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Surya Grahan and Pregnant Women – What should Pregnant Women do during Suryagrahan in Hindu Religion?

There is lot of fear among many Hindus regarding Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse) and Pregnancy. Most people want to know about precautions to be taken during Surya Grahanam. The only precaution that you should take is that you should never look at the Sun directly during the Grahan. As a clear cut solution, ancient seers in Hinduism recommend pregnant women remain indoors during Grahan. The mantra chanted during the period is the Santana Gopala Mantra.
Update: The next Surya Grahan is on June 1, 2011. But this is not visible in India and major parts of the world.
Astrological View Point
Now for those of you believe in astrology, there is a ‘punya kala’ when the Surya Grahan is visible. And people observe fasting during this period. If the Grahan is not visible in the particular region, there is no ‘punya kala’ and there are no restrictions.
There is no restriction in moving around if there is no Surya Grahan in your region.
Ayurvedic View Point
Some traditions in Hindu religion ask pregnant women to sit or lie down on a mat containing Darbha grass or Kusha Grass. It is also advised to keep some Kusha Grass with the pregnant woman.
Fasting during Grahan
Now there are several Hindu communities that fast (Upvaas) during Surya Grahan. A pregnant woman should take the advice of her doctor before fasting. If you are so particular about fasting, you can fast just during the Surya Grahan period and avoid a complete fast.
The Use of Metal or Sharp Objects
There is a popular belief that pregnant women should not use sharp metal objects like knife, pins etc during the Grahan period. In simple terms they should not cut anything during the period or should not wear pins etc. Some people suggest that it will be hard to stop the blood flow if there is a cut on the body during the period. But this has no proper scientific backing.
Mantra During Surya Grahan
The mantra that is chanted during Surya Grahan by pregnant women is the Santana Gopala Mantra.
Others can recite various other mantras mentioned in this article.
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Comments

  1. Thanks... wonderful and informative. Something i was really looking for....

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  2. Can someone help me if the grahan is in Mumbai or no. my wife is pregnant and i just want to reconfirm. Any help is appreciated. Thanks.

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  3. Thank you soooooooooo much for the informative article.It was really very imp for us to know the precautions for our BHABI.

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  4. Dear Friend of Mumbai

    The effect of grahan will be there in all parts partially.So take care of your wife by lying in a bed or carpet and not to do any worki during Grahan time i.e 2:00 PM to 4:35 PM IST.

    Its better to chant mantra: **OM NAMAH SHIVAYA** during grahan time.

    All the best my dear friend :)
    a

    *** SARVE JANAA SUKHINOBHAVANTHU ***

    From:
    A Friend

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  5. Thanks for the article. It was informative.

    Regards,
    Santhosh.

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  6. It is really useful

    Thanks

    Rahul

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  7. I am unsure whether its Myth or effects observed by our saints.
    Although science has developed so much, no one could refuse still we have lot more left to discover. Still we dont know much beyond earth we live. We are still discovering whether water is available in Mars. Still science has not replaced those days saints.. practices came from those days

    Although it might be a Myth I dont want to take risks my wife is already inside the room and sleeping flat :) for todays eclipse to cross India

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  8. hi,
    i am 4 month pregnant. plz tell me what precaution should i take during solar and lunar eclipse on 22 july and 7 july 2009.
    plz reply me

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  9. Namaste Rosy...you don't need to worry about the Grahan..just don't view the sun directly and stay indoors during the period..

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  10. Hi ! in july are there two eclipses? and if yes will they be visible in UAE where I live?

    Chameli

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  11. Hi, I am Staying in Dubai, U.A.E.and i am 6 months pregnent now. can any body give me information in DUbai we have this grahan or not?

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  12. Hi !How many grahans are there in july? they are visible in UAE where I live? and which precautions i have to take while iam 6 months pregenent. please reply.

    S.P.P

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  13. PLease tell me the no of grahan (surya aur chandra) during this coming 3 months.so we can protect ourselves.

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  14. hi,Im 8 months pregnant can anyone let me know whether there is any effect of solar eclipse in switzerland on july 22 please do help me an give the information what care should i take

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  15. Hi,I am staying in Switzerland..I am 8 months pregnant now.can anyone let me know that in switzerland we have this grahan? and what care should i take at that time..

