The Total lunar eclipse of 31 January 2018 falls on Magha Purnima, the Full Moon day in Magha Month, as per Hindu calendars. This is the first eclipse in 2018 year.
This Chandra Grahan is – ‘Rahu Grastha Sampurna Chandra Grahanam’. It will take place in Pushya Nakshatra & Ashlesha Nakshatra and Karkataka Rashi. It occurs during Karka Lagna and Simha Lagna.
This Purna Chandra Grahan will be visible in USA, Mexico, Singapore, Bangladesh, India, Japan, China, Indonesia, Myanmar, Australia, South Korea, Philippines, Russia and many more countries. Since this Sampurna Chandra Grahanam will be visible in India all the rituals associated with Chandra Grahan can be followed.
It falls in Thai Masam of Tamil calendar, Makara Masam of Malayalam calendar, Maagh Mash of Bengali calendar and Maagh Month in Nepali Calendar.
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, Secunderabad (Telangana), Kakinada, Vizag – Visakhapatnam, Vijayawada, Tirupati, Nellore, Ongole, Kurnool, Anantapur, 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 31 January 2018.
Timings of Chandra Grahan, 31 January 2018
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse begins at – 4.21 PM, 31 January 2018 – Not Visible – Grahan Sparsha Kaal (Prachchaya Chandra Grahan starts)
Partial Lunar Eclipse begins at – 5.18 PM, 31 January 2018 – Not Visible – Pakshika Chandra Grahan starts
Total Lunar Eclipse begins at – 6.22 PM – Visible – Sampurna Chandra Grahan starts
Mid Eclipse at – 7.00 PM – Visible – Grahan Madhya Kaal (Madhya Chandra Grahan)
Total Lunar Eclipse ends at – 7.38 PM – Visible – Sampurna Chandra Grahan starts
Partial Lunar Eclipse ends at – 8.41 PM – Visible – Pakshika Chandra Grahan Moksha Kaala
Penumbral Lunar Eclipse ends at – 9.38 PM, 31 January 2018 – Visible – Grahan Antya Kaal (Prachchaya Chandra Grahan ends)
Performing Japa, Shanti pooja, etc during Chandra Grahanam is the highly meritorious deed. Temples will be closed during the Chandra Grahan, after Grahana moksha kalam, grahana shanti poojas and Samprokshana are performed to open the temples. For 31 January 2018, Grahan, temples will remain closed as this Grahan is followed.