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Surya Grahan 2020: Date, Time In India, Significance and Dietary Do's and Dont's For Solar Eclipse

Surya Grahan 2020: A solar eclipse or Surya Grahan is said to occur when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, as a result partially or fully blocking the Sun.

Surya Grahan 2020: Date, Time In India, Significance and Dietary Do's and Dont's For Solar Eclipse

The world would be seeing the stunning visual of solar eclipse or Surya Grahan on Sunday, June 21, 2020. A solar eclipse or Surya Grahan is said to occur when the Moon passes between the Sun and Earth, as a result partially or fully blocking the Sun. While a total eclipse sees the entire Sun being obscured by the Moon for a brief period of time, a partial eclipse, and this is the type that happens more frequently, involves only partially blocking of the Sun. The internet is abuzz with speculations about the eclipse. The eclipse will be visible from certain African countries, Pakistan, India and China. People who want to witness the solar eclipse or the Surya Grahan , may need special glasses, lenses and camera as the eclipse is not likely to be viewed with naked eyes.

Solar Eclipse 2020: Time of the Solar Eclipse In India 

Here are the timings of the solar eclipse 2020 in India as per timeanddate.com.
 

First location to see the partial eclipse begin - 09:15:58
 

First location to see the full eclipse begin - 10:17:45
 

Maximum Eclipse - 12:10:04
 

Last location to see the full eclipse end - 14:02:17
 

Last location to see the partial eclipse end - 15:04:01

Solar Eclipse 2020: Myths Surrounding A Solar Eclipse 

There are many myths and beliefs associated with solar eclipses across the world. In many communities in India too it is believed that during the time of the eclipse people should refrain from eating food, drink water and preferably avoid all outdoor activities. Some believe this is also the time when people should sit at one place and meditate. In olden days, the period of eclipse was believed to be an inauspicious time as the main energy providing source - the Sun - was not clearly visible. It was believed that during the time of eclipse there is an increase in harmful agents, bacteria and germs due to the absence of the Sun's rays. This is the reason why some people would choose to consume their food after the eclipse only. In some households, they still toss away the food that has been there in the house during the eclipse, believing it may have deteriorated in terms of nutritive value.

Surya Grahan 2020 (Solar Eclipse) Dietary Do's and Dont's

Many people do not believe or follow these practices anymore. The views of experts on the dietary do's and dont's during an eclipse differ too. Many sections of modern science also dispel the idea of refraining from food or water during the period. Nutritionists and health experts simply believe in keeping the mind and body calm and relaxed during the period of eclipse. "This is a very high energy period and vibrations are very strong. The solar eclipse especially is a time to connect with oneself meditate or just be relaxed," says nutritionist and macrobiotic health coach Shilpa Arora, however she adds that eating light during the eclipse may actually be a good idea.as it can give your body some rest along with a mental clarity, especially when the vibrational energy of the earth is high.