New Delhi | Jagran Lifestyle Desk: In a good news for the skygazers, they will be witnessing a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse today, starting from the night at 11:15 pm till 2:34 am on June 6. The Lunar Eclipse will remain visible for over three hours, but as this is the penumbral lunar eclipse it will be hard to witness the phenomenon without a telescope or binoculars. This will be second of the four penumbral lunar eclipses occurring this year. The last lunar eclipse was visible in January and the next will be witnessed in July. 

A Lunar Eclipse happens when the Earth came in between the Sun and the Moon, and stops the Sunlight from reaching the Lunar surface casting its shadow on the Moon. There are three types of Lunar eclipses: Partial, Total and Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. 

As there are a lots of myths about a Chandra Grahan, here's the complete list of what you should do and what you should not during a Lunar Eclipse: 

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 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 birth marks on the body of the child in womb.
Also, it is advised to avoid making physical relations during the duration of Chandra Grahan or Lunar Eclipse.

Posted By: Talib Khan