Surya Grahan 2016 – Solar Eclipse 2016

The dates for Surya Grahan in 2016 are March 09 and September 01. Solar eclipse has the power to diminish the limitless power of Sun. So, what effects does it produce on us? Read the article on Surya Grahan in 2016 to know about the ill effects of eclipse and how they can be reduced.

Surya Grahan: When The Day Turns Night!

Surya Grahan 2016 dates are here.Surya Grahan or Solar eclipse is a natural phenomenon, which occurs at least two to five times in a year. Surya Grahan takes place when Moon comes in between Sun and earth. This happens only on the new Moon day, when Sun, Moon, and earth come in a straight line after breaking the limitations of their orbital angles.

Surya Grahan 2016: Types Of Solar Eclipse

There are four types of Solar eclipses or Surya Grahan. The likelihood of happening of these Surya Grahan is different for different types. Let's talk about them, and also about the types of solar eclipse that earth will witness in 2016, in detail.

The four kinds of Surya Grahan are : partial solar eclipse, annular solar eclipse, total solar eclipse, and hybrid solar eclipse.

Partial solar eclipse (Anshik Surya Grahan) : This is the most common type of Surya Grahan, which is seen the maximum number of times. It occurs when only a part of Sun is covered by Moon. It seems like a part of Sun is swallowed up by the Moon.

Partial solar eclipse can be seen from those places only, which comes under the effect of penumbral shadow of Moon.

Annular solar eclipse (Kundalakaar/Kankanakriti/Kankan Surya Grahan): The name of this eclipse is derived from the Latin word ‘annulus’ meaning ring. Therefore, Annular solar eclipse is also called ring shaped solar eclipse. Annular solar eclipse occurs when earth, Sun, and Moon come in a perfectly straight line. In this kind of eclipse, Moon won't be able to cover the Sun entirely, because of its small size and also because it is quite far from earth. Only the center part of Sun is covered by Moon, which leads to the appearance of a ring or circle around the Moon.

Total solar eclipse (Purna Surya Grahan) : Total solar eclipse or the most awaited solar eclipse by the scientists, occurs when Sun is completely covered by Moon. This happens when Sun, Moon, and earth come in a straight line and also, when Moon is quite close to earth. During this eclipse, the entire Sun is covered by the umbral shadow of Moon.

In total solar eclipse, one gets to see a very rare view and covers only 1% or less area of the entire earth. It also holds only for a very few minutes, i.e. around 7.5 mins.

Hybrid solar eclipse (Sankarit Surya Grahan) : Hybrid solar eclipse, also known as Sankarit Surya Grahan, is a rare event. Sankarit Surya Grahan occurs, when it appears as an annular solar eclipse from a certain part of earth and at the same time, it appears as total solar eclipse from some different part of earth. The duration of hybrid solar eclipse is very short.

These were the types of solar eclipses (Surya Grahan).

Surya Grahan In 2016

Just read the table given below to know about the details of Surya Grahan in 2016.

Date Type Of Eclipse in 2016 Visible In India Areas in which Grahan will be visible Time(IST)
(Start - Mid - End)
March 9, 2016 Purna Surya Grahan (Total Solar Eclipse) Yes Australia, Palau, Singapore, Thailand, Malaysia, Indonesia, Taiwan, Japan, China, Myanmar, Sri lanka, Indian ocean & North Pacific ocean, India, South Korea, Guinea 05:43 - 06:13 - 06:44 (New Delhi)
September 1, 2016 Kankan Surya Grahan(Annular solar Eclipse) No Africa, Australia, South Western Middle East, Antarctica, the Atlantic Ocean, and the Indian Ocean 11:43 - 14:37 - 17:30

After knowing the types of Surya Grahan in 2016, let's now talk about the legend of Surya Grahan, so that you will also get to understand the historical reason for occurrence of solar eclipse, every year and in 2016.

Surya Grahan 2016: Legend Of Rahu And Ketu

Surya Grahan in 2016 will occur when Sun’s light will get obstructed by Moon.During the time of Samudra Manthan (churning of ocean), when the divine nectar (Amrit) came out, the gods wanted to ensure that no demon would be able to consume it. To accomplish the same, Lord Vishnu tricked and disguised himself into a beautiful lady named 'Mohini'.

She offered Amrit to all the gods and a simple liquid to all the demons. But a demon named as RahuKetu, understood the trick. He quietly sat among the gods, in between Sun and Moon, in order to consume Amrit.

When RahuKetu was consuming Amrit, he was recognized by Sun and Moon. They informed Lord Vishnu about the demon and Lord Vishnu, immediately cut down his head with his Sudarshan Chakra. As some amount of Amrit was already consumed by RahuKetu, he became immortal. Since then, his head is known as Rahu and his body is known as Ketu.

RahuKetu believes that Sun and Moon are responsible for his condition. Thus, it is believed that, he comes on earth time to time to engulf Sun. That day is termed as Surya Grahan or solar eclipse.

For this reason only, temples are also remain closed during the time of Surya Grahan, to save the deities from the evil powers of Rahu. Temples will again remain closed during Surya Grahan in 2016.

Surya Grahan 2016: Sutak

Sutak is an inauspicious duration of time before Grahan or eclipse. Sutak lasts for up to 4 Pahars, i.e. 12 hours before Surya Grahan and for up to 3 Pahars, i.e. 9 hours before Chandra Grahan. It is believed that the atmosphere start getting contaminated with some harmful elements, during this time. Any auspicious work and some other daily chores, are also avoided to minimize the negative effects of Grahan or eclipse. In 2016 also, some precautions are need to be followed for reducing the bad effects of Surya Grahan in 2016.

Important Precautions During Sutak And Grahan in 2016

Here are the given points that you should follow to minimize the bad effects of Surya Grahan in 2016:

  1. Chanting Mantra, such as Soorya Stotram, Maha Mrityunjaya Mantra, or Gayatri Mantra, and worshiping the almighty produce best results in reducing the effects of Grahan or eclipse.
  2. Meditation is also considered beneficial.
  3. Cooking and eating of food are strictly prohibited.
  4. Cutting and chopping of any thing should also be avoided during solar eclipse.
  5. It is advisable to stay indoors at the time of Grahan or eclipse.
  6. Sexual intercourse should also be avoided during Grahan or eclipse.
  7. Take bath and sprinkle Gangajal all over your house and workplace, for reducing the after effects of Sutak.
  8. Pregnant ladies are advised to take extra care of themselves, for avoiding any bad effect of Grahan or eclipse on them and their child.
  9. It is very important for all the pregnant women to stay indoors and avoid viewing any king of Grahan or eclipse.

To get a detailed view of Grahan, take a look at Grahan: Celestial Shadows Demystified .

Follow these simple steps to protect yourself from the ill effects of Sutak and Grahan or eclipse in 2016.

Although, Surya Grahan is believed to carry major negative impacts, there’s no need to panic.

Follow these instructions, and make sure that no harm is caused to you in Surya Grahan in 2016. Hope this article will help you to protect yourselves from the evil powers of Rahuketu.

My Kundali wishes you a safe solar eclipse (Surya Grahan) 2016.

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