This year, Chandra Grahanam occurs on Thaipusam, 31 January 2018. Thaipusam one of the most celebrated festivals of Tamil people across the world will be on the 31st this month. And on this day, Lunar Eclipse will be taking place.
The most astonishing factor of this coincidence is – during Chandra Grahanam most of the temples will remain closed. After performing Samprokshana and other puja rituals, temples will be opened for common devotees.
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.
This Chandra Grahan of 31st January will be from 4.31 in the evening till 9.38 in the night. Almost all the temples will be closed during this time and will be opened after Grahanam by performing special rituals.
Tamil Nadu Temples will remain closed during Chandra Grahanam – Brihadeeswarar Temple, Thanjavur. Meenakshi Amman Temple, Madurai. Mamallapuram Temple. Annamalaiyar Temple, Tiruvannamalai. Gangaikonda Cholapuram, Thanjavur. Ramanathaswamy Temple, Rameswaram. Ucchi Pillayar Temple, Rockfort. Murugan Temple, Tiruchendur. Ranganathaswamy Temple, Srirangam. Thillai Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram. Jambukeswarar Temple, Thiruvanaikaval. Uppiliappan Temple, Thirunageswaram. Ekambareswarar Temple, Kanchipuram. Tirunallar Saniswaran Temple, Thirunallar. Subramanya Swamy Temple, Pachaimalai. Bannari Amman Temple, Sathyamangalam. Thyagaraja Temple, Tiruvarur. Kailasanathar Temple, Kanchi. Anjaneya Swamy Temple, Namakkal. Palani Murugan Temple, Palani. Lakshmi Narsimha Swamy Temple, Vellore. Kumari Amman Temple, Kanyakumari. Kamakshi Amman Temple, Kanchipuram. Panchamukha Anjaneyar Temple, Tiruvallur. Mondaicaud Bhagavathi Temple, Kanyakumari.