10-12-11 and occurs on Rohini/Mrugashira  Nakshatra&Vrushaba  Rashi. The Sparsha kala is calculated at 6:16PM,Madhya kala at 8:02PM and Moksha kala at 9:48PM.Snana(Bath) has to be done at 6:16PM as well as at 9:50PM.Argya has to be given at 8:03PM.Samudra snana is considered to be so auspicious.

Since vedha starts at 9.16 AM, one should not have bhojana(meals)from morning,but can have the same after 9:50PM,after pooja.Elderly persons/Children can have meals till 2:00 PM tomorrow.One should meditate on Lord Sri Harih to get Hari Vayu Gurugala blessings.
The below useful information is Courtesy of my well wisher  Sri Narahari.I would like to express my sincere thanks to him.

“ಚಂದ್ರಗ್ರಹಣ” – Chandra Grahana – Lunar Eclipse

ಯತಿಗಳಿಗೆ – ಗ್ರಹಣದ ದಿನ ಪಂಚಾಮೃತ, ಫಲಸಮರ್ಪಣೆ, ಹಸ್ತೋದಕಾದಿಗಳು ಇಲ್ಲ

On this day we must not do panchamrutha, phalasamarpane, hastodaka for yathigalu, as the yathigalu will be on fasting on the Grahana Day
We must not take food on this day, as Vedarambha starts from Suryagrahana itself  (i.e.,9 hours before the start of Chandra Grahana,). (For Suryagrahana it should be before 12 hours, before the start of the grahana)
There is an exception for sick, pregnants, and aged above people 80 years  and children below 8 years, who can take food upto 2.45pm.
Shraddha falling on pournami day – They have to perform after Grahana Moksha

Grahana Timings in Different countries

Country Starts Middle Ends
Bahrain 3.46 pm 5.06 to 5.57pm 7.18 pm
UAE 4.46 pm 6.06 to 6.57pm 8.18 pm
Qatar 4.46 pm 6.06 to 6.57pm 8.18 pm
Kuwait 4.46 pm 6.06 to 6.57pm 8.18 pm
Oman 4.46 pm 6.06 to 6.57pm 8.18 pm
Saudi Arabia 4.46 pm 6.06 to 6.57pm 8.18 pm

India timings through out the country – same timings
Sparsha – 6.16 pm  Madhyakala – 8.03pm Moksha – Night 9.48pm
Shuba phala –  Meena, Dhanu, Simha, Karka raashi
Mishra phala – Mesha, Makara, Vrushika Kanya

Ashuba phala – Vrushabha, Kumbha, Tula, Mithuna Rashi

MOST  ASHUBA PHALA –  Mrugashira & Rohini Nakshatra, Vrushaba rashi

(They have to do/participate in extra japa, parayana, suvarna, rajata, or yathashakthi daana)

This time it is partial Chandra Grahana. This is  visible in India, Nepal, Dubai, Oman, Qatar, Kuwait, Singapore, Bangladesh, Burma, Sri Lanka, Malaysia and other places in Asia (eastern hemisphere) not visible in USA & Canada.

What is Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahana? –We call it Chandra Grahana or Lunar Eclipse when the earth comes between the sun and the moon.    This will occur only when the sun, earth and the moon are aligned exactly, that will be always on a full moon (Pournami) day.

What is Vedaramba? – This is a period after start of  which period, we must not take eat/drink any thing. This will be 9 hours prior to Chandra Grahana and 12 hours before Surya Grahana, respectively.

Why we are keeping Darba on all the items during Grahana?    Darba is born from the body of Varaha devaru.   In Darba, there is sannidhana of Srihari, Brahma and Rudradevaru.  So, Darba is always pure.    During Grahana, all these items like milk, curds, vegetables, which are being kept will loose their power and becomes unusable.  But with the use of Darba being kept on these items, their shuddatwa will be maintained and one can use the same after Grahana also.

