Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Residents anxious for the lunar eclipse to pass

Residents anxious
Anticipating the longest and darkest total lunar eclipse of the century, that was to occur on Wednesday night, temples in the city had closed doors to public since the afternoon.

The total lunar eclipse was to begin about 10 minutes before 1am and end at 2.32am, while the partial eclipse was to begin at 23.52pm IST.

Some city residents prepared for the occasion, which is considered as extremely inauspicious by those who believe in Hindu 'shastras', and fasted and prayed.

Model Town-resident Sukriti Sharma said she has kept a fast and will only eat after the eclipse is over. Anjali Thapar from Sarabha Nagar said she had stopped using scissors, knives and needles. ''I am not even touching images and idols,' she added.

BRS Nagar-resident Akshay Girhotra said he heard that chanting mantras or prayers will guarantee success because of the positive aura at the time of the eclipse and so that's what he is doing.

Confirming that all temples in the city were closed due to lunar eclipse, resident of Mahabali Sankat Mochan Shri Hanuman Mandir Ashok Jain said, ''The temples will reopen on Thursday morning.''

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