Lunar eclipse and the influence of 'Rahu' in India

The August full moon is often referred to as a "Sturgeon" moon, named after the fish by native American tribes, who found the fish easier to catch at the time.

Lunar eclipse

According to Hindu tradition, an eclipse occurs because a demon named Rahu occasionally gobbles up the sun or the moon before letting them off after a certain period.

This period is considered very ominous by devout Hindus. Prayers are offered by devotees during this period and once the eclipse is over, they bathe or take a holy dip in the Ganga. (AFP)

Lunar Eclipse in Varanasi

In India's northern city of Varanasi, pandits performed the famous 'aarti' on the banks of Ganges in daylight for the first time in 26 years. (AFP)

Lunar eclipse and the Holy city

Owing to the lunar eclipse on Monday, priests in Varanasi decided to change the timing of the ceremony, which is held daily in the holy city in the late evening.

Hundreds of devotees gathered around the banks of the Ganga river to witness the ceremony while temples remained closed during the 'Sutak' period - a 12-hour long period prior to the eclipse, as the duration is considered inauspicious by Hindus. (AFP)

Chennai

A partial Lunar Eclipse as seen in Chennai. (AFP)

Lunar eclipse in Chennai

Partial Lunar eclipse as seen from Chennai late evening on Monday.

The phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of the Earth's shadow, blocking part of the sunlight from reaching the moon and causing it to appear three-forth than normal. (AFP)

Lunar eclipse effect

The Lunar effect is generated when the sun, earth and moon become aligned and the moon crosses the shadow projected by the earth which lies between the moon and the sun. (AFP)

Lunar eclipse in Madrid

The second lunar eclipse of the year was seen around Madrid's "Four Towers" skyscrapers on Monday evening at the moment the moon rose and the sun set.

Due to the eclipse, the moon acquired a reddish brown colour that lasted two hours and slowly receded afterwards. (AFP)

Lunar eclipse in Germany

A man frames with his hands during a partial lunar eclipse in Frankfurt am Main, western Germany. (AFP)

Lunar eclipse in Ankara

The moon is seen during the partial Lunar Eclipse in Ankara on August 7, 2017. (AFP)

Ankara eclipsed

The moon is seen during the partial Lunar Eclipse in Ankara on August 7, 2017.

The phenomenon occurs when the moon moves through the outer part of the Earth's shadow, blocking part of the sunlight from reaching the moon and causing it to appear three-forth than normal. (AFP)

Lunar eclipse in Ankara

The moon is seen during the Partial Lunar Eclipse in Ankara on August 7, 2017. (AFP)