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Lunar Eclipse 2021 Dates, Sutak Kaal Timings

Lunar Eclipse 2021 by AstroSage offers you Lunar Eclipse 2021 dates, timings, area of visibility and much more with this article offered to you by AstroSage. You will get every detail about Lunar Eclipses falling in the year 2021, their scientific and mythological significance, Sutak Kaal in 2021 and precautions to be kept in mind.

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Lunar Eclipse 2021 Dates

Just like Solar Eclipse 2021, Lunar Eclipse 2021 holds equal importance in the world of astronomy as well as astrology. It holds religious significance and observed as a major event. The occurrence of this celestial phenomenon is seen as an inauspicious event, perhaps this is why we have created a sense of negativity and loss in our minds when it comes to this event.

Before sharing information regarding Lunar Eclipse 2021, let us tell you that even according to some Vedic astrology experts, the period of the eclipse is considered inauspicious for every living being on this Earth, which is why several precautions are provided to avoid its malefic impact. This is seen as an astronomical event during which carrying out any auspicious work is forbidden. Let us now know in detail how the Lunar Eclipse occurs.

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How The Lunar Eclipse 2021 Occurs?

According to science, the Earth revolves around the Sun and the Moon revolves around the Earth. During this celestial movement, there comes a point when all three of these planets come together in a straight line, where the Moon either entirely or partially covers the Sun while being positioned between the Earth and the Sun. In this state, a Solar Eclipse occurs. On the other hand, when in the same alignment, the Earth completely covers the Moon while being positioned between the Moon and Sun, a Lunar Eclipse occurs. This is how Lunar Eclipse in 2021 is observed.

Mythological Significance of Lunar Eclipse 2021

However, several mythological texts of Hinduism shed light on the occurrence of Lunar and Solar Eclipse with Rahu-Ketu being the major cause. A mythological story behind it is most prevalent, according to which, there used to be a Demon or Asura named Swarabhanu, who tricked the Devtas and Lord Vishnu and consumed some drops of the Nectar of Immortality or Amrit. This Nectar was obtained after the episode of Samudra Manthan or the Churning Of The Ocean.

It was during this time when the Lord Sun and Lord Chandra revealed his true identity in front of Lord Vishnu, which angered him. As a result, Shri Krishna struck Swarbhanu with his Sudarshan Chakra and separated his head from his torso. Since the Asura was successful in consuming nectar by then, his head and torso became immortal forever. Of which, where his head was called Rahu, his torso was called Ketu. Since then, Rahu and Ketu are believed to have developed a sense of enmity with the Sun and Moon, and hence, put an eclipse on them every year or so.

Types of Lunar Eclipse in 2021

Where the occurrence of a Solar Eclipse stretches for up to different time periods, on the contrary, the duration of a Lunar Eclipse remains longer than that, probably up to a few hours. A Lunar Eclipse usually occurs on the day of Purnima and is of three types:

  • Total Lunar Eclipse: A Total Lunar Eclipse occurs when all three planets, the Earth, Moon and Sun, come in straight alignment and the Earth entirely covers the surface of the Moon while being in between the Sun and the Moon. This darkens the Moon since the Sun’s rays are not falling on its surface, making it appear either red or pink when viewed from the Earth.
  • Partial Lunar Eclipse: A Partial Lunar Eclipse occurs when, in the same alignment, the Earth fails to entirely cover the surface of the Moon. In this case, the Moon is partially covered, and only half of it appears bright when viewed from the Earth. The duration of this eclipse doesn't stretch for a longer time.
  • Penumbral Lunar Eclipse: In case of a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse, the Moon, the Earth and the Sun do not appear to be in a straight alignment, and the Moon passes through the Earth’s penumbra while creating a fragmented image. In this case, the Moon is not entirely covered by the Earth and appears to be dim when viewed from the Earth.

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Sutak Kaal Before Lunar Eclipse 2021

According to the Sanatan Dharma, the Sutak Kaal during the Lunar Eclipse 2021 is considered inauspicious and highly “contaminated”, and carrying out any auspicious or new task during this period offers unfavourable results as well. This duration impacts the lives of every creature in some way or the other. In case of a Lunar Eclipse, the period of Sutak Kaal begins nine hours before its occurrence and ends with the event itself. So let's now know how many Lunar Eclipses in 2021 are going to occur in the year.

Lunar Eclipse 2021: Occurrences, Dates & Timings

As per astronomy, Lunar Eclipse is merely a celestial event that occurs every year. On the same note, a total of two Lunar Eclipses in 2021 will occur:

  • The first Lunar Eclipse takes place on 26 May 2021.
  • The second and next Lunar Eclipse 2021 will be seen on 19 November 2021.

It is important to note that none of these celestial occurrences will be visible in India, due to which its Sutak Kaal will not be observed. Now let us know about their time of occurrence and visibility:

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Lunar Eclipse 2021: Time & Visibility First Lunar Eclipse: 26 May 2021

First Lunar Eclipse 2021
Date Eclipse Begins Eclipse Ends Type Visibility
26 May From 14:17 Till 19:19 Total Lunar Eclipse India, East Asia, Australia, Pacific Ocean and America

Note: Timings given for the above table are as per Indian Standard Time (IST). However, this eclipse will be visible in India as a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Hence, the Sutak Kaal and its impact will not be religiously observed as well.