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  16. Angel it is not visible in Switzerland...so you don't need to worry about the july 22 one.

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  17. Hi i am 4 months pregnant can anyone let me know whether there is any effect of any eclipses in LOndon and what time it will start and end. Plz help me, Thanx

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  18. Hi I am 3 month pregnant can anyone let me know, what should we do during period of eclipses.
    thanks

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  19. Hi i am 7 months pregnant can anyone let me know whether there is any effect of any eclipses in india and what time it will start and end. Plz help me, Thanx

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  20. Hi everybody,
    Timming of grahans
    Date----------Grahan--Start-End Time
    7th july 2009 ,Lunar -14:07 to 16:09
    22nd July 2009,Solar -5:28 to 10:42
    6th August 2009,Lunar-4:34 to 7:44

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  21. I LEAVE IN DUBAI UAE IS WHAT ARE THE TIMING FOR GRAHAN HERE... I AM PREGANT 5 MONTHS PLS GIVE SOME INFO- SEEMA

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  22. This artical in informatic but canu tell me the time when it occour in delhi. Thanks all of you.

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  23. Hi .. i m pregnant and i m in US .. i wanted to know if any of these eclipses will have any affect in this area ? plz help.

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  24. I am very happy to see this type of site.... its very usefull

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  25. hi im 1 month pregnant, who do i care myself during these lunar and solar eclipse, its happening today and on 22nd july and 1st week of August.

    kindly guide me

    Regards
    Mary Lawrence

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  26. I got what i am looking for.. Thanks....I am leaving in Bhopal(M.P),I am 4 months pregnant can anybody tell me that on 22 july the surygrahan will be seen in india Early morning between 5 to 7AM..Is it harmful to sleep during the Grahan hours?.. and what will be the timings of Ved-Kal?

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  27. hi could any body help me regarding solar eclipse on 22 july... will it b visible in uk .... m 8 months pregnant.. wat precautions should i take.... many thanx!!

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  28. there is no harmful effect of radiagtions untill you directly see into the SUN.and that's to it can happen as low radiation are more effective than usual at that time.otherwise there is no way it cdan harm u.

    go out dont vry enjoy !

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  29. hi frens,
    can u plz let me know whether der is eclipse in london on 22nd july..thnx

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  30. Hi,Friends

    I stay at Mumbai and I am 4 mths pregnant i need to know that whet sleeping during eclipse is harmful.

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  31. Hi, I stay in the US and I'm pregnant. I would like to know if this grahanam will have its effect in the US. If so, plz let me know the timings (EST) to observe fasting during the period. Thanks!

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  32. Hi, I am in the US and I'm pregnant. I would like to know if this Grahanam wd have any effect here. If so, kindly let me know the timings(EST) so that I could observe fasting during this period. Thanks!

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  33. Hi, I am in the US and I'm pregnant.I know the solar eclipse not effect in this area, is this correct?and the lunar eclipse on aug 6 will be place on which time? pls give me the advise.
    Thanks.

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  34. i am six month pregnant. i am in dubai please can u help me in telling the time of eclips in dubai. i am really worried.
    thanks

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  35. It is a partial eclipse and takes in early morning so you need not worry. You can find details about Solar Eclipse Time in Dubai in this article

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  36. hi all, m 9 mnths preg n due on 3rd aug. at jaipur. wat precautions shd i take during this solar ecl. on 22 july 09. wat if i need to b taken to hosp. for same duration as the grahan?

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  37. Hello- I am 4 months pregnant and going on a cruise to Florida and Bahamas, USA. Please tell me if there is Total solar eclipse in that region on july22, 2009 and any precautions that I must take during that time. Thanks so much for your help. I am scared as I'll be away from home.

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  38. Dhivya said,

    i am 6 months pregnant now and i find this information useful

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  39. @ anonymous... There is no Grahan in Bahamas and Florida. So you don't need to worry.

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  40. Hi,

    My wife is 6 months pregnant, and I would like to know the timings of solar eclipseof july 22nd. We live in Bangalore.

