Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival that holds huge significance for devotees. On the festival of Makar Sankranti, devotees observe a grand celebration across the Indian subcontinent. Read to know more about the festival.
India is a land of festivals. Each festival in India has its own unique relevance, significance, and importance borne out of people's beliefs. India is known for cultural diversity, as different people with different beliefs make up the nation. This is why there are many festivals celebrated in India, and each of these festivals offers everyone an opportunity to rejoice and celebrate. Celebrated in the cold month of January every year, Makar Sankranti can be termed as the first major Hindu festival celebrated in India. Makar Sankranti, also known as Maghi, is an annual Hindu festival devoted to Surya Dev or Sun God.
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The festival of Makar Sankranti falls on almost the same day every year, according to the Gregorian calendar. According to the Gregorian calendar, the occasion of Makar Sankranti falls every year on the 14th or 15th of January. The Makar Sankranti 2022 date and timings are given below.
In many regions of India, the Makar Sankranti festivities last for two to four days. For example, in Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti is a four-day festival. Each day of the festival is celebrated with distinct names and customs. The dates for the four days are given below.
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Makar Sankranti is one of the most pious Hindu festivals. This festival is one of the few Hindu festivals aligned with the solar cycle. As per the Vedas, 'Sankranti' means the 'transmigration of the Sun from one Rashi or constellation of the zodiac sign to another. This is why there are twelve Sankrantis in a year. The festival of Makar Sankranti marks the onset of warmer and longer days and bids farewell to the cold winter months. Prior to the Makar Sankranti, the Sun is in the Southern Hemisphere, which is why winter nights are longer in India, and the days are smaller. However, the Sun begins its journey towards the Northern Hemisphere with this occasion. Due to this phenomenon, the days become longer and the nights smaller. Devotees celebrate this ascent of the Sun into the Northern Hemisphere with splendor and pomp.
Also known as Maghi, Makar Sankranti is a festival devoted to Surya Dev or Lord Sun. In India, the Sun is considered a divine and powerful deity. Therefore, the festival is dedicated to the devotion of Surya Dev. It marks the start of the harvest season. This is why the Makar Sankranti festival is referred to as the harvest festival. The harvest festival brings about a change in the season as the Sun moves from the South or Dakshinayana to Uttarayana or the Northern Hemisphere. This period is known as Uttarayana and is considered to be incredibly auspicious. Dakshinayana symbolizes the night and all things negative, whereas the Uttarayana is regarded as the symbol of day and a sign of positivity.
This particular harvest festival holds religious and seasonal importance for Hindus across India. On the crucial occasion of Makar Sankranti, people worship the Sun God in various forms to express their gratitude. It is believed that any donations or meritorious deeds done during this period can prove to be fruitful and beneficial for you.
The festival of Makar Sankranti is symbolic of change in the seasons. Astrologically, it brings a symbolic shift in the planetary houses. The Sun marks the transit by moving into Makar Rashi or Capricorn zodiac sign. The Sun moves from Sagittarius to Capricorn during this time of the year. The Sun transits to the twelve zodiac signs every year, and spends one month in each zodiac sign. However, the transit or the Sankranti that happens in January is the most auspicious.
The Indian festivals are based on the Hindu Lunar calendar; however, Makar Sankranti is based on the Solar Calendar. This is why this specific festival is usually celebrated on the same day every year. As mentioned earlier, Makar Sankranti is also the occasion that marks the sacred period of Uttarayana. This period is excellent for attaining 'Mukti' or salvation.
Let’s get to know the Makar Sankranti rituals that add to the festive spirit of this day.
Makar Sankranti is an enormous harvest festival celebrated across the nation. Not only do the Hindus residing in India celebrate this occasion, but also the Hindus around the world celebrate this occasion. This festival has different names in different states. The festival has its own pious traditions, customs, and rituals based on the region where it is celebrated. For instance, this occasion is known as Makar Sankranti and Poush Sankranti in Goa, Maharashtra, West Bengal, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, and Karnataka, and Maghi in Northern India, which Lohri precedes. It is known as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Bhogali Bihu in Assam, and Khichdi in Uttar Pradesh.
Below are a few ways Makar Sankranti is celebrated in some parts of India.
This occasion holds tremendous importance for all due to Makar Sankranti's immense religious and spiritual significance. This occasion symbolizes a new beginning and fresh start that will allow a new season to brighten up one's life. The occasion enables people to express their gratitude for the prosperity and harmony of the year.
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✍️ By- Team Astroyogi