Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is a major festival of Hinduism. It is celebrated when the Sun enters Capricorn during the month of Pausha. Makar Sankranti is one such festival, which is celebrated. Makar Sankranti is also known as Uttarayan. It is consider that charity work done on the festival of Makar Sankranti.

Why Makar Sankranti celebrated?

There are many beliefs about the festival of Makar Sankranti, but the most popular belief of this subject is that according to Hinduism, when the Sun enters from one zodiac to another, it is called Sankranti. The number of zodiac signs is twelve in total but among these four zodiac signs like Aries, Capricorn, Cancer, Libra are most prominent and when Sun enters Capricorn then it is known as Makar Sankranti.

This day is considered very important in Hinduism and it is believed that charity made on this day are many times more beneficial than other days. Also, if this festival of Makar Sankranti is seen in the general perspective, then there is another reason to believe it because it is the time when winter season crops are harvested in India and because India is a Agriculture is a predominant country, so these crops are a major source of income and livelihood of farmers. That is why, to get his good crops, he also uses this day to thank God.

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How to celebrate Makar Sankranti?

Makar Sankranti is a festival of celebration and joy as it is also the time when preparations are made to welcome the new crop in India. Therefore, during this festival people get a lot of happiness and enthusiasm. On this day, farmers also ask God for blessings for their good crops. Hence it is also known as the festivals of crops and farmers. Wake-up early in the morning, before sunrise, have bath and dress up in new traditional clothes after that do charity work.Worship the rising sun by offering water, flowers while chanting the Gayatri Mantra.Prepare special delicacies such as rice khichadi,laddu,coconut chikki etc.

This donation is also known as Siddha which is given to Brahmins or any poor person, mainly items like rice, chivda, dhunda, sesame etc. However, in Maharashtra, on this day, women distribute “Til Gudh ” to each other and say “Til Gud Ghya, God God Bola”. Which means take the sesame-jaggery and speak sweet, in fact it is a good way to intensify the relationship with people. There is a lot of enthusiasm among children on this day as it is the day on which they are allowed to fly kites and have fun.

This day is celebrated in different ways in different states of India. In states like Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, the festival of Makar Sankranti is also called Khichdi. On this day, eating and donating khichdi is a practice in these states. On this day, a huge fair is also held at Gangasagar place in West Bengal.

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Modern tradition of celebrating Makar Sankranti

Today, like every festival, Makar Sankranti has also been modernized and marketed. Earlier, on this day, the farmer thanked God for his good harvest and all kinds of food items were made from the things available at home. Along with this, people used to distribute these home made materials in their neighborhood, which used to develop a sense of belonging among the people, but in today's time people buy everything  from the market.

What is significance of kite flying in Makar Sankranti?

The festival of Makar Sankranti is very important to health in lot of different ways. The tradition of kite flying is for a healthy exposure in the morning Sun. These morning rays are healthy and a good source of Vitamin D. It is also considered to be good for skin and helps in fighting many infections and sickness caused by the decease in winter.

Before people used to fly kites on open fields or empty places. Due to which there was no possibility of any kind of accident, but in nowadays  time it has become the opposite. Now children fly kites on their roofs and with this they use manjha. Which are very dangerous for us because it is life-threatening for animals and birds and also causes many problems for us.

Importance of Makar Sankranti

The festival of Makar Sankranti has its own importance from both religious and scientific point of view. It is believed that Makar Sankranti is the day when Initially, river Ganga flowed in the heavens. She was brought down to earth by the severe confession of the sage King Bhagiratha and passed through Kapil Muni's ashram to the ocean. Therefore, this day is considered very holy for bathing the Ganges.

Along with this, this day is also considered to be a special day of Uttarayan because it is described in the sacred writings that Uttarayan is the divinity time. Therefore it is considered to be quite sacred and positive. This is the reason that this day is considered quite auspicious for works like charity, bathing, tapa etc. and the charity given on this day results in a hundred times more than other days.

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