Sunday, January 2, 2011

Surya Grahan

According to the astronomers when the earth and moon are positioned in the same line i.e. when the moon is between the earth and the sun, the rays of the sun are not able to reach the earth and due to this a part of the sun becomes invisible. This is known as the solar eclipse.

Solar and Lunar Eclipses have a special significance in the field of Sadhanas. It is a much awaited time for people involved in mantra jap and tantra. 

Reason being that a mantra chanted 1000 times during an eclipse is equivalent to chant it 125000 times during normal days.

One among the many types of punashcharan is: One should start chanting the ishta mantra when the eclipse starts and should continue till it ends. this ensures that the mantra gets activated for the sadhak and starts working for him/her.

In general, one should do mantra chanting and stotra path during this period. The mantras and stotras one chants in his/her daily puja, if chanted during eclipse become more powerful and activated.

Note: Moorti Sparsh and Pooja of Idols etc is not allowed during eclipse, only mantra chanting / Stotra path should be done.

Some Dos and Donts during Eclipse:

  1. From the starting to the end time of Eclipse, its beneficial to do meditations, chanting of mantra, Hawan, and prayers.
  2. Idols of God should not be touched during Solar Eclipse. After the Sutak period, you should take bath and wear new clothes and the sculptures of God should also be washed with Ganga Jal and made to wear new clothes.
  3. The chanting of Favorite God, guru mantra, Gaytri mantra, Mahamrityum jaya mantra, Vishnu Sahasranaam should be done by lighting a deepak.
  4. At the starting of eclipse, one should take a bath, in the midst of the eclipse mantra chanting and Homa  should be done, after the eclipse donations should be made.

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