New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: In another treat for the skywatchers, the world will witness a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse 2020 on July 5. This will be third Lunar Eclipse and the fourth eclipse of this year. Earlier in January and June, a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse was visible to the world.

A lunar eclipse or Chandra Grahan 2020, occurs when the Earth came in between the Sun and the Moon. During the phenomenon, the Earth moves in between the Sun and Moon and obstruct the sunlight reflected by the Lunar surface.   

The Lunar Eclipse July 2020 will be a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, which will be hard to differentiate from a regular full moon. A penumbral eclipse doesn't appear like an exact eclipse; it shows as a pale moon. During the penumbral eclipse, the earth comes in between the moon and the sun and the lunar light seems to be less luminous. In technical terms, the moon enters into the penumbra of the earth, getting obstructed by its presence as it solely relies upon the sun on for luminescence.

Here are some dos and don’ts for Lunar Eclipse July 2020: 

What to do during Lunar Eclipse?

According to traditional Hindu beliefs, it is said that the impact of chanting holy mantras, such as Mahamrityunjay mantra, increases manifolds at the time of Eclipse duration. The Sanskrit chants and mantras also decrease the harmful impact of negative energy which is believed to be disseminating around at the time of Eclipse.

One can watch the Lunar Eclipse directly through eyes. Save all the precautions for an eye for Solar eclipse, the lunar one is fine like that.

Add basil (Tulsi) leaves into the water vessel or stored food items in your refrigerator to protect them from the harmful rays emanating out of Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse.

Donate something, preferably an edible item, in the name of your ancestors on the day of Eclipse.

What not to do during Lunar Eclipse?

It is advised not to eat cooked or raw food during the duration of Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse. It is also believed that cooked food deteriorates faster during the Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse, so one is advised not to consume food during the time of the eclipse.

Since the food quality deteriorates during the Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse, the cooking of food is also not advisable at the time of Eclipse.

In India, generations have inherited the norm of avoiding to go outside during the Grahan. It is also said that pregnant woman should avoid using sharp objects such as knife as it may lead to birthmarks on the body of the child in the womb.

Also, it is advised to avoid making physical relations during the duration of Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse.

Posted By: Talib Khan