The Significance of Chandra Grahan
Chandra Grahan or Lunar eclipse occurs, when the Moon comes directly behind the Earth as it revolves around it and all three; the Sun, the Earth and the Moon are in a straight line. The Earth’s shadow then block’s the Sun’s light from getting reflected off the Moon resulting in the eclipse of the Moon. It can occur only at full Moon. In one year, there can be two to three lunar eclipses.
It will be observed on the night side of the Earth; in North/East Europe, Asia, Australia, North/East Africa, North America, North/West South America, the Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Oceans, Arctic and Antarctica.
The eclipse will start with Moonrise, 01:34 am and end at 4:30 am on 17th July 2019.
Time and date for Sutak
Sutak begins at 3:55:13 PM, IST, on July 16, 2019, Sutak ends at 4:29:50 AM, IST, on July 17, 2019. Individuals should observe rules for Sutak, as astrological remedies to avoid the ill-effects of second Lunar Eclipse.
Rules to follow during Sutak (inauspicious period)
It is necessary to follow certain rules during the Sutak period. The Sutak period is considered to be an inauspicious time, so during this period, some tasks must not be carried out.
These are as follows:
Starting a new project or work must not be done.
Preparing or consuming food is prohibited.
Avoid going to the bathroom/toilet.
Avoid touching or worshiping the idols of god or Tulsi plant.
Do not eat Non-vegetarian food.
Refrain from cleaning your teeth or combing your hair.
A Mantra for the moon is—
Om Chandraya Namah