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  41. Hi I am 1month pregnant and I'm at Pahang, Malaysia beside south china sea.. Can you help me? what should I do to prevent any effects from eclipse on 22july 09? Can somebody tell me what time does eclipse gonne happen here? I'm really scared coz' this is my first baby,.. What should I do during eclipse? Pls help.. Thanks..

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  42. I AM 2 MONTHS PREGNANT , I would like to know the timings of solar eclipseof july 22nd. We live in PUNE.and i WANT WHAT TO DO & WHAT NOT TO DO this information useful

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  43. Hi..i m 3 months pregnant..i live in newcastle in united kingdom... i would like to know if this Grahanam would have any effect here. If so, kindly let me know the timings.please help me.

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  44. Hi Friends,

    I am pregnant for 1 month, I am staying at Dubai and i am planning to fly from Dubai to Kozhikode on 22nd after noon 2.45 PM.Anybody inform me is it harmful ? or i can travel saftly

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  45. Hi,
    I am 3 months pregnant. please tell me timing of solar eclipse july 22nd in AUSTIN,TX ?

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  46. The Grahanam won't affect in UK so you don't need to worry.

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  47. You can take the flight there is no problem.
    In fact there are many charted flights arranged to view the eclipse.

    So don't worry go ahead and fly to Kozhikode

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  48. There is no eclipse in Texas or in North America.

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  49. THANKYOU Abhilash ji......

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  50. Hi

    I am 9 months pregnant , living in New Jersey ,USA.Can you please let me know the timings of Grahan?

    Thanks
    Sri

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  51. complete rubbish...superstition is paralysis of the mind and spirit. God would prefer that you live a fulfilling life and not fear his wonderful and beautiful creation of this marvelous loving universe. Fear of these ancient superstitions were designed to control the uneducated masses.

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  52. @Sudha, There is no Grahan in New Jersey or in any part of United States. So nothing to worry.

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  53. @Anonymous, respect your views... but don't ask everyone to accept it.

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  54. what time is the solar eclispe on july 22,2009 in USA(CST)?Pls answer my ques

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  55. Dear Abhilash
    Can u plz help telling the timings of 22nd July eclipse in Delhi-NCR And one more thing that how long should I fast.I am carrying for 6 months now.
    Thanks n Rgds
    Pawani

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  56. The article is very informative, thanks for sharing...will you please tell me the timings of eclipse in Tokyo.

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  57. hi im living here in japan and im 2 months pregnant. can you please tell me the exact time of grahan here in japan..im totally worried coz this is my first baby.please help me

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  58. solar eclipse is not be seen in kuwait, is it necessary for the pregnant women staying in kuwait to take precautions. she is 8mth pregnant.and during what period of time she has to be careful. please answer my question. thank you

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  59. @Sudha/Geetha/Rashmi/Dhivya/Divya (frm US),

    There will be no solar eclipse at many other places in this earth including :
    Egypt , France , United Kingdom (UK) , Germany , Italy, United States of America (USA), Canada , Mexico, Brazil, Argentina, Colombia, South Africa , Australia , New Zealand , Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Qatar etc...

    A partial can be witnessed @ Tehran, Maqat, Dubai, Pakistan, Singapore, Hongkong, and Tokyo/Taipie Japan

    so if you trust on any impact of griha-nakshatra and Rashi, then you can do take care of your health by resting at home and trust on God for Goodness: you can also follow few tips as per your zodiac sign as given on following link:

    http://link2live.googlepages.com/solar_eclipse

    Take care, God bless you!!
    Gaurav Mishra

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  60. Thanks for the article. It was very very informative.

    Regards

    Suresh Sutar

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  61. There is no relation between pregnancy and solar eclipse. Its just a natural phenomenon.
    No need to take any precaution

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  62. What a pity. all these educated (or so called educated) people are linking pregnancy with eclipse.
    Guys do u know one thing if u watch eclipse sky will break down on your head.
    Enjoy

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  63. my wife is pregnant since 3 months. We are at jaipur.. what precaution she should take ? what should we do during 5AM to 10 AM.. should we wake up early ? or we should wake up at 8 as usual ? i have to go to kota so can i travel on 22 july or i should postponed my journey for 23rd ?

    please reply asap.. i am online..
    regards,
    rk khatri

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  64. Wow. What idiots. In this day and age, are all of you so blinded by superstitions, that even while you live in the U.S. and the U.K you have to wonder whether the sun's rays will have an effect on your unborn child? Really? Did you think the sun's rays would penetrate through your bedroom walls? Did you ever bother to open a science text book in your sorry lives?

