For Hindus, a Grahan is considered inauspicious and there are several dos and don’ts we should follow to prevent its harmful effect.

Dos and Don’ts during a Surya Grahan

  1. It is beneficial to do meditation, chant mantras from the starting to the end of an eclipse.
  2. One should not perform any auspicious work during this period.
  3. Fast is performed during the day of a Surya Grahan. Many perform a 12 hour fast the day before the Surya Grahan and continue until the it ends.
  4. One should chant the Surya Mantra as many believes that it strengthens the spirituality.
  5. During the eclipse, place tharpa/durva grass in bathing and drinking water and keep aside. It has proven that the grass will purify the water during a grahan and this has immense purifying effects.
  6. Perform a ritual bath after the eclipse has ended. Taking a dip in rivers and lakes are also highly auspicious.
  7. Hindu temples will remain closed on the day of a grahan. Nevertheless, temples of Lord Shiva are open as the Lord represents the symbol of darkness.
  8. It is best to not sleep during this period of time.
  9. Do not take any important decisions on this day.
  10. Avoid eating food cooked before the surya grahan. According to Ayurveda, the harmful rays from the grahan will contaminate the food and thus affect our digestive system.
  11. Do not look at the surya grahan phenomenon.
  12. Do not touch any idol, a Tulsi or Shami tree. Once the eclipse is over, sprinkle them will Holy water.
  13. Clean the idol deities once the grahan is over.

Dos and Don’ts for Pregnant Women

Despite the lack of scientific proof, a surya grahan is said to be especially harmful to pregnant women. Here are some dos and don’ts for pregnant women.

  1. Pregnant women should avoid getting exposed to the grahan.
  2. Avoid sleeping.
  3. Do not fast during the grahan and consume freshly cooked food once the grahan is over.
  4. It is best to chant mantras that will promote the health of the mother and the unborn child.
  5. Take a bath before and after the grahan.
  6. It is best to avoid wearing metal like hair pins and jewellery.

Credit: Malay Mail, Telegraph UK, The Hindu & Ayurvedaintranslation