Chandra Darshan refers to the sighting of the first Moon after an Amavasya (No moon day). We all know that the moon is invisible on the day of Amavasya. The waxing phase or the bright half of lunar month (Shukla Paksha) starts on the next day of Amavasya. Chandra Darshan is the time when we get to see the Moon for the first time after Amavasya. Shastras attach a great importance to this day and say that Chandra Darshan on this day confers great blessings on the devotees.
Chandra Darshan predictions
The makers of Panchang find it a very tough job to predict the day and time of Chandra Darshan. This is because on the day of Chandra Darshan, the moon is visible only for a very brief time. Usually this happens immediately after the sunset. The Moon sets an hour after the Sun sets on the day of Chandra Darshan. Therefore, we can see the Moon in the same horizon of the sunset immediately after the sunset once the brightness of the sun gets minimum and the Moon becomes visible. Since the Moon is also going to be set shortly after sunset, the time we get to see the Moon on this day is very brief.
What is done on Chandra Darshan
On Chandra Darshan day, people observe a day long fast. In the evening, they break the fast after sighting the moon and offering worship to Chandra deva (Moon god). After sighting the Moon, Arghya (water) is offered to Moon god along with flowers and the mantras of Moon god are chanted. After this the devotees break the fast.
Mantras to chant on Chandra Darshan
Chandra Beej mantra
Om Som Somaya Namah
Chandra Gayatri mantra
”Om Padmadwajaya Vidhmahe Hema roopaya Dheemahe
Thanno Chandra Prachodayath.”
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