On the 17th of July, India will witness a partial lunar eclipse, which will start from 1:31 A.M., and will end at 4:31 A.M.
The peak of the eclipse will be at 3:00 A.M., and will end at 4:30 A.M.
Apart from India, some parts of Australia, the United States of America (U.S.A.,) Africa, Europe and Asia will also experience the lunar eclipse. This is the 4th lunar eclipse in 2019. The previous lunar eclipse took place on the 21st of January 2019.
After the 16th and 17th of July, the next lunar eclipse will take place on the 26th of May 2021.
What is a lunar eclipse?
An eclipse occurs when the Sun, the Moon and the Earth fall in a straight line. The lunar eclipse occurs when the Earth comes between the Moon and the Sun and casts a shadow on its satellite.
On the other hand, a partial lunar eclipse takes place when only a part of the Moon comes under the Earth’s shadow.
Temples across India will remain closed in context of the lunar eclipse on the 16th and the 17th of July. The doors of the temples will open after the lunar eclipse ends.
In Hyderabad, Mahakali temples will remain closed from 1:00 P.M., on the 16th of July and will open at 8:59 A.M., on the 17th of July. After the purification of the temples with holy water (gangajal,) the doors will be opened.
The temples which will remain closed on the 16th of July are Sri Ujjaini Mahakali Temple, Lal Darwaza Temple and Golconda Mahakali Temple, among others.
Devotees can visit temples before afternoon, but will not be allowed to enter with bonams.
The partial lunar eclipse will begin in India from 1:31 A.M.
Stay tuned for further updates.