A Prelude to Shravan
A Prelude to Shravan – Lunar Eclipse and Guru Purnima
Lunar Eclipse – 16th July
Timings: 1:32am to 4:30am
Guru Purnima – 16 July
Timings: Purnima Tithi Begins = 01:48 on 16/Jul/2019
Purnima Tithi Ends = 03:07 on 17/Jul/2019
Lunar Eclipse also known as Chandra Grahan occurs on a full Moon Day. This awe inspiring and mysterious phenomenon will be visible on the 16th of July 2019 in India. On the day of the eclipse, the Earth casts its shadow on the Moon.
According to Astrology and in Hinduism, on the day of the Lunar Eclipse certain steps are to be taken.
- During the time of the eclipse, it is advised to take a bath and chant Mantras
- It is also advised to donate to charity
- Refrain from consuming food and water during an eclipse
- It is advised to avoid travelling during an eclipse
- Even after the eclipse is over, leftover meals should not be consumed
- During this time no important deals or work are made or done
- Deities are not offered any meals during the eclipse
- Pregnant women, children and senior citizens are advised to stay indoors to avoid the negative vibrations of the eclipse
- Durva grass and Tulsi leaves are placed on water and food until the end of the eclipse
- It is considered auspicious to wear a relevant Rudraksha or chant on a Rudraksha Japa mala
- It is advisable to bathe and consume fresh food after an eclipse
There are reasons why these rules have been passed on through the ages and why there is a need to adhere to them. The reason lies in the science of the phenomenon of the eclipse. About twelve hours prior to the eclipse the environment begins to change, it gets polluted and dense. The heaviness and the dense environment affect living beings and the air we breathe. This change results in poor functioning of the digestive and respiratory system during the eclipse.
Rudraksha to wear during Eclipse
Wearing a Rudraksha during an eclipse is considered beneficial. The bead has electromagnetic and paramagnetic properties which act with the human energy field to improve blood circulation and breathing. The beads of Rudraksha are multifaceted and every bead is blessed by its presiding deity. During the eclipse, we recommend the 2 Mukhi Rudraksha as it is blessed by Ardhanareeshwar and controls the malefic effects of the Moon. Another Rudraksha that can be used to control the malefic effects of the Moon is Gaurishankar in any mukhi. For chanting purposes, any Rudraksha mala can be used. When you sit with your spine erect and move the beads between the thumb and the ring finger using the finger tips stimulates blood circulation. Mantra chanting during this process improves breathing and generates positive vibrations.
As per Astrology, it is believed that Rahu overwhelms the Moon during the Lunar Eclipse. The recommended Rudraksha during this phase is the 8 Mukhi and the 16 Mukhi Rudraksha that helps control the malefic effects of Rahu.
This year the Lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan) falls on Guru Purnima and the eclipse precedes the auspicious month of Shravan. Lord Shiva is known as the Adi Guru. It is believed that during Shravan Lord Shiva roams the land and blesses his devotees. An eclipse is an auspicious day to wear a Rudraksha and wearing the Rudraksha serves as a prelude to the auspicious month of Shravan. For people who wear, gift, donate or worship a Rudraksha during Shravan, come immediately under the compassionate and watchful gaze of Lord Shiva. He blesses those who wear his divine beads.
Note: Chanting relevant Beej Mantras during an Eclipse, Pradosh, Purnima, and Amavasya or on Pushya Nakshatra give the best results.