This year, Chandra Grahanam occurs on Ashada Purnima, 27 July 2018. Ashada Purnima marks the end of Ashada Month in North Indian Hindi calendar and concludes the Shukla Paksha of Ashada Month in Marathi, Gujarati, Telugu and Kannada calendars followed in Maharashtra, Gujarat, Telangana – Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka respectively.
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 – ‘Ketu Grastha Sampurna Chandra Grahanam’. It will take place in Uttarashada Nakshatra & Shravana Nakshatra and Makara Rashi. It occurs during Mesha Lagna, Vrishabha Lagna and Mithuna Lagna.
This Purna Chandra Grahan will be visible in Singapore, Malaysia, 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. In Canada and USA this Chandra Grahan will not be visible, hence no need of any rituals.
It falls in Aadi Masam of Tamil calendar, Karkidaka Masam of Malayalam calendar, Shraban Mash of Bengali calendar and Shrawan Month in Nepali Calendar.
This Chandra Grahan of 27 July will start at 10.44 in the night and end at 4.59 AM, the next morning. Almost all the temples will be closed during this time and will be opened after Grahanam by performing special rituals.