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Chandra Grahan in April 2013 in India – Chandragrahan – Lunar Eclipse April 25 - 26, 2013

Chandra Grahan, Total Lunar Eclipse, will take place on April 26, 2013 in India. According to NASA, the Chandra Grahan is a Parial lunar eclipse and will begin on the night of April 25, 2013 and is visible in India, Dubai, Qatar, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Singapore, Malaysia and Australia. The Chandragrahan will be taking place in India between 1:24 AM on April 26 to 1:51 AM on April 26, 2013.

The eclipse in India begins during moonrise so the initial phase of eclipse will not be visible in most parts of India. The time is same throughout India as per NASA.

The following map shows the detail view of the Chandra Grahan on April 25 - 26, 2013 around the world:

Detail timing in India
Sparsh or start of Grahan – 1:24 AM on April 26, 2013
Madhya or Middle Eclipse – 1:34 AM
Moksha or Eclipse ends – 1:51 AM

This eclipse will be visible in Australia, Singapore, Malaysia, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Burma, Thailand and Indonesia.

Hindu calendars and Panchang have marked the Chandragrahan on April 25 – 26 2013. Those observing fasting and other ritual have to follow them.

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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