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Astrologers and medicos have mixed opinions on today’s eclipse.

entertainment Updated: Jan 14, 2010 19:49 IST

Today, between 11 am and 3.15 pm, we herald the first annular solar eclipse of the year, also the longest in the millennium. But before Delhiites start the party, the Capital’s astrologers have a word of caution. “At the time of an eclipse, people are more likely to be affected by their departed ancestors. For this reason, people may experience lethargy, tiredness and sickness,” says Master Lok

Deepak Bakshi, who recommends “spiritual practices and playing mantra cassettes” to avoid the ill effects. “Pregnant ladies should try to lie down in a straight position, and not go out,” he adds. Astrologer Suman Adil says, “People may become restless and aggressive and fights may happen during a eclipse. One must meditate and be at peace.”

Astrologer PK Bhanot says, “Instead of an impact on individual horoscopes, change in peoples’ prosperity at large, eruption of volcanoes and earthquakes, and changes in weather conditions may take place.”

Doctors, however, are not impressed by these arguments. Dr Sanjay Dhawan says, “The only negative impact can be on the eyesight if one stares at the eclipse for long. Pregnant women stepping out will make no difference to them.” Psychiatrist Deepak Raheja concurs, “Mental and other problems associated with eclipses are myths. It’s a beautiful phenomena, go enjoy it.”