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Total Solar Eclipse – Monday April 8th 2024

April 8, 6:00 am to 8:00 pm

Monday April 8th Total Solar Eclipse

Eclipse Begins at 12:17 PM and ends at 3:00 PM (SVKVA Location)

Morning: 6:00 -8:00 AM Morning Pooja 

Evening: 7:00-8:00 PM Evening Pooja. 

During Grahana-Kala following will be performed at SVKVA:
– Manyu Sukta Purascharana
– Vayu Stuthi Parayana
– Saura Sukta Parayana
– Aditya Japa(108 times)
– Vishnu Sahasranama Parayana

Interested Bhaktas can register for any of these sevas at suggested donation of $51.

They can also register for all the sevas at suggested donation of $108

Please register using the following link:https://svkvaustin.org/donate

We will be live-streaming all activities

More Information:

Solar eclipse (Surya Grahana) is an extremely auspicious time (Punya Kaala) for all to benefit. Here is more information including Do’s/Don’ts:

What to Do:
• Take bath (Punya Snaana) at the beginning of this eclipse
• Snaana (Bath) is must for all, at the end of Surya GrahaNa.
• Fasting is required per scriptures from previous night
• Fasting has to be continued until the end of eclipse, followed by Bath, Cooking, Pooja and Naivedya.
• Any ‘Daana’ (charity/gift)or ‘Punya-Karma’ (good deeds) done with full faith in this period yields immense ‘Phala’ (results)
• Eclipse time is considered as most fruitful time for Japa, Parayana and Tarpana.
• Clothes and other personal items touched/used through the eclipse must be washed after eclipse but before Snaana (bath)

What NOT To Do:
• Take Do not keep any food (except milk / yogurt) through the eclipse.
• We may keep Dharbhe or Tulasi on Pickle etc. To keep the purity.
• Do not sleep, eat, drink, and use restrooms during the eclipse. (Excluding babies, very sick…..)

Grahana Dosha (Astrological effect of the eclipse):
• This eclipse will take place in ‘Revati Nakshatra’ – ‘Meena Raashi’
• It will also affect following Raashi-s : Kumbha, Meena, Simha, Tula and Kanya
• People who born in above Raashi-s and who live in eclipse visible area are required to do remedies.
• Grahana Dosha is nothing to fear. It merely indicates ‘Karma’ of our previous lives and motivates us to do more Punya to avoid any negative impact. 
• Let us take this opportunity to do more Sat-Karma, please Lord Almighty and enjoy His blessings.

Dosha Parihaara (Remedies) (During or after (any day) the Grahana):
• Chanting Vishnu Sahasra Nama, Rudra and Vayustuti
• Chanting Prayers to Narasimha, Shiva, Ganesha, Navagraha and Raghavendra Swamy
• Daana (donation) of Wheat, or Sesame oil to Temple / Vedic priest with Dakshina
• Rudraabhisheka , Navagraha / Mrutyunjaya Homa
• Shiva Panchakshari / Narasimha Mantra Japa

Please contact Avinash Achar directly for further information, sponsor and any requests

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Overview and Instructions from Achar with English translation below:


– Grahana is the capturing of shadow planet of Rahu on Surya. As the Puranic story of churning of the ocean (samudra mathana) goes,  Lord takes avataara as Dhanvantari with Amruta Kalasha. To prevent quarrel between Devas and Asuras, Lord also takes the form of the captivating Mohini who seductively lines them up in two separate rows and starts giving Amruta to only the Devas. As the Amruta is nearly exhausted,  Asura Rahu smartly moves across to the Devata line and is about consume Amruta when Surya sees this and beheads Rahu. To take revenge occasionally, Rahu causes Surya to be come invisible during Solar eclipse. 

– Note that this situation only affects humans and not Devata-s. On a lighter note, while we humans have Pani Grahana (marriage) where spouses are bound together for life, Surya Grahana and Chandra Grahana come only occasionally giving us an opportunity for us to do many good things. 

– For this very auspicious time of eclipse, after finishing usual morning ablutions we complete Sandhyavandana, Japa, Brahma yaGYa, and perform Phala (fruit) naivedya but not with cooked food.

– Unlike Ekadashi, the pooja and naivedya is not only for Bhagavanta but for all devata-s, except no rice and full prasaadaM is prepared yet – and no Vaishvadeva homa also.

– In the beginning of eclipse, we have our bath and performe nirmalya and do japa, tarpana.

– Note that during eclipse parva kaala all puNya is magnified 1 Crore times – japa, tarpaNa and daana/charity also.

– In Kali yuga we are always performing sins/paapa, so time for good/puNya is less and this eclipse time is a great opportunity to compensate.

