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Why do we Hindus use Durva or Darba Grass during Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahanam?

When there is a solar eclipse or lunar eclipse several Hindu communities keep Durva or Darba Grass on food items at home. There is a popular belief among some Hindus that food items become unusable after Chandra Grahan and Surya Grahanam. To avoid such damage and pollution of food during eclipse or grahan some Hindu communities keep Durva on such items.
Durva is known as arugam pul in Tamil, Darba Dhub, Durva and Haritali in Hindi (North India). Bermuda or Bahama Grass is the English name. Darba Grass is used in all important Hindu pujas and it is believed that the Durva grass appeared on earth from the body of Varaha, the boar incarnation of Lord Vishnu. There is also a belief that Lord Brahma, Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are present in Durva grass and so Darba remains unaffected during Grahan. Darba Grass is placed on top of milk, curd and other milk products, vegetables and fruits during an eclipse.

English Meaning, Translation and Explanation of Navgraha Stotra

This translation and explanation of Navgraha Stotra is provided by Dr. Shriniwas Kashalikar, a stress management expert. He is of the view that Navagraha Stotra prayer helps us to explore and experience the power and bliss of our true self and thereby progress into universal unity, harmony and happiness. Here is an excerpt from the explanation of the first hymn in the Navgraha Stotra dedicated to Lord Surya or Sun God.The nine grahas are not merely planets or start in physical sense. They are the power underlying the physical existence. Here the word Sun represents the source of not merely physical energy for photosynthesis by plants or heats but it indicates source of consciousness for the entire universe.You can read the explanation of the entire Navgraha Stotram here at slideshare – Navgraha Stotram translation, meaning and explanationOr you can read it below
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