Chandra Darshan denotes the holy ritual of sighting the moon on the day next to Amavasya Day. Chandra, the moon is significant for the life on earth which includes both plant, animal and human lives. Moon is also the symbol of wisdom, purity and kind intentions.
The time specified for having the darshan is called as Shubh Muhurat time. The time immediately after sunset is considered to be auspicious for this purpose. On this day, the moon is visible only for about an hour after sunset. Hence it is believed that it is virtuous and auspicious to sight the moon at this time.
Chandra Darshan is observed on the Prathipadha or Prathama day after Amavasya. The ensuing Chandra Darshan day is Sunday, 17th September 2023. The exact time of commencement of Chandra darshan time has to be ascertained from the respective regional Calendars.
Devotees observe fasting throughout the day till they see Bhagwan Chandra, the moon God. Worshipping of Sri Chandra Dev is believed to bestow happiness and prosperity for the family.
As per the legend, Bhagwan Chandra is wedded with the twenty-seven Nakshatras. The sighting of Bhagwan Chandra chanting Slokas in His praise is believed to bless the Devotees with peace of mind, prosperity and success.
It is considered auspicious to donate rice, sugar and garments to poor people on this day.
चन्द्र गायत्रि / Chandra Gayathri
ॐ क्षीर-पुत्राय विद्महे अमृत-तत्त्वाय धीमहि तन्नो सोमः प्रचोदयात्
om kSheera-puthraaya vidhmahae amruth-thathvaaya Dheemahi thannoa somah prachoadhayaath
चन्द्र स्तुतिः / Chandra Sthuthi
दधि शन्ङ्ख तुषाराभं क्षीरोदार्णव संभवम्
नमामि शशिनं सोमं शंभोर्मुकुट भूषणम्
dhaDhi shanGkha thuShaaraabhaM kSheerodhaarNava saMbhavam
namaami shashinaM somaM shaMbhormukuta bhooShaNam
Humble Salutations to Sri Chandra Dev; He glistens and glows with sheen similar to curd, conch and the droplets of pure water; He had risen when the cosmic ocean was churned; He adorns the glorious crown of Bhagwan Shiv as the ornament.
Sri Chandra Devaayaa Namo Namaha!!!