The world is waiting for the partial solar eclipse or Surya Grahan that is set to take place on 13th July 2018. Just ahead of the most awaited lunar eclipse on July 27, India is set to witness a partial solar eclipse today.
What is a Solar Eclipse?
A solar eclipse also known as Surya Grahan in India is said to occur when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, as a result partially or fully blocking the Sun. While a total solar eclipse occurs when the disk of the moon seems to completely block the solar disk, a partial eclipse is said to happen when the moon just covers a part of the sun.
What is the timing of Solar Eclipse in India?
In India, Surya Grahan 2018 or Solar Eclipse 2018 will begin at 7:18 am and go on till 8:31 am.
There is much interest around the Solar Eclipse 2018 this time as it falls on Friday the 13th. Surya Grahan or Solar Eclipse on Friday the 13th is unusual as its considered bad luck.
Some common superstitions/myths associated with solar eclipses:
1. During the eclipse, it was believed that people shouldn’t cook or eat food, drink water or go outdoors.
2. Some people believe in chanting or praying during this period to protect themselves from its harmful effects.
3. After the eclipse, many people take a bath to purify themselves and change into fresh clothes.
4. In India, it was believed that the demon Rahu and Ketu chase the Sun and moon and swallow them causing solar and lunar eclipses, but can’t hold them for long, and the Sun and moon emerge unscathed.
5. A common belief across many cultures is that eclipses can be dangerous for pregnant women and their unborn babies.
Things to follow & Avoid
According to Hindu traditions, bathing is very important after the eclipse. According to Hindu beliefs, bathing should be done after the eclipse is over and the whole house should be cleaned with gangaajal. By doing so negative energy is destroyed.
* Donation of black sesame seeds to save financial hardship.
* Nobody should do any auspicious work during the solar eclipse.
* After the eclipse, the poor should donate according to food or their own amount.
Pregnant women and elderly people should not get out of the house during the eclipse and should perform pooja. Apart from this, sewing should not be done at all.
* Keep the doors of the temples closed during the solar eclipse. During this time, the door of the temple should not be left open, otherwise the happiness and prosperity of the house will disappear.
How to watch Surya grahan?
With the help of various sorts of pinhole cameras, filtering device or indirect viewing, one can safely view the solar eclipse.
Disclaimer- The information given in this article is based on religious beliefs that have been presented by keeping general public interest in mind.
Warning:- Do not look directly at the sun without proper protection. Doing so can cause serious harm to the eyes.
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