Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Bhubaneswar, Mar 8:
Odisha will witness partial solar eclipse tomorrow due to which rituals in temples across the state will be suspended from this evening.
Due to solar eclipse, the rituals of Lord Jagannath will be suspended 12 hours before the beginning of the eclipse, a servitor of Mukti Mandap of Shri Jagannath temple in Puri.
“The rituals of the Lords will be stopped 12 hours ahead of the next sunrise. As the solar eclipse will begin at 5.59 am tomorrow, the rituals will be suspended from 5.59 pm this evening after performing the Sandhya Dhupa, Sandhya Alati and Tadapa Lagi rituals. The rituals will resume at 5.20 am tomorrow after the Maha Snana of the deities,” an official of Shri Jagannath Temple Administration said.
Notably, the ongoing repair work of Jagamohan inside the famous 12th century shrine would be discontinued for two days from tomorrow, SJTA sources said.
According to Regional Meteorological Office here, the first solar eclipse of the year could be witnessed from 6.03 am tomorrow and it would be visible for 48 minutes till about 6.49 am. Notably, 23 percent of the sun will be eclipsed by the moon’s shadow.
Meanwhile, the astronomers have warned the public not to look directly at the eclipse with the naked eye as this could cause permanent damage to the eyes.
According to astrologists, it is inauspicious for persons born in the zodiac of Gemini, Cancer, Leo, Taurus, Aquarius and Pieces to witness the solar eclipse. However, persons born under the zodiac of Aries, Scorpion, Virgo, Capricorn, Libra, and Sagittarius can see the solar eclipse.