Mandir ki ghanti aur arti ki thali
Nadi k kinare suraj ki laali
Zindagi me aye khushiyo ki bahar
Aapko mubarak ho Sankranti ka tyohar !!!

Makar Sankranti is one of the most popular Hindu festivals, and also the first festival of the New Year. The festival is known with different names in different parts of the country. It is celebrated as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Lohri in Punjab, Uttarayan in Gujrat, Bhogali Bihu in Assam and Poush Sangkranti in West Bengal. The festival marks the first day when the sun enters into the zodiac sign of Capricorn (known as ‘Makar rashi’ in Hindi), and the start of longer days. The word ‘Sankranti’ signifies the transit of sun from one zodiac sign into another.
It is celebrated in different ways in different parts of the country with great zeal and vigour. The festival marks the beginning of the holy phase when the sacred rituals can be performed. The festival is also about letting go what all happened in the previous year, and embracing the new phase with positivity and wisdom. Unlike other Hindu festivals, Makar Sankranti is celebrated on a fixed date every year, i.e. January 14th. As the festival is round the corner, here are some messages, images and quotes you can use to wish your near and dear ones…!

Importance

Makar Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and accordingly people take a holy dip in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri. The bathing is believed to result in merit or absolution of past sins. They also pray to the sun and thank for their successes and prosperity. A shared cultural practices found amongst Hindus of various parts of India is making sticky, bound sweets particularly from sesame (til) and a sugar base such as jaggery (gud, gur). This type of sweet is a symbolism for being together in peace and joyfulness, despite the uniqueness and differences between individuals. For most parts of India, this period is a part of early stages of the Rabi crop and agricultural cycle, where crops have been sown and the hard work in the fields is mostly over. The time thus signifies a period of socializing and families enjoying each other’s company, taking care of the cattle, and celebrating around bonfires.

The sun signifies knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makar Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to joyously let the light within us shine brighter and brighter. We should gradually begin to grow in purity, wisdom, and knowledge, even as the sun does from this day. Happy Sankranti folks !!!

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