Tuesday, January 13, 2009

Makara Sankranti Subhakankshalu !!!


Shubh Sankranti !!!
Makar Sankranti, also known as Sankranti or Makara Sankrant, is one of the highly auspicious days in a Hindu calendar and the day is dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya (Sun God). Makar Sankranti is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. It is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam and heralds the arrival of spring season. In 2009, the date of Makar Sankranti is January 14. In North India calendars, Makar Sankranti is marked on January 13.

Uttarayana Punyakalam, the day time of Devas, begins with the Makar Sankranti and lasts for six months. This period is ideal for all kind of auspicious activities. Makar Sankranti also heralds the arrival of spring.In North India Sankranti is celebrated as Lohri .

The importance of Sun to earth and to the living beings was understood by Hindus from the very beginning. And the importance of it can be found in the Gayatri Mantra chanted to Sun (Surya) daily

The six month long Uttarayana begins on the Makar Sankrant day. From this day, the harshness of winter subsidizes and the days get longer. Symbolically, the Sun slowly removes darkness and ushers in the light of knowledge. Uttarayana is also the daytime of the Devas and therefore auspicious activities takes place during this period

Puranas state that on Makar Sankranti day, Surya visits Lord Shani. In puranas Lord Shani, is the son of Surya.
Courtesy:HinduBlog.com

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