Makar Sankranti Festival
In year 2015 the day of Makar Sankranti will fall on Thursday, 15th January. The Zodiac sign Capricorn is named as Makar and the name Makar Sankranti indicates that on this day Sun transits into the Makar Rashi (Capricorn zodiac sign). Mostly the day of Makar Sankranti is celebrated on 14th January every year. But, because of some astrological calculations and transit of Sun it is celebrate on 15th January also. This situation occurs very rarely. This day is also taking as the beginning of the harvesting season and for southern regions it is taken as starting of monsoon season. According to Hindu lunar calendar festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the month of Paush. Makar Sankranti is celebrated in all most all the parts of India.
Importance of Makar Sankranti
The festival of Makar Sankranti not holds importance as only harvesting season but it is also important as this day is considered starting of promising period in Indian Culture. This festival refers as the ‘holy phase of transition’. After the day of Makar Sankranti traditional and spiritual events take place in Hindu families. This time is treated as most auspicious time for the beginning of new and any spiritual events. As per scientific terms, the days start begins warmer, hot and longer. It can also be said that this day is mark as starting of harvest time or spring season and ending of winter season.
The auspicious festival of Hindus Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over the country as well as in some parts of globe like Shri Lanka, Nepal and Myanmar. But the names are different and some of the customs and rituals are also slightly differ.
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The name Makar Sankranti is use in Orissa, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh, Jharkhand, Chhattisgarh, Haryana, Bihar, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Uttar Pradesh, Sikkim, Karnataka, Kerala, Manipur, Telangana and Goa.
In Gujarat festival of Makar Sankranti is known as Uttarayan, in Tamil Nadu this festival is popular as Pongal. In Kashmir Valley it is called as Shishur Saenkraat and in Punjab and Himachal Pradesh it is known as Maghi.
In all around the country the festival of Makar Sankranti has a huge fan fare. The significances of Makar Sankranti are also detailed in our most common ancient epic Mahabharata. Makar Sankranti is the festival to worship God Sun and refer as the sign of wisdom and spirituality.
The festival of Makar Sankrant is also known as Sakraat in Haryana and Delhi and it is celebrated with full zeal and happiness throughout the country. People reside in Delhi and Haryana make Halwa on this day and brother of married sister come to meet her.
How to observe Makar Sankranti Puja?
The puja thali is preaperd with flowers, bananas and Til Laddoo and other puja items, then this thali is offered to Lord Sun. On this day people use to worship Banyan tree with kumkum and Chawal. It is essential to cover your head with duptta or saree while performing Puja. After performing all rituals and Puja distribute Prashad among everyone.
Benefits of Makar Sankranti Puja
This the festival of harvesting, by observing this day and worshiping Lord Sun one can please to Lord Sun easily and lord blessed his devotees with finest crop and land.
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Category: Festival 2015
Created: Wednesday, March 11 2015
Author: Lokesh Jagirdar