January 31, 2018: Lunar eclipse 2018 will be all the more special because for the first time in 152 years, a ‘super blue blood moon’ will be seen which is a result of the perfect line-up of the sun, the earth and the moon.
The next lunar eclipse will take place on December 31, 2028 which is 10 years later.
Lunar eclipse popularly known as Chandra Grahan in India is one of the biggest astronomical events of the country.
In India, lunar eclipse is said to occur late evening and is believed to have a significant astrological impact as per the Hindu calendar. There are certain practices that are followed during this period, which also include skipping food. It is believed that eating foods during the lunar eclipse may have harmful effects on the body.
According to Yogacharya Anoop of Chaitanya Foundation, “It is not said that you should completely stop eating foods during this day, but one must have light foods that are easy to digest. On this day, your body has a cooling effect, which in turn makes your digestive system slow and produces lesser digestive juices, which is why it is mostly recommended that you shouldn’t be eating too many heavy foods. Moon is water and our body has 72 percent water; which means the change in the moon will also bring a change in the brain and body. During this day, people go through emotional changes too. You must practice meditation and deep breathing exercises to ensure the day goes by easily.”
According to Ayurveda Expert, Dr. Dhanvantri Tyagi, “While there is no particular reason of skipping foods, but it may be because of the absence of light during this day that allows harmful bacteria and germs to enter the food, which may cause a health problem.”
Manak Sharma, Co-ordinator of Sri Sri Gurukul, (Veda Agama Samskrutha Maha Patashala), the Art of Living’s Heritage school says, “…When something as large as the ocean is affected by full moon and new moon- causing high tides and low tides- the body is also affected. This celestial phenomenon also affects our minds. In order to deal with this inner chaos, our ancestors have given us a set of practices.”
It is believed that many cycles of moon enhance radiations and ultraviolet rays that contaminate the food making it harmful to consume. Cooked food is made using water and water is believed to attract more radiations. However, it is said that adding holy basil or tulsi leaves to the food may repel the radiations.
While this has not yet been proven by science, it still remains a belief.
Feature image courtesy: nasa.gov
TNT News with inputs from NDTV