Chandra Grahan in September 2016 in India – Chandragrahan Time – Lunar Eclipse September 16, 2016 in India

Chandra Grahan, Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, will take place during midnight on September 16, 2016 and during early hours of September 17 in India. According to NASA, the Chandra Grahan is a Penumbral lunar eclipse and is visible along Europe, Africa, Asia, Austraila Pacific Islands and Western pacific. In India, it will be visible during midnight. The Chandragrahan will be taking place in India between 10:25 PM on September 16 to 2:24 AM on September 17, 2016. This eclipse takes place in Purva Bhadra Nakshatra and in Meena Rashi.

The eclipse will not visible to the naked eye in India.

The eclipse in India begins at midnight on September 16 and ends during the early morning hours  on September 17. The time is same throughout India as per NASA.

This grahan need not be followed by Hindus in India as it is not visible to the naked eye in India. There is no fasting and temples won't be closed.

The following map shows the detail view of the Chandra Grahan on September 16, 2016 around the world:

Chandra Grahan and Hindus
Usually during a Chandra Grahan, a fast (Upvaas) is observed by certain communities in Hindu religion. 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. Pregnant women chant the Santana Gopala Mantra.

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