1. Makar Sankranti 2017: Wishes, Greetings, Importance and Significance of Sankranti

Makar Sankranti 2017: Wishes, Greetings, Importance and Significance of Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is celebrated as the harvest festival every year in mid-January.

By: | Published: January 12, 2017 10:35 PM
The festival of kites is here on January 14 this year (Facebook) The festival of kites is here on January 14 this year (Facebook)

The festival of kites is here. Sankranti marks the day when Sun transmigrates from its zodiac and moves northwards from Tropic of Cancer to the tropic of Capricorn. Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival in India, it is called by many names across the country. Its called Thai pongal in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Maghi in Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab and Bhogali Bihu in Assam.

(Source: AP) (Source: AP)

This year the festival will be celebrated on January 14. People fly kites in the mornings and take a dip in holy rivers like Ganga and Yamuna. It is a ritual which is believed to wash away sins. In Gujarat people start manufacturing kites in large numbers a month before Sankranti. Melas are a must during Makara Sankranti and the most famous one being the Kumbha Mela. Though Kumbh Mela is held in many places occasionally but it supposed to be held every 12 years in Haridwar, Prayag (Allahabad), Ujjain and Nashik. It is called the Magha Mela or mini-Kumbh Mela in Prayag), Makara Mela in Odisha and Tusu Mela in parts of Jharkhand and West Bengal.

makar-kites-l-ap (Source: AP)

The festival is dedicated to the Sun God and is a marker for new beginnings. As the sun takes a new journey and when winter begins to turn towards summer according to Hindu Calendar. In Hindu epics it is called the Uttaarayan. In Mahabharata, Bhishma Pitamah waited for the sun to be in Uttarayan for him to die peacefully.

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    Abhinanadan sharma
    Jan 14, 2017 at 2:35 am
    Hamare fecbook k sabhi dosto ko Hamari trf se makar sankranti ki dher sari subh kamnaye.
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    1. Sagar Verma
      Jan 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm
      Enjoy this Makar Sankranti with !!! Happy Makar Sankranti!!!
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      1. Sagar Verma
        Jan 12, 2017 at 5:52 pm
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        1. Sagar Verma
          Jan 12, 2017 at 5:40 pm
          Enjoy this festive season of Makar Sankranti with ...Happy Makar Sankranti to all of you!!!
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            aj
            Jan 13, 2017 at 10:34 am
            sankranthi whatsapp status
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              A.Ram Reddy
              Jan 13, 2017 at 3:36 am
              Enjoy the festival by every Indian
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                V
                Jan 12, 2017 at 9:05 pm
                " Sankranti marks the day when Sun transmigrates from its zodiac and moves northwards from Tropic of Cancer to the tropic of Capricorn"Actually this is not true. Sankranti marks the time when the Sun crosses over from one zodiac to another (as viewed in Earth's sky). Solstice marks the time when the Sun's position in the Earth sky moves north (winter solstice) (or south starting on Summer solstice). (keeping in mind that the Sun has to be observed at the same meridian and not "time of day" to observe the north/south "movements").
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