Ring of Fire Solar Eclipse June 21: Millions across north India witnessed the stunning view of the moon covering sun leaving a shiny ring of fire around its silhouette in parts of north Rajasthan, Haryana including Kuruskhetra, Himachal Pradesh and Chamoli in Uttarakhand. A partial ring of fire was also visible in major cities like Jaipur, Delhi, Chandigarh, and Dehradun as well. Partial Solar Eclipse in Delhi ended at 1.48 PM and over Assam at 3.04 PM as the moon made final contact and its shadow on Earth vanished. This was 2020’s first solar eclipse or Surya Grahan. The solar eclipse lasted for around 6 hours in India starting at 9:15 am early in the morning. This solar eclipse was classified as annular solar eclipse or Ring of Fire. Moon’s shadow turned the sun into a ring of fire like shape with a major part of the Sun hidden by the silhouette of the moon.
During Solar Eclipse, temples across India remained closed including Badrinath-Kedarnath Chardham Temples in India, Ganga Temples in Haridwar and Krishna Temples in Vrindavan. Delhi’s temples also remain closed as well. They are now open for cleansing and post-eclipse rituals. Srikalhasti Shiva temple in Andhra Pradesh though remained open for grahan-related rituals.
Apart from the Indians subcontinent and Indian cities like Delhi, Chandigarh, Jaipur, Dehradun and Himachal Pradesh state, the eclipse on June 21 was visible from much of Asia, Africa, the Pacific, the Indian Ocean, parts of Europe an Australia. Space enthusiasts from around the world watch solar and lunar eclipse that fall throughout the year. However, ample precautions need to be taken when it comes to sighting the solar eclipse which could damage our eyesight if observed without wearing protective gear for our eyes.