Astrologers made predictions on the effects of solar eclipse based on their mythological beliefs that solar eclipse spells misfortune and disorder.
People for ages have considered eclipses especially solar eclipse as a bad omen. The belief still prevails among a large section of people, despite awareness of this natural phenomenon.
Eclipses have always been considered as harmful, according to the Hindu astrology.
"During solar eclipse, one must pray to their reverent deity. We should chant god's name during eclipse to avoid ill effects of eclipse. This is century's biggest solar eclipse. This will not only affect India, but the entire world. This will bring changes and affect social, financial and political sectors," said, Kahniya Maharaj, an astrologer.
For instance, pregnant women in India are advised to take precautions during the eclipse.
"Only would-be-mothers should take care during eclipse. I will advise them to stay indoors and not to touch any sharp objects during the eclipse. They must chant sun god's name during eclipse," said Prasad Dikshit, an astrologer.
In India, total solar eclipse on Wednesday will be visible in Patna, Bhopal, Indore, Gaya, Varanasi, Bhavnagar, Darjeeling, Gangtok, Sibsagar, Surat, Ujjain and Vadodara.
It will be last of the kind to be visible in the country for the next 105 years.