Thousands witness rare spectacle of solar eclipse in Kerala
Kozhikode/Thiruvananthapuram: The annular solar eclipse was witnessed by thousands of enthusiastic people, including children and the aged, especially in northern districts of Kerala, while clouds played a dampner in some places. The rare spectacle was first visible at Cheruvathur in Kasaragod, followed by places in Kozhikode and Kannur. More than 5000 people assembled in Cheruvathur where the facility to witness the eclipse was arranged.
More than 90 percent of the sun was shaded by the moon between 9.25 am and 9.28 am.
In Wayanad, there was disappointment as the annular eclipse was not visible due to clouds. A young boy in Kalpetta said he was saddened as he could not see the eclipse totally. "We came here with lot of expectations. But are disappointed," he said.
Various temples, including the famous Sabarimala Lord Ayyappa Temple, Padmanabha Swamy temple at Thiruvananthapuram
and the Lord Krishna temple at Guruvayur were closed during the solar eclipse and are expected to open after purification rites.
In the northern most district of Kasaragod, a private operator totally stopped bus service on a particular route during the eclipse.
Payasam and breakfast were distributed in Kozhikode during the four-hour eclipse to dispel myths about abstaining from food and celebrate the occasion.
People had taken precaution like solar filters while viewing the eclipse as it was warned not to look at the sun with naked eye.Apart from Cheruvathur, facilities were arranged to view the eclipse in Thiruvananthapuram, Kottayam, Kochi and Kollam. In the Kottayam, Thrissur and Thiruvananthapuram the eclipse was said to be partial.
(With added inputs from PTI)