Grahan 2014: Celestial Shadows Demystified
4 days of Grahan in 2014 will definitely affect your life. We consider Surya Grahan as well as Chandra Grahan inauspicious; is it true? Here, with this article on Eclipse in 2014, we will tell you all what you need to know about Lunar Eclipse and Solar Eclipse in 2014.
What Is Grahan Or Eclipse?
Grahan is an event where the three celestial bodies - the Sun, the Moon and the Earth partially or completely cover the other two from each other with its shadow. In other words, when one of these three celestial bodies comes in between the other two, it becomes a hindrance for the both planets giving its shadow on each of them.
Grahan or Eclipse is basically divided into two major categories:
- Solar Eclipse or Surya Grahan occurs when the Moon comes in between Earth and Sun.
- Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan occurs when the Earth comes in between Sun and Moon.
Now, when you know what actually a Grahan or eclipse is, astronomically; let’s see what Vedic astrology says about it. As per the Hindu mythology, Grahan holds a lot of stories in the epics. The famous legend of Samudra Manthan (churning of the milk ocean) is associated with eclipse. So, before proceeding to know about the Grahan in 2014, let’s know the legend. Story Behind Surya & Chandra Grahan
The story behind Grahan is stated in the Hindu mythology, the world from the origin has been divided into two major segments the “Good” and the “Evil”. The Surya (Sun) and Chandra (Moon) are two Gods who are still worshiped in today’s time. But, what could be the reason that they have been related to inauspiciousness?
As per the holy scriptures, it is described that at the time of Samudra Manthan (churning of the milk ocean), when everything submerged under water, the Devtas (God) and Asuras (Demon) together brought back everything into existence. There was an equal distribution of the things among the two, but with Amrit (immortality potion) was stolen by Asuras.
Hence, to get Amrit back, Lord Vishnu in the form of Mohini a beautiful Apsara, captivated the Asuras and successfully gained back the Amrit. She started distributing the “Amrit” among the Devtas. Rahu, one of the Asura, understood the trick and sat in between Surya and Chandra. But soon Chandra and Surya realized that Rahu was not one of them.
Hence, Mohini (Bhagwan Vishnu) aggravated by the act and beheaded Rahu. So, from time immemorial it is believed that Rahu (in the form of snake) retaliates and indulges in war with the Sun and Moon periodically because of which “Grahan takes place”.
Now, when you know the legend associated with eclipse, let’s move further to know the dates and effects of the Grahan in 2014. In 2014, we will be witnessing 4 eclipses throughout the globe. Let’s check out what effect it will have on the people.
2014 Grahan: Date & It's Effect
The 4 eclipses of 2014 will be visible in the different parts of the world. But, as per astrology, it is believed that eclipses affect everyone on the globe (it doesn’t matter where the Grahan is visible). However, the places where the eclipse is visible gets affected majorly, as the harmful rays fall on that area. So, let’s know the places where the Grahan in 2014 will be visible, along with all the details.
|Date||Type Of Eclipse in 2014||Visible In India||Effects||Areas in which Grahan will be visible||Time(IST)|
|15th of April, 2014||Chandra Grahan||Partial||No Effects||North & South America, Antarctica, West Africa & West Europe, Asia and Australia. Ending lunar eclipse will be visible in Russia and the east of Australia||11:27 pm to 03:03 am|
|29th of April, 2014||Surya Grahan||Annular||No Effects||Australia, South of Indian Ocean and West of Pacific Ocean||9:23 am to 1:45 pm|
|8th of October, 2014||Chandra Grahan||Partial||No Effects||Northeast & the mid areas of India, North America, Pacific Area, Eastern Asia and Australia. Ending lunar eclipse will be visible in all over India except West||2:45 pm, will be in mid at 4:25 pm and end at 6:05 pm|
|23rd of October, 2014||Surya Grahan||Partial||No Effects||North America, Mexico and eastern remote area of Russia||1:08 am to 5:22 am|
The good things or occasion during the time of Grahan are not performed, reason being the time is not so favorable. Usually, the same is followed before the time of Grahan is beginning. As per astrology, the Grahan duration is known as “SUTAK”.
Now, let’s know the concept of Sutak in detail to get prepared for the eclipses in 2014.
Relationship Between Sutak & Grahan
Sutak is the time under which no good things are done, as it is considered as an unfavorable time. Usually, it is believed that during the time of Sutak, one should prohibit from eating and drinking. Sutak is usually observed 12 hours before the Surya Grahan and 9 hours before the Chandra Grahan.
It is believed that during the time of Sutak or Grahan, one should avoid certain things. Let’s see for the Grahan 2014, what all measures could be taken.Things To Avoid During Grahan & Sutak
There are some things, which need to be avoided during the times of Grahan and Sutak. These simple things can be kept in mind for 2014 eclipses:
- One should avoid having solids or liquids (exception for sick, old and infant).
- No food item should be stored and eaten after the Grahan or eclipse.
- Any kind of use of cosmetics should be avoided.
- Ladies in Pregnancy are advised to stay indoors and avoid eating during this time because this time might affect the child’s health and disabilities could occur.
During or after the Grahan, one should try and follow some simple steps for the betterment and safety. Let’s look at the steps which you can take into consideration during the Grahan in 2014.
Simple Steps To Be Followed During Grahan & Sutak
These are some of the simple steps that one can follow during the time of Sutak (Grahan duration):
- Chanting Mantras and meditation can be of great help.
- During solar eclipse, one can chant this Mantra:
Om Adityay Vidmahe Divakaraye Dheemahi Tanno Suryah Prachodayat ||
(ॐ आदित्याय विद्महे दिवाकराय धीमहि तन्नो सूर्य: प्रचोदयात्॥)
- During Lunar Eclipse one can chant this Mantra:
Om Kshirputrayay Vidmahe Amrit Tatvaaye Dheemahi Tanno Chadrah Prachodayat||
(ॐ क्षीरपुत्राय विद्महे अमृत तत्वाय धीमहि तन्नो चन्द्रः प्रचोदयात्॥)
- The holy Ganga water should be sparkled in the house post the Grahan.
- Once the Grahan gets over people should take bath, as it is considered to be the sign of purification.
- Only fresh cooked food should be consumed after the Grahan.
As per the Indian mythology, the solar and lunar eclipses have played a significant role in the lives of human beings since ages. Hence, from ancient times, special importance is given to the eclipses, be it the time of childbirth (Kundli at the time of birth) or marriage (where the Dasha of all the planets are looked into in order to know how one’s future would be), just to name a few.
People who believe in Grahan and Sutak look forward to these days and try using these simple steps in order to stay protected from the harmful effects of the Chandra and the Surya Grahan. So, utilize this article and shield yourself from the harmful effects of Grahan in 2014.