Surya Grahan in 2012

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What is Surya Grahan?

When the moon revolving in its orbit comes between the Sun and Earth, it cast a shadow on the Earth's surface. This is known as 'Surya Grahan' in Hindi. Surya Grahan has a deep astrological significance and there are many beliefs associated with it.

What is Kankanakriti Surya Grahan?

Kankanakriti Surya Grahan is called Annular solar eclipse in English. Kankan is an Hindi/ Sanskrit word for Bracelet. A Kankanakriti Surya Grahan occurs when the Moon's apparent diameter is smaller than the Sun, causing the Sun to look like an bracelet, blocking most of the Sun's light. A Kankanakriti Surya Grahan appears as a partial eclipse over a region thousands of kilometres wide.

Surya Grahan 2012 Date and Time

There are two Surya Grahan in 2012 - one on 20/21 may 2012 and other one is 13/14 November 2012. Surya Grahan on 13/14 November 2012 will not be visible in Indian

Surya Grahan 2012 on 20/21 May 2012

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.

Surya Grahan 2012 on 13/14 November 2012

There 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.

What to do or not do during Surya Grahan

There are a lot of astrological beliefs associated with Surya Grahan. Many believe that Surya Grahan is an inauspicious time for initiating anything new. To way off the malefic effect of Surya Grahan these are few things recommended:

  • 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
  • During the eclipse one should avoid eating food, food already prepared and also stay away from preparing anything new.
  • Once the period of eclipse is over one can take fresh made food.

Effect of Surya Grahan on different Rashi's

Surya Grahan 2012 like any other Surya Grahan will influence the twelve Rashis differently. While for some Rashi signs this Grahan might bring a positive influence for others it might be negative. We will talk about the effect of Surya Grahan 2012 on different Rashi's in our upcoming article. So don't forget to check to know what Surya Grahan 2012 brings for you.

Surya Grahan: Exact time for your city

Grahan time vary from city to city. If you want to calculte exact time for Surya Grahan in your city, you can use NASA Surya Grahan Calculator ( If you do not find your city in the city list of NASA calculator, you will require latitude and longitude of your city. Latitude and longitude of your city can be found from

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