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Total Lunar Eclipse (10.12.2011)
(Sampoorna Chandra Grahana)
Sparsha (18.16hrs) Madhya (20.02hrs) Moksha (21.48hrs)

Last eclipse of the year 2011 is going to be witnessed on 10 th December 2011, the full moon day, Pournimaasya. It is going to be a total Lunar eclipse (Sampoorna Chandra Grahana) occurring at the Moon’s descending node, Kethugrastha Chandra Grahana. This eclipse will be visible all over Asia, Australia, New-Zealand, Europe, North America, Canada and Middle East. In India it will be visible throughout the country. It is going to be again a long eclipse stretching for more than three hours with its totality lasting for 51 minutes. We had recently witnessed a similar type but still longer lunar eclipse in the month of June’2011. Astrologically, this Eclipse is occurring in the constellation of Rohini extending to Mrigasira star in Vrushabha Raasi (Taurus).

Schedule of current Lunar Eclipse as per IST
Date of Eclipse Lunar Day Type of Eclipse Visibility Eclipse Time Total duration of Eclipse Eclipse Phases: Sparsha (Beginning) Madhya (Mid time) Moksha (Ending time) Vedha starts from Parva Kala 10th December, 2011 (Saturday) Margasira Sukla Pournami Total Lunar Eclipse Sampoorna Chandra Grahana Kethu Grastha – Khagraasa Across the country 18.16 hrs (IST) to 21.48 hrs (IST) 3 hours and 32 minutes 18.16 hrs 20.02 hrs 21.48 hrs 09.16 hrs 3 hours and 32 minutes

As per NASA the timing is going to be same through out the country. Food restriction for those who can afford starts from Sunrise on 10.12.2011. Pregnant women, children, old aged and ailing have relaxations in food timings but well before the eclipse time. As far as possible avoid taking food during eclipse.

Astrological details of the Eclipse
Eclipse Sign Eclipse constellation Planets in Eclipse sign Effect on zodiac signs    Negative results Mixed results Auspicious results Vrushabha (Taurus), Thula (Libra) Mithuna (Gemini), Kumbha (Aquarius) Mesha (Aries), Kanya (Virgo) Vrischika (Scorpio), Makara (Capricorn) Karkataka (Cancer), Simha (Leo) Dhanus (Sagittarius), Meena (Pisces) Vrushabha Raasi (Taurus) Rohini and Mrigasira (1 & 2) Kethu and Moon

Suggested Remedies
Since the eclipse is occurring in the constellation of Rohini and Mrigasira, those belonging to these two birth stars may have to perform Grahana Shanti. Those born in the Moon sign of Taurus (Vrushabha) and in the constellation of Rohini & Mrigasira in particular should donate the following to a Brahmin on the next day morning after taking bath. One Bronze/Copper plate (filled with ghee) + Chandra Bimba & Naga Bimba (silver) + Vasthra (Clothes) + Dakshina along with Rice, Horse Gram and Toor Dal Donating Black Thil seeds during Parvakala like Eclipse is always recommended, which is considered as highly meritorious. Performing Rudrabhishekam to Lord Shiva before and after the Eclipse will be beneficial. Those belonging to Rohini and Mrigasira stars should avoid looking/getting exposed to the Eclipse. While giving charity (Bimba Daana) following sloka to be recited… Chandraantaryaami Sri Lakshminaarasimha preranaaya Sri Lakshminaarasimha preethyartham Chandroparaaga-peeda-parihaaraartham Sanaaga chandrabimba-daanamaham karishye

