Today is Lunar Eclipse again and yet another day to have a tug of war between Believes and Superstitions.
It's a natural phenomenon which occurs when the Moon falls under the Earth's Shadow by passing directly behind the Earth.. The day will also be a Blood moon, where the earth's satellite takes a reddish color .
While this natural phenomenon might have several effects on the earth and the atmosphere and its constitution due to the Rays coming in , we have many myths floating . While some have a scientific correlation others fail to even find a logical answer.
Listing out a few myths which I could correlate with science and find some Logic in it .
No food and water during Lunar Eclipse period . For some the period starts hours before the beginning of this phenomenon.
Logic : as our body is composed of 70 percent of water and the moon comes near the earth so there might be changes in our physiology. ( try correlating the high tide days around poornima days )
So it's advisable to eat light during this period and fasting is not required though. And if you trust your digestive system it's better to go with your normal routine.
Food getting infected during this period .
I remember my parents having elaborate discussion on this and my Mom saying ok finally lets put a Tulsi leave on the food and then we can use it .
Logic : There is alteration in the incoming radiations and their intensity . The ultra violet radiations are restricted during this period which enables the growth of the micro Organisms. Hence it might be party true that there is a probability of infection so you can protect it with a tulsi leave which is said to be acting as a disinfectant.
Avoid traveling during this period
Logic :again the cosmic rays and micro Organisms theory holds good here but you can do it in a protected way .
Chanting God's Name or Mahamrutunjaya Mantra during pregnancy.
Logic : Chanting God's name is never a bad thing to do that you can do anytime and every time. Especially during pregnancy when the eclipse strikes we have extra water that is our amniotic which is water again and there might be some turbulence due to the rays . And chanting Mantra is another form of Meditation so that will help in keeping us calm .
Though there are many such Myths that I do not find any Logic like :
Not going to the loo during the Eclipse.
Alternately You will contract an UTI if you hold the Urine for long .
Not opening a bolt or a closed door during this period . If it's required you got do that .
Do not use a sharp object else you will find a birth mark or lip cleft on the baby . The baby's development is all about genes and genetic code nothing to do with ellipse .
Many more such things which we get to know from all social circles. While a few things we can follow for our well being other things do not find any logical ending . So it's best to see what you and your baby are comfortable with . The most important thing to remember during Pregnancy is YOU and the BABY inside so do whatever suits you best ! Causing inconvenience to yourself can never do or bring Good just remember that !