Chandra Grahan 2018: No Dos and Don’ts For Eclipse In Ayurveda, Says Expert
Chandra Grahan 2018 or total Lunar Eclipse today: The world is about to witness total Lunar Eclipse today that will last about 1 hour 45 minutes
The world is about to witness a total Lunar Eclipse tonight, that is on the night of July 27 and July 28 that will last about 1 hour 45 minutes. It is believed that this is going to be the longest lunar eclipse of the century. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon falls under the Earth’s shadow by passing directly behind the Earth. This day will also be a Blood Moon, where the earth’s satellite takes on a reddish colour. During lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan, the earth tends to block direct sunlight reaching the moon. The only light that reflects is refracted by the earth’s atmosphere; this light appears red in colour, which is why it is called Blood Moon. Let’s look at the timings of the total lunar eclipse and know what’s in store.
Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse 2018: Date And Timing Of The Blood Moon
- Chandra Grahan is slated to be on full moon night today that will fall on the night of July 27. The first phase of the eclipse will begin from 11:54 pm IST on July 27, when moon will be cast in earth’s shadow.
- The total lunar eclipse is said to be visible from 1:00 am IST from July 28, and will be visible in cities like Mumbai, Delhi, Bengaluru, Pune, et al.
- The second phase of the eclipse will start from 2:43 am IST, wherein a partial lunar eclipse will be taking place.
- While stargazers are excited to witness the Blood Moon on this big day, there are certain beliefs or myths that have revolved around this phenomenon for centuries. In olden days, people were advised against consuming food or water during an eclipse and such beliefs were widely propagated.
- Chandra Grahan 2018: Avoiding Food A Superstition: Here’s What Ayurveda Expert Suggests
Ayurveda expert Ram N Kumar from NirogStreet dismisses these beliefs as mere superstitions. He says, “There is no mention of dos and don’ts in Ayurveda about such beliefs. The only reference that’s present is that we should avoid indulging in an auspicious work. It is perfectly safe to eat and drink during eclipse, Ayurveda is a health science and it doesn’t promote superstition. Not eating and drinking during eclipse and mandatory bath after eclipse is superstition. One can safely lead a normal lifestyle during eclipse.”
Further adding to this, Yogi Anoop, Founder and Director at MediYoga explains, “During lunar eclipse, the moon tends to be nearer to the earth, which means there are certain electro-magnetic waves in the river bodies. Moreover, our bodies are made up of 72 percent water, which is why one can experience physiological changes. You could become moody and end up eating a lot of food, which can cause and upset stomach. This is why most experts suggest that one must not eat food during this time as it may take time to digest. Rather pick on lighter foods that may help keep your digestion going strong. You can, otherwise, follow a normal routine as everything else is superstition.