    It's harmful to view it through an naked eye because of the UV rays. Would damage your retina. Nothing more, nothing less. You can eat or sleep during the solar eclipse or watch, if you dare to. Don't be such close-minded fools.

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  65. I am 7 months pregnant, what precaution should i take, as many of the people are telling that the veds are staring one day earlier, we have to make fasting for the same. so please guide in this case

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  66. Hi Abhilash,
    I Read that the eclipse which is going to occur on jan 15th 2010 is most powerful one and not be seen until 3043. Just want to confirm the Australia timings in Melbourne and what precautions need to be taken at the time of grahan and my zodiac sign is Sagittarius, does this eclipse effect me any way. Please answer my Questions.

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  67. @ Melbourne Australia...This eclipse is not visible in any part of Australia. So you don't need to worry about it.

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  68. hi i would like to know what food is adviseable during the grahan.my 7th month is running now

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  69. i am in italy, europe. i want to know the exect time of surya grahan on jan 15,2010 in ITALY. i am 8 month pragnant

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  70. Hello,
    Can anybody tell me plz, what should be the exact time of Surya Grahan on 15th Jan,2010 at Pune as I am a pregnant women.


    PINKY...

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  71. Hello,
    Can anybody tell me plz,what should be the exact time of surya grahan in Pune.Plz help me, I am a pregnant women ...

    Thanks

    Pinky...

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  72. You can read about pune time in this article.. http://www.hindu-blog.com/2010/01/maharashtra-solar-eclipse-time-on.html

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  73. Dear Chinkey and other anonymous commentors

    You all seem EQUALLY bigoted when you criticize centuries old knowledge with only 200 yr old discoveries (yet incomplete in their understanding of phenomenon)to back your rubbishing of theories that do have scientific proof that you can understand too if only you opened up your narrow minds to the unknown and undiscovered (which in your case is immense and vast!!!). Friends your so called education very clearly limits your ability to accept anything not taught in your books.... Now, how sorry is SUCH a life??? :)

    You ignorance is to be truly pitied!

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  74. what is the exect time of solar eclipse in Italy ,Europe on 15 jan.2010. i am in 8th month pragnancy.????....

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  75. @ Italy

    The eclipse is visible for few minutes during the morning hours on January 15 only in South Italy. I can give you only Naples time now because you have not mentioned your exact location.

    You don't need to worry as the eclipse is only for a very very short period and will be hardly visible.

    South Italy Solar Eclipse on January 15, 2010 – Naples Local Time

    Partial Eclipse begins at 07:28
    Maximum Eclipse at 07:28
    Partial Eclipse ends at 07:48:26

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  76. hi...am 6 months pregnant and i came to know that the surya grahan on 15th jan is very powerful..I stay in geneva,switzerland.Could you please inform me regarding the grahan timings here.....

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  77. You can find Europe time in this link It is not visible in Switzerland and is only partially visible in southeastern Europe.

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  78. Hi, I am in central New Jersey ..please help me with the Grahan time here in US as i am pregnant.
    Thanks a lot in Advance..

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  79. @ New Jersey - the Solar eclipse on January 15, 2010 is not visible in USA

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  80. Hi,

    I am in portland, OR, USA. Please help me with the Grahan time here in US as i am pregnant.

    Thanks a lot in Advance..

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  81. @ Portland, OR, USA - the eclipse on January 15, 2010 is not visible in Portland US.

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  82. can u just tell me the grehan will be seen in jaipur or not, i m 9 month pregnant

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  83. please tell me the exact time of solar eclipse during 15,jan 2010 in italy,Europe. i live in north italy near verona and venice

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  84. Hi, I am 2 months pregnant can you plz help me.. I want to know the Singapore timing of solar ecllipse at 15th Jan 2010? and the timings of veda before surya grahan start timing in Singapore?It is very effective here?

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  85. @ vernona and venice - the jan 15 eclipse is not visible in these places.

