Makara Sankranti is observed on Wednesday 15 January. In India, Makar Sankranti is a Major harvest Festival. It is one of the few Hindu Indian festivals which are celebrated on a fixed date it varies between three days 14, 15 and 16 of January every year. Makara Sankranti is the starting of Uttarayana Punyakalam. In a year they are 12 Sankranti's because the sun transit from one zodiac to another. Sankranti is celebrated for Three days. Bhogi, Makara Sankranti or Sankranti and Kanuma. Bhogi is the starting of Festival. Makara Sankrathi Is a Festival Of God Sun. The Sun stands for knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. All across North and West India, flying kites and feasting on rice and sweets made from sesame seeds is an integral part of the festivities.
Makara Sankranti 2014
Bhogi : Tuesday January 14
Sankranti : Wednesday January 15
Kanuma : Thursday January 16
In Tamil Nadu Sankranthi is known as Pongal. In Gujarat and Rajasthan Makar Sankranti is known as Uttarayana In Haryana and Punjab Makar Sankranti is known as Maghi. Makar is a Sanskrit word which literally means Capricorn whereas Sankranti denotes transition. Makar Sankranti marks the end of winter, when the sun moves into the northern hemisphere. Sun transit from Dakshinayana to Uttarayana. Sankranthi is the beginning of Uttarayana Punyakalam Sankranthi is the season at this time harvest will be completed and all grains will come to home. Makar Sankranti is a biggest harvest festival. The festivities include sweets made of Rice, jaggery, green gram and sesame. The significance of Uttarayana Punyakalam is at the Mahabharata times when Bhishma did astrasanyas waited till this day to depart so Arjuna built the bed with the arrows. Popular belief is that one who dies on this day gains moksha and has no rebirth.
|Makar Sankranti 2014
They will buy a new pot and clean and cover with white cement (Sunnam), vermilon (Kumkum), Turmeric (Pasupu) and a thread with a leaf is wearied, then pour milk into the pot. The Rangoli design is drawn on the mud or Floor in front of the door. The Rangoli is decorated with various colors. In the middle of rangoli dried cow dung (pidakalu) were placed above this the pot is kepted. After that all around the pot Navadanyalu were placed that includes Gingelly (Nuvvulu), Black Gram (Minumulu), Green Gram (Pesarlu), Bengal Gram (Sanagalu), Corn (Makkalu), Jonnalu, Rice, Ragulu and Alisanthulu. opposite to the pot place a broom stick is cleaned and a new saree is placed, above this goddess statue is placed. The God Statue is cleaned and a white cloth Composed of turmeric is weared, and a chain wearing on the Neck. besides the God a Mirror, Sugarcane, Regipallu, Gedipallu were placed. Then coconut will be broken in front of the God and the dried cow dung is lightned. The milk boiled in the pot put some rice in that and keep looking until the milk flows out. And the sweet is shred with everyone.