Hindus take dip in Ganges during lunar eclipse

Varanasi/Allahabad, April 26 (ANI): A large number of Hindu devotees took a holy dip in River Ganges during the lunar eclipse to achieve salvation.

They gathered on the banks of the River Ganges in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, early on Friday morning.

The devotees worshipped the Sun and performed religious rituals after the lunar eclipse.

According to belief, bathing in holy water after the eclipse helps in washing away the sins of the people.

"It is important to take a holy dip on the occasion of the eclipse," said Purushottam Pandey, a priest.

Devotees were also seen on the banks of the Ganges in Allahabad.

"It is auspicious to take a dip in the River Ganges to achieve salvation. This is mentioned in our religious books," said Sunil Verma, a devotee hailing from Chhattisgarh.

Thursday's lunar eclipse was the third shortest lunar eclipse in the 21st century, lasting only a period of about 27 minutes.

The eclipse period began at about 11.30 p.m. on Thursday (April 25) night and ended early in the morning at about 3.43 a.m. on Friday. (ANI)