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  86. Thanks for the information. I am so relieved now.

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  87. Hi,

    My wife is 5 months pregnant, we want to know about timing of surya grahan on 15jan2010 and what precautions sholud she take care of.

    Regards,

    Fahim Ansari

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  88. @ Fahim Ansari

    Which place are you residing in.

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  89. hi
    I am 7 months pregnant.Living in UK
    Is there any effect of Solar eclipse in UK.If yes what are the timings Please could you let me know

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  90. This is to say something about time.

    Time is Kaala in Sanskrit. It is the all powerful and decides the creation and destruction of anything and everything. The same Kaala can also be seen as Yaama and then Yama (the God of Death - the God of Final Judgement). Yama is the Dharma-Raaja - the most rightful and deliverer of Justice.

    Kaali is the Female form of Time.

    Only Shiva (the husband of Kaali) can control Time and therefore, Shiva is also known as Kaalantaka (the Killer of Time / Death). In Yoga, the yogi strives to become Shiva so that he or she takes control over time and can become immortal. This is the basic nature of Achievement or Vision required by Man as per the Vedic Saints. (Whatever religion one follows!! - Religion is opium !! Therefore be a Yogi - Yuj means to Join and Yogi joins with the Shiva to attain Immortality and Bliss)

    Even Brahma, Vishnu, Shiva are Kaalas.

    Record of Time (Kaala) is called Kaala-antara where the word Cal-endar came.

    The Earths movement around the Sun was found to be around 360 days when the seasons repeated again.

    Therefore this became the basic unit of measuring a year. Since this was circular (cyclic as the seasons repeated), each day was called a dina and was equivalent to a degree. This is how a circle is made up of 360 degrees.

    It was further observed that primarily there were Six seasons and therefore, 360 / 6 which was equal to 60 was taken to be the primary unit of time.

    Thus a day comprised of 60 Naadikaas and each Naadika comprised of 60 ViNaadikaas.

    The Cycle (Chakra) of 6 seasons were divided further to 12 as it was easier to do so while considering the phases of the Moon which was of 15 days of Krishna (Black) paksham (phase) and 15 days of Shukla (White) paksham.

    As the cycle of Krishna and Shukra repeated again, it was again cyclic to the effect of 30 days. Hence the total year was divided into 30 dinams (degrees) each thereby making 12 months.

    { Krishna means that which attracts within / to itself. Krishna is black because all light & its colors are attracted and gulped in by anything black so that it is black to our eyes.

    Aakristayiti iti Krishnaha }

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  91. (Contd. from above)

    Now since each month had two pakshaas of Moon, in all, there were 24 pakshaas of the Moon.

    Interpolating this value of 24 into a day, the day was divided into 24 horaas (hours as we call today). Each Hora was devoted to One Planet in the Solar System. It was counted that there were 7 (Seven) Grahaas (that which grabs/holds/attracts another).

    Ancient Vedic astrology/astronomy mentions about 7 Taaraa-Grahaas and 2 Chaayaa-Grahaas (Shadowy Planets).

    {Needless to mention that the word Planet doesn't suit Vedic Astrological Nomenclature because, the Greek word from which planet was derived, meant 'wanderer' as the trajectory of the planet couldn't be decided by even Greek Astronomers then!!}

    Attributing the 7 Grahaas to each Hora of a day (comprising of 24 Horaas), the next Graha in the order from Saturn to Moon is taken in the order of the time taken by each for one revolution (around Earth in the Astrological Chart), { the order being Saturn, Jupiter, Mars, Sun, Venus, Mercury, Moon - Moon is also a Graha as it attracts another }.

    It is also told that the Name of the day is determined by the Lord of the Hora at the time of Sun-rise. ie between (0600 hrs to 0700 hrs every day)

    This is how we get the names of the Week as Sunday of Sun, Monday of Moon, Tuesday of Mars, Wednesday of Mercury, Thursday of Jupiter, Friday of Venus and Saturday of Saturn.


    What is given in an astrological chart is a representation of TIME at a particular moment. Actually, the Astrological Chart is a 24 hour clock for all those living in Earth which the fastest moving Needle called the Lagna or the Ascendant.

