New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: Today people across the globe are going to witness a special celestial event, Lunar Eclipse 2021. This year the lunar eclipse is going to be a bit different as people are going to witness three events all at the same time, namely Super Moon, Blood Moon and Total Lunar Eclipse. In India, this lunar event will be visible in some parts, meanwhile, it will also be visible from Australia, South Asia, Antarctica, East Asia, some parts of North America, the Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and South America.

Although an eclipse is a cosmic event there are some customary myths and beliefs which have been associated with it. Read on to know the timings and other details

What is a lunar eclipse?

Lunar Eclipse occurs on the night of full moon, when the earth comes between the sun and moon when the sun, the earth and the moon are very closely aligned. This blocks the direct sunlight from reaching the Moon which casts a shadow on it. Meanwhile, when the earth completely blocks the moon, it is a total Lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan). As per reports, the lunar eclipse in India will begin from 2:17 pm and will go on till 07:19 pm. And this time the earth will cover 101.6% of the moon. 

Types of lunar eclipses

There are three types of lunar eclipses. They are:

  • Total lunar eclipse 
  • Partial lunar elcipse
  • Penumbral lunar eclipse

What is the Sutak period?

Sutak period is a time between solar eclipse (Surya Grahan) and lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan). As per reports, out of the 8 prahars of the day Sutak observed during solar eclipse is for 12 hours while Sutak is experienced for 9 hours during lunar eclipse.

People believe that the Sutak period is observed only when a lunar eclipse can be seen directly with open eyes which is not the case of the eclipse happening on May 26. Therefore, there shall be no validation of Sutak this time. Although, for the times when Sutak period is observed, people observe fast and follow some religious rituals. 

Posted By: Sanyukta Baijal