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Solar Eclipse 2020: Dates, Horoscope, Sutak, & More | Surya Grahan in English

Last Updated: 8/24/2019 12:34:40 PM

Solar EclipseRead Solar Eclipse 2020 to find out all about these eclipses, their date, time, and visibility, as well as its astrological impact on you.

Find the answer to all your questions on Solar Eclipse here. Answers to Questions like: "When is Solar Eclipse happening in 2020? How many Solar eclipses will occur in 2020? What are the timings of Solar Eclipse 2020?" Often, fear resides in our hearts concerning any eclipse, having heard numerous stories about curses.

Discover what’s real and what is not with this article below. Here, we have discussed Solar Eclipses happening in 2020, in detail. Along with the dates, time, and visibility, we are also talking about precautions, what things we should take care of, and remedies to do during this time.

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Solar Eclipses in 2020

We know that a Solar Eclipse is an astronomical event that occurs every year. However, the number of eclipses and their types differ from year to year. This year, there will be two Solar Eclipses occurring.

The first Solar Eclipse of 2020 will occur on 21 June. This will be an annular eclipse and will be visible in India. Additionally, it can also be seen in Southeast Europe, Indian Ocean, Pacific Ocean, Africa, and most parts of North America and South America.

On the other hand, the second (also the last) Solar Eclipse of the year will occur on 14 December and will be a Total Solar Eclipse. It will be visible over the southern part of the African continent, as well as most parts of South America, areas of Pacific Ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean, and Antarctica.

Timings of Solar Eclipse 2020

First Solar Eclipse

Date Solar Eclipse Begins Solar Eclipse Ends Visibility
21 June 2020 From 09:15:58 Till 15:04:01 India, Southeast Europe, Indian & Pacific Ocean, Africa, most parts of North and South America.

Second Solar Eclipse

Date Solar Eclipse Begins Solar Eclipse Ends Visibility
14-15 December 2020 From 19:03:55 Till 00:23:03 Southern part of Africa, most of South America, Pacific, Atlantic & Indian Ocean, Antarctica.

Solar Eclipse 2020 From An Astrological Perspective

According to astrological calculations, the first Solar Eclipse of 2020 will occur in the zodiac sign Taurus and Mrigashira nakshatra. On the other hand, the second Solar Eclipse will fall in the zodiac sign Scorpio and Jyeshta nakshatra. In such a scenario, the zodiac signs and nakshatras in which the Solar Eclipse will occur, natives of those will be directly affected by the event. Additionally, its diverse effects will be visible on the natives of the various signs as well.

Vedic Astrology denotes the Sun as being the significator of soul, father, and king. This is why it is considered to be the head of the planets. Furthermore, it is also said to be responsible for the attainment of high official posts in government jobs. Sun is the Lord of the zodiac sign Leo, while it remains exalted in Aries and debilitated in Libra.

The Sun From An Astrological Point Of View

The Sun is the reason why there are day and night on Earth. It is the creator of seasons in our world. Astrology suggests that the Sun spends approximately one month in a zodiac sign. Its transit from one sign to another causes the event called Solar Month.

Moreover, this transit of the Sun is also called Sankranti. In the same vein, when the Sun enters the zodiac sign Capricorn (Makar), it is called Makar Sankranti. This event is widely celebrated throughout India and is a significant festival of the Hindu culture.

The planet, nearest to the Sun is Mercury. The conjunction of the Sun with Mercury in a kundali is called the Budhaditya Yoga. This yoga is responsible for a sharp mind of the native, and they occupy a high position in government service.

Even though Saturn is the son of Lord Sun, however, they are inimical planets and maintain enmity with each other. Similarly, Venus is Sun’s enemy planet as well. On the flip side, Moon, Mars, and Jupiter are its friendly planets. It is essential to know that any Graha is stronger with its friendly planets and weaker when posited with its enemy planets.

The Sun & Panchang

Hindu Panchang, also called Vedic Panchang, is also calculated on the basis of the Sun. The panchang is made up of its five parts, namely; date, Nakshatra, Karan, vaar (day), and yoga. Thus, the 'date' part of the panchang is considered to be the period between one sunrise and the other.

Why Solar Eclipse Occurs?

As mentioned earlier, the Solar Eclipse is an astronomical event. It occurs when the three celestial bodies (also called planets in astrology), Sun, Moon, and Earth falls in a straight line while moving in their revolutionary orbit. When the Moon comes between the Earth and the Sun, it blankets the Sun. As a result, the Sun’s rays are unable to reach the Earth’s surface directly and thus; the Moon obstructs its view. When the latter covers the former completely, it is called a Total Solar Eclipse. Whereas when the Moon hides only parts of the Sun, then it is called a Partial Solar Eclipse. As evident from the paragraph above, this event occurs because of the Moon’s shadow falling on the Earth, and the celestial body itself, obstructing the Sun’s rays. However, when it is seen from the Earth, it looks like the Moon is blanketing the Sun, or even gobbling it up.

