There was a recent Lunar Eclipse (Chandra Grahaṇa) - the first for the year 2021.

The full eclipse began at 11.11 am UTC, which was around 4.41 pm IST. But the total lunar eclipse was not visible in India.

Whenever an eclipse is said to be "visible" in a certain place, it's a practice for the people of that area to follow all the "rules and protocols" of a sūtaka and other practices. Like Temples closing their doors, people not going out throughout the eclipse duration, and not consuming food, etc..

However, many a times, the eclipse is not even visible in several areas. Like this eclipse cited above. This eclipse wasn't observable from India.

Question - Does the same "rules and protocols" apply to such kind of eclipses too, which are not visible from an "observer's place"? Please give either scripturally sourced answer or the views of "authoritative personalities".

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    As a first piece information: If eclipse is not visible, then rules are not to be followed. (Idk where it comes from, most panchang or calanders mention it) – Proxy May 27 at 15:20
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    Yes @Proxy, I too have read it. However, I also have heard several "TV astrologers" saying opposite (some say few rules are still valid; some say all rules are still valid) – peace May 27 at 15:33
  • Temples in South India are usually not closed if eclipse is not visible and rules too not followed, although need to check source for this. – The Destroyer May 27 at 15:33
  • OH that's interesting @TheDestroyer. In the North though, AFAIK, all temples generally close their doors (kapāṭa) for the eclipse duration. Also, other practices (like semi-fasting, staying indoors) are also invariably followed by many – peace May 27 at 15:37
  • i too know from experience - if it's not visible, it's not followed, at least in south india. maybe only the temples where it was visible closed in north india ? – mar May 27 at 15:58

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