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Grahan in 2012 : Chandra Grahan & Surya Grahan

Grahan 2012 or what is called “eclipse 2012” in English is of great significance to the astrologers and those interested in astrology. All across the globe, astrologers will be interested in Grahan 2012, date, time and its impact on different zodiac signs, star signs and moon signs etc. While speculations about its impact have already started, it's time we have a quick glimpse at what are the exact details about Grahan 2012, Surya Grahan 2012 and Chandra Grahan 2012.

Grahan 2012 in India

Not all 2012 Grahan will be visible in India. Talking about Grahan 2012, we have two partial Surya Grahan and two lunar eclipses this year. Surya Grahan , May 21, 2012 will be visible in the north eastern part of India , during sunrise. While Surya Grahan , November 12, 2012 will not be visible in India.

Chandra Grahan 2012, on June 4 will be visible in India during moonrise 15:30 -17:36 hrs (IST).Chandra grahan 2012, on November 28 will be visible in the evening between 20:03 -22:21 hrs

Surya Grahan 2012 dates

In terms of global perspective, on the 20/21 May 2012, Monday/Tuesday Kankanakriti Surya Grahan (Annular Solar Eclipse) will be cast on Kartik Nakshatra, Vrishabh Rashi. This Surya Grahan 2012 will be visible from the Northern parts of India. This Surya Grahan will also be visible in countries like China, Russia, Philippines, Indonesia, Hawaii, Antarctica, most parts of Southeast Asia and Northern America (leaving the eastern part).

As per IST (Indian Standard Time), Surya Grahan will begin on 21 May at hrs 2 minute 26 and will get over on 21st at 8:19 minutes. This Grahan will be seen in following major cities in India like: Agartala, Bihar, Darjeeling, Dibrugarh, Guwahati, Imphal and Siliguri etc.

The second will be Khagras Surya Grahan (Total Solar Eclipse) on 13/14 November 2012. This Surya Grahan will not be visible in India. This Surya Grahan will be visible over southern Pacific Ocean, Chile, New Zealand and other South Pacific Countries.

Chandra Grahan 2012 date

In terms of global perspective, the first Chandra Grahan 2012 will occur in Vrischika Rasi on Jyeshta Purnima , that is June 4. It will be visible in Europe, East Africa, Australia, Pacific and America. This will be a Partial Lunar Eclipse (or Aanshik Chandra Grahan 2012) . It will be completely visible in Australia, rising over Eastern Asia and setting over Western North America.This Chandra Grahan will be visible in coastal areas of Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and some more parts of India.

Duration of the Chandra Grahan:

  • Partial Eclipse: 2: 06:35 hrs
  • Penumbral Eclipse: 4:30:02 hrs

The second Chandra Grahan 2012 will take place on 28, November in Vrishabha Rasi in Kartika Month. It will be visible in Europe, East Africa, Australia and the Pacific. In India this Grahan will not be visible or rather we can say will be visible as "Pracchaya Chandra Grahan"

Duration of Lunar Eclipse: 4:35:59 hrs

Grahan 2012 – Do's and Don'ts

Grahan is considered inauspicious for starting anything new. It is seen as an ominous phase, wherein evil forces are at play. Legend has it that Rahu- a malefic planet avenges the Sun and moon casting a shadow on them during Grahan. The shadow of Rahu is said to cast a sinister effect on the living. Here is a list of do's and don'ts that will help you ward the menacing effect of Grahan 2012

  • Donate things like clothes and food to deprived, cereals to animals and birds is auspicious
  • Chanting the Mantras of your family God is considered auspicious. Perform Jaap and puja.
  • Avoid eating the food which is cooked before Grahan. Only eat food cooked after Grahan. People can eat the food that is prevented from 'Soodak' . To prevent food from Soodak, just spill some til seeds or keep grass blades (Durva grass) on the food before grahan.
  • ·Many also take a holy dip or bath after Grahan.