A partial lunar eclipse, Chandra Grahan, will be visible in
It will be visible in
A lunar eclipse occurs when Sun, Earth and Moon are in a single line with Earth in the middle. If this occurs, the Moon does not receive light from the Sun because it is in the shadow of the Earth, and thus the Moon becomes invisible.
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In Hinduism, the reason for the Surya Grahan and Chandra Grahan (Solar and Lunar Eclipse) is the myth associated with Rahu gobbling up Sun (Surya) and Moon (Chandra).
Fasting (Upvaas) is done by certain communities in Hindu religion during Chandra Grahanam. The fast begins about 9 hours before the beginning of Chandra Grahan. People also take a bath in cold and chant mantras dedicated to Lord Vishnu or Shiva like the Ashtakshara Mantra or Mrityunjaya Mantra. This is done whenever Surya and Chandra are under the influence of Rahu.
Since the Chandra Grahan on August 17, 2008 is taking place at night and early morning most people will not see it and therefore it is not going to have any major effect.
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