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Happy Makar Sankranti: History, significance and date of the festival

Makar Sankranti 2021: The harvest pageant is each a non secular in addition to seasonal observance, and is devoted to Lord Surya, the Solar God.

By hindustantimes.com | Edited by Alfea Jamal

UPDATED ON JAN 12, 2021 02:34 PM IST

Makar Sankranti is the primary main pageant to be celebrated in India and often takes place in January, this 12 months the pageant can be celebrated on January 14. Makar Sankranti is a serious harvest pageant celebrated by Hindus throughout India, nonetheless completely different states celebrated the pageant below completely different names, traditions and festivities. Makar Sankranti marks the tip of winter in addition to the start of longer days on account of the solar’s northward journey, this era is also called Uttarayan on this account and is taken into account to be very auspicious. The harvest pageant is each a non secular in addition to seasonal observance, and is devoted to Lord Surya, the Solar God and marks the solar’s transit into Makara (Capricorn) raashi (zodiac signal). The pageant is majorly celebrated within the Indian Subcontinent and likewise by Indians and Hindus around the globe. The festivities associated to Makar Sankranti have many names relying on the area it’s being celebrated in. For instance, by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, it’s known as Maghi and is preceded by Lohri. It’s known as Makara Sankranti and likewise Poush sôngkrānti in Maharashtra, Goa, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, Karnataka and Telangana, Sukarat in central India, Magh Bihu by Assamese, and Thai Pongal or Pongal by Tamils.

Based on drikpanchang.com Makar Sankranti is on Thursday, January 14 – Magh Krishna Paksha Dwitiya tithi. Makar Sankranti Punya Kala or auspicious time begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 5:46 PM. Whereas Makar Sankranti Maha Punya Kala begins at 8:30 AM and ends at 10:15 AM.

Whereas festivities might not be at par as earlier years on account of the coronavirus pandemic, often on at the present time devotees take a dip in rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna and Cauvery which can be thought-about to be holy. For believers, taking a dip washes away their sins, it is usually thought-about a time of peace and prosperity and plenty of non secular practices are performed on at the present time. Sesame and jaggery ladoos or chikkis are distributed on at the present time. Popularly known as til-gud. The candy signifies that individuals should keep collectively in peace and concord regardless of their variations. In Gujarat, kite flying is organised as a part of Makar Sankranti festivities. It’s also believed that those that die on Makar Sankranti will not be Based on Hindu perception, if one dies on Makar Sankranti they don’t seem to be reborn, however go straight to paradise.

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