    As there are two shadow planets (Viz. Raahu and Ketu) also represented in the Chart for the convenience of calculating the Grahanams - Eclipses of the Sun and the Moon, and the relative motion can be represented in the opposite direction of the normal movement of the other Grahaas thereby causing Eclipses whenever they meet the Sun or the Moon, they are identified with the Sarpaas or the Snakes and therefore called teh Kundalini's - representing the Power of each Person with the power of the two hidden snakes called the Kundalini Shakti also known in Yoga as the Chakraas of Union with God. (Snakes are said to get United in the form of the Kundalini Chakras).
    This is how the Janam Kundali is formed.

    Therefore, every one should know that what is represented in the Janma-Kundali are not the various planets moving around the Earth (even though they are very much so,) they are in fact different Needles of a 24 hour clock having at least 10 Needles.

    (Interestingly in modern day we use just three needles and that too we manage with a 12 hour clock !!)

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  92. Hi,

    I am residing in SFO, California, USA. Can u please tell me the timing about surya grahan on 15 Jan 2010 here.

    Thanks

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  93. plz tell me the timming for solar eclipse in pakistan as well...

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  94. Hi,
    I am 7 months pregnant and i am in canberra ,Australia.Could you please let me know the timings of grahan and wether i can go outside in the afternoon tomorrow?

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  95. Can u plz tell me any effect in Dubai during solar eclipse?

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  96. Hi,
    Im 7 months pregnant - can you please tell me at what are timings of solar eclispe found in Bangalore.

    Regards
    Divya

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  97. Hi,
    I am 2 months pregnant and i am in Delhi, India.Could you please let me know the timings of grahan and its effects.

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  98. I am 3 month pregnant, living in trivandrum. what precautions i can take to avoid its illeffects?

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  99. @ Trivandrum - Avoid looking at the sun directly and stay indoors if possible.

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  100. Hello,

    This refers to Su on the valuable discussion 'something on time'. However, a few terms seems to have been in error.

    For example, 'Shiva is also known as Kaalantaka' NOT because 'Shiva (the husband of Kaali) can control Time' but only because, Shiva happened to 'kill' kaala (Yama). In the context of 'Time' it may be more appropriate to refer Shiva as 'Mahakaala' in relation to the discussion of Time.

    Secondly, 'Kaali' is another name for 'Shakti'. 'Maha Vishnu', the all pervading energy is the 'product' of 'Shakti' (Power) and 'Kaala' (Time). Remember the basic equation in Physiscs that 'energy is the product of time and power'. Incidentally, this explains the relationship between the trinity (and not just 'kaalas' as mentioned by su)as 'Maha Vishnu' manifests as the 'karanodaka' (causal), garbhodaka (Brahman) and ksheerodaga (part of the trinity) in its expansion during creation.

    Hope this helps.
    Cheers.

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  101. Check this out actual path of eclipse, hope this helps you.

    http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/ASE2010/ASE2010fig/ASE2010-fig216.pdf

    If someone really concern on the timings on their local circumstances, scroll to "Local Circumstances" in the next link below.

    http://eclipse.gsfc.nasa.gov/SEmono/ASE2010/ASE2010.html

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  102. hi thanks a lot for the information about the surya grahan. as i m in australia nad here surya grahan is not visible. in such case do someone need to take any precautions during pregnancy.

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  103. hi there, i live in canada, and im 7 months pregnant, is there any grahan effect here in this region.what precautions should i be taking?pls reply

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  104. Stories in the Puraanas are written to explain a scientific phenomenon or truth. Therefore, there cannot be a past tense to truth as Truth is Sanaatanam (eternal). Shiva's killing of Time (Kaala) is a constant phenomenon (ie. is in the present tense as well. - As well as in future as it was in the past).

    Shivam means Mangalam or peace. Only Peace can Kill Time and it continues to do so. Shiva fell at the feet of the dancing Bhadra-Kaali (destructive Time) only to bring Peace on to Her.

    Energy and Power are synonymous. Energy is the product of Matter and Velocity (Time & Direction) as per Einstein's theory of relativity E=mcc.

    The product of Shiva and Shakti is Pranava sound which is AUM and this is only Gana-pati - the lord of all (ganaas). (Gana = that which can be identified - Not to mention that, That which cannot be identified is the Lord Himself).

