I would like to know about chandra and Surya grahanam?

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HI, I would like to know about chandra and Surya grahanam? What we should do on those days and why such practices are needed? Please tell me the Science behind the practices also. Thanks

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During time of Eclipse, the ultra violet radiations are spread all over and contaminating the surroundings. To avoid any sort of slow poisoning or illness, it is advisable to avoid eating or keeping the food items open during that time. In the Srivaishnavites homes, they used to fully cover the food grains and water with Dharbam known as Dharbai the holy grass used by Brahmins. To avoid any eye sight problem and skin related deseases, it is advisable not to roam around in open during the eclipse. Especially the pregnant women should keep themselves inside their home to avoid any mal-functionals for the child in the womb. If the ecliptic duration is longer, then the poisonous radiations are the more high. Hence,  it was suggested to avoid looking at the Sun or Moon during eclipse with naked eye.

  • Nothing should be eaten during the Eclipse. The Vedh period is of around 6 to 9 hours prior to start of the Eclipse and one should eat before that.
  • After Eclipse is over, do not touch clothes before taking bath. So, before eclipse begins, put aside clothes/towel etc. to be used after your bath. Take head bath and then only to attend to other routines.
  • Spend your time in prayer, reading & listening scriptures etc.
  • After taking bath/shower only, one should touch God or do the normal activities
  • If your birth star falls in the Ecliptic path, then do the Shanthi Parihara, recite the prescribed sloka and then donate some grains – wheat for Surya Grahan and Rice for Chandra Grahan with some dakshina to any deserving poor Brahmin.

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