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Lunar eclipse precautions

Lavanya Gunasekaran
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Updated on Aug 04, 2017

Pls advice on what precautions to be taken for lunar eclipse during pregnancy

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Anisha Gada

| Aug 07, 2017

can we sleep in lateral postion during sutak time ??

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Gundaram Sreelatha

| Aug 07, 2017

read from incase which are in the last ten lines..

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Gundaram Sreelatha

| Aug 07, 2017

GRAHANA (ECLIPSE) RULES AND OBSERVANCES AS PER HINDU DHARMA SHASTRA UPCOMING CHANDRA GRAHANA (LUNAR ECLIPSE) ON 7TH AUGUST 2017 Namaskaram. An eclipse is a rare divine phenomenon which has a very high significance in Hindu Dharma Shashtra. On 7th August 2017 Chandra Grahana will be visible in India and this celestial opportunity should not be missed for performing anshtanas recommended in the Dharma Shastras. These are Snana (Bath), Japa (mantra chanting), Tarpana (oblations to ancestors) and Dana (Donation) and again a bath after the eclipse. The eclipse is a period where whatever you do multiplies by more than a 1000 times. For example if you do a Japa of “Om Namah Shivaya” once this will be equal to 1000 times. Similar for Dana and Tarpana. There is a very important speciality of this particular Grahana on 7th August 2017. This Chandra Grahana occurs on a Monday which is the day of Moon so a special yog (celestial occurrence) is created. This yog is called Choodamani Yog as per Shastras. Therefore any Japa, Tarpana or Dana done during Choodamani yog will be automatically multiplied by 100,00,000 (one crore times). This means that the merits you will fetch by performing these anushtanas are more can a crore times. I list down the procedure to observe this Chandra Grahana with timings applicable for India. Chandra Grahana sets on 7th August 2017 at 10. 52pm and ends on 8th August 2017 at 00:48am (Total duration 1 hour 55 minutes). During Chandra Grahana all will get an Asoucham/Theetu/Impurity 9 hours before the prahar/yamam in which the grahana occurs. You need not worry about this calculation, as the time is already calculated. The Grahana/eclipse impurity with start from 12:43pm (afternoon) of 7th August 2017. This time is important to keep in mind as you cannot consume any food on 7th August 2017 after 12:43pm till end of eclipse. This means you should remain fasting from 12:43pm upto the end of Grahana. For the elderly, sick, children and pregnant women there is a relaxation that they can start their fast from 07:11pm on that day upto end of the grahana post midnight. Since from the beginning of this impurity 9 hours before the grahana the kitchen should be closed and no food should be cooked, the food cooked earlier in the day before 12:43pm can be consumed by these special category of people before 07:11pm. What should you do before 12:43pm ? You should finish you morning breakfast and afternoon lunch before 12:43pm on 7th Aug 2017, then you should put minimum 2 blades of darba/kusha (grass) on top of each container of food items like, rice, atta, dal, raw vegetables, ghee, milk, curd, pickle etc. This darba grass is put to prevent the harmful radioactive waves generated during the eclipse from making the food harmful to us. Any food which is cooked on fire that day and has been consumed like, roti, chapatti, rice, sambar, curry etc should be thrown away and not kept in the fridge. Uncooked raw items to be used daily/regularly should be protected with darba grass blades. Sharp at 10. 52pm in the night when the actual Grahana period starts, you should have a head bath with clothes on (dhoti and angavastram/uparna) and during the bath chant the Chandra Grahana protection mantras which I have attached as a pic with this post. This grahana also affects people belonging to Uttarashada, Sravishta, Shravana, Rohini and Hasta Nakshatra. They need to write the “Janma Nakshatra Mantra/slokam” (given in at the end with this post at attachment pic) on a fresh/new white piece of cloth and tie it around their forehead (paripattam) displaying this mantra outside on their forehead. This will protect them from the ill effects of the Grahana. This should be tied after bath and kept on forehead till the end of Grahana. After eclipse performing another bath they can remove the cloth. As told earlier that the Grahana period amplifies your mantra japa crores of time. After bath, change to dry clothes (dhoti and angavastra) and sit on a mat and start “Mantra Japa”. Men who have had their upanayan sanskar can do Gayatri Japa. Each Gayatri you chant will give you merits or phal of 1 crore Gayatri chanting. Those who have not had upanayan sanskar/ladies and children can chant any mantra of their Ishta devata. Like “Om Namah Shivaya”, or “Om Vishnave Namaha” or “Om Durgayay Namaha” or even slokas or Sahasranamas. This mantra Japa should continue till the end of Grahana which is at 00:48am on 8th August 2017. In case you have some danam (donation) to give then you might have to cut short your japa at little before the end of the eclipse and make time to give dana. Please note that this danam should be only done during the Grahana period for earning countless punya as Grahana has multiplying effects of whatever you do. Shastras say that any danam you give during Grahana is equivalent to Bhoomi danam (gifting a land). Shastras mention you can give gold/silver/rice/clothes/money to a needy brahmin. But keeping in mind the current modern time, many people who do not know the value of this time period for danam may express surprise you visiting them at midnight, you could think of an online transfer of money to save time. Please chant the same snana mantras before danam/donation too. There one more important karma/duty to perform during Grahana which is for men who do not have father or father and mother. That is tarpana with til and water with sesame seeds. Doing a tarpana during the Grahana period satisfies our ancestors for 1000s of years, and more merits/punya is added to your spiritual account. This tarpana should be done 20 to 30 minutes before grahana ends. Since it should be completed before grahana adjust your time accordingly. Therefore in nutshell during the beginning of Grahana take bath, then sit for mantra japa, danam if possible, then tarpana (only for those who don’t have father/ father and mother) and finally once the Grahana is over at 00:48am you should see the moon and then take another head bath compulsorily, with clothes. Then you can come change into dry clothes. If feeling hungry you can consume some fruits for the night (ensure that fruits also should have been covered by darba grass during the eclipse) In case any women who is pregnant in the house she has to be extremely careful as Grahana could have harmful effects on the unborn baby and exposure to grahana period even if inside the house can cause deformity in the baby. Shastras mention that the pregnant lady should lie down in the centre of a room away from window on a mat, all doors of the house closed, covering her full stomach with darba grass (darba is scientifically proven to block radioactive Xrays) and covering herself in full blanket from head to toe. No body part should be exposed. She should lie down like this from start to end of Grahana period mentally chanting names of Kuladevata or Ishtadevata. During Grahana period you also need to follow few more rules. No eating, no sleeping, no going to toilet to pass urine or stools, and no wasteful talking, no sex, no revenge full thoughts and compulsory bath at beginning and end of grahana. Failing to have bath will lead to being born as a leper for next 7 janmas as per Dharma Shastras. These rules are for all varnas/castes as per Dharma Shastra and all should follow these rules of Chandra Grahana, Knowingly or unknowingly in Kali Yuga all of us do lot of sins. This eclipse is a golden opportunity to increase your spiritual punya account/merit account. Do not miss this celestial opportunity at any cost. Feel free to write to me at vedaghosham@gmail. com or whatsApp or call on +91 9820711961. Om Somaya Namaha

