Longest Blood Lunar Eclipse tonight from 10.40 pm, temples to remain closed

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The lunar eclipse will occur tonight across the world for 103 minutes beginning at 10.44 pm. It has come to be known as the longest blood lunar eclipse in this century as it would appear thickest and the reddish and would last almost 103 minutes.

In India, the eclipse will be visible from 11.54 pm to 4 pm. Pundits and religious heads, however, advise children and pregnant women against watching the eclipse with naked eyes during this period. 

Meanwhile, all the temple in the country will remain shut from 10 pm to 4 am in the morning. They will be reopened for public darshan only after samprokshana (holy cleaning) of the sanctum sanctorium.