1. Lunar Eclipse 2017: Why eating food during a lunar eclipse can have a harmful effect on your body

Lunar Eclipse 2017: Why eating food during a lunar eclipse can have a harmful effect on your body

Lunar Eclipse 2017: The lunar eclipse, which is also referred to as Chandra Grahan, holds religious significance for many Indians who follow rituals as per the Hindu calendar.

By: | New Delhi | Updated: August 8, 2017 1:43 PM
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Lunar Eclipse 2017: The lunar eclipse, which is also referred to as Chandra Grahan, holds religious significance for many Indians who follow rituals as per the Hindu calendar. On August 7, India and few other countries will experience some of the effects of this lunar eclipse. If you are wondering what time it begins in India, the partial eclipse is expected to begin at 10.55 PM tonight and is expected to end after forty-seven minutes past midnight. You can catch the maximum eclipse at 11.51 PM, according to a statement of the astronomy organisation SPACE India. In fact, a report in the Indian Express states that the Nehru Planetarium in New Delhi will remain open for those who are keen to see the eclipse and the partial phases which can be viewed at the Teen Murti lawns.

So, what is the ”logic” behind certain practices associated with the lunar eclipse among Hindus? The Hindus believe that the cycles of the moon have an impact on the human body. Renowned spiritual leader Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has shared his insights on his blog regarding this.

“The cycles of the moon have an impact on the human system, physically, psychologically and energy wise. During lunar eclipses, what would happen in 28 days over a full lunar cycle happens subtly over a course of two to three hours…in terms of energy, the earth’s energy mistakes this eclipse as a full cycle of the moon. Certain things happen in the planet where anything that has moved away from its natural condition will deteriorate very fast. That is why there is a change in the way cooked food is before and after the eclipse. What was nourishing food turns into poison, it is better to keep the stomach empty at this time,” Sadhguru Jaggi Vasudev has written on his blog.

Temples also remain closed during the lunar eclipse and reopen only after conducting purification-related rituals.

READ: Tirumala temple closed for 9 hours today

The BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha recommends the following Do’s and Dont’s during a lunar eclipse:

1. Do not eat 9 hours before the lunar eclipse begins. One can drink water.
2. No meals should be offered to God during the pre-eclipse period.
3. Observe fast during the lunar eclipse – do not even take water.
4. During the lunar eclipse, prayer is the best activity to undertake.
5. Take a bath in cold water with one’s clothes on immediately after the lunar eclipse.
6. After bath, it is recommended that you offer a donation with love and compassion.

After the eclipse, it is recommended by the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha to not touch anything, any person or any personal item without having a bath with clothes on first. Different beliefs, superstitions, and practices in connection with the lunar eclipse are plenty across the country. However, it remains to be seen whether educated Indians will be convinced or interested in subscribing to any of it.

