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.
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.
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.