MUMBAI (TIP): A total solar eclipse will envelop parts of the US, Australia and New Zealand on Diwali day. Festivities in India will continue as usual given that the celestial event will not be visible in this part of the world.
Scientist Bharat Adur who heads the Akash Ganga observatory Mumbai says the solar eclipse will begin at 1.08am IST on the intervening night of November 13-14 and end at 6.15am. Diwali Amavasya falls November 13, while Lakshmi puja will be performed the following day.
Acharya Ravindra Nagar of New Delhi says, aœThe total solar eclipse will not affect Lakshmi puja in India since its shadow will not span our country. Where it is visible people may defer the rituals until it passes.a
Adur points out that the western world will have the opportunity to see two eclipses this November. A fortnight after Diwali Amavasya, a lunar eclipse will occur on Purnima day, November 28.