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Grahan 2015: Chandra Grahan & Surya Grahan

A Grahan is believed to be harmful and some people assert that it gives insidious effects. Why is it considered as an inauspicious time? Is a Grahan really harmful? What are the remedies for it? Read this article to know more about the eclipses in 2015 and their effects.

 Grahan 2015 dates are here with details about Surya Grahan 2015 and Chandra Grahan 2015.

There are four eclipses or Grahan in 2015. 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 20, 2015 and September 13, 2015. Lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan) will occur on April 04th, 2015 and September 28th, 2015.

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 2015

There are two solar eclipses (Surya Grahan) occurring in the year 2015. Let’s know in detail about them.

Date Type Of Eclipse in 2015 Visible In India Areas in which Grahan will be visible Time(IST)
20th of March, 2015 Purna Surya Grahan (Total Solar Eclipse) No Svalbard and Faroe Islands, Iceland, Europe, Northern and Eastern Asia and Northern and Western Africa 11:10 - 01:15
13th of September, 2015 Ardhya Surya Grahan No South Africa, South Madagascar, Southern part of Indian Ocean and East Antarctica 10:12 - 02:36

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

Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse)

 Grahan 2015 dates are here with details about Surya Grahan 2015 and Chandra Grahan 2015. 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 2015.

Chandra Grahan in 2015

There are two lunar eclipses occurring in the year 2015. Let’s know in detail about the Chandra Grahan 2015.

Date Type Of Eclipse in 2015 Visible In India Areas in which Grahan will be visible Time(IST)
4th of April, 2015 Khargas Chandra Grahan Partial Most parts of Asia, Australia, North and South America, Antarctica, India 14:33 - 20:28
28th of September, 2015 Khargas Chandra Grahan Partial Western parts of Gujarat & Rajasthan, West ASia, Africa, Europe, America and Arctic Ocean 05:43 - 10:52

Now, when you know about solar eclipse 2015 and lunar eclipse 2015, 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 2015, 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 2015, 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 2015. AstroSage wishes the best for you for the year 2015.

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