A penumbral lunar eclipse, Chandra Grahan, will be visible on February 9, 2009 in
Western part of
The following map shows the details view of the Chandra Grahan around the world:
Image Courtesy NASA (click on the image for a larger view)
A Chandra Grahan Surya (Sun), Bhumi (Earth) and Chandra (Moon) are in a single line with Bhumi in the middle. If this occurs, Chandra does not receive light from Surya because it is in the shadow of Bhumi, and thus Chandra becomes invisible.
A fast (Upvaas) is observed by certain communities in Hindu religion during Chandra Grahan. The fast begins about 9 hours before the beginning of Chandra Grahan.
People also take a bath in cold water and chant mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Shiva like the Ashtakshara Mantra or Mrityunjaya Mantra. This is done whenever Surya and Chandra are under the influence of Rahu.
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