The total lunar eclipse will occur today. The eclipse is from 2.39 pm to 7.26 pm. Full eclipse from 3.46 pm to 04.29 pm. As it is daytime, the eclipse cannot be fully seen, but the final phase can be seen in India as the moon will also be visible at 6 pm during sunset. Scientists all over the world are eagerly awaiting the lunar eclipse.
According to NASA, this will be the last total lunar eclipse in the next three years. India will have the next partial total lunar eclipse on October 28, 2023 and the next total lunar eclipse on September 7, 2025. A lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon, Earth, and Sun align, with the Moon passing through the shadow cast by the Earth.
A total lunar eclipse occurs when the Moon passes through the darkest part of the Earth’s shadow. During this time, instead of disappearing, the moon appears bright red. It is known as ‘Blood Moon’.
When the Sun, Earth, and Moon align so that the Moon passes into Earth’s shadow, a lunar eclipse occurs. A partial lunar eclipse occurs when the earth comes in between the full moon and the sun.
How to make Lunar Eclypse favourable for you?
Chandra Puja is dedicated to Lord Chandra, the Moon God. Since time immemorial, Hindus practice rituals to please Lord Chandra who is expected to bring abundance in life.
Here is what you can do:
One should sit facing the northwest direction and chant the following mantra of Chandra.
Aum Shraam Shreem Shroum Sah Chandraay Namah
The jaap of 18 Malas is usually recommended. People can observe fast on Mondays which would be beneficial. They can take meal for one time avoiding salt and grains, if possible. One should offer milk mixed with sugar on Shiva lingam on Mondays.