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Chandra Grahan 2018: Common Diet Beliefs, Myths And Superstitions Related To Lunar Eclipse

Chandra Grahan 2018: Common Diet Beliefs, Myths And Superstitions Related To Lunar Eclipse

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 today, 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.

Chandra Grahan 2018: Chandra Grahan is slated to be on full moon night

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.”

Chandra Grahan: At the time of an eclipse, it is said that it is beneficial to place Darbha

However, a set of Ayurveda practitioners continue to believe that eating restrictions should be maintained during a lunar eclipse.

Chandra Grahan 2018: Does Food Really Get Infected During Lunar Eclipse? 

Mitali Madhusmita of Sri Sri Tattva Panchakarma says, “During an eclipse, the wavelength and intensity of light radiations available on the earth’s surface is altered. Especially, the blue and ultraviolet radiations, which are known for their natural disinfecting property, are not available in sufficient quantities during eclipse. This leads to uncontrolled growth of micro-organisms in food products during eclipse and the food products are not suitable for consumption. One of the other major reasons you’re asked to stay on an empty stomach is to aid your meditation/ chanting during the eclipse, which are far less effective when done on a full stomach. Hence it’s advised to stop eating at least two hours before an eclipse, so all the food can get digested by the time you sit down to meditate.”



Lunar Eclipse: There is a flip side to these beliefs and some may not entirely follow the practice

Here are some beliefs around eating and consumption of water that are still followed, as suggested by Mitali Madhusmita:

  1. Stop eating two hours before an eclipse.
  2. Eat light and easy to digest foods before and after eclipse. Turmeric can be added to it for its antibacterial properties. Avoid non-vegetarian food because it takes very long to digest.
  3. Don’t carry any cooked food anywhere before an eclipse, as the harmful radiation during an eclipse can be absorbed by the food.
  4. Pregnant women and elderly may eat during the eclipse. However, they should eat light food like dry fruits and raisins to give them energy.
  5. Darbha grass kept in food containers.


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