Kerala temples to be shut during partial solar eclipseJuly 31st, 2008 - 5:11 pm ICT by IANS
Thiruvananthapuram, July 31 (IANS) Temples in Kerala will be shut Friday, during the time the partial solar eclipse takes place. P. Narayanan, Travancore Devasom Board (TDB) member, told IANS that all temples under their jurisdiction have been instructed to remain closed at the time of the partial solar eclipse.
“This has been the practice before too and after the eclipse takes place, temples would open immediately after a purification ceremony is done,” said Narayanan.
TDB runs the affairs of various temples, including the famed Sabarimala temple, in south Kerala.
The partial solar eclipse is expected to start at 4.56 p.m. here, peak at 5.31 p.m. and end at 6.05 p.m.
The Kerala State Science and Technology Museum here has made extensive arrangements on its campus for people to view the event.
They have warned people not to view the sun directly and also asked them to desist from viewing the event using scratched X-ray sheets and smoked glasses.
- Pilgrims gather for Sabarimala 'celestial light', year after tragedy - Jan 15, 2012
- Lakhs witness 'celestial light' on Sabarimala horizon (Lead) - Jan 15, 2012
- Sabarimala priest's grandson to take temple body to court - Dec 15, 2011
- Sabarimala earnings surge - Dec 04, 2011
- In Sabarimala, a season of crowds, snakes and pickpockets - Jan 09, 2012
- Kerala gears up for Sabarimala ritual - Jan 05, 2012
- India to miss partial solar eclipse - May 31, 2011
- Sabarimala 'celestial light' man-made, admit authorities - Apr 25, 2011
- A solar eclipse for penguins, sea leopards? - Jul 01, 2011
- Sabarimala pilgrimage begins - Nov 17, 2011
- Tirumala temple shut for lunar eclipse - Jun 16, 2011
- Lakhs witness celestial flame at Sabarimala - Jan 14, 2011
- Clouds mar clear view of eclipse, temples shut in Andhra - Jan 15, 2010
- File petition on Makara Jyothi in high court: Apex court - Feb 26, 2011
- Sabarimala: Kerala would rather be safe than sorry - Nov 15, 2011