  • The first Lunar Eclipse of the year 2021 will occur on Wednesday, 26 May and be a Total Lunar Eclipse.
  • According to the Hindu Panchang, the duration of this eclipse will begin from 14:17 afternoon till 19:19 in the evening.
  • Also as per the Panchang, the first Lunar Eclipse of the year 2021 will occur on the day of Purnima in the Hindu month of Vaishakh during the Vikram Samvat 2078 and majorly impact the natives of Scorpio zodiac sign and Anuradha Nakshatra.
  • This Eclipse in 2021 will be seen as a Total Lunar Eclipse in East Asia, Australia, Pacific Ocean and America and as a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in India.
  • Due to this, the Sutak Kaal in 2021 will not be observed in the country.

Second Lunar Eclipse: 19 November 2021

Second Lunar Eclipse 2021
Date Eclipse Begins Eclipse Ends Type Visibility
19 November From 11:32 Till 17:33 Partial India, America, Northern Europe, East Asia, Australia and some regions of the Pacific Ocean

Note: Timings given for the above table are as per Indian Standard Time (IST). However, this eclipse will be visible in India as a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse. Hence, the Sutak Kaal and its impact will not be religiously observed as well.

  • The second Lunar Eclipse of 2021 will occur on Friday, 19 November and be a Partial Lunar Eclipse.
  • According to the Hindu Panchang, the duration of this eclipse will begin from 11:32 afternoon till 17:33 in the evening.
  • Also as per the Panchang, the second Lunar Eclipse of the year 2021 will occur on the day of Purnima in the Hindu month of Kartik during the Vikram Samvat 2078 and majorly impact the natives of Taurus zodiac sign and Krittika Nakshatra.
  • This Eclipse in 2021 will be seen in India, America, Northern Europe, East Asia, Australia and some regions of the Pacific Ocean.
  • However, since this event will be seen as a Penumbral Lunar Eclipse in India, the Sutak Kaal will not be observed in the country.

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Don’ts During The Lunar Eclipse 2021

  • During the period of Lunar Eclipse, do not start any new work or project until the Sutak ends.
  • Avoid preparing and eating food during the Lunar Eclipse.
  • Avoid getting involved in any kind of fight.
  • Do not use any sharp objects.
  • Do not touch the idols of Gods and the Basil or Tulsi plant.
  • Sleeping during the Sutak period is also believed to be forbidden.

Remedies To Perform During The Lunar Eclipse 2021

  • Stay positive, meditate, remember the Lord and venerate him with devotion till the Sutak Kaal ends.
  • During this period, chant the mantras related to the planet Moon and Beej Mantras for Rahu and Ketu to appease them.
  • As soon as the Lunar Eclipse in 2021 ends, take a fresh bath and purify your house by sprinkling Gangajal.
  • Also, bathe the statues of Gods and Goddesses and purify them.
  • Follow the principles of celibacy or Brahmacharya till the Sutak Kaal ends.
  • If your kundli is influenced by the formation of Shani Sade Sati or Dhaiya during the period of eclipse, you are advised to chant either the Shani Mantra or Shri Hanuman Chalisa.
  • Natives who are undergoing the effects of Manglik Dosha should recite the Sunderkand on the day of the eclipse.
  • After the Eclipse ends, donate Flour, Rice, Sugar, White Clothes, Sabut Urad Dal, Satanaj or Seven Types of Grain, Black Sesame, Black Cloth, etc. to anyone in need.
  • To eliminate the unfavourable effects of Lunar Eclipse, chant mantras like Navagraha Mantra, Gayatri Mantra and Mahamrityunjaya Mantra etc. during the Sutak period.
  • It is also appropriate to recite Durga Chalisa, Vishnu Sahastranama, Shrimad Bhagwat Gita, Gajendra Moksha etc. during the Sutak Kaal.
  • Purify any pre-cooked meal during the period of Lunar Eclipse by adding Tulsi or Basil Leaves before the Sutak Kaal begins.
  • It is advisable for pregnant women to stay indoors until the end of the Sutak Kaal on the day of Lunar Eclipse, as it is believed that the side effects of the Eclipse in 2021 can cause harm to their unborn child.

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Mantras To Chant During The Lunar Eclipse 2021


तमोमय महाभीम सोमसूर्यविमर्दन।
हेमताराप्रदानेन मम शान्तिप्रदो भव॥१॥

tamomaya mahābhīma somasūryavimardana।
hematārāpradānena mama śāntiprado bhava॥1॥

Meaning - Hey Rahu, the one who hides the ever-gigantic and enormous Sun-Moon, kindly offer me calmness by accepting the Suvarna Tara Daan.

विधुन्तुद नमस्तुभ्यं सिंहिकानन्दनाच्युत।
दानेनानेन नागस्य रक्ष मां वेधजाद्भयात्॥२॥

vidhuntuda namastubhyaṃ siṃhikānandanācyuta।
dānenānena nāgasya rakṣa māṃ vedhajādbhayāt॥2॥

Meaning- Hey Sinhikanandan (son), Achyut! O Vidhuntud, accept my offering (Nag) and protect me from this ever-increasing fear derived from the Eclipse.

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