– Upavaasa, or abstinence from food, is required to make sure we have concentration on our anuShThaana or adhyaatmic efforts. So  eight hours before eclipse we stop eating because it takes time for food to digest and also we need to be free from going to bathroom, sleep etc. during eclipse time to focus on japa and other sat-karma.

– Some people follow eclipse day like Ekaadashi, i.e. fasting the previous day but this is not required since we are only focusing the mind properly during eclipse time, not for other reasons.

– During Eclipse the best recourse is to perform Gaayatri Mantra (if you have had Brahmopadesha), Vishnu Sahasranaama, your favorite IshTa mantra, or at least Achyutaaya Namaha, Anantaaya Namaha, Govindaaya Namaha

– Pitru kaarya of Shraaddha (Aama, hiraNya) and tila tarpaNa can be performed also to please our ancestors by those with adhikaara.

– Daana (charity) is of immense benefit of various types esp. if you are born in Revati Nakshatra/ Meena Raashi but also for others – with oil, grains and dakShiNa offerings.

– There is also opportunity to do YaGYa but unlike japa etc. to be done individually, this is done through Purohits. For individual effortss japa and paarayaNa are of best value.

– All of these is done via a sankalpa first and then finally KrishnaarpaNaM according to Lord Himself in Gita.

यत्करोषि यदश्नासि यज्जुहोषि ददासि यत् । यत्तपस्यसि कौन्तेय तत्कुरुष्व मदर्पणम् ॥ ९।२७ ॥३

ಯತ್ಕರೋಷಿ ಯದಶ್ನಾಸಿ ಯಜ್ಜುಹೋಷಿ ದದಾಸಿ ಯತ್ . ಯತ್ತಪಸ್ಯಸಿ ಕೌಂತೇಯ ತತ್ಕುರುಷ್ವ ಮದರ್ಪಣಂ .. ೯.೨೭ ..೩

yatkaroṣi yadaśnāsi yajjuhoṣi dadāsi yat . yattapasyasi kaunteya tatkuruṣva madarpaṇam .. 9.27 ..3

O Kunti’s son, whatever you do, whatever you eat, whatever you offer into the fire, whatever you give, what austerities you practise dedicate the same as an offering to Me (with a clear notion that you are not an independent agent and that all acts are prompted by God and therefore, they are to be rendered to Him).

– Some people maybe on travel our out of home. But even in airport or airplane you can always do japa of naamatrayam: Achuytaaya Namaha, Anantaaya Namaha, Govindaaya Namaha

– Also children who may have to go to school, ask them to not eat/drink between 12-3pm and keep mind on learning and good things.

– Sankalpa as usual + 

अस्मिन् ग्रहण पर्व दिने समस्त विध दुरित परिहार्थम् समस्त विध पापक्षयार्थम् धर्म-अर्थ-काम-मोक्षाख्य चतुर्विध पुण्य फल पुरुषार्थ सिद्ध्यर्थम् विशेशतः सवितृ अन्तर्गतः परिपूर्ण अनुग्रह सिद्ध्यर्थं आदित्यादि नवग्रह देवत-अन्तर्गत लक्ष्मीनरसिम्हस्य परिपूर्ण अनुग्रह सिद्ध्यर्थं अस्मिन् ग्रहण पर्व समये

ಅಸ್ಮಿನ್ ಗ್ರಹಣ ಪರ್ವ ದಿನೇ ಸಮಸ್ತ ವಿಧ ದುರಿತ ಪರಿಹಾರ್ಥಂ ಸಮಸ್ತ ವಿಧ ಪಾಪಕ್ಷಯಾರ್ಥಂ ಧರ್ಮ-ಅರ್ಥ-ಕಾಮ-ಮೋಕ್ಷಾಖ್ಯ ಚತುರ್ವಿಧ ಪುಣ್ಯ ಫಲ ಪುರುಷಾರ್ಥ ಸಿದ್ಧ್ಯರ್ಥಂ ವಿಶೇಶತಃ ಸವಿತೃ ಅಂತರ್ಗತಃ ಪರಿಪೂರ್ಣ ಅನುಗ್ರಹ ಸಿದ್ಧ್ಯರ್ಥಂ ಆದಿತ್ಯಾದಿ ನವಗ್ರಹ ದೇವತ-ಅಂತರ್ಗತ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮೀನರಸಿಮ್ಹಸ್ಯ ಪರಿಪೂರ್ಣ ಅನುಗ್ರಹ ಸಿದ್ಧ್ಯರ್ಥಂ ಅಸ್ಮಿನ್ ಗ್ರಹಣ ಪರ್ವ ಸಮಯೇ

asmin grahaṇa parva dine samasta vidha durita parihārtham samasta vidha pāpakṣayārtham dharma-artha-kāma-mokṣākhya caturvidha puṇya phala puruṣārtha siddhyartham viśeśataḥ savitṛ antargataḥ paripūrṇa anugraha siddhyarthaṃ ādityādi navagraha devata-antargata lakṣmīnarasimhasya paripūrṇa anugraha siddhyarthaṃ asmin grahaṇa parva samaye

