Full Lunar Eclipse Hawan on 15 June 2011.
When the gods and the demons churned the milky ocean in days of yore, nectar (amrit paan) came out of it. Lord Vishnu assumed the form of Mohini, a charming lady, deluded the demons and distributed the nectar only among the gods. But Rahu who had disguised himself as a god partook in the nectar and also became immortal. The sun and the moon pointed his deceit out to Lord Vishnu who immediately slashed off the demonís head using his Sudarshan Chakra. Since the nectar had by then already reached up to the neck, he did not die. Thus the head came to be known as Rahu and the body as Ketu. To avenge this betrayal, Rahu and Ketu periodically eclipse the sun and the moon.
Astronomically speaking, when the sun, the moon and the earth are all in line, with the moon or the earth at the centre, a solar or lunar eclipse takes place respectively.
At the time of the eclipse, people bathe in the sacred rivers. They do charitable acts. They give cows, money and gold. The day after the eclipse they feed the poor, the Brahmins and the Sadhus. After the eclipse they clean their houses, vessels, etc., and take a bath before preparing meals.
One should not take food during the eclipse. When the eclipse begins any food consumed should by then have been digested. One should take food only after seeing the sun or the moon free from the eclipse. When the clear sun or the moon is not seen before sunset or sunrise, in the case of the solar and lunar eclipse respectively, food can be taken only after the sun or the moon is seen the next day.
Performing pooja during these periods of eclipse is beneficial and favorable to us as we are aiding the struggling sun or moon during the solar or lunar eclipse respectively.
Past experiences of Acharya Latcheman has shown that people performing poojas at these auspicious times that make a tavij for the fulfillment of their desires, usually have their desires fulfilled much more easily.
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