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Chandra Grahana

Chandra Grahana – 04.04.2015

“ಚಂದ್ರಗ್ರಹಣ” –  Lunar Eclipse – 04.04.2015

ಯತಿಗಳಿಗೆ – ಗ್ರಹಣದ ದಿನ ಪಂಚಾಮೃತ, ಫಲಸಮರ್ಪಣೆ, ಹಸ್ತೋದಕಾದಿಗಳು ಇಲ್ಲ

Some queries

1.   When to do sandhyavandana on grahana day?

Answer – Morning Sandhyavandana, Maadhyahnika, saayam sandhyavandana as usual.

2.    Pooja when and how to do?

Answer –  Morning only Nirmaalya visarjana to be done.    Evening again during Grahana period nirmaalya to be done.

3.    What are the formalities to be done during grahana period ?

Answer –  During Grahana period Gayatri Japa, Vayustuti parayana, Narayanashtakshara Mantra japa, Krishnastakshara mantra japa, Vishnu sahasra naama parayana, Rayara Stotra parayana, etc.. to be done  for gents.

During Grahana period Gurumantra, paTana of  Keshavanaama, Madhwanaama,  Lakshmi shobaana, etc., to be done for ladies.  Even Gents can do the paTana of the above shlokaas. 

4.   When we have to give tarpana during Grahana period ?

Answer –  During the madhya kaala of the Grahana period, tarpanaadhikaarigalu have to give tarpana. 

5.   Patients have some diseases like diabetic,  BP, and other major diseases.  They can’t fast for more period.  As they have to give tarpana,  they should be fasting upto the Grahana period.  But this grahana is during evening.  Whether they can take some light food, just on health ground, and give tarpana?

Answer –  As far as possible, one has to give tarpana during Grahana periodf and he should be fasting till Grahana samaapthi.  But due to health grounds, they can take light food (minimum food for patients purpose) and give tarpana during Grahana period. 

We must not take food on this day, as Vedarambha starts from sooryodaya itself  (i.e.,9 hours before the start of Chandra Grahana,). (For Suryagrahana it should be before 12 hours, before the start of the grahana)

There is an exception for sick, pregnant, and aged above people 80 years  and children below 8 years, who can take food upto 10.00 am.  For others, they should not take any food on this day.  They can take food only after moksha of Chandra Grahana

6.   For patients/children and pregnant ,upto what time one can eat on the grahana day ?

Answer – In India upto 10am.  In other countries, and every where 9 hours before the start of Grahana (Vedarambha period).

7.  What to do when one has to be in travel during Grahana period or in the office invariably, where he can’t avaoid the office, or the journey, how to observe Grahana?

Answer –  Yes.  Now a days, due to work pressure or advance ticket reservation either in flight or in train,  they can’t do snaana or do any daana, yajana, pooja during the grahana period.  As such, they can do like this.,   They have to observe fasting till Grahana period from the morning itself.   During Grahana period, they can chant yathaashakthi raama naama smarana, krishna naama smarana with sankalpa purassara.  Once they reach their house, they have to take snaana and do ahnika, do yathashakthi daana and then do the pooja , naivedya/ etc

8.  Whether one has to give hastodaka, panchamrutha abhisheka on this day?

Answer –  No.  On this day we must not do panchamrutha, phalasamarpane, hastodaka for yathigalu, as the yathigalu will be on fasting on the Grahana Day

9.   If one has soothaka/vruddhi or Rajaswala, , whether he/she has to observe grahana.

Answer –   Yes.  Irrespective of Sootha, Vruddhia, rajaswala, they have to observe grahana.  Different formalities explained here separately.

10.  Whether the  madi vastra, which has been kept for doing pooja before grahana, can be used after grahana for the pooja?

