Solar eclipses have long held significance in various religious beliefs and astrological teachings. These celestial events can influence human lives, and traditions such as the “Sutak” period are observed during eclipses. The second and final solar eclipse of 2023 is scheduled for October 14, and understanding the concept of the Sutak period, its implications, and precautions during the eclipse is essential. Let’s delve into this astrological guidance with insights from Astrologer Pandit Rishikant Mishra.
The upcoming solar eclipse is set for October 14, 2023, and falls on a Saturday. It will commence at 08:34 PM and conclude at 02:25 AM. The eclipse will be positioned in the Virgo and Chitra Nakshatra. Notably, it will be visible in regions such as Western Africa, North America, South America, Atlantica, and Antarctica but won’t be visible in India. This aligns with a pattern observed in 2023, where the country experienced solar eclipses not visible on its soil.
Understanding the Sutak Period
The Sutak period typically begins 12 hours before a solar eclipse. However, its validity can vary depending on the eclipse’s visibility in a particular region. In cases where the solar eclipse is not visible, as per astrological tradition, the Sutak period is often deemed not applicable. Hence, for the October 14, 2023, solar eclipse, which is not visible in India, the Sutak period is not considered valid. As a result, there won’t be a Sutak period during this eclipse.
Precautions During a Solar Eclipse
Astrologer Pandit Rishikant Mishra suggests a range of precautions to be observed during a solar eclipse:
- Avoid Eating: It’s recommended not to consume food during a solar eclipse.
- Refrain from Auspicious Activities: Activities considered auspicious should be avoided during the Sutak period.
- Sleeping: It’s traditionally seen as inauspicious to sleep during a solar eclipse or lunar eclipse.
- Worship: Worshipping deities is advised against during the Sutak period.
- Pregnant Women: Pregnant women are typically advised to remain indoors during the eclipse.
- Tools: Tools like knives, scissors, needles, and blades should not be used during the Sutak period.
Recommended Practices During the Sutak Period
While there are restrictions during the Sutak period and eclipse, several recommended practices include:
- Chanting: Chanting the name of God.
- Silent Recitation: Silent recitation of the Gayatri Mantra in your mind.
- Coconut Symbolism: Pregnant women are encouraged to keep a coconut with them during the Sutak period and later float it in water after the eclipse concludes.
- Drinking Water: Drinking water during the Sutak period is permissible and not prohibited.
- Medications: Necessary medications can be taken during the Sutak period.
- Important Tasks: Important work can be carried out during the Sutak period without restriction.
While the Sutak period and eclipse traditions are deeply rooted in astrology and religious beliefs, individuals may choose to observe them as a preventive measure during these celestial events.