Chandra Grahan, partial Lunar Eclipse, will take place on April 14 - 15, 2014 but it is not visible in
India. According to NASA, the Chandra Grahan is a
Total Lunar Eclipse and will begin on the night of April 14, 2014 and end
during the early hours of April 15 (time) and is visible in United States, Canada,
England, South America, West Africa, New Zealand
The Chandragrahan will be taking place between 9:58 PM on April 14 to 03:33 AM
on April 15 in United States. (You can find detail time of the eclipse in United States here.)
The specialty of this Grahan is that the moon will appear red in color.
Hindu calendars and Panchang have not marked the Chandragrahan on April 14, 2014. There is not need to follow any ritual in
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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