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Monday, July 8, 2013

(10.1.5) Makar Sankranti 2017

Makar Sankranti Festival  2017

When is Makar Sankrati  in 2017
In the year 2017 Makarsankranti is on Saturday, 14.01.2017 .
The sun will enter the Makar Rashi at 07:37.
When is Makar Sankranti Punya Kaal in 2017
The Punya Kaal will be on 14.01.2017 from sun rise to Whole day.
What is Makar Sankranti -
Every month the sun transits from one sign of the zodiac to the next sign of the zodiac. This movement of the sun from one sign to another is called Sankranti. There are twelve signs so there are twelve Sankrantis in a year. When the sun moves from Sagittarius ( Dhanu Rashi) to Capricorn ( Makar Rashi ), is known as Makar Sankranti. 
Other important things about Makar Sankranti - 
The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over India in some form or the other. In Bihar and in some parts of Uttar Pradesh, it is known as 'Khichari'. In Tamilnadu it is celebrated as Pongal. In Bengal every year  a big  fair is held at Ganga Sagar. 
1.The traditional Indian calendar is based on lunar position but the calculation of sankranti is based on the Solar position. So Makar Sankranti takes place on 14 January while the dates of other festivals of the Hindus keep changing. 
2.On the day of Makar Sankranti the sun god stars moving from Southern hemisphere ( Dakshinayan)to the northern hemisphere (Uttaraayan).According to the Hindu traditions the period of six months  of Uttaraayan is a single day of the gods and the period of  six months of Dakshinayan is a single night of the gods. Uttaraayan is considered to be auspicious, so most of the auspicious things are done during this period
3.Bhishm Pitamaha had the boon of Ichchha Mrityu. So he chose Uttaraayan to leave this world for his heavenly abode. He kept lying on the bed of arrows and left this world on this day. 
4.Maharaj Bhagirat did great Tapashya and brought the holy river Ganga down to the earth to liberate the 60000 sons of Maharaj Sagar. It was the day of Makar Sankarati when he did Tarpan with the water of the Ganga and liberated them from the curse. Even today thousands of people have a bath in the water at Ganga sagar and do Tarpan for their ancestors. 
5. Jap , Tap , Bathing , Donation and Tarpan done on this day is considered to be very fruitful. If it is done at the bank of a river or a pool, is considered better. 
6. The Daan of Til (sesame seeds) is considered auspicious so people give the Laddus made of Til and Gur to their relatives, friends and other persons.

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