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Tuesday, July 21, 2009

Surya Grahan on 22nd July - Exact Time

Lots of people asked me about exact start, maximum and end time of Surya Grahan for their city/ country. It is not possible to reply individually, so though I'll tell you how to calculate it by themselves.

You can calculate exact eclipse time for your place using NASA Surya Grahan Calculator ( If you do not find your city in the city list of NASA calculator, you will require latitude and longitude of your city. Latitude and longitude of your city can be found from

This is a short article, but don't miss these posts on Surya Grahan -
1. Surya Grahan Calculator
2. Chandra Grahan Calculator
3. Surya Grahan on 22nd July - India and World Forecasts
4. Three Eclipses in a Row - Good or Bad
5. When is the Next Solar Eclipse

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Monday, July 06, 2009

Three Eclipses in a Row - Good or Bad?

Whenever there is an eclipse astrologers find some method to term it as rare as well as disastrous. Upcoming three eclipses are no exceptions. We are hearing all sort of scaring predictions and prophesies for the upcoming eclipses. TRP hungry and ignorant electronic media due worsening the whole scene by showing all sort of different stories.

One article on Rediff says, "The world will witness a rare astronomical event- a series of triple eclipses starting July 2009. The fist in the series of triple eclipses will be a lunar eclipse on July 7 which will be followed by a solar eclipse on July 22 and then a lunar eclipse on August 6." The same article quotes D K Hari and his wife Hema Hari mentioning events like Kurukshethra war, destruction of city of Dwaraka, World War I, and World War II - all were followed by triple eclipses.

The first eclipse will occur on July 7, 2009, which will be visible in Australia, the Pacific and Americas. The solar eclipse on July 22, 2009 will be visible in India, Nepal, China and Central Pacific and the lunar eclipse on August 6, 2009 will be visible in America, Europe, Africa and West Asia.

Eclipses are very significant in astrology especially Mundane astrology (branch of astrology used to predict world affairs and world events, as opposed to individual's events). Generally eclipses give indications of bad happenings and that is the reason astrologers haste in predicting mishaps and destructions. For the present eclipses, we must note some very important point before we reach to any conclusion. Firstly, both the lunar eclipses on 7th July as well as 6th August are Penumbral which means partial and not fully darkening the Moon's light. Penumbral Lunar Eclipse is not regarded as eclipse for astrological as well as religious purpose, so should not be used for any astrological predictions. Any astrologer making lunar eclipses of this year as a basis of his astrological predictions is making a mistake. Also the magnitudes of Lunar eclipses are so less that it is almost insignificant even for astronomical purposes.

What will be the impact on me?
Nothing measurable. Firstly, the magnitude of lunar eclipses are insignificant. Secondly, eclipses makes noticeable impact on nations and not on individual. I'll write more about only significant eclipse on July 22nd, 2009 here so don't forget to subscribe.

Will I have to follow religious daily routine (din-charya) prescribed for eclipse?
For Lunar eclipse, No. For Solar eclipse on 22nd July, Yes. You can know more about the daily routine needs to be followed on the day of eclipse here.

Related Articles
1. Solar Eclipse on 22 July 2009 - India and World Forecasts
2. PDF of NASA's graphic illustration of visibility of Lunar Eclipse on 7th July
3. When is the Next Solar Eclipse
4. Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) Calculator & Daily Routine
5. Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahan) Calculator
6. My articles on Mundane Astrology

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Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Solar Eclipse (Surya Grahan) Calculator

[Update January 15th, 2010]: for information on Surya Grahan on 15th January 2010, please go here.

You might be knowing that there is partial solar eclipse on August 1st, 2008. Solar Eclipse has given a lot of importance in Hinduism. At the time of the eclipse, people are suggested to bathe in the sacred rivers. They should do charitable acts. They should donate cows, money and gold. One is suggested not not to take food during the eclipse. One should take food only after seeing the sun free from the eclipse. Pregnant women are advised not to see the eclipse otherwise the child born may have some kind of defect. Householders are forbidden from sexual intercourse on the day of the eclipse, for the same reason. Eclipse time is also considered very auspicious for sadhana (spiritual practice).

Khandgrass Surya Grahan Timings in India
August 1, 2008 (15.50 IST to 18.08 IST)
It will be visible everywhere in India.

Sutak time
The Sutak will start from 3.50 a.m. (IST) of Aug 1, 2008 and continue till 6.00 p.m. (IST) or sunset of the same day whichever is earlier.

Partial Eclipse beginning and end timings
City Hrs (IST)
Delhi 16.03 to 17.57
Mumbai 16.27 to 18.04
Chennai 16.41 to 18.08
Kolkotta 16.18 to 18.03
Bangalore 16.42 to 18.07
Jammu 15.54 to 17.51
Ahemdabad 16.16 to 18.01
Guwahati 16.11 to 17.58
Hyderabad 16.30 to 18.06
in other locations, (+,-) 5-10 minutes to the above time.

If you are in some other city or country, still you can find out exact timings of solar eclipse for you. There is one very nice utility given on nasa website for calculating exact timing for Surya Grahan (Solar Eclipse at

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