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Shikha Batra

| Aug 07, 2017

hi Lavanya! there is no scientific evidence to prove the harmful effects of eclipse on foetus. however if your family believes in it u could avoid going out during that period ,also avoid looking at the sky with naked eyes. u coud even avoid having cooked food during or after the eclipse. u could have freshly made food immediately. its better to relax during that period. hope this helps!

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Tarun Kumar

| Aug 06, 2017

Elders say that the ultraviolet rays that emits from the moon is harmful for the baby which is inside. Its better to avoid going out during Grahan..

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ankita raj

| Aug 06, 2017

Grahan precautions is really essential for pregnant women... pregnant women need to take extra care. before grahan starts ask ur close ones to measure a thread sized from your head to toe and hang it straight on wall with cello tape in the corner of your door. Make sure it should be staright.... have food and drink before grahan starts during grahan lie on your bed straight, dont take food or drink during that period and listen to bhajans. but dont sleep just lie down straight. .. Well we believe in this and i have been also instructed the same way.. so i m sharing.... Takecare

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Monika Rawat

| Aug 06, 2017

do not use any sharp things like knife ,pen pin ,pencil and scissors etc. don't go outside at night

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Suryamounika

| Aug 04, 2017

hi congrats on ur pregnancy don't worry abt eclipse just stay calm eat well n sleep.... better not to do any other activities mainly cutting vegetables take care

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ARUNIMALA DASH

| Aug 04, 2017

There are a lot of precautions women need to take during pregnancy to ensure delivery of a healthy baby. You must have heard from your grandparents and elderly woman home that "Grahan Kaal "is not good for pregnant woman. Most of us consider all this as superstition but ask an astrologer and you will know the basis of this age old belief. There are no clear scientific facts that proves that Grahan affect Pregnant women. Some researchers talk about the damage caused to offspring of animals to support their claim about the evil effects of Grahan on pregnant women. All thees researches are inconclusive, however as they say "it's better to be safe than sorry". Dos and Don'ts for pregnant women Firstly a pregnant woman should not view Grahan with naked eyes. Preferably she should stay home and not be in the open during Grahan KaalDo not use knife or any other sharp weapon at home during Grahan. Belief has it that cutting fruits and vegetables during Grahan Kaal will lead to the birth of a child with cleft organAvoid wearing metals especially sari pins, hair pin, tightening pins and jewelry etc. Many women avoid sleeping during Grahan. Some scriptures suggest that women should sit only on a bed with Durva Grass and chant the Santana Gopala Mantra. Many women take a bath before and after Grahan

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