Varanasi priests prepone evening Ganga Aarti due to lunar eclipse

Varanasi Ganga Aarti

Varanasi, July 16: The partial lunar scheduled to take place in India on the intervening night of July 16 and 17 has altered the timing of the famed daily evening tradition of Ganga Aarti at the Dashashwamedh Ghat in Varanasi.

Tradionally, the ritual is held daily at 7pm during the summer and at 6pm during the winter.

However, the ritual was held at 3 PM on Tuesday, which is several hours before the usual time.

According to Hindu tradition, a lunar eclipse is considered to be inauspicious. As a result, religious rituals are not performed for a specific period of time before, during and after the event. Temple doors are also closed for a specific period.

In India, the partial lunar eclipse can be seen during the early hours of Wednesday, July 17.

News24 Bureau

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