What is the meaning of Makar Sankranti?
‘Makar’ means Makara and ‘Sankranti’ means transition, so ‘Makar Sankranti’.This festival, a symbol of happiness and prosperity, is celebrated when the Sun enters Capricorn Zodiac. This festival is celebrated in different provinces of India according to different names and traditions.
Makar Sankranti (मकर संक्रांति)
- Different Name for Makar Sankranti in India(Bharat)
In North India it is known as Makar Sankranti.
In Punjab and Haryana Lohri.
In Assam as Bihu.
In South India as Pongal.
On this day,people make khichdi and offer it to Lord Suryadev, that is why this festival is also known as Khichdi. On this day, it is a tradition to take a bath in the holy river in the morning and eat something made of sesame and jaggery. All the family members offer prayers to the Sun God, offer them arghya and offer khichdi. Along with this, people pay attention to the ancestors on the day of Makar Sankranti and also offer them tarpan. Apart from this, sesame and jaggery laddus and other dishes are also made on this day. At this time, Suhagan women also exchange the contents of Suhag. It is believed that this makes her husband’s life longer.
Though people celebrate this festival of happiness, wealth and charity in their own way, but this festival works to connect people, hence this festival of Makar Sankranti is considered a symbol of happiness and harmony and unity.
Flying a kite on the occasion of this holy festival has a different significance. Children enjoy this festival with joy by kite flying. In few places Kite Flying competition is also held.
On this day, the sun becomes Uttarayan and according to the Gita, the person who sacrifices the body in Uttarayan resides in the supreme abode of Shri Krishna. People organize special pujas at the temple and their home. According to the Bhavishya Purana, bathing in Prayag and Gangasagar on this day has been said to be of great importance, due to which bathing and donating on this date is considered very virtuous.
HAPPY MAKAR SANKRANTI.
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