Lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan in India and other parts of the world will be witnessed on July 16 and July 17 night. When the earth moves between the sun and moon that is when the partial lunar eclipse occurs but the three of them doesn’t form a straight line in space.
Also, the partial moon surface is covered by the dark central part of the earth’s shadow also known as Umbra. It is likely that this Chandra Grahan will be the last one in India. It would also be visible in countries such as Australia, New Zealand and parts of Asia and Europe and most of South Africa.
Except for some parts of Arunachal Pradesh, the partial lunar eclipse will be visible across India. The penumbral eclipse will begin at 12:13 am on July 17 and the moon will enter Umbra from 1:31 am and will reach the maximum of partial lunar eclipse at 3 am. The Chandra Grahan will end around 4:39 am. The entire eclipse will be active for five hours and 34 minutes while the partial lunar eclipse will be for a duration of two hours and 58 minutes.
According to Hindu mythology before the lunar eclipse, the inauspicious time comes into consideration. During this time, no auspicious work is done and also no prayers should be offered and food should not be prepared.
Date and inauspicious time of Partial Chandra Grahan in India
The partial lunar eclipse will be seen on July 17 but the inauspicious time will begin on July 16 at 4:30 pm that is nine hours before the partial lunar eclipse.
According to the rituals, during the inauspicious time, people avoid consuming food and even throw away the food which has been prepared during that time believing that it may worsen their health. Some people also consume food after the eclipse. Also, it is said during that period, Tulsi plant should not be touched.