Answer –  No.  We can’t use the madi vastra kept before grahana after grahana moksha. Clothes kept in Madi (ಮಡಿ) before Grahana are not to be used after Grahana. After Grahana, do snaana and clothes to be kept freshly.  “ಗ್ರಹಣಪೂರ್ವದಲ್ಲಿ ಒಣಗು ಹಾಕಿದ್ದ ಮಡಿ ಬಟ್ಟೆ ಗ್ರಹಣದ ನಂತರ ಬರುವುದಿಲ್ಲ.  ಮತ್ತೆ ಸ್ನಾನಾನಂತರ ಬೇರೆಯಾಗಿ ಒಣಗಿಹಾಕಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು.”    ಒದ್ದೆ ಬಟ್ಟೆಯನ್ನು ಉಟ್ಟು ಪೂಜೆ ಮಾಡಬಾರದು.  ಆದ್ದರಿಂದ ಆ ಒದ್ದೆ ಬಟ್ಟೆಯನ್ನು ಚೆನ್ನಾಗಿ ಹಿಂಡಿ, ಮೂರು ಸಲ ಜಾಡಿಸಿ ಉಪಯೋಗಿಸಬಹುದು.  ಇದು ತಾತ್ಕಾಲಿಕ ಮಡಿಗೆ ಬರುತ್ತದೆ.  ಮತ್ತು ಮಾರನೇ ದಿನಕ್ಕೆ ಮಡಿ ಒಣಗಿ ಹಾಕಿಕೊಳ್ಳಬೇಕು.   OR    we can use dhaavaLi for the pooja.  But the dhaavali which we are using should not have used for bhojana. 

11.   Shraddha falling on pournami day –     In case of death anniversary falling on the eclipse day, regular shraddha will be performed only after the eclipse is over.  If on the grahana day, morning bhojana is permitted, then shraddha can be done on the same day. Otherwise, the shradda to be done after grahana is over.  This time they can do it on the same day in the morning.

12.  What will be the fruit for doing snaana during Grahana ?  

Answer –   It is called as parva kaala, which we have to utilise for the saadhana – to remove sins and getting more punya.   It is said that taking holy dip in holy rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Kaveri and other teerthaas,  will help in removing the sins  performed by people in this birth and previous births.     Further, the punya saadhana  which you will get during Grahana will be immense and will be more than 100 times of what one would have got in normal time.



    1. We must not go for urinals/latrine during Grahana – If we go for urinals – we will get daaridrya,  if we go for latrine – we will get the Janma of insect.
    2. We must not sleep during Grahana Time, if we sleep we will get diseases
    3. We must  not do maithuna during Grahana – if done, we will get Janma of pig
    4. We must  not do abhyanjana snaana – if done, we will kusta roga.   As such, one must not eat, sleep, urinals, maithuna, bhojana during grahana kaala

Partial Lunar Eclipse is visible in India, Nepal,  Australia.  Newzeeland, Chandra Grahan can be seen in entire India.

Sparsha – 3.45 pm 

Madhyakala – 5.30 pm

Moksha – Night 7.15 pm

Total period  3 hours and 30 minutes


As Grahana is visible in India only after suryaasta (i.e., after 6.39pm), we need not do snaana, etc., at 3.45 pm.   However, at 6.39pm, we have to take bath, and do all the parayana, japa during the available period of  35 minutes.  Once that Grahana moksha time is over, i.e., at  7.15 pm,  we have to take bath, and do pooja, naivedya ( Hastodaka not to be done).    Then only bhojana can be taken.  For those who have to do shraddha, they have to do it after grahana moksha.


Local time to be verified in other places :

  • Bangalore   :   starts 6.39 pm    ends  7.15 pm  (total visibility period)

  • Chennai      :   Starts 6.22 pm ends 7.15 pm

  • Mumbai       :   Starts 6.56pm ends 7.15 pm

  • Sydney/Melborne  –  starts 9.17 pm  ends 0.45 am

  • Singapur –  starts 7.10 pm ends 4.24 am

  • Perth        –  starts 6.17pm ends 9.45pm

  • Adelaide    –  starts 8.47pm ends 0.15am

  • Auckland   –   starts 11.17 pm  ends 2.45am

  • Kaulalampur – starts 7.20 pm ends 9.45pm


Shuba phala –  karka, mesha, vrushchika, dhanu

Mishra phala – vrushabha, simha, makara, meena

Ashuba phala – tmithuna,  kanya, tula, kumbha

MOST  ASHUBA PHALA –   Hasta nakshatra,  kanyaa rashi

(They have to do/participate in extra japa, parayana, suvarna, rajata, or yathashakthi daana)

Snaana sankalpa  during Grahana @ river – Achamana, praaNaanaayamya, shrI gOviMda… EvaMguNa vishEShaNa vishiShTaayaaM shubha puNyatithou ……….. bhaaratIramaNa muKyapraaNaaMtargata shrI viShNu prEraNaya shrIviShNu prItyarthaM chaMdra graha pIDaa parihaaraarthaM        …. nadee snaanamahaM kariShyE….