Suggested prayers
Specific prayers to Lord Maha Ganapathi (for Kethu), Lord Sri Krishna and Lord Shiva (For Moon), Lord Hanuman, Moon God are required to be made during eclipse. Some of the useful prayers suggested for recitation during eclipse time are… Sri Vishnu Sahasra Nama Stothram Sri Nrusimha Kavacham Runa Vimochana Sri Nrusimha Stothram Sankata Nashana Ganesha Stothram Sri Krishnaastakam, Sri Damodara Stothram Sri Venkateswara Vajra Kavacha Stothram Durga Kavacham or Durga Stuthi Sri Hari-Vayu Stuthi, Yanthroddharaka Hanumad Stothram Khila Vayu Stuthi, Hanuman Chaleesa Sri Raghavendra Sthothram/ Kavacham One can choose any one of the above or any other useful Divine prayer based on their individual faith and belief while the above list is only indicative but not exhaustive. Those who cannot recite them can at least resort to chanting of Narayana Astakshari or Shiva Panchakshari or Sri Rama Nama or Sri Raghavendra Astakshari during Eclipse.
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What is to be done during Eclipse time?
Any Eclipse time is said to be very sacred and celestial and entire period of Eclipse is known as Parva Kala (most sacred time). Any sacred rituals or rites performed during a parva kala will derive more merits than those performed during ordinary times. Hence, please don’t waste the Eclipse time with materialistic pursuits and activities. Eclipse is the most opportune time to perform Snana {(sacred bath) before and after the Eclipse}, Prayer, Punascharana of Upadesa Manthra (like Gayathri manthra), Pithru Tharpana, and Charity. Chanting of Vedic manthras/sacred Sthothras will ward off the negative energy that gets activated during eclipse and protects from all negativity. Those who are eligible (Tharpanaadhikari) should give Sarva Pithru Tarpana to forefathers with black Thil (Sesame) seeds with proper sankalpa during eclipse time. In case eclipse day is coinciding with Pithru/Mathru thithi (Pournami) it should be performed after the eclipse. During Vedha period nithya karma like Snana, Sandhyavandana can be performed. Snana (taking bath) after the Eclipse is a must and thereafter food can be taken after offering prayer.

For more information on Thila tharpana vidhi, list of Sarva Pithru etc… you may like to refer to the following post…..
http://bhargavasarma.blogspot.com/search/label/AMAVASYA%20THARPANA%20VIDHI

For more details on Eclipse terminology, dos & don’ts, usage of Dharbha (Kusa grass) during Eclipse etc… you may like to refer to the related posts from the following link… http://bhargavasarma.blogspot.com/search/label/Eclipse

Annexure
Pithru Tharpana Sankalpa Sloka
(For the current Lunar Eclipse) Sri Govinda - Govinda! Sri MahaVishnorAagnaaya, Pravarthamanasya, Aadya Bramhane, Dwiteeya Parardhe, Sri Swetha Varaaha Kalpe, Vaivaswatha Manvanthare, Kaliyuge, Kali Prathama Charane, Bauddhavathare, Salivaahanasakhe, Jambudweepe, Meror Dakshina bhage, Bhaaratavarshe, Bharatha Khande, Godavari Dakshina theere……Sannidhau, Asmin Varthamane, Vyavahaarike, Chaandramanena, Sri Khara Nama Sanvastare, Dakshinaayane, Hemantha Ruthau, Margasira Maase, Sukla Pakshe, Pournami Thithau… Mandha Vaasare, Vishnu Nakshatre, Vishnu Yoge, Vishnu Karane, evam guna visheshana visistaayaam, Punya thithau Praacheenavithi (Yagnopaveetham in apasavya position) Asmath Samastha Pithrunaam Akshaya Punya Lokaavaapthyartham Chandroparaaga Punyakaaley Sraaddhanga Saddhyah Thila Tharpanam Karishye Samarpana sloka Anena Mayaa - Chandroparaaga Kruthena Samastha Pithru Thila Tharpanena SriMadhJanardhana Vaasudevah Priyathaam Preetho Varado Bhavathu Sri Krishnaarpanamasthu Kaayena vaacha manasendri yairvaa Buddhyaatmanaa vaa prakrite swabhavath Karomi yadyat sakalam parasmai Naarayanayethi samarpayaami bhargavasarma

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