Solar Eclipse 2020 : Timings and Things to Keep in Mind!

Both the events i.e. Surya Grahan and Chandra Grahan are considered to be highly significant in the world of astrology. The impact of any eclipse takes place on our life. In this context, one must know the exact timings and other information of any eclipse as we can avoid things and protect ourselves from the ill effects of the same i.e. eclipse in advance.  So, let us move on to find out the Sutak period associated with this eclipse. 

Timings of this Year’s Last Solar Eclipse 

According to the Hindu Panchang, this last solar eclipse of the year will take place on Monday, December 14, 2020 on the Amavasya Tithi day during the Krishna Paksha of Margashirsha month from 7.30 pm to 3.00 pm from midnight to 12:23 pm according to Indian time. This solar eclipse will be a complete/full solar eclipse and will take place in Scorpio zodiac sign and Jyestha Nakshatra. This will be a complete solar eclipse whose wide impact will be seen in many places.

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Where will this Eclipse be Visible? 

According to the Hindu Panchang, this solar eclipse will not be visible in India. Apart from this, it will also not be visible in Asian countries such as Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Mauritius, Afghanistan, United Arab Emirates and Fiji etc.

And in the North Atlantic Ocean, most of Africa, Europe, North America, Indian Ocean and North America countries too, this eclipse will not be visible.

Visibility : South Atlantic Ocean, Argentina, South Pacific Ocean and Chile will be fully visible.

Additionally, this eclipse will also be seen as a partial solar eclipse in some other areas, including Peru, Brazil, Uruguay and some areas of Paraguay.

What is the Sutak Period of an Eclipse? 

No matter what kind of an eclipse it is, its Sutak period is always considered important. The Sutak Kaal is the period before the eclipse and it ends after the eclipse ends. Now if we talk about how the Sutak period is calculated, then the Sutak period of a Solar eclipse starts about four hours before the eclipse. In the Sutak period, no auspicious work is done and the gates of temples etc. are also closed. During the Sutak period, worshiping idols, touching idols, making food, eating food etc. are considered forbidden, but because this last solar eclipse of the year will not be visible in India, therefore, its Sutak period will not be applicable in India. However, in the places where the eclipse will be seen, the rules of sutak will be considered four hours before the eclipse.

When does Eclipse Occur?

Eclipse is considered to be an astronomical event as per scientific point of view. When the Moon passes from the middle of the Sun and the Earth, the position is known as Surya Grahan. On the other side, when the Moon comes exactly at the back of the Earth, the position is known as Chandra Grahan.

As per astrology, Rahu and Ketu eclipse the Sun and the Moon from time to time. Its impact is observed on the natives of all 12 zodiac signs. Owing to this very reason, there are things that should be avoided at the time of eclipse.

The tradition of cleaning house, performing donation and taking a bath has been defined after the eclipse. It is believed that the negative energy that takes place in the house during the eclipse, vanishes and thus, we begin to lead a normal life.

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 Important Beliefs Associated with Grahan

  • It is believed that eating food, making a noise, and performing worship or any other auspicious work should be avoided at the time of eclipse. It is also advised that the doors of the temples should be closed or curtains should be rolled out during the eclipse.
  • It is also believed about the eclipse that the pregnant women should not come out from their house after Sutak takes place. It may prove to be harmful for the child to be born.
  • After the eclipse, there is a belief of taking a bath and making your house pious.  Also, it is advisable to light incense sticks Dhoop, Diya/lamp etc.
  • Besides the above cited points, Tulsi leaves should be kept in eatables before the Sutak. If possible, food should be taken before the eclipse and if it is not possible then in that situation, Tulsi leaves have to be kept.
  • Performing donations hold high significance on the day of Grahan.

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Things to be Avoided as Per Health Point of View

  • Some people make a mistake of looking at the eclipse with naked eyes. This proves to be extremely harmful for your eyes. In such a scenario, one should see the eclipse carefully.
  • Some people observe fast during eclipse. Elderly people and those who have not been well are advised not to observe the fast. These people should be given light  food or the food which is easily digestible. 
  • Avoid consuming water during the eclipse as bacteria remains active due to the absence of sun rays. But if there is an elderly person or a kid or a pregnant lady wants to consume water, they are advised to warm water a bit before consuming as the bacteria gets destroyed. 
  • You can take a normal diet after the eclipse. Eating fruits may prove to be beneficial as they contain antioxidants in a higher quantity. The antioxidants detox the body and boost energy. 
  • It is believed that you can eat anything after the fast. Try to use turmeric (Haldi) as it will prove to be beneficial for health. Also, turmeric kills several diseases.

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 What will be the Sutak Kaal of the Eclipse?

For your information, the Sutak Kaal takes place before the beginning of any eclipse. It is the time when any auspicious work should be avoided. The time of 12 hours before the beginning of eclipse and 12 hours after the end of eclipse is known as Grahan Sutak Kaal.

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