    Vishnu means space - all prevading. There is no existence without space and hence Vishnu is regarded as the Preserver among the Trinities. Shiva means Peace and therefore everything ends in Shiva. Brahma is the creator and everything Originates with Brahma (word comes from brihat = Big ie. becoming identifiable). Creation need not necessarily be material, it could be an idea as well. For eg. an idea is born when it becomes big in the mind. Then it takes a form when it needs space. Finally it dissappears after having fulfilled its duties and it goes into State of Peace (Moksha).

    The Hindu story of creation starts with Brahma. From Brahma's mind came the Maha-tattwa (the Great(Maha) idea(Tattwam) - or the Great Principle). From the Mahatattwam (blue-print) came Matter (identifiable object).

    The Puraanaas are written to preserve Scientific Knowledge and not for stories. If they were written just as science text books, how many would have carried it with them?. (How many of us remember what we learnt about quantum mechanics or physics in our schools or even during our Post Graduation? But we surely remember all these wonderful Puraanic stories !!)

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  105. This refers to the piece written by Su above.

    While the ‘spirit’ behind what is being written is admirable, there are still some clarification required and that is attempted below.

    Su sounds right that “The Puraanaas are written to preserve Scientific Knowledge” and hence they are stories with ‘truth’ as their basis. Hence Stories ‘described’ in the Puraanas are written to explain a scientific phenomenon or truth.

    Shiva and Vishnu are both ‘conceptualisation’ of the ‘God’ which is beyond all concepts. As such a concept can not be ‘defined’, seers tried to explain ‘it’ through qualities. Hence ‘shiva(m)’ means mangalam among other things. Shiva is ‘half shakti’ or Shakti is ‘included’ in Shiva, the ‘pranavam’ itself and hence no product of Shiva and Shakti.

    Energy and Power are not synonymous but ‘inclusive’ of each other but in different ways. Vishnu is the ‘all pervading’, ‘all encompassing’ and ’all supporting’ energy, which is the source, essence and destination of everything that ‘manifest’. Matter is nothing but energy constrained in ‘time’ and ’space’, parts or ‘amsha’ of ‘tat’. Constraints can be in space or time, or in both realms, giving rise to the 86 million+ life forms (apart from the 330 million demigods/goddesses) described in scriptures. The fact that Vishnu is ‘Shakti’ as well (because of its inclusion as energy) becomes clear from the ‘Mohini’ avatar as it becomes the consort of Shiva leading to the birth of ‘Shasta’. Ganapati is Vishnu (see sahasranama sthrotham).

    Bramha as the creator is the first ‘created’ being and is ‘formed’ from Vishnu. In fact all the trinities are ‘formed’ out of Vishnu, without which no creation (See Bhagvad Gita for details) occurred and born ‘out’ of Brahma. Not Brahma’s mind, but Brahma itself is the cosmic mind, in which and from which everything emanates.

    Shiva is the ‘nirakara’, ‘nirguna’, ‘nirvikara’, ‘niramaya’ conceptualisation of ‘tat’ glorified in ‘Rigveda’ while Vishnu is the ‘sakara’, ‘savikara’, ‘saguna’ conceptualisation of the same and hence is the ‘purusha’ and ‘prakriti’, glorified in Samaveda.

    What one understands is just a drop in the ocean of knowledge and depends on the evolution of consciousness or level of enlightenment.

    Hope this helps.
    Cheers.

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  106. This refers to the piece written by Su and continues from above…

    It is not ‘Mahatatwa’ but ‘mahat’ tatwa (see ‘sankhya’ texts) and is nothing but Vishnu, whose cosmic dream is said to be the cause of all creation. A ‘sleeping’ child lying on a ‘banyan leaf’ and floating on the ‘causal’ ocean symbolises this (kaaranodakashayi Vishnu). The whole process of creation is sometimes referred to as a play (lila) of that cosmic child. Brahma was born out of this causal energy. Out of Brahma, Vishnu took ‘birth’ again as ‘Narayana’ to protect all life forms during the life span of Brahma and Shiva as Sankara (and all ‘Rudra’ forms) to annihilate all ‘created’ realms after each Brahma’s life time.

