Chandra Grahanam, Lunar Eclipse, falls on January 31, 2018. It occurs on the 12th day of Tamil month Thai, Wednesday. It starts from 6.04. pm and ends by 9.38 pm.
Bangalore 18.15 - 21.38
Chennai 18.04 - 21.38
Mumbai 18.27 - 21.38
Calcutta 17.16 - 21.38
New Delhi 17.53 - 21.38
Dubai 18.01 - 20.08
Sydney, Australia 21.51 - 3.08, 1-2-2-018
New York (East coast) 5.51 AM to 7.06 AM
Dallas, Texas (Central USA) 4.51 AM to 7.24 AM
Los Angeles (west coast) 2.51 AM to 6.55 AM
Toronto, Ottawa, Canada 5.51 AM to 7.34 AM
Grahana tarpanam should be done towards the end of Chandra grahanam. Those who perform tarpanam should bathe before and after tarpanam.
Hevilambinama samvathsare ,Utharayane , Hemantha rithou, Makara mase , Shukla pakshe, adhya Pournamasyam punya thidhou , Soumya vasara yukthayam, Pushya nakshatra yukthayam, shubhayoga, shubhaKarana evam guna viseshena, visishtayam asyam Pournamasyam punya thidhou, Somoparaga punya kale , uparaga sradham , thilatharpana roopena adhya karishye
(Pournami is up to 6.57 PM; afterwards Prathama, Pushya Nakshatra is up to 5.36 PM; afterwards Aslesha (Ayilya) nakshatra. Even people in India should change the thithi and nakshatra depending on the time they do tarpanam.)
Those who are born in these Nakshatras and those who are born on Wednesday need to do pariharam for this Grahanam.
They should write the following sloka in a palm leaf and tie it to their forehead. After the eclipse, this palm leaf should be removed.
Then, they should give in charity one ash gourd, coconut and coin to a Brahmin.
The Lunar eclipse occurs when the sun, Earth and moon line up in space, with Earth in the middle and Earth’s shadow falls on the moon.
Specialty of Lunar Eclipse that occurs on 31-1-2018
In January 2018, Pournami occurs twice. It happens after a century. It is a rare occasion and the Moon that is seen on such an occasion is called Blue Moon.
This year, the lunar eclipse that occurs on 31, January is a total eclipse for India and partly visible in North- Eastern States. Moon during this eclipse will look red and hence it is called blood moon.
Food not to be taken from morning to evening.
Bath to be taken after the Grahanam ends and after taking a darshan of the Moon.
Eating, drinking and using needles are forbidden.
No divine worship to be undertaken at this time. No deepam to be lit during Grahanam time in the pooja room.
Those who perform tarpanam regularly will have to do it after 11.50 pm.
Pregnant women are advised to sit inside a closed room and not to come out from 5 pm to 8.50 pm.
During the Grahana period, doing Japam, chanting of mantras, slokas are very auspicious.
Taking bath in the river, ocean during Chandra Grahanam is also considered as sacred.