Surya Grahan 2024: Astrological and Cultural Significance

Surya Grahan more commonly known as a solar eclipse in most parts of the world, is an astronomical event that occurs when the moon moves between the Earth and the Sun. Resulting in the blockage of some (partial solar eclipse) or the entire light (total solar eclipse) of the Sun. 

This planetary movement causes a short-term shadow on Earth. The solar eclipse is of two different types: partial and total. A partial solar eclipse only blocks a part of the Sun whereas a total eclipse blocks the entire sun for a short time.

In Hinduism there are specific rituals and traditions related to a solar eclipse or Surya Grahan. It is seen as an important celestial event and religious followers in India follow certain customs during this event. 

With that said it is important to remember that looking directly at the Sun through naked eyes during this event can hurt your eyes. In this article we explore this astronomical event from an astrological and religious point of view further understanding its significance and meaning in Hindu culture. 

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Solar Eclipse 2024: Date and Time

In 2024 the first total solar eclipse of the year will occur on Monday, April 8. It’s expected to begin at 9:12 PM on April 8 and end at 2:22 AM on April 9

From an astrological standpoint and as per the Hindu calendar this eclipse will occur during the Chaitra month (March-April) and the Sun will move into the Pisces zodiac sign and Revati Nakshatra.

Unfortunately this celestial event will not be visible in India and should be visible in Mexico, United States, Canada, Europe, and Central and South America.

Significance of Surya Grahan

Surya Grahan is an important celestial event in various different religions and countries. From an astrological stand-point this time is considered to be very effective for mental/spiritual reflection and self-analysis. People believe that this alignment can effect energies and devotees see it as a good time to learn more about themselves and grow spiritually.

Surya Grahan is also linked to the idea of purification and rebirth in Hinduism. Followers believe that during the eclipse the Sun’s energy is blocked for a temporary time which make it easier to let go of negative energies and welcome positive energy. A lot of people in India pray, meditate and ask for benefits for a fresh start.

The Story Behind Surya Grahan

As per Hindu mythology it is believed that this eclipse occurs when the demon Rahu swallows the Sun temporarily. Legend says that both Rahu and Ketu were once demons who changed their forms in order to drink the nectar of immortality during Samudra Manthan.

Lord Vishnu was informed about their deceitful action by the other gods. Which resulted in Vishnu cutting off their heads. However since both Rahu and Ketu were immortal at the time they continued to exist as shadow planets. Devotees believe that Rahu brings about solar eclipse whenever he tries to swallow the Sun and this constant pursuit causes the temporary darkness during Surya Grahan.

Surya Grahan Rituals

There are different rituals and traditions that are followed during this event in different regions of India. However here are some common rituals followed throughout India:

  • People often bathe in holy rivers or sacred bodies of water before the eclipse. It’s believed that this practice cleanses the body and mind. 
  • Devotees visit temples to participate in prayers to the gods to ask for their blessings.
  • Fasting during the eclipse is also a common practice and people avoid eating during this celestial event. 

Essentially, this time is considered to be a great period to connect with our spiritual side and grow. 

If you’re interested in astronomical events, a believer in astrology or a devoted follower Surya Grahan or solar eclipse is an important celestial event. The Astro Kundli team hopes you achieve spiritual enlightenment and blessings from the divine energy.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is Grahan visible in India in 2024?

The first Surya Grahan on Monday, April 8 will not be visible in India. It should only be visible in Mexico, United States, Canada, Europe, and Central and South America.

Where to see April 8, 2024 eclipse?

The solar eclipse should be visible in Mexico, United States, Canada, Europe, and Central and South America.

How long will eclipse last?

The solar eclipse is expected to begin at 9:12 PM on April 8 and end at 2:22 AM on April 9. 

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