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    Uday
    Aug 12, 2017 at 7:10 pm
    Thanks for this article, I have neutral approach. I can't blindly believe on this or on science either, as it failed to build trust with wrong theories which keeps on varing again and again. I read somewhere that Modern science can visualise maximum of 4 of universe, and cannot even study our own galaxy as it spreads hundred thousands light years, what they can now see is what had happened million of years ago, so how much we know our universe today, merely less than 1 ?? Science today cannot even explain Tides properly, which happens twice a day, these theories are so funny and so fully understanding eclipse is beyond reach. As they believe it's just 3 celestial bodies coming in line, is it a school level experiment with light and balls or what? Eclipse is much beyond science's understanding level. Let both these parties play in the dark, my suggestion is to believe in yourself and live the life to the fullest. No harm is taking precautions if someone believes even these are false.
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      Uday
      Aug 13, 2017 at 8:20 pm
      Realised as 'Percentage' sign is not appearing when we post a comment here, please read 4 percent and 1 percent in above comment.
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      raj
      Aug 12, 2017 at 5:29 pm
      Lolz!
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        Vijay Sai D
        Aug 11, 2017 at 10:38 am
        What a crap! Pls go out watch lunar eclipse! May be have a terrace party with food and beer! This write up is so full of nonsense - how did it get publish!
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          Rahul
          Aug 9, 2017 at 10:18 pm
          Who wrote this article? Please visit a psychiatrist...must be having unadulterated cow dung in the lunch.
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            Rishabh
            Aug 9, 2017 at 6:39 pm
            Please go read some science. Get an education also.
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              Kerala Varma
              Aug 9, 2017 at 11:27 am
              In keeping with the spirit of this illogical and unscientific piece, the picture is that of a solar eclipse!
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                Kerala Varma
                Aug 9, 2017 at 11:23 am
                Why's Financial Express publishing such mumbo jumbo and spreading supers ion?
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                  Gopal Nichal
                  Aug 8, 2017 at 7:56 pm
                  This is scientifically and logiclly not true. If this is true then we should not eat leftover food in the night also. Don't encourage supers ions.
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                    human first
                    Aug 8, 2017 at 5:50 pm
                    " No meals should be offered to God during the pre-eclipse period' BAPS Swaminarayan, Financial Express has done a great service by informing the new find of the Sanstha that Gods take meals, Youll could investigate on the menu as well. Pathetic is all that can be said of your news story which speaks of the fallen standards of a business daily like yours.
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                      Dildo Shwaggins
                      Aug 8, 2017 at 5:21 pm
                      I did not expect this from the newspaper that shares its publisher with the Indian Express. Please remove this article and issue an apology for spreading lies, misinformation and supers ion. Shame on you, editor.
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                        Scientific Indian
                        Aug 8, 2017 at 1:52 pm
                        What a pile of crap, Supers ion and religion express should be the name of the site. I wouldnt be surprised if they say sen will fall on Lunar eclipse day, do not make trades in the 24 hr window before and after a lunar eclipse, do not hold equity in the period, if you hold equity, do prayers to remove the harm done on them by the negative energy, that will be the new Financial Religion express and i would find it hilarous as hell. And if you hold dematerialized stock, wear clothes and take a shower, so that the papers get wet and damaged.
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                          Pawan
                          Aug 8, 2017 at 11:35 am
                          I see the FE has shifted it's focus from finance to astrology. Indeed a giant leap. Next time I wish to know how to light agarbattis and make your money double which is still in your gullak LOL.
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                            Pawan
                            Aug 8, 2017 at 11:33 am
                            I see the FE has shifted it's focus from finance to astrology. Indeed a giant leap. Next time I wish to know how to light agarbattis and make your money double which is still in your gullak LOL.
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                              Anand
                              Aug 8, 2017 at 11:33 am
                              Dear FE, 'logic' and 'belief' don't come into the same paragraph.
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                                Deepu
                                Aug 8, 2017 at 11:22 am
                                How can a responsible newspaper like Financial Express publish these superstious nonsense? At least do the basic research and add a line to say that there is no scientific proof for any of these claims.
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                                  Krishna
                                  Aug 8, 2017 at 9:33 am
                                  Financial express should be ashamed of writing this load of bull. I hope this the editor who approved this gets fired. Absolute nonsense. I don't come to read financial express to read this crap.
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                                    Shashank
                                    Aug 8, 2017 at 8:19 am
                                    You should have given the exact scientific reason . Not just say that certain things happen. Bull .
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                                      VENKATESH IYENGAR
                                      Aug 8, 2017 at 12:20 am
                                      What nonsense is that swamiji telling. In the line 1(sl no 1) he says one can drink water 9 hours before eclipse-next he says during eclipse one cannot drink water even, how can one sustain 10 hours without drinking water. Are there any scientific proof for all these. No God/Demigod harm human being Gods Demigods are KARUNAMAYI means immense kindness type of Aliens.This is all not true friends brother and sisters do not believe all these. Be kind honest sincere with lots of love and affection, do not harm any body, even if you cannot help anybody does not matter do not harm keep quiet. LORD SRIMANNARAYANA with take care you. Everything in this universe happens becoz of Inhalation and Exhalation of the SUPREME PERSONALITY OF GOD HEAD.
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                                        Ani
                                        Aug 8, 2017 at 2:09 am
                                        Dear Venkatesha, I think u haven't understood properly He said that one can stop eating before 9hrs the lunar eclipse starts but during that period one can drink water. Those 9hrs are called pre-eclipse period. During eclipse u can't even drink water Eg. If lunar eclipse took place between 11pm to 1am then one should stop eating from 4pm till 1am and then after taking bath one can have food. One can drink water till 10:59pm but from 11pm to 1am water should not be taken. This is what he tried to say Lots of ppl believe this and some don't. Nobody can force anyone to believe in or not to believe in. If you would have learnt the shashtra then would not have spoken such things. It's all about belief and interest. If u will start taking interest then u will start believing and if u will start believing then u will start taking interest. I am not talking only about the eclipse but whatever field u r interested in or not interested in. At the end u have to decide what is good for u
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                                          KnowTheTruth
                                          Aug 8, 2017 at 4:02 pm
                                          And precisely, how is this b.s. relevant to financial express, and where is the data to support the prescribed blackout periods for eating, drinking, urinating and bathing?
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                                            Dildo Shwaggins
                                            Aug 8, 2017 at 5:23 pm
                                            Unfortunately, Indians are a stupid group of people. Main ek Indian hone ki vajah se ye keh sakta hoon. Indians will believe what they read, be it stupid WhatsApp forwards or backward-ass ideologies. Defending these supers ions in the name of Freedom of Choice is tantamount to denying people like pregnant women/old people/children a cup of water for 9-10 hours.
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                                          Bharat Lagali
                                          Aug 7, 2017 at 11:21 pm
                                          Wow... What a load of bull ! Eat, make merry, and gaze at the wonders of the universe
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                                            Soundar
                                            Aug 7, 2017 at 9:55 pm
                                            >> the earth’s energy mistakes this eclipse as a full cycle of the moon. Certain things happen in the planet where anything that has moved away from its natural condition will deteriorate very fast What nonsense? Where is the proof? Has he really SEEN things deteriorate?
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                                              Dildo Shwaggins
                                              Aug 8, 2017 at 5:24 pm
                                              He smoked some dank weed and took a tab of ecstasy. It all came to the author in a hallucination. This is the only explanation that makes sense.
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