ಆಚಮನ, ಪ್ರಾಣಾನಾಯಮ್ಯ, ಶ್ರೀ ಗೋವಿಂದ… ಏವಂಗುಣ ವಿಶೇಷಣ ವಿಶಿಷ್ಟಾಯಾಂ ಶುಭ ಪುಣ್ಯತಿಥೌ…………… ಭಾರತೀರಮಣ ಮುಖ್ಯಪ್ರಾಣಾಂತರ್ಗತ ಶ್ರೀ ವಿಷ್ಣು ಪ್ರೇರಣಯ ಶ್ರೀವಿಷ್ಣು ಪ್ರೀತ್ಯರ್ಥಂ ಚಂದ್ರ ಗ್ರಹ ಪೀಡಾ ಪರಿಹಾರಾರ್ಥಂ …. ನದೀ ಸ್ನಾನಮಹಂ ಕರಿಷ್ಯೇ.

What is Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahana? – We call it Chandra Grahana or Lunar Eclipse when the earth comes between the sun and the moon.    This will occur only when the sun, earth and the moon are aligned exactly, that will be always on a full moon (Pournami) day.

What is Vedaramba? – This is a period after start of  which period, we must not take eat/drink any thing. This will be 9 hours prior to Chandra Grahana and 12 hours before Surya Grahana, respectively.

Why we are keeping Darba on all the items during Grahana? –   Darba is born from the body of Varaha devaru.   In Darba, there is sannidhana of Srihari, Brahma and Rudra devaru.  So, Darba is always pure.    During Grahana, all these items like milk, curds, vegetables, which are being kept will loose their power and becomes unusable.  But with the use of Darba being kept on these items, their shuddatwa will be maintained and one can use the same after Grahana also.

Kethugrasta Chandragrahana –  Who is Kethu? During  Samudra Mathana,  when Mohini roopi Srihari was distributing the amrutha, one daithya by name Svarbhanu,  came in a disguise and sat among the devate’s row.   Srihari gave him Amrutha also.  At that time Sun and Moon, {ಸೂರ್ಯಚಂದ್ರರು} on seeing that Swarbhanu has come in Devate’s row and taking amrutha, complained to Mohini, when Srihari through his Sudarshana removed the head of that daithya.  Actually that daithya had done penance asking for Amrutha to be falling to his mouth.  As such, Srihari had allowed Amrutha to be swallowed upto its mouth, but it didn’t enter beyond mouth, Srihari had removed his head.  As such, the head of the daithya was fixed to a snake’s body to become “Rahu”, and the other portion without head is called as “Kethu”.   To take a revenge on Surya Chandraru,  Rahu tries to swallow Surya and Kethu tries to swallow Moon during Surya Grahana and Chandra Grahana respectively.  That is why the eclipses are termed as Rahugrasta Suryagrahana and Kethugrasta Chandragrahana.

Rajaswala strees –

Even the Rajaswala ladies must observe Grahana snaana – But they must have water poured by somebody to a bucket and from that bucket they must take bath. They must not squeezout . They shall sit in the wet cloth itself and do dhyana.
ಸೂತಕೇ ಮೃತಕೇ ಚೈವ ನ ದೋಷೋ ರಾಹುದರ್ಶನೇ |
ಸ್ನಾನೇ ನೈಮಿತ್ತಿಕೇ ಪ್ರಾಪ್ತೇ ನಾರೀ ಯದಿ ರಜಸ್ವಲಾ |
ಪಾತ್ರಾಂತರಿತೋಯೇನ ಸ್ನಾನಂ ಕೃತ್ವಾ ವ್ರತಂ ಚರೇತ್ |
ನ ವಸ್ತ್ರನಿಷ್ಪೀಡನಂ ಕಾರ್ಯಂ ನಾನ್ಯದ್ ವಸ್ತ್ರಂ ಚ ದಾರಯೇತ್ |
sootakE mRutakE chaiva na dOShO raahudarshanE |
snaanE naimittikE praaptE naarI yadi rajasvalaa |
paatraaMtaritOyEna snaanaM kRutvaa vrataM charEt |
na vastraniShpIDanaM kaaryaM naanyad vastraM cha daarayEt | 


Pregnants –   It is advisable that the pregnants should not come out during Grahana period, as it may affect the growth of the child.    It is also scientifically proved that the Pregnants if they are attracted by the X-Rays of the Grahana falls on them that they would suffer.     It may affect through Abortion or the child birth with some disabilities.   Not only pregnants, but also animals, plants also would suffer during Grahana.


