Lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan) is considered to be an event of Gods in astrology. There are many Hindu mythological stories that explain how the Lunar eclipse started.
A lunar eclipse is more popularly known as Chandra Grahan in Hinduism. It is a celestial event that occurs when the Earth comes in between the Sun and Moon while orbiting. The shadow of the Earth mutes the usual silver-white color of the Moon. Instead, the Moon looks Blood Red.
Bear in mind, Lunar Eclipse occurs only on a full-moon day that’s known as Purnima. The event is observed by both scientists and astrologers.
Mythological Legends Behind Lunar Eclipse
The most popular mythological legend is the legend of Rahu and the Moon’s animosity that results in Chandra Grahan. It is believed that during the time of Samudra Manthan, the Gods found a Kalash of Amrit (a vessel filled with the elixir of immortality). That Amrit was supposed to be distributed amongst Gods. Lord Vishnu distracted the demons by disguising himself as a beautiful woman, Mohini. He, however, couldn’t bewitch one demon, Svarbhanu. Svarbhanu was focused on the task of getting Amrit. So, he disguised himself as a God. Lord Surya (the Sun) and Lord Chandra (the Moon) recognized Svarbhanu. They informed Lord Vishnu that one demon had entered the event. Vishnu severed the head of Svarbhanu, but the demon lived because he had already consumed Amrit. Seeing his body and head separate from each other, Svarbhanu became very angry. The head of Svarbhanu is called Rahu and the body is called Ketu. Rahu was very furious. Since it was Surya and Chandra who had informed Lord Vishnu, Rahu engulfed both the Moon and the Sun, causing the Lunar eclipse and solar eclipse. The eclipses could not last for a very long time since it is believed that Rahu had to spit out the Moon and Sun since the Sun was extremely hot and Rahu couldn’t handle the heat.
Types of Lunar Eclipses
There are 3 main types of Lunar eclipses, Partial Lunar eclipse, Total Lunar eclipse, and Penumbral Lunar eclipse. During the Partial Lunar Eclipse, the shadow of the Earth covers only a part of the moon. During the Total Lunar eclipse, the shadow of the earth covers the moon entirely and the moon looks blood red. The moon during the Total Lunar Eclipse is also known as Blood Moon due to its color. During the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, the shadow of the Earth darkens the moon. This phenomenon can be observed by naked eyes only after the moon loses 70% of its light.
Astrological Precautions to Practice During Lunar Eclipse
The Moon is the planet that governs the emotions of a person. So, when it goes through the phase of an eclipse due to the curse of Rahu, the natives can make foolish decisions and suffer from a lot of anxiety. This is why astrologers suggest following proper precautions during Chandra Grahan. It is recommended that pregnant ladies should not step outside of their house even after the eclipse is over. Astrologers advise worshiping planet Jupiter and Lord Shiva as protection from the malice of Rahu. It is also recommended to chant the Chandra Beej mantra if you have growing children and old parents at home. Not indulging in sex and not eating food during the eclipse is also an important precaution according to astrologers. It is believed that a child conceived during Chandra Grahan can suffer from physical and mental handicaps and might be born with extreme bad luck. That’s why it is considered inauspicious to have sexual intercourse during Chandra Grahan. Last, astrologers suggest re-energizing the house by sprinkling Gangaajal after the eclipse is over before cooking food.
Lunar Eclipse 2021 Date(s)
1st Chandra Grahan – Wednesday, May 26th, 2021 at 2:17 PM 2nd Chandra Grahan – Saturday, November 19th, 2021 at 11:30 PM