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An eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs when an astronomical object is temporarily obscured, either by passing into the shadow of another body or by having another body pass between it and the viewer.

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What is the story of Svarbhanu, the asura responsible for eclipse?

There is an existing question that has reference to mention of Svarbhanu in Rig Veda. But I am more interested in related stories - be it from brahmanas, ithasas or puranas. Specifically, what was his ...
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Are there any eating restrictions during solar/lunar eclipse? [duplicate]

21st June 2020. I think solar eclipse started from around 9:15 AM IST and it will stay till 2:30 PM IST. My mom is not allowing me to eat anything. And local news channels are also claiming that food ...
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What is the spiritual significance of eclipse? [duplicate]

We have heard from childhood about negativity associated with the eclipses, abstaining from food, outing ,etc during the eclipses. I request a more detailed explanation regarding this. What are the do'...
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Did a solar and lunar eclipse occur during kurukshetra war within a span of 14 days?

Are there any such instances in recent history, can this be used to date back to the times?
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Are solar eclipse rituals still practiced today?

Specifically the solar eclipse answer is this question speaks of immortality. What are the beliefs related to lunar and solar eclipses? And the huge head of the Danava, cut off by the discus and ...
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Why doesn't the position of the Lunar Node (Rahu and Ketu) overlap with that of Sun during a complete solar eclipse?

This year's total solar eclipse took place on 3rd Jul 2019 at 00:52:57 Hydrabad time. The position of Sun, Moon, and Rahu, are as follows : Sun : 76:30:20 Moon : 76:34:13 Rahu : 83:29:11 My ...
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Tharpanam on the Grahanam day

When should we have to do tarpanam on the grahanam or the eclipse day. Do we have to do before the start of Grahanam or after Moksha ?
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Should Eclipses be considered as an auspicious and divine event or as an inauspicious occurrence?

Most Hindus just view eclipses as something which is an inauspicious thing and also believe negative energies are radiated from it. The word 'Grahana' itself also induces a sense of fear to many. ...
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How many times solar eclipse have occured during mahabharata war?

I heard from the scriptures that solar eclipse happened 3 times during the same paksha (sukla quarter) it signifies total destruction and Yuga change. Wants to know the scriptural reference for the ...
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Why does Hindus add “Darbha Grass” to every food during moon eclipse?

Today is Moon Eclipse, so my mother added "Darbha Grass" to every food. Why so? Why Hindus add "Darbha Grass" to every food during moon eclipse?
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Why should temples be closed during an eclipse?

Any reference in the Hindu scriptures (Vedas, Agamas, shastras, etc.) on why temples should remain closed during an eclipse (grahana)?
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What do vedas say about Eclipses [duplicate]

I'd like to know how Vedas explain eclipses and what they say about eclipses. How doe eclipses occur according to Vedas? What do Vedas say about Eclipses in general? Are eclipses considered ...
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Why do Hindus only count Umbra as the eclipse?

Hindu calendar only includes Umbra as an eclipse. Penumbra (here B) can affect a wider area of place and last longer as well. Partial eclipse also occurs in the Penumbra. So why is only Umbra counted ...
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What is esoteric meaning behind eclipse timing?

It is commonly known idea that merit time is a sacred one and it is suggested that one must do good deeds like sacred bathing, charity, japa, homa, etc. during the eclipse. Activities like eating, ...
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How did ancient Hindus identify the date and time of Eclipses?

For example, we have partial lunar eclipse on 7.8.2017. With modern technology, it is possible to discover the date and time of eclipses. But without any modern equipment, how did ancient Hindus ...
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is it ok to do Gayatri Japa during a Lunar Eclipse?

For example, there is a Partial Lunar Eclipse taking place tomorrow ( 7th August 2017 ). Is performing Gayatri Japa during the Lunar Eclipse (10.52 Pm- 12.48 AM tomorrow) allowed ? Regards
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What is the reason behind restrictions during eclipses?

Hindus(mostly Brahmins) usually don't eat, go outside, don't touch any clothes during eclipses. After eclipse, they take bath. Now, my questions are: Which scripture says so? What is the reason ...
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What scriptures describe the phenomenon of Fire Eclipses?

Just like Vaishnavas follow Pancharatra Agamas and Shaivites follow Shaiva Agamas, Shakta follow Shakta Agamas, aka Shakta Tantras. (I discuss an exception that proves the rule here.) One such Shakta ...
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Rig Veda - The demon Svarbhanu, Rahu and eclipse

This blog article talks how the demonic form of Svarbhanu is used to explain the phenomenon of eclipse. This wiki article also says that Svarbhanu is a name used for Rahu in Puranas. It also claims ...
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Which scripture says that during eclipse all water become pure like Ganges water?

Which scripture says that during eclipse all water become pure like Ganges water? This page make the following claims: During eclipse all waters are equivalent to Ganges water and all Brahmins are ...
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Why is Chandra Grahan (Lunar eclipse) considered unsafe for pregnant women in Hinduism?

It is said that women should not work during Lunar Eclipse or Chandra Grahan. It is said that doing so effects the physical health of the baby. Is there any mention of this in the scriptures, or any ...
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Why do people avoid going outside during eclipse time?

Generally people avoid going outside during eclipse time. Pujari closes the temple's door during eclipse time. What is the reason behind this ?
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Why does Srikalahasti Temple remain open during an eclipse?

As we all know, temples remain closed when there is an eclipse. But the Srikalahasti temple remains open even during eclipses and they also do special pujas on these occasions. Please share the story/...
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What are the beliefs related to lunar and solar eclipses?

What are the beliefs related to Lunar and Solar eclipses according to Hindu culture? I have heard that they are the result of trouble making by Rahu and Ketu by devouring the sun/moon for a while.