Sutak Sootak for Solar Eclipse January 2010

Sootak or Sutak  (Soodhak, Soodak kalam) begins 12 hours before the Solar Eclipce and 9 hours before in case of a Lunar Eclipse. Surya Grahan (Solar eclipse) of January 15th, 2010 comes as the longest annular eclipse to occur this century with a duration of 11 mins 08 seconds. The eclipse point is at one degree Capricorn. The solar eclipse effect on moon sign and the various houses from moon sign must be analyzed for each individual. Find your moon sign and personal planetary transits on eclipse day for free at

Sutak or Sootak refers to period of impurity.  In Vedic Astrology, it is believed that the negative effect of the Eclipse begins hours before its actual occurrence.

  • Surya Grahan Sparsha kaal – 11.29 AM
  • Surya Grahana Madhya kaal – 1.22 PM
  • Surya grahana moksha kaal – 3.15 PM
  • Surya grahanam adhyantha punya kaal – 3.46 PM

Sootak begins 12 hours before the eclipse starts (11:29 PM previous night) and ends at 3:46 PM as Surya Grahan ends. It is believed that one must not eat food during this period. However, there is an exception for the aged, ill persons and children. Any cooked food becomes impure. It should all be thrown away before the start of an eclipse. Generally, the entire house is cleaned in preparation for an eclipse.Anyone who does not observe the eclipse rituals and do not bathe at the end of an eclipse, are considered Sutaki (ritually impure) until the time of the next eclipce. If it is difficult to follow these rules during sutak period, they should be observed from 11:29 AM to 3:46 PM during eclipse period on 15th January.

The annular eclipse of the Sun is visible from within a 300-km-wide track that traverses half of Earth. The path of the Moon’s shadow begins in Africa and passes through Chad, Central African Republic Democratic Republic of the Congo, Uganda, Kenya, and Somalia. After leaving Africa, the path crosses the Indian Ocean where the maximum duration of annularity reaches 11 min 08 s. The central path then continues into Asia through Bangladesh, India, Burma (Myanmar), and China. A partial eclipse is seen within the much broader path of the Moon’s penumbral shadow, which includes eastern Europe, most of Africa, Asia, and Indonesia. It will be seen as annular within a narrow stretch of 300 km width across Central Africa, Maldives, South Kerala,

Eclipse path through IndiaSouth Tamil Nadu, North Sri Lanka,Burma and China

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