Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti

Sankranti is the largest harvest festival celebrated in southern parts India. During the Sankranti time Sky is filled with colorful kites and streets are adorned with Muggulu (Kolams). Gangireddu and Haridasu will make the Sankranti festivities complete.

Sankranti is dedicated to The Sun God. This festival marks the start of Uttarayana Punya kalam. Uttarayana considered as day time for gods and considered auspicious. Uttrayana continues for six months. This festival has spiritual, religious and cultural importance in India.

Sankranthi Date

Sankranti festival is known as makar Sankranti. According to south indian Amavasyant calenders, It is usually observed in the lunar month of Pushya. Every year, the date of Sankranti festival is January 14.

Four day festival – Makar Sankranti

Sankranti is a four day festival in Telugu culture. Four days are known as

First Day of Sankranti – Bhogi
Second Day Day of Sankranti – Makar Sankranti
Third Day of Sankranti – Kanuma
Fourth Day of Sankranti – Mukkanuma

What is Sankranti

Significance of Sankranti, Importance of Sankranti

Sankranti is the time, when sun transists on Sign to Another. During the Makar Sankranti Sun moves from Sagittarius to Capricorn. As said earlier, it marks the begining of Uttarayana (winter solstice in the northern hemisphere). Sun is considered as Pratyaksha Brahman in the Hinduism. This day also indicates the arrival of Spring.

There are also a few other beliefs about the sankranti festival. chillness of the winter get subsidized from this day. it is also believed that people who die during Uttarayana can escape from the rebirth. According to a legend, on Sankranti day God Vishnu buried demon beneath the Mountain Mandhara.

According to another story, King Bhageeratha brought the river Ganges down to the earth into Patala on Makara Sankranti day. By doing this his ancestor souls got salvation. Lord Sani is the son of Sun God. It is believed that Sun God visits Sani on this day.

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