Makar Sankranti is a very important festival for any Hindu or Indian. It is a festival that usually comes in January. There are various stories behind the celebration of this festival. Many
states in India celebrate this festival. Here are some facts you always wanted to know about this festival.
When Is It Celebrated?
Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the second week of January. It denotes the movement of Sun from the house of Sagittarius to the house of Capricorn. It is regarded as the festival of positivity and is celebrated by Hindus in many parts of India.
What are the Stories behind Makar Sankranti?
There are many different stories connected with the celebration of Makarsankranti. Here are a few of the prominent ones.
As per the Puranas, Makarsankranti is the day when Sun God keeps apart his differences, goes personally to visit his son, Shani Dev, and stays there for an entire month.
According to another story, it was on this day that Vishnu beheaded and buried the Asuras under the Mandar Parvat. It is thus a day of good over evil.
It is also said that Bhageerath did tarpan for his ancestors with river Ganga on Makar Sankranti.
How Is Makar Sankranti celebrated in different states?
Hindus in different parts of India celebrate the Makarsankranti in different ways. It is celebrated in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal, Maharashtra Andhra Pradesh, and Tamil Nadu.
Khichiri is the name for this festival in Uttar Pradesh. On this day, people bathe in the holy rivers and in Trivenis. This is considered very holy. Magha Melas are also held relating to this occasion.
Pongal is the name for Sankrant in Tamil Nadu. On Pongal, Sun God is worshipped and Pongal(boiled rice) is offered to the deity. It has
more significance than Diwali also in Tamil Nadu.
This is one of the most popular festivals of Maharashtra. In the houses, Tilgul (sesame laddoos) are made and exchanged among relatives.
Makar Sankranti is also celebrated in various other states by other names. It is a harvest festival.