Kethugrasta Chandragrahana –  Who is Kethu? During  Samudra Mathana,  when Mohini roopi Srihari was distributing the amrutha, one daithya by name Svarbhanu,  came in a disguise and sat among the devate’s row.   Srihari gave him Amrutha also.  At that time Sun and Moon, {ಸೂರ್ಯಚಂದ್ರರು} on seeing that Swarbhanu has come in Devate’s row and taking amrutha, complained to Mohini, when Srihari through his Sudarshana removed the head of that daithya.  Actually that daithya had done penance asking for Amrutha to be falling to his mouth.  As such, Srihari had allowed Amrutha to be swallowed upto its mouth, but it didn’t enter beyond mouth, Srihari had removed his head.  As such, the head of the daithya was fixed to a snake’s body to become “Rahu”, and the other portion without head is called as “Kethu”.   To take a revenge on Surya Chandraru,  Rahu tries to swallow Surya and Kethu tries to swallow Moon during Surya Grahana and Chandra Grahana respectively.  That is why the eclipses are termed as Rahugrasta Suryagrahana and Kethugrasta Chandragrahana.

Dos/Don’ts for during and before  &  after Grahana
Dos :

  1. We must not eat/drink anything after Vedaaramba.   If we eat some thing during grahana period, we have to observe three days fasting for parihara of the grahana dosha.
  2. We must take bath once when the Grahana starts and once when the grahana ends.
  3. Even those who are observing soothaka also must observe Grahana snaana.
  4. Even the Rajaswala ladies must observe Grahana snaana.
  5. While doing sparsha snaana, we must do the snaana with the clothes we are wearing in.
  6. During Grahana Madhya kaala, tarpanaadhikarigalu must give tarpana to sarva pitrugalu.
  7. During Grahana we must do daanaas – Godaana, Suvarna Daana, Bhoodana, dhaanya dhaana  (yathaashakthi.)
  8. Milk, curds, vegetables, water and other items are free from Grahana dosha provided a kusha (darbe) is kept on the items.   But baked items are not free from grahana dosha, even though darbe is kept on them.
  9. Two days prior and two days after Grahana are Varjya for “Shubha Kaarya”.
  10. During Grahana period do as much japa as possible, do paarayana of Vayustuthi, Rayara Stotra, Sumadhwa Vijaya, etc (depending upon the time available).  Those who does not know Rayara Stotra,  and ladies atleast then can chant  –

harE raama harE raama raama raama harE harE |
harE kRiShNa harE kRiShNa kRiShNa kRiShNa harE harE |

Ladies can chant Madhwanaama,sing devaranamagalu, they can do guru mantra, etc. Grahana dosha pariharaartha stotra to be chanted –

praaNarUpO hi lOkaanaam sadaa kRuShNamRugapriya: |
vaayu: sUryOparaagOtthaam gRahapIDaam vyapOhatu |
yO saavindudharO dEva: pinaakI vRuShavaahana: |
sUryOparaagapaapaani sa naashayatu shankara: ||
trailOkyE yaani bhUtaani sthaavaraaNi charaaNi cha|
brahmaviShNvarkarudraashchadahantu mama paatakam |

प्राणरूपो हि लोकानां सदा कृष्णमृगप्रिय: ।
वायु: सूर्योपरागोत्थां ग्र्‍अहपीडां व्यपोहतु ।
यो साविंदुधरो देव: पिनाकी वृषवाहन: ।
सूर्योपरागपापानि स नाशयतु शंकर: ॥
त्रैलोक्ये यानि भूतानि स्थावराणि चराणि च।
ब्रह्मविष्ण्वर्करुद्राश्चदहंतु मम पातकम् ।

ಪ್ರಾಣರೂಪೋ ಹಿ ಲೋಕಾನಾಂ ಸದಾ ಕೃಷ್ಣಮೃಗಪ್ರಿಯ: |
ವಾಯು: ಸೂರ್ಯೋಪರಾಗೋತ್ಥಾಂ ಗ್ರ‍ಹಪೀಡಾಂ ವ್ಯಪೋಹತು |
ಯೋ ಸಾವಿಂದುಧರೋ ದೇವ: ಪಿನಾಕೀ ವೃಷವಾಹನ: |
ಸೂರ್ಯೋಪರಾಗಪಾಪಾನಿ ಸ ನಾಶಯತು ಶಂಕರ: ||
ತ್ರೈಲೋಕ್ಯೇ ಯಾನಿ ಭೂತಾನಿ ಸ್ಥಾವರಾಣಿ ಚರಾಣಿ ಚ|
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮವಿಷ್ಣ್ವರ್ಕರುದ್ರಾಶ್ಚದಹಂತು ಮಮ ಪಾತಕಮ್ |

