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Chandra Darshan – 18 January 2018

Chandra Darshan – 18 January 2018

Chandra means the Earth’s moon; Chandra also mean ‘illustrious’ in Sanskrit. Darshan means the prospect to see, sight or view. Therefore, Chandra Darshan is a time of viewing-sighting of the moon at an opportune time in the month. Chandra Darshan is the 1st sighting. It is considered an auspicious period-time in the Vedic Astrology. Chandra Darshan considered very auspicious in Hinduism is the first day of moon viewing after the ‘no-moon’ (Tithi, within 12° angular distance between the Surya (sun) and the Chandra (moon)). No moon is also called dark moon a facet called Amavasya. Chandra Dashan is very well notified-elaborated in the Hindu calendar (available print + electronically). There is very limited time that this viewing takes place. Most devotees break their Vrat (fasting) after the viewing. Please reference lower-below table-content for the dates-time schedule for 2018.

In Vedic Astrology, Chandra is one of the nine highest significant-valued of the aspects, planets and celestial bodies. Though it is the Earth’s moon, it is given the status-importance of a star (called Tara in Sanskrit/Hindi). In ancient times, Chandra is said to have married the 27 daughters of King Daksha, therefore the 27 Nakshatra (constellations). The nine Grehs being – Surya (sun), Chandra (moon), Mangal (Mars), Shukr (Venus), Budh (Mercury), Brahaspati (Jupiter), Shani (Saturn), Rahu and Ketu. 

Per Vedic Astrology, moon’s friends are the Sun (Surya) and Mercury (Budh). It has no enemies-opponents as such.

The first historic human to step foot on the moon was in 1969, Mr. Neil Armstrong (US), aboard Apollo 11. However, the first unmanned spacecraft moon landing was in 1959. There have been several other space missions to the moon. India’s 2nd exploration - Chandrayaan 2 by ISRO (Indian Space Research Organization) is expected in 2018 and as per schedule indicated by ISRO Chairman Mr. A. S. Kiran Kumar earlier. In the word Chandrayaan, ‘Chandra’ part is the moon and ‘Yaan’ means vehicle. 

Chandra (moon) is approximately ¼ (~one-forth) the size of Earth (~27%). It is approximately 3.8 lac kms from Earth. Chandra takes ~27.3 days to rotate once around the Earth. Some of the famous personalities with name Chandra are Mr. Subhash Chandra Bose (India Freedom Fighter), Mr. Chandra Shekhar (ex India Prime Minister), Ms. Chandra Wilson (US Actress), Mr. Subhash Chandra (India Media baron, news channel ZEE TV, Chairman Essel Group etc).

Some of Chandra ’s characteristics in Astrology are mother, mind, education, studies, peace etc.

Chandra Darshan dates and times (IST) for 2018, are—

1.            18th of January 2018, Thursday -                 5:44pm to 6:55pm

2.            17th of February 2018, Saturday -               6:08pm to 7:32pm

3.            18th of March 2018, Sunday -                       6:27pm to 7:17pm

4.            17th of April 2018, Tuesday -                         6:44pm to 8:06pm

5.            16th of May 2018, Wednesday -                  7:01pm to 7:59pm

6.            15th of June 2018, Friday -                             7:16pm to 8:53pm

7.            14th of July 2018, Saturday -                         7:17pm to 8:30pm

8.            12th of August 2018, Sunday -                      6:59pm to 7:55pm

9.            10th of September 2018, Monday -           6:28pm to 7:10pm

10.          10th of October 2018, Wednesday -          5:53pm to 7:00pm

11.          8th of November 2018, Thursday -             5:27pm to 6:13pm

12.          8th of December 2018, Saturday -              5:20pm to 6:20pm


How to perform the Chandra Darshan ritual-event? Fasting (Vrat) is carried out amongst natives to please the Lord Chandra. Vrat (fasting) is done for prosperity, favorability in wealth, health etc. In the fast for the day, eating general food and drinking is not allowed. There are certain Vrat food items available on the market. Intake of salt is not allowed. Fruits, juices (without salt, Masala), water can consumed. Lord Chandra Devta is worshipped. The fast is broken after viewing the moon (reference above table timings) around the sunset time. Often, clothes, food items, sugar etc are donated to Brahmins, Priests in temples. 

To introspect your Chandra status in your Janam Kundali (Natal/Birth Chart), You can write to us on info@yesicanchange.com or call at +91 – 124 – 6774667, also for an appointment with a leading Acharya or renowned Astro-Scientist Gurudev GD Vashist Ji at 507, Udyog Vihar, Phase -3, Gurugram (Gurgaon), Haryana, India

Date Published : 18 Jan 2018
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