28- Vara Lakshmi Vrata-2-2-2.

 2- Special Observances - The Eclipse-2.

One should not take food during the eclipse.

When the eclipse begins the food should by then have been digested.

One should take food only after seeing the sun or the moon free from the eclipse.

When the clear sun or the moon is not seen before sunset or sunrise, in the case of the solar and lunar eclipse respectively, food can be taken only after the sun or the moon is seen the next day.

    Pregnant women should not see the sun or the moon during the time of the eclipse.

If they do the child born may have some kind of defect.

He may be born deaf, dumb or blind.

Householders are forbidden from sexual intercourse on the day of the eclipse, for the same reason.

    At this time one should take great care in avoiding bleeding, scorpion stings, etc.

These have disastrous results.

 Even an earthworm has a poisonous effect when it bites one during an eclipse

Swami Sivananda
 To be continued  .....