Makar Sankranti Significance, Why We Celebrate Makar Sankranti


Significance Importance of Happy Makar Sankranti : First of all a very Happy Makar Sankranti 2017 to all of you guys. Welcome here at this blog. Guys if you are scrounging for the significance and importance of Makar Sankranti then yes you are at a right place.

Why we celebrate Makar Sankranti

It is the major festival celebrated in India in different states with full of joy, happiness and faith. It is always celebrated on 14th Jan and it is the only Indian festival celebrated on a fixed calendric day of the solar calendar while the all other occasions are celebrated as per the Lunar Calendar and it leads to celebrate occasions on different dates or the days vary.

Importance Significance of Makar Sankranti
Importance Significance of Makar Sankranti

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But it is saying and predicted that from 2050, this day or Makar Sankranti will celebrated on 15th or 16th Jan. Friends first of all you should know that we we celebrate Makar Sankranti?

The sun enters the sun-sign of Capricorn or Makara (the Indian rashi) on Makar Sankranti. Therefore it is added the word ‘Makar’ in the name.

The word ‘Sankranti’ signifies or indicates the “movement of the sun from one zodiac sign to another”. Thus, the name of the festival literally means the movement of sun into Capricorn.

It is believed that on Makar Sankranti the time period of day and night are equal and the spring season just start or begins the spring season.

Makar Sankranti is mostly famous in West India, down south where we call it “Pongal” and in the north zone it is called “Lohri”. You have listened many occasions which have their other names and Makar Sankranti is also one of them. Below is the list of what the other names of Makar Sankranti or what we call Makar Sankranti other names.

Makar Sankranti – (Hindi)

Pongal – (Tamil Nadu)

Magh Bihu and Bhogal Bihu – (Assam)

Lohri – (Punjab and Haryana)

Khichdi or Donation festival – (Uttar Pradesh)

Til and Khichdi Sankranti – (Bihar)

The story behind the celebration of Makar Sankranti is that Yashoda Mata kept fast to have Lord Krishna as her son. The story of Gangawatran is also linked with Makar Sankranti.

It is said that on the day of Makar Sankranti, Ganga followed Bhagirath Muni and met the ocean. Conjunction of Ganga and ocean is the reason behind crowd of devotees taking bath in Ganagasagar on Makar Sankranti.

Celebration of Makar Sankranti

People on this day celebrate Makar Sankranti by flying kites in the sky early in the morning as it is believed that in the early sun rise it is very beneficial to fly kites and it will also not harm the human skin and will be benefited in all ways.

People makes the Til Laddoos and also i can say Makar Sankranti is the festival of til-gul where sesame and jaggery laddoos or chikkis are distributed among all. Night is considered as the symbol of sin, false and wrong doings, whereas, day is regarded as the symbol of truth, virtue and religion.

So, when it is day for Gods, all work of virtue are performed. The fruit of work is also good. On the day of Makar Sankrati when sun enters the Uttarayan, days become long and night becomes shorter.

From the day of Makar Sankranti, the sun enters in Uttarayan resulting in long days. Married women pray to Sun God for long life of their husbands and give gifts to their elders, in return take blessing that the way days are getting longer, similarly, the life of their husbands also keep increasing.

Inspired by all these beliefs and feelings people celebrate the festival of Makar Sankranti. So these are the following reasons why we celebrate Makar Sankranti and Importance Significance of Makar Sankranti 14th Jan 2017.

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