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Skygazers in India will witness a rare celestial event, full Chandra Grahan, tomorrow, November 8. This will be the last Total Lunar Eclipse to be visible in the country till 2025, even though Indians will be able to see partial and penumbral lunar eclipses during that time.

The specialty about this event is that it will be a Blood Moon Eclipse, beginning at 2.39 pm and concluding at 6.19 pm. People in India, especially the eastern regions, only will be able to witness the ending of both total and partial phases of lunar eclipse. But in other parts of the country, one can only watch the partial phase of the blood moon.

Eclipse And Hindu Customs

This year, since the Lunar Eclipse is coinciding on the Kartik Purnima, it has caused many changes in the schedule of rituals generally celebrated with much pomp and gaiety every year in Odisha.

Despite being an astronomical event, an eclipse has huge mythological and astrological relevance as per the Indian culture. The Hindu almanac suggests observance of several restrictions during such an event in order to prevent any ill-effects on life even though scientific community does not back such ideas.

Nevertheless, we have highlighted some long-followed traditional tips which culture experts suggest for observance of people. Here are the do's and don'ts:

What To Do During An Eclipse

  1. Meditate and observe prayers during Grahan.
  2. Clean the house and perform purification ritual like sprinkling Ganga Jal.
  3. Always bath and clean clothes after the eclipse.
  4. People can put holy Tusli leaves in food items to avoid the negative impacts of eclipse.
  5. Apart from patients, children and elderly, other people are urged to remain free from food and water as much possible during the eclipse.

What You Should Avoid During Grahan

  1. Pregnant women should adopt most caution. Religious gurus and culture expert suggest expecting mothers to pray for the well-being of the unborn child and as a practice place a coconut on their lap while sitting calm and relaxed.
  2. Avoid sleeping or bathing during the eclipse.
  3. Culture tips also say that pregnant women should avoid stepping out of house and watching the eclipse.
  4. Indulging in any kind of carnal acts is also strictly prohibited.