गायत्रि मन्त्र जप तर्पणाख्यम् / विष्णु सहस्रनाम पारयणाख्यं / नामत्रय जप / इष्ठमन्त्र जप> कर्माख्याम् कर्म करिष्ये

ಗಾಯತ್ರಿ ಮಂತ್ರ ಜಪ ತರ್ಪಣಾಖ್ಯಂ / ವಿಷ್ಣು ಸಹಸ್ರನಾಮ ಪಾರಯಣಾಖ್ಯಂ / ನಾಮತ್ರಯ ಜಪ / ಇಷ್ಠಮಂತ್ರ ಜಪ> ಕರ್ಮಾಖ್ಯಾಂ ಕರ್ಮ ಕರಿಷ್ಯೇ

gāyatri mantra japa tarpaṇākhyam / viṣṇu sahasranāma pārayaṇākhyaṃ / nāmatraya japa / iṣṭhamantra japa> karmākhyām karma kariṣye

– For tarpaNa, for this with adhikaara (not everyone, you know who you are, i.e. those who have to do shraaddha/pitru tarpaNa ) after usual sankalpa, 

सर्वपितृ परिपूर्ण अनुग्रह प्रसाद सिद्ध्यर्थं, ग्रहण काले तिल तर्पणाख्य कर्म करिष्ये

ಸರ್ವಪಿತೃ ಪರಿಪೂರ್ಣ ಅನುಗ್ರಹ ಪ್ರಸಾದ ಸಿದ್ಧ್ಯರ್ಥಂ, ಗ್ರಹಣ ಕಾಲೇ ತಿಲ ತರ್ಪಣಾಖ್ಯ ಕರ್ಮ ಕರಿಷ್ಯೇ

sarvapitṛ paripūrṇa anugraha prasāda siddhyarthaṃ, grahaṇa kāle tila tarpaṇākhya karma kariṣye.

Then perform the sarvapitru tarpaNa.

– Anyone can offer daana/charity by doing sankalpa and then after pooja after eclipse going to nearby temple and offering to priest. The sankalpa is 

विशेशतः अस्मिन् ग्रहण पर्व दिने समस्त विध दुरित परिहार्थं आदित्यादि नवग्रह देवत-अन्तर्गत लक्ष्मिनरशिमस्य परिपूर्ण अनुग्रह सिद्ध्यर्थम् अस्मिन् ग्रहण पर्व समय गोधुम

ವಿಶೇಶತಃ ಅಸ್ಮಿನ್ ಗ್ರಹಣ ಪರ್ವ ದಿನೇ ಸಮಸ್ತ ವಿಧ ದುರಿತ ಪರಿಹಾರ್ಥಂ ಆದಿತ್ಯಾದಿ ನವಗ್ರಹ ದೇವತ-ಅಂತರ್ಗತ ಲಕ್ಷ್ಮಿನರಶಿಮಸ್ಯ ಪರಿಪೂರ್ಣ ಅನುಗ್ರಹ ಸಿದ್ಧ್ಯರ್ಥಂ ಅಸ್ಮಿನ್ ಗ್ರಹಣ ಪರ್ವ ಸಮಯ ಗೋಧುಮ

viśeśataḥ asmin grahaṇa parva dine samasta vidha durita parihārthaṃ ādityādi navagraha devata-antargata lakṣminaraśimasya paripūrṇa anugraha siddhyartham asmin grahaṇa parva samaya गोधुम ಗೋಧುಮ godhuma (wheat) / तण्डुल  ತಂಡುಲ taṇḍula (rice) /  तिल तैल ತಿಲ ತೈಲ tila taila (Sesame oil) /  तिल ತಿಲ tila (Sesame seeds) /  हिरण्य ಹಿರಣ್ಯ hiraṇya (money)  दानाख्यं कर्म करिष्ये ದಾನಾಖ್ಯಂ ಕರ್ಮ ಕರಿಷ್ಯೇ dānākhyaṃ karma kariṣye

– In this manner let us all (men, women and children) do our best during the extremely auspicious eclipse without wasting time and doing our best efforts to earn puNya by doing japa, tarpaNa, paarayaNa and daana and get the blessings of Lord Almighty.





April 8
6:00 am to 8:00 pm


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