Monday, January 03, 2011

Partial solar eclipse on Tuesday 4 January 2011: Time in India

On Tuesday 4th January 2011, the Partial Solar Eclipse or Surya Grahan will occur and it can be visible in most part of Europe, North Africa and central Asia according to NASA.

People in India are also taking preparation to welcome the day. However, it will be seen only in Northwestern parts of India. People in Delhi, Jaipur, Dehradun, Amristar, Chandigarh, Shimla and Srinagar cities can see the partial solar eclipse.

Here is given a list of Indian cities and their time schedule to enjoy the partial solar eclipse can be visible-

Delhi-15:12-15:51 hours (Indian Standard Time)

Jaipur, Dehradun, Amristar, Chandigarh, Shimla and Srinagar- 14:37-16:17 hours (2:37-4:17 PM).

Here is also a list of other countries and their time schedule to watch the partial solar eclipse-

Dubai- 12:09-14:32 hrs (Local Time)

Britain- 08:09-09:30 hrs (Local Time)

One can visit the below link to get information of European Solar Eclipse time on January 4, 2011-

Hindu religious people follow some ritual activities during solar eclipse. What they do during the solar eclipse are-

Religious people take bath in Ganga or Brahma Sarovar rivers on Solar Eclipse

Many people in India keep fast on the day of eclipse

People are also recommended to keep their food closed during the time of eclipse

People hymn Mahamritunjaya Mantra of Lord Shiva and Ashtakshara Mantra of Lord Shri Krishna

They avoid themselves from cooking food during the eclipse timing

Even they keep eatable foods escape from outside

What they don’t do are-

People do not perform any work during Surya Grahanam

Temples remain closed during Surya Grahan

People are recommended to cancel performing any important tasks during the eclipse day

Hindus people take ritual bath after the eclipse is over

The partial eclipse is scheduled to begin at 06:40:11 GMT while the time of greatest eclipse is 08:50:35 GMT. The eclipse will end at 11:00:54 GMT.

In London, Paris and Madrid, the eclipse will be visible at sunrise. On the other hand, the greatest eclipse will be visible at Sweden.

In USA and Canada, solar eclipse will not be visible as it will travel northeast to Western Europe.

Though, the Suryagrahanam has been ignored by the Hindu calendar and Panchangs in major part of India, some believe that penumbral shadow is a bad sign. It is nothing but a superstition. The partial solar eclipse will begin when shadow will first touch the surface of Earth in northern Algeria at 2.40pm.

It will be the first of the fourth solar eclipses followed by three other eclipses which will occur on June 1, July 1 and November 25 in 2011.

On June 1, the partial solar eclipse will occur in the eastern region of Asia and on July 1, it will be visible in the Indian Ocean and the small islands in this ocean while the fourth solar eclipse on will be visible from southern regions of Africa and Australia and whole of Antarctica on November 25, 2011.