• Short Summary

    By Hindu legend it is believed that an eclipse of the sun occurs when the planet Rahu-Ketu attacks the Sun, and the destruction of the world which would inevitably follow can only be averted by prayer.

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    By Hindu legend it is believed that an eclipse of the sun occurs when the planet Rahu-Ketu attacks the Sun, and the destruction of the world which would inevitably follow can only be averted by prayer.

    The Hindus believe that Kurukshetra, about 130 miles from New Delhi, is where the world began by rising from the sea. God distributed nectar to the Gods, to make them immortal. Sun being one of the Gods was eligible, but the planet Rahu-Ketu was not. He did manage, however, to get a small portion, but Sun complained, and thus began the immortal rivalry. Hence the eclipse.

    Kurukshetra has yet another legendary history dating from the Mahabharata period of 5,000 years ago - Lord Krishna is reputed to have related there the Great Hindu philosophy to Arjuna, the warrior of Pandavas. This philosophy is now known "as the Bhagwad Gita."
    With temple bells and 'shankhadhwanis' heralding the onset of today's eclipse a few minutes after sunrise, nearly four lacks of devout pilgrims had their ritual bath in the sacred lotus scented waters of the Kurukshetra and Sanyahat Tanks. Although a few days ago the tank bore signs of drying up, the Punjab Government ordered millions of gallons to be pumped in from the Sirhind Canal. Pumps worked around the clock for almost a fortnight.

    After the ritual bath, the pilgrims again engaged in prayers, and then dispersed at the end of the eclipse to destinations all over Punjab and towards Delhi.

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    Film ID:
    VLVAAIVTF433AZXPVUAOWISPTL8P8
    Media URN:
    VLVAAIVTF433AZXPVUAOWISPTL8P8
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    19/04/1958
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Black & White
    Duration:
    00:01:03:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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