New Delhi: A partial lunar eclipse is will take place on July 16-17 and it will be visible in India, except the extreme northeastern part of Arunachal Pradesh. A partial lunar eclipse takes place when the earth moves between the Sun and Moon but the three celestial bodies do not form a straight line in space.
In India, there are various beliefs associated with eclipse (Grahan). According to Hindu mythology and legends, it is said that cooking or eating foof should be avoided during the period of eclipse.
Check out the Dos and Don'ts to be followed during Grahan:
It is said that after the eclipse is over, one should take a bath and wear fresh clothes.
Mantras should be chanted for a healthy mind, body and soul after the grahan.
Durbha grass/blades of 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 get affected by the eclipse.
Pregnant women, it is believed, should stay inside the house and chant Santana Gopala Mantra for the well being. Also, everyone else should chant the Mahamrityunjaya Mantra.
It is said that drinking water during the Grahan period should be avoided.
Food should not be prepared or consumed during eclipse or Grahan.
Avoid performing any auspicious task during eclipse time.