Solar Eclipse 2019 Sutak Date and Timing: Know What is The 'Inauspicious Time' During Last Surya Grahan Of The Year
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For all the lovers of astronomy and stargazing, tomorrow is going to be a chance to observe the last eclipse of the year 2019. An annular solar eclipse will take place on December 26, wherein, the moon will pass from between the Earth and the Sun. The shadow of the moon will thus cover the sun, making a slight darkness on Earth. This phenomenon is called as Surya Grahan and there is a certain time called as the Sutak, where one should refrain from doing any religious practices or rituals. The Sutak time for Surya Grahan of December 26 begins from 8:17 PM IST on the day of Christmas. Let us tell you more about this occurrence. Solar Eclipse December 2019: How and When to Watch Surya Grahan in Pune, Mumbai and Other Cities in India.

Surya Grahan Date and Time

For those in India, this solar eclipse will be visible mostly from the southern states of Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Kerala. This phenomenon will begin at 9 am  and go on upto 12.29 pm. For those in the rest of India will be able to see only a partial solar eclipse. Annular Solar Eclipse of December 2019 Live Streaming & Time in IST: How and Where to Watch Surya Grahan Online on This Date.

Surya Grahan Sutak Time

Sutak is a period of time which is considered inauspicious to perform any rituals. There are numerous beliefs to it but it essentially means, ritual purification is not possible during this time. There are several myths and superstitions about Surya Grahan, in India, they are more around pregnant women. They are advised to stay inside during the sutak hours. During a solar eclipse, the sutak period begins 12 hours prior to the time of the eclipse.

For the solar eclipse of December 26, the sutak kaal begins from 8.17 PM on December 25. The sutak kaal will end when the Surya Grahan ends, ie at 12.30 PM, although the timings will differ from cities to cities.

Tomorrow's occurence is also called as "ring of fire" or "ring of light" as the moon's shadow cannot completely cover the sun.  Observers will see an illuminated edge around the Moon. This is the year's third and final solar eclipse that will occur over Asia, Africa and Australia.