    It is interesting to note the Christian belief that one can not reach the father other than through the son. Further, Jesus was claimed to have said to his close disciples that the father and son are the same. These thoughts fit well with the Hindu scriptures (for example, Brihadaranyaka Upanishad ch.2 v.2)too in essence though.

    Einstein’s ‘empirical’ equation as quoted was NOT to define energy but to ‘determine’ the (maximum) amount of energy that could be released from a mass of ‘m’. Velocity of light in that equation is chosen as a CONSTANT and does not ‘represent’ ‘time’ or ‘direction’ as Su seems to believe. The equation only confirms Hindu belief that all matter formed from energy in the first place. If that equation were to be taken as Su indicates, then 'mind' does not have any energy as it does not have any matter in it, nor does God!

    Knowledge is structured in consciousness. The more one moves towards the highest levels of consciousness, the more one understands.

    Hope this helps.
    Cheers.

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  107. @ Abhilash

    Could you please let us know the various grahans of 2010 that a pregnant woman should be concerned of( since I dont know if I should only consider solar or lunar or both)... please provide dates & timings in EST or CST for such 2010 grahans. i am 6 weeks pregnant & live in Plano, Texas.

    just curious , where is this information sourced from? & how confident we can be about the accuracy ? Thanks.

    PR

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  108. what is the exect time of eclipse in india on 11july 2010,i am in 8th month pragnancy????......

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  109. The eclipse is not visible in India. So you don't need to worry about it.

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  110. hi i am 8 month pregnant can anyone let me know, what should we do during period of eclipses.... thanx..

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  111. Please share te timing of solar eclipse in Plano texas on July 11 2010

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  112. The july 11, 2010 eclipse is not visible in USA. So you don't need to worry about it.

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  113. I was told that one should ask pregnant women to remain indoors. They should not use any shrap objects, no eating or drinking, no reading or straining eyes, during the eclipse. Just relax for a few hours listen to some bhajans.or watch tv or just talk indoors. I intend to follow it - you might say i am old fashioned but I dont care.

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  114. Hello,
    Can anybody tell me plz,what should be the exact time of surya grahan in dubai.Plz help me, I am a pregnant women ...


    thanxs
    shona

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  115. The july 11, 2010 eclipse is not visible in UAE. So you don't need to worry about it.

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  116. Are u sure???????????abhilash

    thanxs a lot

    shona

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  117. Hi, My wife is in India and pregnant. I would like to know if this Grahanam wd have any effect here. If so, kindly let me know the timings(EST) so that I could observe fasting during this period.
    what should she do during this
    Thanks!

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  118. HAI I AM 6 MONTH PREGNANT, I WOULD LIKE TO KNOW THAT 1 JUNE, 2011 SURYA GRAHAN WILL EFFECT, INDIAN PREGNENT WOMAN?

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  119. No the June 1, 2011 grahan will have no effect in India.

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  120. Hi... I am 2months pregnant. I live in Baltimore, US. Could you please let me know the timings the grahanam on June 1st

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  121. It is not visible in US so you don't need to worry about it.

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  122. gadhon meri bibi gedu lakakar soi hui hai. koi kam nahi karna hai.uska khena hai 3 din aage aur 3 din baaad tak kucena nahi kahna hain. aayesa amere padosi ka bhi kahena hai.

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  123. Hi,
    I am 2 months preg, Mumbai India. I wasnt aware about June 1 2011 Grahan. So I obviously was working & did my routine stuff. Will this affect me or my baby :( I am really concerned..Kindly help...

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  124. @ Amee...There is absolutely nothing to worry. Your baby will be fine. If you are still worried chant the Santana Gopala mantra.

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  125. this are stupid beliefs.

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  126. hi my wife is 8 months pregnent and now she is in delhi. please let me know the timings the grahan on Dec 1o 2011.

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  127. I am 6 month pregnent .pls let me know if there are any grahans in the year 2012 till March end

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  128. hi im 4 month pregnant nd live in italy,europe can you plz tell me the timing about the chander grehana on 4 june 2012.

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  129. I am 6 month pregnent .pls let me know if there are any grahans in the year 2012 till December end

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