Makar sankranti 2024 Festival Tyohar Mahotsav or Utsav Date Time Vrat Puja Vidhi

Makar sankranti Tyohar Date Time Vrat

  Makar Sankranti on
15th January, 2024 (Monday)
  Makar Sankranti Punya Kaal Muhurta

Punya Kaal Muhurta = 07:19 to 12:30
Duration = 5 Hours 11 Mins
Sankranti Moment = 02:53
Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta = 07:19 to 09:03
Duration = 1 Hour 43 Mins

Makar Sankranti – Festival of harvest and Embracing the Transition

Makar Sankranti is a famous Hindu harvest festival devoted to Surya. The name Makar Sankranti consists of two Sanskrit words “Makar” and “Sankranti”. The word “Makar” means “Capricorn zodiac sign” and “Sankranti” changes to “transition”. Hence, the festival marks the transition of the sun into Capricorn zodiac sign. It also means the coming of the spring season in India. The festival is also connected with the harvest as is it is supposed to be the first day of the new harvest season. It is perceived as one of the most promising phases in Hinduism and is one of the most prestigious festivals of not only India but Nepal as well.

Rituals of Makar Sankranti

The rituals of Makar Sankranti are very simple and joyful. People wake up early in the morning, take a bath and wear new and clean clothes. The believers and worshippers then offer prayers to Surya. They also visit nearby temples and offer flowers, fruits, excerpts, incenses etc. to the deities. One of the most popular rituals of Makar Sankranti is kite floating in which people of all ages gather together and fly colorful and lighted kites with their friends and family. On this day, people make delicious food items and sweet dishes and enjoy the festival with their family members by spending time together.

Beliefs and Significance of Makar Sankranti

According to various Vedic texts and religious inscriptions, Surya visits his son Shanion the day of Makar Sankranti. It is also thought that on this day Vishnu killed the Asurasby crushing their heads below the Mandara Mountain, and ended their reign of tyranny and terror. Thus, the festival implies the end of evil and the beginning of everything that is good and new. The festival of Makar Sankranti is observed with the greatest devotion and passion in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh where the famous Kumbh Mela is organized. Here, thousands of believers from all over the world gather together on the ghats of river Ganga  and take bath in the divine river by taking dips into it. It is believed that by doing this, the devotees are freed from all their sins and are blessed by the gods with moksha. Makar Sankranti signifies the joy, vigor, and excitement one occupies for the new inception.


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