Solar and Lunar Eclipses 2017 (Inauspicious Period)
Solar eclipse 2017 (inauspicious period)
The second Solar Eclipse 2017: The second solar eclipse, is the total solar eclipse (Surya Grahan) which will occur on Bhadrapada Krishna Paksha Amavasya, i.e. on August 21, 2017 in Magha Nakshatra, Simha Rashi.
It is one of the longest solar eclipse, the duration will be for almost four and a half hours. This celestial happening of total eclipse, will be visible in North America, in 99 years where the sun will be totally covered by moon. Fourteen states of United States will see it for more than two minutes.
Partial eclipse will be visible in some parts of South America, Africa, Canada, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic and Europe (UK is one of them). It will not be visible in India, so it is not a significant event in India. There will not be much effect of this eclipse, at places where it is not visible. However, Snaan- daan(holy dip in river and donation) should be done.
Solar eclipse’s first contact will be at 9.05 A.M. PDT .Total eclipse will be visible from 10:16A.M PDT, its duration will be 90 minutes.
Eclipse will end in United States at 04:09 EDT. Take precautions, you should not see the sun directly, without any eye protection as it will harm your eyes.
Lunar eclipse 2017 (inauspicious period)
This Lunar eclipse is the Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. It will be in Shravana Nakshatra in the sign Capricorn (Makar Rashi) on Tithi Shravan Shukla Paksha Purnima, on the sacred Hindu festival Raksha Bandhan, joyously celebrated in India and Nepal on 7 August 2017.
Penumbral Lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan) Sutak starts from 1:29 PM(IST), eclipse will be from 10:29 PM to 12:22 AM(midnight) Vishti -Bhadra will be till 11:07 AM(IST).
Auspicious time for Rakhi will be from 11:08 AM after Bhadra. Rakhi Bandhan(thread ceremony) should be performed during Sutak of Grahan as it is not considered inauspicious for tying Rakhi, Sutak timing is from 1:29 PM till 09 :12 PM. Thread ceremony should be avoided only during Bhadra and the eclipse.The time for Rakhi bandhan is from 11:08 AM to 09:12 PM. Those who want to avoid Sutak may perform Rakhi from 11: 08 AM to 01:29 PM.
Snan-daan or charity to the needy persons will be helpful in getting rid of most of the problems coming in one’s life due to the sins(bad karma) an individual might have done in his/her previous birth.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse will be visible from different cities of Asia, Australia, Africa, most of Europe and the eastern region of South America, Mauritius, Singapore, Nepal and most cities of India.
Do’s and don’ts during the Sutak period, Solar eclipse or Lunar eclipse
This period is considered very significant for Mantra Siddhi and fulfilling an individual’s long awaited desires through Snan-daan and Mantra Siddhi. One is recommended to avoid all the auspicious events during the period of Surya Grahan(Solar eclipse) or Chandra Grahan (Lunar eclipse). Sutak is believed to be applicable only to the places where eclipse is visible in any form.
Activities should be avoided during the Sutak period are as follows:
Sutak starts 12 hours before the eclipse. New business should not be started.
To avoid the effects of eclipse, people should take bath after Sutak. Charity or Daan to poor or needy persons after the bath may help in removing the bad effects of the eclipse.
Any auspicious work should not be performed during Sutak period or eclipse.
People, especially pregnant women should not come out in the open under the rays of the eclipse, they should not cut anything or eat during the eclipse (It is not applicable to the children or sick persons)
Eat only the fresh or covered food after the eclipse.
The idols of God in the temple or the house should not be worshiped.
Chant Mantras to get rid of the bad effects of the eclipse.