Those who are having ashuba phala for Chandra Grahana, they have to chant the following mantras for parihaara.
yOsou vajradharO dEva: Adityaanaam prabhurmata: |
chandragrahOparaagOtthagrahapIDaam vyapOhatu |
yOsou danDadharO dEva: yamO mahiShavaahana: |
chandragrahOparaagOttha grahapIDaam vyapOhatu |
yOsou shUladharO dEva: pinaakI vRuShavaahana:|
chandragrahOparaagOtthagrahapIDaam vyapOhatu |

ಯೋsಸೌ ವಜ್ರಧರೋ ದೇವ: ಆದಿತ್ಯಾನಾಂ ಪ್ರಭುರ್ಮತ: |
ಚಂದ್ರಗ್ರಹೋಪರಾಗೋತ್ಥಗ್ರಹಪೀಡಾಂ ವ್ಯಪೋಹತು |
ಯೋsಸೌ ದಂಡಧರೋ ದೇವ: ಯಮೋ ಮಹಿಷವಾಹನ: |
ಚಂದ್ರಗ್ರಹೋಪರಾಗೋತ್ಥ ಗ್ರಹಪೀಡಾಂ ವ್ಯಪೋಹತು |
ಯೋsಸೌ ಶೂಲಧರೋ ದೇವ: ಪಿನಾಕೀ ವೃಷವಾಹನ:|
ಚಂದ್ರಗ್ರಹೋಪರಾಗೋತ್ಥಗ್ರಹಪೀಡಾಂ ವ್ಯಪೋಹತು |

योsसौ वज्रधरो देव: आदित्यानां प्रभुर्मत: ।
चंद्रग्रहोपरागोत्थग्रहपीडां व्यपोहतु ।
योsसौ दंडधरो देव: यमो महिषवाहन: ।
चंद्रग्रहोपरागोत्थ ग्रहपीडां व्यपोहतु ।
योsसौ शूलधरो देव: पिनाकी वृषवाहन:।
चंद्रग्रहोपरागोत्थग्रहपीडां व्यपोहतु ।


  1. We must not go for urinals/latrine during Grahana – If we go for urinals – we will get daaridrya,  if we go for latrine – we will get the Janma of insect.
  2. We must not sleep during Grahana Time, if we sleep we will get diseases
  3. We must  not do maithuna during Grahana – if done, we will get Janma of pig
  4. We must  not do abhyanjana snaana – if done, we will kusta roga.   As such, one must not eat, sleep, urinals, maithuna, bhojana during grahana kaala

Doubts on Chandra Grahana
First of all I admit that I am not giving my personal opinion. Whatever I have given as information is entirely based on various books, articles, Panchangas of various mutts.

1. Regarding Vedaramba – Normally Vedaramba starts before 9 hours of Chandra Grahana and 12 hours before Surya Grahana. As such, as many people have pointed out, we can eat upto 9 am. But this time, the Eclipse is Grastodaya – i.e., raising of moon while eclipsed. As such, all Mutt Panchangas have clearly mentioned that one must not eat till the Grahana is completed. 
Then one may question – Whether we can eat before sunrise itself ?
No never we must eat before sunrise. As such, it is not advisable to eat before sunrise.
However for the children, aged, patients, pregnants, etc., they can eat upto 10am. 
Most importantly, by the time, the grahana starts – our stomach to be empty.

2. Regarding pooja in the morning – Morning, as usual you have to do snaana, sandhyavandana, nirmalya abhisheka.
Night – after the Grahana is completed, you have to do regular pooja, abhisheka, naivedya. But you are not supposed to do Hastodaka, as all the yathigalu will be fasting on Grahana day. 
Nirmalya Visarjana to be performed during Grahana, the same Nirmalya should be used for Tarpana.
During Madhyakaala give tarpana (tarpanaadhikarees) to sarva pitrugalu.

3. Even those who are having soothaka/vruddhi/rajaswala also to have snaana during the start of the grahana and after the end.

