This year, Chandra Grahanam occurs on Magha Purnima, 31 January 2018. Magha Purnima marks the end of Magh Month in North Indian Hindi calendar and concludes the Shukla Paksha of Magha 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 – ‘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.