Sankranti Dates 2017
Makar Sankranti is a festival of harvesting and new beginning of year. It is celebrated with lots of joy and enthusiasm in whole country. It is celebrated each and every part of India including Nepal too. According to spiritual views, it means a lot to Hindus. Poushe month ended with this festival which is inauspicious month for hindus. So it is a sign of new beginning. Makar Sankranti is a day when winters become light and sun starts to give its heat to earth. According to astrologers, Makar Sankranti is a day when READ MORE
Sankranti Dates 2017Current Location : Delhi, India
Latitude/Longitude : 28:39N, 77:13E
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2017 Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti is a festival of harvesting and new beginning of year. It is celebrated with lots of joy and enthusiasm in whole country. It is celebrated each and every part of India including Nepal too. According to spiritual views, it means a lot to Hindus. Poushe month ended with this festival which is inauspicious month for hindus. So it is a sign of new beginning. Makar Sankranti is a day when winters become light and sun starts to give its heat to earth. According to astrologers, Makar Sankranti is a day when sun transit into the zodiac sign makar rashi (Capricorn). This gives pros and cons to each and every zodiac sign. Every state has its own style to celebrate Makar sankranti. So let’s see what the stories behind this festival are.
According the story of Mahabharata, Bhishma Pitama died on this day. He had the power to choose his death that’s why he was immortal on his times. He chose this day to die. Therefore it is followed that if someone die on this day will get Moksha easily.
Another story more about Makar Sankranti that Kirat and Madhesi community celeb rate this day as New Year. They call this new year which is Yele Dhung. There is another legend behind the Makar Sankranti that a businessman found that his sesame bag never goes empty. When he searched his bag, he found the idol of Vishnu, who is preserver.
Celebrations, rituals and customs
Andhra Pradesh: in Andhra Pradesh, they celebrated Makar Sankranti for four days. First day is boghi which is one day earlier of the festival. On this day they clean their temples, houses and idols of gods. Second day is Makar Sankranti, the main festival. They take bath in holy rivers and wear new clothes. They take off their old clothes too. They take blessing from their gurus and worship lord sun too. They give ‘Arghya’ to lord sun and thanks to him for his blessings. Third day is ‘Kanuma’ and it is a day of farmers. Farmers worship god and also pray for their cattle. As of cattle plays very important role in their life. Mukkanuma is the fourth and last day of festival. It is for all non vegetarians. In some coastal area people offer animals to impress god of rain and soil.
Uttar Pradesh: more than two million people take bath in the holy rivers of Allahabad and Varanasi. They also do fast on this day. They wear new clothes and distribute sweets which made by till (sesame) and gud. They also do kite flying like as ‘Gujrat’ and ‘Maharashtra’. Kite flying plays important role in this festival.
Punjab: in Punjab, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Maghi. They lit huge born fires and eat ‘kheechdi’ and ‘kheer’ as well as jaggery too. They take bathe in early morning. In Punjab, ‘maghi’ is the festival of farmers and they called it lohri. They do their famous dance style ‘bhangra’ around the born fire. They celebrate this festival as the end of winters and new beginning of the year.
Bengal: in Bengal, they call it ‘Poush Sankranti’ as it fall in the end of the ‘Poush’ month. They make sweets with ‘khejurer gud’ and patali gud. They all make a delicious sweet which ‘Pitha’. They worship goddess ‘Laksmi’ on this day. In Darjeeling they call it ‘Magey Sankranti’ and they took fast on this day. They worship lord Shiva and take bath in the early morning. Many people of Bengal take bath in Ganga sagar which is only found in the coastal sides of Bengal.
Maharashtra: Maharashtra celebrates this festival with great joy and pleasure. On this day married women do a get to-gether which is called ‘Haldi Kunku’. They wear black sarees as it keep them warm in winters. They also offered till ladoo and puran poli to their friends and relatives. On Uttarayan they also worship goddess Saraswati and observe fasts.
Gujrat: festivals of held in Gujrat on the Makar Sankranti. Each and every people do kite flying. Children to adults everyone enjoy this festival with great enthusiasm. They call this festival Uttarayan. They made “Undhiyo” on Uttarayan. They celebrate this festival for two days.
In each part of India you can see different colors in every state. Makar Sankranti is a day when we can start new works as of it is the day when inauspicious month ‘Poush’ ends. It is the day when you can start fasts and worshipping.