Lunar Eclipse 2022: Date, Timings And Food Practices Followed During Chandra Grahan


The second Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahan) of the year 2022 is occurring on November 8, 2022. The previous eclipse happened earlier in the month of May this year. Lunar eclipse is the phenomenon when Earth comes in between the Sun and the Moon, and it blocks the sunlight coming in contact with the Moon. This leads to Earth casting its shadow on the Moon, which is visible from the Earth. Some portion of the moon will be illuminated by sunlight refracted through the Earth’s atmosphere. The Lunar Eclipse would be visible from northern-eastern Europe, Asia, Australia, Pacific Ocean, Indian Ocean, North America and most of South America.

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Lunar Eclipse 2022: Timings In India

Partial Lunar Eclipse in New Delhi
Lunar Eclipse Starts (With Moonrise) – 05:32 PM
Lunar Eclipse Ends – 06:18 PM
Moonrise – 05:32 PM
Local Eclipse Duration – 00 Hours 45 Mins 48 Secs
First Contact with the Penumbra – 01:33 PM
First Contact with the Umbra – 02:40 PM
Total Phase Begins – 03:47 PM
Maximum of Lunar Eclipse – 04:29 PM
Total Phase Ends – 05:11 PM
Last Contact with the Umbra – 06:18 PM
Last Contact with the Penumbra – 07:25 PM
Duration of Total Phase – 01 Hour 24 Mins 28 Secs
Duration of Partial Phase – 03 Hours 38 Mins 35 Secs
Duration of Penumbral Phase – 05 Hours 52 Mins 02 Secs
Magnitude of Lunar Eclipse – 1.36
Magnitude of Penumbral Lunar Eclipse – 2.42

 (Source: drikpanchang.com)

In India, the total eclipse would be visible only from eastern parts whereas partial eclipse would be visible from most of the regions of the country. According to NASA, this will be the last total eclipse in the next three years. 

(Also Read: Lunar Eclipse Dos And Don’ts)

Diet Practices Commonly Observed During Lunar Eclipse:

It is said that one should abstain from eating during the period on the eclipse. Here’s what an expert says.
According to Yogi Anoop Founder and Director at MediYoga, “It is not necessary to completely avoid foods during this day, but it’s a good practice to have light foods that can be easily digested. On this day, your body has a cooling effect, which makes your digestive system slow, so one should avoid heavy foods.”

People also keep tulsi (basil leaves) in the foods to keep them from going bad. Ayurveda Expert Dr. Dhanvantri Tyagi says, “Because of the absence of light during this day, harmful bacteria and germs may enter the food, leading to health problems. However, Science is yet to prove this theory.”

Food is cooked with water and water is said to attract radiations. It is believed that adding basil leaves to the food may repel the radiations. But again, there is no scientific evidence to prove this theory. 

(This content including advice provides generic information only. It is in no way a substitute for qualified medical opinion. Always consult a specialist or your own doctor for more information. NDTV does not claim responsibility for this information.)

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