CHANDRA GRAHAN 2018 (LUNAR ECLIPSE) on 31st January 2018
A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes directly behind the Earth into its umbra (shadow). This can occur only when the Sun, Earth, and Moon are aligned (in “syzygy”) exactly, or very closely so, with the Earth in the middle. Hence, a lunar eclipse can only occur on the night of a full moon. (Source Credit: Wikipedia)
In simple words, Chandra Grahan / Lunar eclipse occur when the earth comes in between the sun and the moon, casting a shadow on the moon.
The below is the Rasi Chart of 31st January 2018 (Earth is in between Sun and Moon)
Chandra Grahan (Lunar Eclipse)
Chandra Grahan or Lunar eclipse will occur on 31st January, 2018 in India. The timings of the grahan / eclipse start from 5.59 pm (with Moonrise) and end at 8.42 pm.
Chandra Grahan in Hinduism
In Hinduism, Chandra Grahan is considered even if Moon is not visible due to cloudy weather. Some Hindus will not take food (fasting) from 9 hours prior to the commencement of eclipse till its end. Food cooked before the eclipse is not taken even after the end of the eclipse. Pregnant Women should not go outside during eclipse. They should not cut or stitch any cloth or to do any other similar activities.
The eclipse period is auspicious for the ritual bath. Taking dips in the sacred rivers is considered auspicious. People can take a bath in their homes by chanting mantras dedicated to Lord Shiva and Vishnu. Even chanting the name of ‘Rama’ or ‘Shiva’ is good.
After Chandra Grahan, freshly cooked food is recommended. Note: Sick people/patients and other people on medication can be exempted from above Rituals/Rules.