Effect of Grahana :

  • Grahana will have different effects on different people. Based on respective rashees, different effects are there for each rashi.

  • Shubha Phala – Grahana may give you some good result for you

  • Mishra phala – As the name indicates it will be both Shubha + ashubha phala

  • Ashubha Phala- Grahana may harm your progress.

But just hearing this don’t get panic.

There are so many suggestions for overcoming the Ashubha Phala which you can do –
Even if your Rashi is not having Ashubha Phala, please do all that is mentioned below to get maximum punya phala during Grahana

Even if your Rashi is having Ashubha/Mishra Phala, please do all that is mentioned below to get maximum punya phala during Grahana

Ladies –  Chant – Vijayarayara kavacha, Madhwanama, Keshavanama, etc
Gents – Do Gayatri Japa as much as possible, Do parayanha of Sarva moola, Sumadhwa Vijaya, Vayustuti, etc., Chant Vishnu Sahasra Naama /Harivayustuti/ Shanaishcharakrutha Narasimha Stotra, Navagraha Stotra

Do yathashakti daana – During Grahana we must do daanaas – Godaana, Suvarna Daana, Bhoodana, dhaanya dhaana (yathaashakthi.) Even though it is said that Silver/Gold Daana –  Don’t borrow and do the daana.  Whatever you have you can do daana – Even 1 Rupee with Yatashakthi will have the same punya as that of a Silver/gold/bhoodaana.

Dos :

  1. We must not eat/drink anything after Vedaaramba.   If we eat some thing during grahana period, we have to observe three days fasting for parihara of the grahana dosha.
  2. We must take bath once when the Grahana starts and once when the grahana ends.
  3. Even those who are observing soothaka also must observe Grahana snaana.
  4. Even the Rajaswala ladies must observe Grahana snaana.
  5. While doing sparsha snaana, we must do the snaana with the clothes we are wearing in.
  6. During Grahana Madhya kaala, tarpanaadhikarigalu must give tarpana to sarva pitrugalu.
  7. During Grahana we must do daanaas – Godaana, Suvarna Daana, Bhoodana, dhaanya dhaana  (yathaashakthi.)
  8. Milk, curds, vegetables, water and other items are free from Grahana dosha provided a kusha (darbe) is kept on the items.   But baked items are not free from grahana dosha, even though darbe is kept on them.
  9. Two days prior and two days after Grahana are Varjya for “Shubha Kaarya”.
  10. During Grahana period do as much japa as possible, do paarayana of Vayustuthi, Rayara Stotra, Sumadhwa Vijaya, etc (depending upon the time available).  Those who does not know Rayara Stotra,  and ladies atleast then can chant  –
harE raama harE raama raama raama harE harE |
harE kRiShNa harE kRiShNa kRiShNa kRiShNa harE harE |

ಹರೇ ರಾಮ ಹರೇ ರಾಮ ರಾಮ ರಾಮ ಹರೇ ಹರೇ |
ಹರೇ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಹರೇ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಕೃಷ್ಣ ಹರೇ ಹರೇ |

हरे राम हरे राम राम राम हरे हरे ।
हरे कृष्ण हरे कृष्ण कृष्ण कृष्ण हरे हरे ।

Ladies can chant Madhwanaama, sing devaranamagalu, they can do guru mantra, etc. Grahana dosha pariharaartha stotra to be chanted–

praaNarUpO hi lOkaanaam sadaa kRuShNamRugapriya: |
vaayu: sUryOparaagOtthaam gRahapIDaam vyapOhatu |
yO saavindudharO dEva: pinaakI vRuShavaahana: |
sUryOparaagapaapaani sa naashayatu shankara: ||
trailOkyE yaani bhUtaani sthaavaraaNi charaaNi cha|
brahmaviShNvarkarudraashchadahantu mama paatakam |

