The Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, also known as Strawberry Moon will be perceived today at 11.15 PM IST till June 6, 02.34 AM IST. During the eclipse, the earth, the moon, and the sun will align in an almost straight line.
The total duration of the second penumbral lunar eclipses of 2020 is likely to be 3 hours and 18 minutes.
In 2020 we will get to see a total of four penumbral lunar eclipses, out of which the first one took place between January 10 to January 11 as the Pink Moon. The region where some parts of the eclipse will be visible are Australia, Asia, Europe, South/East South America, Pacific, Atlantic and Indian Ocean, and Antarctica. People in Asia, Europe, Australia, and Africa may be able to see the Strawberry Moon turn a shade darker during the maximum phase of this penumbral lunar eclipse.
Lunar Eclipse is called Chandra Grahan in Hindi. According to Indian mythology, a lunar eclipse is when Rahu, the demon god holds the Sun and the Moon by the mouth. And since, he’s a ‘demon’ god, lunar eclipse emits nothing but negative energy.
Here are some do’s and don’ts during the Chandra Grahan:
- Once the Grahan is over, a holy bath is advocated. It is highly advisable to fast for 9 hours before and during the Grahan period and break it after the Grahan.
- Donate something in the name of Pitra along with donation and charity to the needy
- In India, pregnant mothers are advised to stay indoors at the time of the eclipse and not use knives and sharp objects during the Chandra Grahan as it may lead to birthmarks.
- The female running in the menstrual period must take bath after the Grahan.
- Bath should be taken with clothes worn on the body.
- Durbha grass/blades of the dried grass or Tulsi leaves should be kept in food containers in your kitchen and fridge. It is believed that this will help to prevent the food items to get affected by the eclipse.
- Shastra prohibits starting new activities, eating, sexual activities, sleeping, cutting, sewing, combing, brushing, moving out, and watching the moon during the Grahan period.
- Females should not tighten hair clips or Sari clip.
- No oil bath should be taken during the eclipse.
- The use of toilets during the Grahan is prohibited.
- Chandra Grahan is also not considered an auspicious time to perform holy rituals