Lunar Eclipse, Chandra Grahan in September 2016 is Prachaya Chandra Grahan (Penumbral Lunar Eclipse). The Penumbral lunar eclipse of 16th September 2016 falls on Bhadrapada Purnima, the Full Moon day in Bhadrapada Month, as per Hindu calendars.
It is also celebrated as Umamaheshwara Vratham. It is to note that Chandra Grahan occurs only on Punrima (Full Moon day).
This Lunar eclipse occurs in Purvabhadra Nakshatra of Kumbha Rashi and Meena Rashi.
During this Grahan, Chandra (Moon) may appear so dull over India, as the rituals are not followed as per many major Panchangams and Hindu calendars. All the calendars – Telugu Panchangam, Kannada Panchanga, Marathi Panchang, Hindi Panchang, Bengali Panjika, Tamil Panjangam, Malayalam Panchangam, Odiya Panji, etc considered this Grahan as ‘Negligible Lunar Eclipse’.
As per the IST (Indian Standard Time), the timings of Chandra Grahan on September 16, 2016….
Chandra Grahan begins in the night of 16 September and Grahan continues throughout the late night and ends in the early hours of 17 September.
From all the cities of India: Jammu, Srinagar (Jammu & Kashmir), Chandigarh, Jalandhar, Patiala (Punjab), Ambala (Haryana), Shimla, Dehradun, Delhi, Jaipur, Udaipur, Ajmer (Rajasthan), Surat, Ahmedabad, Vadodara, Gandhinagar (Gujarat), Mumbai, Pune, Nagpur, Nashik, Nanded (Maharashtra), Panaji (Goa), Bangalore, Mysore, Gulbarga, Mangalore (Karnataka), Chennai, Madurai, Salem, Coimbatore, Trichy (Tamil Nadu), Thiruvananthapuram, Cochin, Calicut (Kerala), Hyderabad, Warangal, Karimnagar, Nizamabad (Telangana), Vizag, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Nellore, Rajahmundry (Andhra Pradesh), Bhubaneswar, Cuttack (Odisha), Kolkata, Howrah, Darjeeling, Durgapur, Asansol (West Bengal), Guwahati (Assam), Agartala (Tripura), Kohima (Nagaland), Imphal (Manipu), Aizwal (Mizoram), Itanagar (Arunachal Pradesh), Gangtok (Sikkim), Lucknow, Varanasi, Kanpur, Agra, Ghaziabad, Meerut, Allahabad (Uttar Pradesh), Indore, Bhopal, Jabalpur, Ujjain, Gwalior (Madhya Pradesh), Patna, Gaya, Bhagalpur, Muzaffarpur, Purnia (Bihar), Jamshedpur, Dhanbad, Ranchi (Jharkhand), Raipur, Bhilai (Chhattisgarh), the enthusiasts can watch the Lunar Eclipse of this 16 September 2016.
According to sources, the visibility of the eclipse in India is not so clear. The North Eastern states like Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Tripura, Meghalaya, Most of the parts of West Bengal and Bihar, Odisha, Some parts of Jharkhand, etc,. cannot experience the Chandra Grahan as Moon may be too dull to view.
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse begins at – 10.24 PM, 16 September 2016 – Visible – Grahan Sparsha Kaal (Prachchaya Chandra Grahan starts)
Mid Eclipse at – 00.24 AM, 17 September 2016 – Visible – Grahan Madhya Kaal (Madhya Chandra Grahan)
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse ends at – 2.24 AM – Visible – Grahan Antya Kaal (Prachchaya Chandra Grahan)
As per the Universal Time (GMT), the timings of Chandra Grahan September 16, 2016
Penumbral Eclipse Begins: 16:54:42 UT
Greatest Eclipse: 18:54:20 UT
Penumbral Eclipse Ends: 20:53:59 UT