Makar Sankranti

                         Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious day for Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country in myriad cultural forms, with great devotion, fervor & gaiety. Lakhs of people take a dip in places like Chandrabhaga of Konark, Ganga Sagar, Prayag or any local sacred rivers in their locality and pray to Lord Sun. It is a day for which Bhishma Pitamaha kept waiting to leave his mortal coil according to mahavaratha.

                         Makara Sankranti has special Geo-Agri-Economical significance to people of Indian Sub-Continent. Makara Sankranti is about transition of Sun into Capricorn on its celestial path. (Sankarnti being Sanskrit for transition). This is significant considering Winter Solstice marking gradual increase of duration of day. Also traditionally this has been one of many (considering vastness of land and climatic variation) harvest days. Makara literally means 'Capricorn' and 'Sankranti' is the day when the sun passes from one sign of the zodiac to the next. The Sankranti of any month is considered auspicious as it signifies a fresh start. However Makara Sankranti is celebrated in the month of Magha (January-February) when the sun passes through the winter solstice, from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn. This festival is celebrated on January 14th, and is the only festival of the Indian calendar which is not celebrated on a fixed day of the lunar month.

 

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