Lunar Eclipse on 07.08.2017 from 2.45pm to 5.00am
Mandir will remain closed during evening sessions on the day
Usually, Hindus do not perform any work during Grahan and they purify themselves by taking a bath and chant mantras. A complete fast is undertaken by many Hindus during the period. In Hindu religion, taking a holy dip at sacred rivers and tirths on the Grahan day is considered highly auspicious
Mantras Chanted during Grahan
Some of the important mantras that are chanted during the Grahan include:
Gayatri Mantra, Ashtakshara Mantra dedicated to Shri Krishna. - ‘Shri Krishna sharnam mama.’ Mahamrityunjay Mantra is also chanted during eclipse.
It is important that one chants mantra or remember god in any form at this time to keep calm and the aura clean.
Hindu Temples Remain Closed
Normally Hindu Temples remain closed during Grahan. Temples open only after proper rituals are performed to get rid of the ill effects of the Grahan.
Fasting During Grahan
Adult Hindus stop eating 3 hours before a eclipse. Children, old people and those who are ill stop eating 1 hours before the beginning of a eclipse. If the eclipse ends after sunset, then people fast during night and consume food only next day morning.
One should not take food at the time of Grahan because it is said that at this time the most harmful rays from the sun/moon can be seen and absorbed.
Pregnant Woman and Surya Grahan
Normally at the time of Surya Grahan, pregnant women are supposed to not come out of the house to avoid harmful rays. Both in Surya Grahan and Chandra Grahan pregnant woman are to remain indoors during the grahanam period and not see the grahanam at all. Close all curtains and try to keep the pregnant woman from grahanam rays.
Partial Lunar Eclipse in Canberra on 8th August morning
Lunar Eclipse Starts - 03:22:54
Lunar Eclipse Ends - 05:18:09
Local Eclipse Duration - 01 Hour 55 Mins 15 Secs
First Contact with the Penumbra - 01:50:02
First Contact with the Umbra - 03:22:54
Maximum of Lunar Eclipse - 04:20:27
Last Contact with the Umbra - 05:18:09
Last Contact with the Penumbra - 06:50:55
Duration of Partial Phase - 01 Hour 55 Mins 14 Secs
Duration of Penumbral Phase - 05 Hours 00 Mins 54 Secs
Magnitude of Lunar Eclipse - 0.25
Magnitude of Penumbral Lunar Eclipse - 1.29
Sutak Begins - 14:49:52 on 7th, August
Sutak Ends - 05:18:09