Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti



Makar Sankranti is celebrated on the 14th of January every year. Unlike most Hindu festivals which are determined as per the altering positions of the Moon and are based on the Lunar Calendar, Makar Sankranti is based on the Solar Calendar. Every year, Makar Sankranti is celebrated to mark the movement of the Sun in the Capricorn or Makar sign. The word ‘Sankranti’ literally means ‘movement’. Hence, the festival precisely denotes the movement of the Sun into Makar zodiac.

On the day of Makar Sankranti festival, the duration of the day and that of the night is equal making it one of the oldest solstice festivals. The festival officially marks the onset of spring or Indian summer. Post this day, the Sun stays in for a little longer as compared to the previous days making days longer than nights.


Significance Of Makar Sankranti

It is a great festival to propitiate Sun and get blessings of Sun. Makar Sankranti is popular Hindu festival which is celebrated in many parts of country and also in many other parts of world with great zeal and enthusiasm. Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India. Makara Sankranti commemorates the beginning of the harvest season and cessation of the northeast monsoon in South India. The movement of the Sun from one zodiac sign into another is called Sankranti and as the Sun moves into the Capricorn zodiac known as Makara in Sanskrit, this occasion is named as Makara Sankranti in the Indian context.

Makar Sankranti, apart from a harvest festival is also regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase in Indian culture. It is said as the 'holy phase of transition'. It marks the end of an inauspicious phase which according to the Hindu calendar begins around mid-December. It is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual can be sanctified in any Hindu family, this day onwards. Scientifically, this day marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights. In other words, Sankranti marks the termination of winter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season.


Makar Sankranti 2021 Dates And Muhurat

14 January 2021 (Thursday)

Punya Kaal Muhurat : 08:03:07 to 12:30:00

Duration : 4 Hour 26 Minute

Mahapunya Kaal Muhurat : 08:03:07 to 08:27:07

Duration : 0 Hour 24 Minute

Sankranti Moment : 08:03:07

Happy Makar Sankranti!

(Updated Date & Time :- 2020-03-03 10:14:58 )

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