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In Vedic Astrology when one celestial body moves into the shadow of another then it is known as Eclipse or Grahan. When we talk about eclipse it could also mean something beyond the Earth- Sun- Moon system but due to the direct impact of the Sun and the Moon in our life, the term eclipse is used to describe the Solar and Lunar Eclipse.

What leads to eclipse
i. Cause of the eclipse ( Grahak)
ii. Effect/action of the Cause (Grahaya)

All of you have some general idea about the Eclipse therefore, I am not going to explain in detail about the scientific or astronomical definition and explanation of the eclipse.

We at CyberAstro feel that it is our responsibility towards our members to share such issues and its effect on you.

There are mainly three types of eclipse:-

  1. Aanshik Grahan or Partial Eclipse- A partial eclipse occurs when the Sun or the Moon are not exactly in line and only a part of the celestial body is obscured.
  2. Khandagrasa Grahan or Annular Eclipse- An annular eclipse occurs when the Sun and Moon are exactly in line. Since, the size of the Moon is smaller than that of the Sun it appears as a very bright ring.
  3. Sarvagrasa Grahan or Total Eclipse- A total eclipse occurs when the Sun or the Moon is in complete darkness for a certain period of time.

Sutak period related to eclipse :-

  1. Aanshik Grahan or Partial Eclipse- The Sutak period will be for next one month.
  2. Khandagrasa Grahan or Annular Eclipse- The Sutak period will be for next three months.
  3. Sarvagrasa Grahan or Total Eclipse- The Sutak period will be for next six months.
    However, the next three days Sutak period is applicable for all the above and for any Eclipse be it Solar or Lunar.

Three Phases of an Eclipse:-

  1. Sparsh or Beginning of an Eclipse- The time period when the shadow of one celestial body first becomes visible on the other.
  2. Madhya or Maximum Eclipse Phase- The time period when one celestial body obscures the other and (almost) the entire disk is covered.
  3. Moksha or the End of the Eclipse- The time period when the first light becomes visible and the shadow moves away from the celestial body.

Visibility of Annular Solar Eclipse on 15th January, 2010:-
The visibility of Eclipse will be in the region covering Southern tip of Chad, the central African Republic, the northern Democratic Republic of Congo, Uganda, Kenya, the southern tip of India, northern Sri Lanka, the South eastern tip of Bangladesh, Myanmar and south eastern China.

In the ancient Vedic scriptures it is mentioned that during eclipse there would be Sutak or inauspicious time and during this time one should avoid doing any auspicious work or start a new thing. The Grastodit grahana or the rise of particular object during the eclipse and the Grastasta grahana or set of the object during the eclipse is especially considered most inauspicious. However, for some special siddhi (worship) or chant of mantras, the period of eclipse considered very useful as well as powerful. It means that during the period of Sutak if a mantra or yantra is energized then that mantra or yantra would be combined with some special power. At the same time these energized mantra/Yantra will help you to fulfill your wishes related to that Yantra or Mantra.

This Annular Solar Eclipse will take place on the 15th January, 2010 when both the planet Sun as a Grahaya (effect) and the Moon, Grahak (the cause) will be transiting through the sign Capricorn at the time of eclipse. It is noteable that this is the longest solar eclips of 21st Century. However, this eclipse will have different impact on our individual life due to our individual horoscope as well as the Moon Sign. It is to be noted that we should have to consider the effect of Solar Eclipse on our life as per our Moon Sign and not as per Zodiac or Ascendant Sign.