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Total Lunar Eclipse: Badrinath Temple To Close Briefly Today

The November 8th lunar eclipse is the last lunar eclipse of the year, and this year’s second. (File)

Badrinath:

In view of the total lunar eclipse (Chandra Grahan), the doors of Badrinath Temple were closed earlier today and would remain so till late evening.

“Badrinath Dham Temple closed for the lunar eclipse. The temple will re-open at 6:25 pm after the eclipse”, Ajendra Ajay, Chairman of the Shri Badrinath-Kedarnath Temple Committee told ANI.

Due to the Lunar Eclipse, temples across India have been closed since morning and would remain closed till 6:30 pm in the evening. Temples have announced that after performing the Sandhya Aarti and other rituals for purification, the temples would be opened to the public.

A Lunar eclipse happens when the Sun, Earth, and a Full Moon form a near-perfect Syzygy in space. The Moon slides into the Earth’s shadow and gradually darkens until the entire lunar disc turns into an eerie red or dim orange from its usual silvery grey shade. The event unfolds in reverse order further, until the moon returns to its full brilliance.

The November 8th lunar eclipse is the last lunar eclipse of the year and the second total lunar eclipse in the year 2022, the earlier was on May 15-16th. Today’s eclipse would be visible across India along with parts of Asia, North America, Australia, and a few places in Europe as well as in the entire North America. The next Lunar eclipse is predicted to be on the 5th of May, 2023.

Every year, from anywhere between four to seven times, the Sun, Moon, and Earth line up in a Syzygy, forming what is called either the Solar or Lunar Eclipse.

(Except for the headline, this story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is published from a syndicated feed.)

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