Makar Sankranti 2019: How the festival is celebrated all across India

The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated on the ascending of the sun. The special feature of this festival is that it is celebrated on 14th January, not on different dates like other festivals, every year, when the sun passes through the Makar line after its ascending. This festival is one of the main festivals of the Hindu religion.
 
Sometimes it is celebrated one day before or after that i.e. 13 or 15 January but this is rarely done. Makar Sankranti is directly related to the geography and position of the sun. Whenever the Sun comes on Makar Line, that day is only on January 14, hence the Makar Sankranti is celebrated on this day.
 
In different regions of India, the festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated in different ways. In Andhra Pradesh, Kerala and Karnataka it is called Sankranti and in Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated as Pongal festival. At this time, new crop is welcomed in Punjab and Haryana and Lohri festivals are celebrated, while in the form of Bihu in Assam this festival is celebrated with glee. In each province, its name and way of celebrating vary.
 
According to different beliefs, the recipes of this festival are also different, but the pulse and rice khichadi have become the main identities of this festival. It is important to eat khichdi in particular with jaggery and ghee. Apart from this, sesame and jaggery also have great importance on Makar Sankranti.
 
This morning, after bathing sesame, the bath is done after rubbing. Apart from this, sesame and jaggery laddus and other dishes are also made. At this time Suhagana women also exchange the contents of the suhag. It is believed that this makes her husband’s age longer.
 
From the astrological point of view, on this day, the Sun enters the sagittal amount and enters the Capricorn and the speed of the lighting of the Sun begins. The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated with the entrance of the Sun in the form of a reception. There are twelve transmitters of the sun in twelve signs of Aries, Taurus, Capricorn, Aquarius, Sagittarius etc. And when the Sun enters the Sagittarius amount and enters Capricorn, then Makar Sankranti occurs. After the ascension of the sun, the sacrament of God’s Brahma Muhurta worship begins. This period is said to be the period of realization of a paragraph. It has also been called Siddique of sadhana. During this period, the goddess, goddess, house creation, yagna karma etc. are performed.
 
Makar Sankranti is also called the festival of bathing and donation. On this day bathing is important in pilgrimages and sacred rivers, as well as donating according to sesame, jaggery, khichdi, fruit and zodiac, virtue is attained. It is also believed that the sun god is pleased with the donations made on this day.
 
In the Mahabharata, Bhishma’s father-in-law had left the body voluntarily on the day of Magadh Shukla Ashtami on the northeast of the Sun. His Shraddha rituals were also in the Uttarayanan speed of the Sun. As a result, till today, the practice of sesame and water purification for the happiness of the ancestors is prevalent on the occasion of Makar Sankranti. Apart from all these beliefs, the enthusiasm of the Makar Sankranti festival is also connected. On this day kite flying also has special significance. A large number of kite flying events are also organized in many places on this day. People kite with great joy and glee.

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