Chennai: In view of the Lunar eclipse, all temples in Tamil Nadu and neighbouring states will remain closed in the afternoon and will reopen for special parihara poojas only after the eclipse is over around 7.30 PM.
According to experts, today’s moon and the “grahan” related events are happening after 152 years.
Today’s Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahan) is special, where, the full moon can be seen in absolute red colour and since the full moon day occurs for the second time in this month, it is called a Blue Moon (the use of the expression ‘once in a blue moon’ comes from this), which is also a very rare occurrence.
Today is also another important festival “Thai Poosam”. This is special to all Lord Murugan or Lord Karthikeya temples and lacks devotees throng major Murugan temples across the world. The temple in Battu Caves in Selangor State close to Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia attracts some one million devotees for this Thai Poosam festival.
In Tamil Nadu, the hill-top temple in Palani in Dindugal district sees the maximum crowd. This temple will also remain closed from 3.45 PM till the Lunar Eclipse passes and the moon regains its shape and colour.