Chandra Grahan 2018: Know the Do’s and Don’ts during Lunar Eclipse


Lunar eclipse (Chandra grahan) is a natural phenomenon where the Moon falls under the Earth’s shadow by passing directly behind the Earth. On July 27 and July 28, 2018, the world will witness the century’s longest total lunar eclipse. As per the Ministry of Earth Sciences, it is expected to be 1 hour 45 minutes long. But, there are certain myths related to lunar eclipse. In fact, ancestors also have given advise about what-to-do and not-to-do during lunar eclipse. Check them out.

Do’s

  • It is advised to eat light and easy to digest foods before and after eclipse.
  • Due to eclipse, food gets infected. Hence, turmeric can be added to food as it has antibacterial properties.
  • Keep Darbha grass in food containers.
  • Although eating is banned during eclipse, pregnant women and elderly may eat during the eclipse. However, they should eat light food like dry fruits and raisins to give them energy.
  • Making donations are advised to do at that time.
  • It is good if one take bath after the eclipse.
  • Reciting ‘Mriytyunjaya mantra’ is good during eclipse

Lunar eclipse 2018Don’ts

  • It is advised to stop eating two hours before an eclipse.
  • One should not consume non-vegetarian food as it takes very long to digest.
  • During eclipse, harmful radiations emit. Hence, don’t carry any cooked food anywhere before an eclipse. If one carries the food then the harmful radiation can be absorbed by the food.
  • One should not drink water during eclipse.
  • Not to involve in sexual activities is also advised.
  • Don’t do worship or prayers or any ritual during eclipse.

It will be held in phases. It will begin from 11:54 pm IST on 27th July and the total lunar eclipse is expected to be visible from 1 am IST on 28th July. In the second phase, it will be partial and will start from 2:43 am IST. The eclipse will be visible from all parts of India.