Solar Eclipse & Mythology

Astrology suggests that the eclipse occurs due to Rahu and Ketu – the head and body of a demon, called Swarbhanu initially.

As per mythology, during the Samundra Manthan (Churning of the Ocean) between Lords and Demons, Amrit (Nectar of Immortality) came out of the Kshirasāgara (Ocean of Milk). In the fight that ensued over it, the Asuras snatched the Amrit from the Devas. To stop the destruction of the world, Lord Vishnu took the avatar of the gorgeous apsara Mohini. He enthralled the demons, and they agreed to share the Amrit with the Devas. However, Mohini, very cunningly gave the Amrit only to Devas while the drink that the Asuras were offered was wine.

When Swarbhanu recognised this deceit, he sat down with the Devas to get a drink of the Nectar of Immortality. Just as he was about to drink, he was identified by Surya Deva and Chandra Deva. As they pointed him out to Lord Vishnu in Mohini avatar, he beheaded the demon with his Sudarshan Chakra. However, by then, Swarbhanu had already taken a sip of Amrit. Now, even though his body was cut in two, both parts became immortal.

After this, the head of the demon was called Rahu, and the body, Ketu. They were also given the position of shadow planets in the celestial sphere. From then on, it is believed that Rahu and Ketu, to take revenge on the Sun and the Moon, curse the planets. This curse is visible to all, in the form of an eclipse.

Solar Eclipse 2020: Precautions & Remedies

Precautions For Solar Eclipse 2020

The Shastras state that the eclipse is a curse, and as we know that a curse only offers negative results. Therefore, the Sutak is very significant, from an astrological point of view, and many tasks are prohibited during this period. Even Science says that one should never watch the Solar Eclipse with unobstructed eyes, as the rays can be dangerous for the naked human eye. Despite that, numerous tasks are still done during the Sutak period. Mostly it includes worshipping and religious activities.

One is advised to take certain precautions during the Sutak Kaal, like:

  • Do not commence a new task when Sutak begins, because starting anything new in this period is considered inauspicious.
  • Cooking and eating are prohibited during Sutak Kaal.
  • Using the loo is also considered inauspicious at this time. One should answer nature’s call, before or after the Sutak Kaal.
  • Touching the idols of Gods and Goddesses, as well as the sacred plant of Tulsi (Basil), is also considered unpropitious.
  • Brushing/cleaning one’s teeth and combing hair is also prohibited.

Remedies During Solar Eclipse

On the other hand, there are specific tasks that, when done during the Sutak negates or at least weakens the adverse effects of the Solar Eclipse. These remedies are:

  • One must pay homage to and worship the Gods and Goddesses, as well as sing their bhajans.
  • Chanting the mantras associated with the Solar Eclipse is also considered auspicious.

Tasks Do Be Done Once Solar Eclipse Ends

  • Purify your home, once the Solar Eclipse ends by sprinkling Ganga Jal everywhere, or coat/lacquer it with cow dung.
  • Take a bath after the Eclipse and bathe the idols of Gods and Goddesses as well, and then worship them.
  • Cook fresh food after Sutak and Eclipse end, and eat it. If the meal has already been cooked before Sutak began, do not let it go to waste. Instead, purify it by adding basil leaves (Tulsi) to it.

Precautions For Pregnant Women During Solar Eclipse

When a woman is pregnant, a new life forming in her womb, she needs to be more careful for herself and her baby. In the same vein, pregnant women need to take even more care during a Solar Eclipse.

  • To begin with, pregnant ladies should stay inside their homes during an Eclipse and not go out.
  • Additionally, they should avoid tasks like embroidery, weaving, spinning, sewing, etc. because it directly affects the baby’s body.
  • It is said that one should not cut or peel any vegetables during the Eclipse.
  • Using a knife, needle, or scissors, etc. during the Eclipse is said to harm the baby’s body parts.

Mantras To Chant During Solar Eclipse

ॐ आदित्याय विदमहे दिवाकराय धीमहि तन्न: सूर्य: प्रचोदयात

oṃ ādityāya vidamahe divākarāya dhīmahi tanna: sūrya: pracodayāta

Chanting the mantra mentioned above 108 or 1008 times during the Solar Eclipse benefits us, and negates the adverse effects of the curse. In addition to this, you can also chant the Sun’s Beej and Tantrik Mantras.

Tantrik Mantra for Sun

ॐ घृणि सूर्याय नमः

oṃ ghṛṇi sūryāya namaḥ

Beej Mantra for Sun

ॐ ह्रां ह्रीं ह्रौं सः सूर्याय नमः

oṃ hrāṃ hrīṃ hrauṃ saḥ sūryāya namaḥ

Paying homage to the Surya Yantra in this duration also gets us the blessings of the Lord Sun.

We Hope That This Article On Solar Eclipse 2020 Was Helpful For You! Astrocamp Wishes You A Safe Year Ahead!

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