Chandra Darshan 2018: Important facts you should know about Chandra Darshan
By: Future Point | 09-Oct-2018Views : 1110
In Vedic astrology, amongst the nine planets, Planet Moon is the fastest moving planet in the zodiac. This is the planet which stays only for 2.5 days in each zodiac sign. Therefore, in every 2.5 days, Moon would transit and it takes approx. 28 days to complete the cycle of twelve sings. And then it takes more 2.5 days to complete an entire month as per English Calendar.
As on the 30 day of the cycle, Moon leads to Amavasya or No Moon day. This is the time it leads to complete darkness in the fortnight of Krishna Pakshami. Therefore, the day after Amavasya is the day of Prathama tithi in Hindu calendar. This is the tithi where Chandra Dashan is considered auspicious, as this would initiate the auspicious Shukla Pakshami. Thus, the Prathama tithi is also known as Ugadi Chandra Darshan in some parts of the Country. Therefore, the Chandra darshan becomes very important on this tithi.
Thus, the Chandra Darshan or the Ugadi Chandra darshan 2018 table is given below for the benefits of the readers.
However, the one which we would see in the month of September 2018 is highly auspicious. Since, the Chandra Darshan on 10th September 2018 will be the Prathama tithi for Shukla Pakshami that would start the month of Bhadrapada. The darshan of this day would initiate the 1st day of the month and then the fourth day of this fortnight leads to Ganesha Chaturthi. Therefore, special importance is attached to this day. There are other significances too to pay homage to lord Moon.
Significance of Chandra Darshan:
In Hindu mythology, Chandra Dev or Planet Moon is considered to be one of the most revered deities. He is also a significant ‘graha’ or planet of the ‘Navagraha’, which influences life on Earth. Moon is known to be a favourable planet and is associated with wisdom, purity and good intentions. It is believed that an individual with favourably placed Moon in his/her planet will live a more successful and prosperous life. Furthermore, Moon is even more influential in Hinduism as it follows the lunar calendar. In Hindu mythology, Chandra Dev or the Moon God is also known to be the nurturer of animal and plant life. He is married to the 27 Nakshatras, who are the daughters of King Prajapati Daksha and is also the father of Budha or Planet Mercury. Hindu devotees therefore worship Moon God on the day of Chandra Darshan to seek His blessings for success and good fortune.
Rituals during Chandra Darshan and benefits:
- On the day of Chandra Darshan, Hindu devotees worship the Lord Moon. Again, since this falls on Monday, many would even worship lord Shiva along with Moon god.
- Devotees observe a strict fast on this day to please Chandra Dev. They do not eat or drink anything all through the day. The fast is broken after sighting the Moon just after sunset.
- It is believed that a person who would perform all the ritualistic worship of Moon god on the day of Chandra Darshan will be bestowed with good and endless fortunes for life. Prosperity is assured to them.
- Offering donations is also an important ritual on Chandra Darshan. People donate clothes, rice and sugar among other things to Brahmins on this day.
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