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Grahan 2016: Chandra Grahan & Surya Grahan

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Grahan 2016 is here for you to tell you all about Chandra Grahan & Surya Grahan

There are four eclipses or Grahan in 2016. Among which, two would be solar eclipses (Surya Grahan) and other two would be lunar eclipses (Chandra Grahan).

Solar eclipse (Surya Grahan) will occur on March 9, 2016 and September 1, 2016. Lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan) will occur on March 23, 2016 and September 16-17, 2016.

What Is Grahan?

An eclipse is an event when a celestial object is covered by the shadow of another object or one object covers another fully or partially. Basically, this term is used for an astronomical event. According to astronomy, when Sun, Moon and Earth are aligned; and either Moon or Earth comes between the rest of the two, Grahan occurs. There are two types of Grahan: Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) & Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahan).

Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse)

Surya Grahan When Moon passes between Sun and Earth, and fully or partially blocks the Sun, then it is considered to be a Solar Eclipse or Surya Grahan.

Surya Grahan in 2016

There are two solar eclipses (Surya Grahan) occurring in the year 2016. Let’s know in detail about them.

Date Type Of Eclipse in 2016 Visible In India Areas in which Grahan will be visible Time(IST)
(Start - Mid - End)
March 9, 2016 Purna Surya Grahan (Total Solar Eclipse) Yes Australia, Palau, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, China, Myanmar, Sri lanka, Indian ocean & North Pacific ocean, India, South Korea, Guinea 05:43 - 06:13 - 06:44 (New Delhi)
September 1, 2016 Kankan Surya Grahan(Annular solar Eclipse) No Africa, Australia, South Western Middle East, Antarctica, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Indian Ocean 11:43 - 14:37 - 17:30

NOTE: The dates are for India

Now, let’s talk about lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan).

Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse)

 Grahan 2016 dates are here with details about Surya Grahan 2016 and Chandra Grahan 2016. When Earth’s shadow falls on Moon or Earth comes between Moon and Sun, a lunar eclipse occurs. This can occur only on a full Moon night, when Moon, Earth and Sun are aligned exactly or closely. According to the different mythologies, Moon is swallowed by a demon during lunar eclipse.

Now, we will talk about the Chandra Grahan (lunar eclipse) occurring in 2016.

Chandra Grahan in 2016

There are two lunar eclipses occurring in the year 2016. Let’s know in detail about the Chandra Grahan 2016.

Date Type Of Eclipse in 2016 Visible In India Areas in which Grahan will be visible Time (IST)
(Start - Mid - End)
March 23, 2016 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Only ending is visible Much of Asia, Australia, North America, Much of South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica, 15:07 - 17:07 - 19:27
September 16-17, 2016 Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Yes Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, West in South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Indian Ocean, Arctic, Antarctica, India 22:23 - 00:24 - 26:26

NOTE: The dates are for India

Now, when you know about solar eclipse 2016 and lunar eclipse 2016, let’s know the Hindu mythological legend of Grahan.

Mantra to Chant During Grahan

According to beliefs, during the time of Surya Grahan (solar eclipse) this Mantra should be recited:

Om Adityay Vidmahe Divakaraye Dheemahi Tanno Suryah Prachodayat || 

(ॐ आदित्याय विद्महे दिवाकराय धीमहि तन्नो सूर्य: प्रचोदयात्॥)

According to beliefs, during the time of Chandra Grahan (lunar eclipse) this Mantra should be recited: 

Om Kshirputrayay Vidmahe Amrit Tatvaaye Dheemahi Tanno Chadrah Prachodayat ||

(ॐ क्षीरपुत्राय विद्महे अमृत तत्वाय धीमहि तन्नो चन्द्रः प्रचोदयात्॥)

Indian Mythology About Grahan

According to the Indian mythology, eclipses or Grahan are considered to be negative, as they put bad effects on the people who come under the sight of it. It is believed that chanting some Mantra during the time of grahan may even give you some positive effects.

The Legend Of Grahan

According to the beliefs of Hindus, gods and demons once united to take out the elixir of immortality from the ocean of milk. Somehow, gods managed to protect the elixir from demons. The churned elixir from the milk ocean was served to the gods, but a demon pretended to be a god to acquire the elixir of life. As he was sitting between Sun and Moon, they got to know the truth and Lord Vishnu immediately cut off his head from his body. Unfortunately, demon had tasted a drop of the elixir already and he became immortal. From that time, this demon is considered to inflict revenge, whenever the Sun and Moon come near. Ever since, the head of the demon is called Rahu and the tail is known as Ketu.

Grahan Sutak (Inauspicious Time)

What is Sutak?

While witnessing Grahan in 2016, you might be concerned with Sutak too. The time of Sutak or Sutak Kaal is considered to be the inauspicious time during Grahan (eclipse). Generally, it is said that no auspicious work should be done during this time. The time of Sutak starts from 12 hours after the beginning of eclipse. The Sutak ends when we take shower after the Moksha (salvation) of Grahan.

Precautions During Sutak

According to Hindu mythology, there are some rules that should be followed during the time of Grahan Sutak:

  1. Meditation is considered to be beneficial at the time of Grahan Sutak.
  2. Idols of deities and Tulsi plant should not be touched during this time. The idols should be washed after the Sutak is over.
  3. The chanting of Mantras should be done by lightning a Deepak (wick lamp).
  4. Eating & Cooking food is prohibited during the time of Sutak.
  5. Urination or Defecation should be avoided during this time.
  6. Sexual intercourse & make up is prohibited at the time of Sutak.
  7. The Holy water of Ganga should be sprinkled all over the house after the Moksha of Grahan.

Pregnant ladies should take special precautions during the time of Sutak. They should not go out during the time of eclipse and should not have glimpse of eclipse. The rule of Sutak is not applicable for patients, children and old aged people.

So, if you are pregnant or any of your knowns is pregnant during Grahan 2016, this article will be a treat: Effects Of Grahan In Pregnancy

Although, Grahan put negative effects or considered as bad omens, but still you can protect yourself by following the requisite measures.

We hope that with this article, you will be able to keep yourself away from the negative effects of Grahan in 2016. AstroSage wishes the best for you for the year 2016.

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