Dos and Don’ts for Surya Grahan
Hindus believe that Grahans are unlucky, and there are several dos and don’ts we should go by to lessen their negative effects.
- From the beginning through the end of an eclipse, it is useful to practise meditation and chant mantras.
- No auspicious labour should be done during this time.
- A Surya Grahan day is a day when a fast is observed. The day before the Surya Grahan, many people begin a 12-hour fast and keep it up till it is over.
- The Surya Mantra should be recited since many people think it improves spirituality.
- During the eclipse, add tharpa/durva grass to your drinking and bathing water and set it away.
- During a grahan, it has been shown that the grass will filter the water, which has a big effect on making it clean.
- After the eclipse, take a ceremonial bath. It is also very lucky to take a dip in rivers and lakes.
- On the day of a grahan, Hindu temples are closed. However, as Lord Shiva is a representation of darkness, his temples remain open.
- It is advised to avoid getting any sleep at this time.
- On this day, avoid making any significant decisions.
- Eat nothing that was prepared before the Surya Grahan. Ayurveda says that the Grahan’s poisonous rays will contaminate our food and make it hard for our digestive system to work.
- Keep your distance from the Surya Grahan phenomenon.
- Never touch an idol, including a Shami or Tulsi tree. Give them a holy water bath after the eclipse is through.
- After the grahan, clean the idols of the gods.
Dos and Don’ts for pregnant women during Surya Grahan
A Surya Grahan is considered to be particularly dangerous to pregnant women, despite the absence of scientific evidence to support this. Here are some pregnancy-related dos and don’ts.
- Women who are expecting should stay away from the grahan.
- Don’t go to sleep.
- Do not fast throughout the grahan, and after it is finished, eat food that has just been cooked.
- The finest mantras to recite are those that will benefit both the mother and the unborn child’s health.
- Take a bath before and after the Grahan.
- It is preferable to refrain from wearing metal, including jewellery and hairpins.