Chandra Grahan 2020, the first full moon and lunar eclipse of the year, will be somewhat difficult to see in many parts of the world on the night of January 10, as the shaded part is slightly weaker than the rest of the moon. So it's a subtle heavenly event, but you can see the difference. A penumbra eclipse occurs when the sun, earth, and moon align in an almost straight line. The earth prevents part of the sunlight from reaching the surface of the moon directly, and covers a small part of the moon with the outer part of its shadow, also known as penumbra. NASA called it the "wolf moon eclipse," as it was according to the old farmer's almanac. During the early colonial period, wolves howled outside the villages during the full moon night in January. After January 10th, the next three penumbra eclipses or Chandra Grahan of the year will take place on June 5th, July 5th and November 30th. All over the world there are many ideas related to Chandra Grahan or the lunar eclipse. Let's take a look at them:
Chandra Grahan 2020: beliefs, dos and not associated with lunar eclipse
- During the solar eclipse, the moon goes through an entire cycle in two to three hours. Cooked food is believed to deteriorate faster during the Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse, so it is recommended not to eat during the eclipse time.
- It is also believed that foods eaten during the solar eclipse do not provide high quality nutrients and also lead to sluggishness. Therefore, it is best to avoid raw foods or cooked foods during the duration of the solar eclipse.
- As the food may rot faster, cooking is not recommended even during the solar eclipse or the Chandra Grahan period.
- Chandra Grahan is also not considered a good time to perform sacred rituals.
- In India, pregnant mothers have been advised for generations to stay indoors at the time of the eclipse and not to use knives and sharp objects during Chandra Grahan, as this can lead to birthmarks.
- People are also advised to sing powerful Sanskrit songs and singing mantras, to keep negative influences away during a lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan.
- In the United States, an eclipse is considered a "sign of an apocalypse". Some scholars say that it comes from the Bible. According to Joel 2:31: "The sun will change into darkness and the moon into blood before the great and terrible day of the Lord comes."
- A popular South African myth is that the sun and moon fight during a lunar eclipse. People have to pray for these heavenly bodies to resolve their conflict.
- In Tibet, people believe that good and bad deeds increase tenfold during a lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan.
- The lunar eclipse has no effect on your eye and can therefore be seen with the naked eye. No special equipment is required to view Chandra Grahan.
Chandra Grahan India time:
- In India, Chandra Grahan begins at 5:07 p.m. on January 10 and ends at 10:37 p.m.
- The maximum solar eclipse begins on January 10th at 7:10 p.m. and ends on January 11th at 12:40 a.m.
- The Penumbral Eclipse would end on January 10th at 9:12 p.m. and on January 11th at 2:42 a.m.
Chandra Grahan Duration:
Chandra Grahan or lunar eclipse last 4 hours and 5 minutes.
Where can you see Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2020 online:
Chandra Grahan will be seen in Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa, large parts of North America, eastern South America, the Pacific, the Atlantic, the Indian Ocean and the Arctic.
Lunar Eclipse can be seen online on the CosmoSapiens YouTube channel. Here is the link:
To view the lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan:
Go to your terrace or an open field to enjoy the view of Chandra Grahan.
You can also use a telescope and filter to see the Chandra Grahan more clearly.