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Lunar Eclipse is a common phenomenon. It occurs when the earth comes between the Sun 7 the Moon i.e. when the Earth's Shadow blocks the light that reflects off the moon.
The Lunar eclipse on January 10, 2020 will be a penumbral lunar eclipse and it will be visible from the parts of Asia, North America, Europe, Africa as well as Australia.
Solar eclipse and lunar eclipse have a profound effect on the human life. The first lunar eclipse of 2020 will take place on 10 January. This lunar eclipse, which can be seen from different parts of the world, will not be seen in South America, but it will be seen in Asia, Europe, North America as well as Africa.
Religiously, both Lunar & Solar eclipse are important. It is believed that doing charity on the day of Lunar Eclipse brings good luck. The day is also referred to as Paush Purnima. It is considered very special and significant in Hinduism. Guru is worshiped on this day, so on this day people will bathe in the holy rivers. Magh Mela is also beginning in Prayagraj from 10 January. The fair starts from Paush Purnima on 10 January and will continue till Maha Shivaratri on 21 February. It is also a common belief in Hinduism that those who die during the Magh Mela in Paush Month achieves salvation from the continuous birth cycle. It is believed because after this the month of Magha begins. It is also a general belief that if a bath is taken in a lake during a lunar eclipse, all sins are washed away. Apart from this, things like wheat, rice and jaggery should also be donated. It brings happiness.
The sutak starts 12 hours before the eclipse. According to this, the eclipse will start from 10:30 p.m. on January 10. Since, Guru Purnima and lunar eclipse coincides, it would be appropriate to do Guru Puja before carrying on with the rituals of Sutak. After the worship of Guru Purnima, the doors of all temples will be closed during Sutak.
On January 10, the lunar eclipse will start from 10:30 p.m. and will continue till 2:40 a.m. on January 11. The duration of lunar eclipse will be around 4 hours.
The sutak in the eclipse is an inauspicious time. Religiously, this period is not good for any auspicious work. Hence, auspicious works are not done during this period.
It takes place four hours before the eclipse and ends when the eclipse ends. However, Sutak period is effective only where the lunar eclipse will be seen. As long as the Sutak period continues, no auspicious work is undertaken. Till the Sutak period goes on, there are no auspicious actions of any kind.
In Hinduism lore, it is believed that Rahu & Ketu are behind the lunar eclipse. During the famous mythological incident of ‘Churning of the Sea’ as it is most famously referred to as ‘Samundra Manthan’, there was a war between the gods and the demons for getting nectar. To feed the nectar to the gods, Lord Vishnu took the form of a beautiful girl named Mohini and convinced everyone to distribute the nectar equally. When Lord Vishnu, who took the form of Mohini, reached the gods with nectar and started feeding them, the demon named Rahu also sat among the gods. So that he gets the nectar too. As soon as he drank the nectar, Lord Sun and Moon became aware that he is an asura or a devil and reiterated this to Lord Vishnu. Vishnu separated his neck from his torso with his Sudarshan Chakra. Because he had drunk nectar, he did not die. His head and torso were known as Rahu and Ketu. It is believed that Rahu & Ketu eclipses the Sun and Moon due to this phenomenon.
Tulsi Leaves or basil should be added cooked food before eclipse so that the food items are not contaminated. It is also a common belief that before the eclipse, animals should be fed especially, the cow and the birds. The necessary donations should also be done before the eclipse to the needy.
One can also recite Guru Mantra, Siddhi of any Mantra, Ramayana, recitation of Sundar Kand, Tantra Siddhi during Eclipse period. After the eclipse, it is imperative to bathe in the holy rivers and donations should be made.
In addition, gold is also a taboo at the time of eclipse. During this time, pregnant women should not leave the house. During the eclipse period, ultraviolet rays are released from the Sun, which are harmful to the fetus. Skin, eye and allergy patients should also avoid getting out of the house at the time of eclipse. If it is necessary to get out of the house, you can come out wearing thick clothes. This can avoid the ill effects of eclipse rays.
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