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Date: Thu Jan 20 2000 - 08:28:26 PST
In a message dated 1/20/00 10:35:19 AM Eastern Standard Time, email@example.com writes: << When are we supposed to bath and do the tarpanam. Is it at the time of "pedithal"(catching) or "vidudal"(leaving). As per the tarpanam book, it says that for Surya grahanam, we have to take bath at the starting of the grahanam and for chandra grahanam we have to bath at the start of leaving. For both, after the grahanam is complete, we have to bath one more time. Is this correct? >> Dear Bhagavatas I am copying my reply to the above query for the information of other Bhagavatas who may have similar doubts. Dasoham Anbil Ramaswamy ============================================= Dear friend There are differences of views among scholars on these. But, the generally accepted view is that as PunyakAlam extends throughout the period of visibility (yAvath darsana gOchara:). SnAnam can be done at the time of beginning of the eclipse as a prerequisite for any Karma (SnAna-DhAna-hOma-Archana-Japa-SrAddhAdhi) Vide Page 45 of Aahnika Grantha of our Prakritam HH. Azhagiyasinghar. In the words "muchyamAne bhavEt dhAnam" though generally "dhAnam" is used, it includes the "TilOdaka dhAnam" offered to Pitrus. Therefore, the TharpaNam should be done at the "start of leaving". This is common for both Surya GrahaNam and Chandra GrahaNam- (Vide page 46 ibid.) I could not come across any authority prescribing a second SnAnam after the completion of the eclipse. Maybe, you can take bath any number of times, but not as a must! By way of additional information, I have heard elders saying that the efficacy of any Japam done during the GrahaNa period gets enhanced infinitely. In fact, some SishTas used to go to the river and standing in hip deep waters used to perform Japam. However, I have not been able to locate any authority for this practice.