Chandra Grahan 2024 (Upachchaya): Date, Significance, and Rituals

Namaste readers! As the first Chandra Grahan of 2024 is upon us, we wanted to share the importance and meaning behind this event. 

Commonly known as a lunar eclipse in astronomical terms, the word “Chandra” means “moon” and “Grahan” means “eclipse” in Sanskrit. To be precise, this will be the first Chandra Grahan of 2024 and is also known as Chandra Grahan “Upachchaya” or a penumbral lunar eclipse. 

A penumbral lunar eclipse is an astronomical event where the moon moves through the outer part of the Earth’s shadow. Therefore this type of an eclipse is not as visually dramatic as a partial or complete lunar eclipse.

As mentioned above, this event is known as Chandra Grahan Upachchaya in Vedic astrology. In Hinduism, such phenomena are believed to be important events and have spiritual and astrological meaning. Giving rise to certain rituals and beliefs along with safety measures.

It’s important to note that in Hinduism, rituals related to lunar eclipse are followed only if the eclipse is visible to the naked eye. Therefore the rituals we’ve shared may only be followed if it’s visible at any point.

That said, in this article we explore the significance, meaning and the story behind this astronomical event.

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Chandra Grahan 2024: Date and Time

In 2024, the first Chandra Grahan will be observed on Monday, March 25. It’s expected to begin at 10:24 AM, achieve maximum eclipse at 12:43 PM and end at 3:00 PM. The time and date are calculated based on astronomical insight and the Hindu lunar calendar.

Significance of Chandra Grahan

As per Vedic astrology, this event has great spiritual effects and meaning and bring with it certain rituals and traditions that are followed by devotees. The moon’s changing phases during an eclipse are considered to be a metaphor for how life, death and rebirth occur in a cycle.

In many cultures, a lunar eclipse is seen as a time for spiritual practices, meditation and self-analysis. This event is also considered to be a time to get rid of bad energies and a time of change and renewal.

The Story Behind Chandra Grahan

There are various versions of the story behind this event, one legend that tells how gods and demons once searched the cosmic ocean to find the nectar of immortality. This event is called the Samudra Manthana and is a major episode in the Vishnu Purana. The moon or Chandra was a very important part of this cosmic event. It’s said that when the nectar of immortality (amrita or amrit) was found, the demons consumed a large portion of it.

At this point, Lord Vishnu appeared and used his divine powers to split the moon into different phases so that the demons couldn’t attain immortality. Since then Chandra Grahan is said to happen when the demons try to get the amrit which makes the moon lose its light temporarily.

Chandra Grahan Rituals 

This cosmic event is not only seen as an astronomical event in Hindu culture but also a day of great spiritual significance. During this time devotees follow certain rituals and customs that have been passed down through generations.

  • Fasting: Millions of followers choose to fast to cleanse the mind, body and soul. It’s believed that fasting can help them grow spiritually.
  • Chanting mantras: People recite sacred mantras associated with the moon such as the Chandra Beej Mantra (Om Shraam Shreem Shraum Sah Chandramase Namah). It’s said that chanting such mantras can help receive blessings and protection.
  • Charity: It’s thought to be lucky to do good deeds and donate to the poor on this day. Showing kindness and charitable actions are believed to create good karma.
  • Avoiding cooking: As per some traditions, people avoid cooking or eating during the lunar eclipse. They believe that the worldly energies are not right for preparing meals and people instead choose to have ready-made foods.

As the first Chandra Grahan 2024 approaches, the Astro Kundli team hopes everyone is ready for this amazing cosmic event and the spiritual energy it brings. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is grahan visible in India in 2024?

The first Grahan of 2024 is an Upachchaya or a penumbral lunar eclipse. Generally it is not visible to the naked eye but may be at some point during the event.

Can Chandra Grahan be seen in India?

The first grahan of 2024 is a penumbral lunar eclipse and may not visible to the naked eye.

Is it OK to eat during eclipse?

According to Vedic astrology and Hindu traditions eating or preparing meals are avoided during this cosmic event.

Does Chandra Grahan affect pregnancy?

As per ancient Vedic astrology pregnant women are advised to avoid eating or drinking and going outside. It is believed that the energies during this cosmic event may have negative impact of the unborn child.

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