प्राणरूपो हि लोकानां सदा कृष्णमृगप्रिय: ।
वायु: सूर्योपरागोत्थां ग्र्‍अहपीडां व्यपोहतु ।
यो साविंदुधरो देव: पिनाकी वृषवाहन: ।
सूर्योपरागपापानि स नाशयतु शंकर: ॥
त्रैलोक्ये यानि भूतानि स्थावराणि चराणि च।
ब्रह्मविष्ण्वर्करुद्राश्चदहंतु मम पातकम् ।

ಪ್ರಾಣರೂಪೋ ಹಿ ಲೋಕಾನಾಂ ಸದಾ ಕೃಷ್ಣಮೃಗಪ್ರಿಯ: |
ವಾಯು: ಸೂರ್ಯೋಪರಾಗೋತ್ಥಾಂ ಗ್ರ‍ಹಪೀಡಾಂ ವ್ಯಪೋಹತು |
ಯೋ ಸಾವಿಂದುಧರೋ ದೇವ: ಪಿನಾಕೀ ವೃಷವಾಹನ: |
ಸೂರ್ಯೋಪರಾಗಪಾಪಾನಿ ಸ ನಾಶಯತು ಶಂಕರ: ||
ತ್ರೈಲೋಕ್ಯೇ ಯಾನಿ ಭೂತಾನಿ ಸ್ಥಾವರಾಣಿ ಚರಾಣಿ ಚ|
ಬ್ರಹ್ಮವಿಷ್ಣ್ವರ್ಕರುದ್ರಾಶ್ಚದಹಂತು ಮಮ ಪಾತಕಮ್ |

Every body should the following Mantra during Chandra Grahana, for parihaara.

yOsou vajradharO dEva: Adityaanaam prabhurmata: |
chandragrahOparaagOtthagrahapIDaam vyapOhatu |
yOsou danDadharO dEva: yamO mahiShavaahana: |
chandragrahOparaagOttha grahapIDaam vyapOhatu |
yOsou shUladharO dEva: pinaakI vRuShavaahana:|
chandragrahOparaagOtthagrahapIDaam vyapOhatu |

ಯೋsಸೌ ವಜ್ರಧರೋ ದೇವ: ಆದಿತ್ಯಾನಾಂ ಪ್ರಭುರ್ಮತ: |
ಚಂದ್ರಗ್ರಹೋಪರಾಗೋತ್ಥಗ್ರಹಪೀಡಾಂ ವ್ಯಪೋಹತು |
ಯೋsಸೌ ದಂಡಧರೋ ದೇವ: ಯಮೋ ಮಹಿಷವಾಹನ: |
ಚಂದ್ರಗ್ರಹೋಪರಾಗೋತ್ಥ ಗ್ರಹಪೀಡಾಂ ವ್ಯಪೋಹತು |
ಯೋsಸೌ ಶೂಲಧರೋ ದೇವ: ಪಿನಾಕೀ ವೃಷವಾಹನ:|
ಚಂದ್ರಗ್ರಹೋಪರಾಗೋತ್ಥಗ್ರಹಪೀಡಾಂ ವ್ಯಪೋಹತು |

योsसौ वज्रधरो देव: आदित्यानां प्रभुर्मत: ।
चंद्रग्रहोपरागोत्थग्रहपीडां व्यपोहतु ।
योsसौ दंडधरो देव: यमो महिषवाहन: ।
चंद्रग्रहोपरागोत्थ ग्रहपीडां व्यपोहतु ।
योsसौ शूलधरो देव: पिनाकी वृषवाहन:।
चंद्रग्रहोपरागोत्थग्रहपीडां व्यपोहतु ।




Those who are having Ashuba phala and are  desirous of participating in Grahana Homa, can do so by active participation during the homa period at Shakambari Nagar Rayara Mutt, Bangalore .   However, those who can not come personally can do so by remitting the amount directly to the account and we will include their names while performing Homa at our Mutt.  to SB a/c of Sri Sumadhwa Seva Samithi Trust @ Corporation Bank, Jayanagar Branch,  Bangalore A/c No 007400101033408 . 

A/c Details :

A/c Name       : Sri Sumadhwa Seva Samithi Trust
A/c Number   : 007400101033408   
Bank Name    :  Corporation Bank
Branch Name:  Jayanagar Branch, Bangalore
NEFT Code    :  CORP0000074
After sending NEFT, please inform the details of your Gotra, Nakshatra, Rashi etc to my email ID  NARAHARISUMADHWA@YAHOO.IN

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