Makar Sankranti: The Symbol of New Life
Makar Sankranti is one of the highly auspicious days in a Hindu calendar, dedicated to the worship of Lord Sun. On this day the Sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn. It is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam. The day time of Devas begins with the Makar Sankranti and lasts for six months. Days and nights both are of equal length on 14th January. Makar Sankranti is the first day of Uttaraayana. During six months of the year, the days are longer than the nights. Summer season begins due to the movement of Sun towards northern hemisphere. Heat and light of Sun starts increasing. As a result of this, there is a development of awareness and energy among the creatures.
This period is ideal for all kind of auspicious activities. In 2011, the date of Makar Sankranti is January 14. Auspicious time of Sankranti in all regions in
Legends Associated with Makar Sanktanti
- The counting of days of Devas begins from this day. When Sun is in Dakshinayan, the period is called as night of Devas and 6 months of Uttarayan is called as day. Six months of human beings is equal to one day and one night of Devas.
- According to legends, goddess Sankranti killed a demon called Sankarasur hence the name Sankranti.
- According to Mythological in the Mahabharata, Bhishma who lay wounded on a bed of arrows is said to have been waiting for the period of Uttarayan to set in, in order to breathe his last since It was believed that the person who dies on this auspicious day of Sankrant escapes the cycle of birth and re-birth and that his soul mingles with the Almighty.
- According to one of the beliefs, lord Shiva had showered his blessings on his devotees, especially on sages, on this day. Some people believe that lord Shiva had donated self-knowledge to lord Vishnu on this day.
- Apart from this, it is also believed that Sun goes to meet his son Saturn on this day. This meeting of Sun and Saturn is celebrated as “Makar Sankranti”.
- It is said that on this day,
Gangafollowed Bhagirath to reach the hermitage of saint Kapil and had fallen into the ocean. That is why, bathing in river Gangaand making donations on shrines is considered especially significant.
This auspicious day is known in different names at different places in
On this day people get up early in the morning and after having bath they worship the rising Sun, by offering water, flowers & then pray with folded hands by chanting the Gayatri Mantra.
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