Chandra Darshan FESTIVAL India 2023

  • TypeType: Mythological
  • Dates:14-Dec-2023
  • Location:Maharastra

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Chandra darshan translates to “Moon sighting”. As the name suggests, this festival is the first day of moon sightings after no moon day (Amavasya). The first sighting of the Moon after no moon day is believed to have some religious significance. Religious people keep a day-long fast and break it after seeing the Moon at night on this Chandra darshan occasion. The Moon is visible for a very short period on the first day of Chandra darshan. The Moon sets about one hour after sunset.

This occasion is dedicated to Chandra dev (Moon). Chandra dev is known for his purity, happiness and wisdom. As per the astrological predictions, those whose Moon is placed positively will lead prosperous lives. According to religious beliefs, it is considered immensely fortunate and prosperous to sight the Moon on this particular day. Chandra Darshan is celebrated in honour of the Lord Chandrama or Moon.

Predicting the first day of Chandra Darshan has always been a challenging task for Panchang makers. The Moon sets about one hour after sunset and can be sighted only after sunset due to being on the same horizon as the sun. Hence the Moon can be sighted only after sunset.

Astrologically, the Moon is known to have a major impact on one’s psyche, emotions, and moods. The bright Moon is beneficial, and the dark Moon is malefic. Often in the Vedic lore, the Moon is referred to as a monkey or rabbit as it keeps hopping from one planet to another. It is also a Karaka of many things. It symbolises a mother or a strong female in the family as it looks into the well-being of the family, friends etc. Offering prayers to Chandra Dev is very beneficial; it makes the mind stable and bestows peace and calm. Chant Chandra mantras to appease Lord Chandra / Moon and gain prosperity and good health. Monday is the day dedicated to Lord Chandra, and chanting Chandra mantras 11 times on a Monday would be very beneficial. You should also worship Lord Shiva to gain blessings from Chandra Dev, as Shiva is the bearer of the crescent moon!

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SIGNIFICANCE

Lord Moon is considered an important and favourable planet. Lord Moon is believed to influence human minds. On keeping fast on Chandra, Darshan helps purify the mind from all the negative and evil thoughts, balances the elements of Kapha, pitta, and vatta in the human body, and helps cure diseases and provide sound health. He is married to the 27 Nakshatras, the daughters of King Prajapati Daksha. He 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, victory, triumph, successfulness and good fortune.

WORSHIP PROCEDURE

Devotees wake up early in the morning, bathe, and vow to keep fast for the entire day. The devotees pray to the Moon by offering Arghya at sunset and break their day-long fast after seeing the Moon.

RITUALS DURING CHANDRA DARSHAN

On the day of Chandra Darshan, Hindu devotees worship Lord Moon. 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 performs all the ritualistic worship of the Moon God on the day of Chandra Darshan will be bestowed with endless good fortune and prosperity. Offering donations is also an important ritual on Chandra Darshan. People donate clothes, rice, wheat and sugar, among other things, to Brahmins on this day. Along with the above-given rituals, women keep a fast for the long lives of their spouses and the abolition of various obstacles in their married life.

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FAQs about CHANDRA DARSHAN Festival

Q.What does Chandra Darshan mean?
Chandra darshan translates to “Moon sighting”. This occasion is celebrated on the first day of moon sightings after no moon day (Amavasya).
Q.What is the significance of Chandra Darshan?
Chandra darshan translates to “Moon sighting”. This occasion is celebrated on the first day of moon sightings after no moon day (Amavasya).
Q.How many wives does Chandra Dev have?
Chandra Dev has twenty-seven (27) wives, that is, 27 Nakshatras. The 27 Nakshatras are the daughters of King Prajapati Daksha, and he is also the father of Budha or Planet Mercury.
Q.Is it mandatory to observe a fast on Chandra Darshan?
No. It is not mandatory to observe a fast on Chandra Darshan. However, the devotees try to keep a day-long fast on Chandra Darshan to seek his blessings for success, victory, triumph, success and good fortune.