A brilliant rainbow visible in strikingly overcast skies is something else! But what if it is a double rainbow? A dreamy pair of rainbows graced the West Bengal skies on Wednesday, early evening around 5:30 pm, IST.
Apparently it was visible from Gazol, a village near West Bengal‘s town of Malda, and the show of nature hooked the passersby on road for sometimes.
The images obtained by WeTheWorld Magazine team were shot from a Galaxy S10 lite using the smartphone’s wide-angle camera that captured the expansive image of the ‘arch of nature’ in its full glory.
What does science say?
Scientifically, rainbows are itself uncommon. One of the feats of nature, that needs sheer conditions to happen, rainbows occur when little droplets of water in the atmosphere reflect, refract and disperse sunlight in the VIBGYOR spectrum.
When it comes to double rainbows, the conditions that form a single rainbow happens twice. In short, sunlight is reflected twice, according to Met Office, UK.
It must be noted though, this phenomenon, albeit beautiful, it is not uncommon. Dual rainbows do occur and they happen in early morning or late afternoon. The second rainbow is fainter compared to the primary rainbow.
Another interesting feature of dual rainbows is that, the colour arrangement in the secondary rainbow will be opposite of the VIBGYOR arrangement of the primary.
Humans, have been since time immemorial, tried to interpret the dictums of the divine, as it is said. Cultures after cultures, societies and states across the world has different ways to interpret nature and her elements.
Biblical significance of an appearance of a double rainbow
During Noah’s time, the earth was destroyed by the great flood. When Noah left the Ark, God made a covenant with him, God said:
“This is the sign of the covenant I am making between me and you and every living creature with you, a covenant for all generations to come. I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth. Whenever I bring clouds over the earth and the rainbow appears in the clouds. I will remember my covenant between me and you and all living creatures of every kind. Never again will the waters become a flood to destroy all life.” (Genesis 9:12-15). So the bow represents God’s covenant.
What is the significance of a double rainbow?
According to some, the sight of rainbows brings prosperity, success, and wealth.
According to Feng Shui, a double rainbow means that there will be a chain of good things happening. You will receive a pile of something good in the coming days.
Eastern cultures say that a double-rainbow is a sign of transformation. There is a saying that when you see the rainbows and you touch the ground, you will find treasures. The first arc symbolizes the physical world and the second arc depicts the spiritual realm.
According to Tibetan Buddhists, the appearance of double rainbows signifies either passing of a great sage; or it foretells the coming of a highly spiritual enlightened reincarnation.