Makar Sankranti is an auspicious festival to forget the bitterness and spread happiness in everyone’s life. It is celebrated throughout the parts of India by Hindus. Hindus perform various pious tasks on this day, which includes ritualistic bathing in the Sangam in Allahabad. Taking dip cleans one’s sins and increases the good karma in life. Sankrant is devoted to the Lord Surya. There is a great belief among Hindus, that if one share’s sweets or something to the needy on this auspicious day, then it will come double to them in the coming years. The festival is to make and continue new relationships.
The propitious festival “Makar Sankranti” is celebrated for marking the passage of Sun into zodiac sign Capricorn or Makar on its celestial path. Many Indians believe its southward journey and starts moving northward towards Tropic of cancer.
There are different mythological stories but mostly it is said that this day Lord Surya visits Lord Shani, his son who is the ruling God of Capricorn. This day is worshipped because Surya Dev and Shani Dev come together, but most of the days they don’t go well. There are few festivals that falls on the same day and this is one of the significant festivals that come on the same date every year in the Gregorian calendar. It will be usually celebrated on 13th or 14th or 15th of January.
This Hindu festival is celebrated in almost all parts of India and world also. This Bright day is the indication of spring arrival in India and in Nepal, its Magh month.
The day time of Punyakalam, for six months starts from Makar Sankranti. This day is celebrated by different names and by different ways: Like in Assam Bhogali Bihu, Andhra Pradesh &Telangana as Sankranti, Himachal Pradesh as Maagh Saaji, In Karnataka as Suggi, Pongal is another name of Sankranti etc.
Talking about other countries Bangladesh celebrates Shakrain, in Nepal Maghe Sankranti, Thailand (Songram), in Laos it is Pi Ma Lao, in Mynammar as Thingyan, Cambodia celebrates Moha Sangkran and many more.
In India, People also celebrate the tradition by Kite flying on this festive day.
Makar Sankranti Date, Shubh Muhurta, Puja Time
Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on 14th January 2018.
Punya Kaal Muhurta = 14:00 to 17: 41
Duration= 3 Hours 41 Mins, Sankranti Moment = 07: 50
Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta =14: 00 to 14: 24
Duration= 0 Hours 23 Mins