4. Effect of Grahana :
Grahana will have different effects on different people. Based on respective rashees, different effects are there for each rashi.
Shubha Phala – Grahana may give you some good result for you
Mishra phala – As the name indicates it will be both Shubha+ ashubha
Ashubha Phala- Grahana may harm your progress.
But just hearing this don’t get panic.
There are so many suggestions for overcoming the Ashubha Phala which you can do –
Even if your Rashi is not having Ashubha Phala, please do all that is mentioned below to get maximum punya phala during Grahana
Gents – Do more Gayathri Japa as much as possible,
Ladies Chant – Vijayarayara kavacha, Madhwanama, Keshavanama, etc
Gents – Do Gayatri Japa as much as possible, Do parayanha of Sarva moola, Sumadhwa Vijaya, Vayustuti, etc., Chant Vishnu Sahasra Naama /Harivayustuti/ Shanaishcharakrutha Narasimha Stotra, Navagraha Stotra
Do yathashakti daana – During Grahana we must do daanaas – Godaana, Suvarna Daana, Bhoodana, dhaanya dhaana (yathaashakthi.) Even though it is said that Silver/Gold Daana – Don’t borrow and do the daana. Whatever you have you can do daana – Even 1 Rupee with Yatashakthi will have the same punya as that of a Silver/gold/bhoodaana.

5. Clothes kept in Madi (ಮಡಿ) before Grahana are not to be used after Grahana. After Grahana, do snaana and clothes to be kept freshly. “ಗ್ರಹಣಪೂರ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಣಗು ಹಾಕಿದ್ದ ಮಡಿ ಬಟ್ಟೆ ಗ್ರಹಣದ ನಂತರ ಬರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ. ಮತ್ತೆ ಸ್ನಾನಾನಂತರ ಬೇರೆಯಾಗಿ ಒಣಗಿಹಾಕಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು.”

6. Rajaswala strees – Even the Rajaswala ladies must observe Grahana snaana – But they must have water poured by somebody to a bucket and from that bucket they must take bath. They must not squeezout . They shall sit in the wet cloth itself and do dhyana.
sootakE mRutakE chaiva na dOShO raahudarshanE |
snaanE naimittikE praaptE naarI yadi rajasvalaa |
paatraaMtaritOyEna snaanaM kRutvaa vrataM charEt |
na vastraniShpIDanaM kaaryaM naanyad vastraM cha daarayEt |

7. Shraaddha falling on Grahana day – In case of death anniversary falling on the eclipse day, regular shraddha will be performed only after the eclipse is over. If on the grahana day, morning bhojana is permitted, then shraddha can be done on the same day. Otherwise, the shradda to be done after grahana is over.

8. snaana Sankalpa during Grahana – Achamana, praaNaanaayamya, shrI gOviMda… EvaMguNa vishEShaNa vishiShTaayaaM shubha puNyatithou bhaaratIramaNa muKyapraaNaaMtargata shrI viShNu prEraNaya shrIviShNu prItyarthaM chaMdra graha pIDaa parihaaraarthaM …. nadee snaanaM kariShyE….
9. Don’ts during Grahana period –
1. Avoid using Toilets
2. Avoid maithuna.
3. Avoid Oil Bath
4. Avoid Eating
5. Avoid Sleeping
6. No Hastodaka on Grahana Day – as Yatees will be fasting
7. Avoid plucking flowers from trees
8. Avoid sitting on Elephants, horse, etc

9. Avoid looking at Sun directly with naked eyes during Solar eclipse
(Source : Various panchangas, Sadachara Muktavali, Chitradi Masa kartavyagalu, etc….)

—In the service of Sri Hari Vayu Gurugalu,
Venkatesh Rajendra Rao.

|| Sri Krishnaarpanamasthu||

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  1. Avinash Dixit

    Thanks for so nice and useful details (to do – at Grahan kala )
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  5. Madanmohan

    First time I have got such useful information on chnadra grahana and the do’s and dont’s May god bless evry body conneced with this

  6. Dev Mohan

    Dear Sir,
    My wife is pregnant and we live in the UK. I don’t think UK is affected but just wanted to confirm.

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  17. By my own eyes I saw Lunar Eclipse. We can see in days Solar eclipse. But, Lunar eclip is very difficult to watch. I saw it in movies, as some one became devil and horror occurs. But, I could not feel like that, as am also a Devil.

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