After the bone-chilling winters, everyone is ready to welcome the warmth of Lohri and celebrate the festival of Makar Sankranti. The festival holds a lot of significance in Indian Culture. Expert astrologers at StarsTell describe it as a solar event which signifies the movement of the Majestic Sun. Marking the auspicious start of the new year, the term ‘Sankranti’ is derived from the Sanskrit word ‘Sankramana’ which means “commencement of movement”.
This festival celebrates the Almighty God — Sun as the individuals pray for wisdom and divinity. Popularly celebrated as the harvest festival throughout India, Makar Sankranti will fall on 15 January 2020 this year. On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, individuals pray for peace and prosperity. Blessed with different spiritual practices, people take dips in the holy waters of river Ganga, Yamuna, Krishna and Godavari in order to wash away their sins. Agriculture and harvest are deep-rooted in the soul of the Indian society. This festival stands out as it welcomes the new season of harvest, which is blessed by the divine Sun.
Astrologically, ‘Makar’ refers to the zodiac ‘Capricorn’, representing celebration of ‘Transition of Capricorn’ in the Sun. Capricorn zodiac is ruled by the planet Sun and according to the Vedic Astrology; Lord Sun is the father of planet Saturn. Experts believe that during this period, Lord Sun comes to stay with his Sun. As the Sun moves closer and makes this transition, Makar Sankranti marks the start of the warmer months. The crops will enjoy the warmth of the Sun, and from this day the entire country rejoices for a better harvest!
In Northern parts of India, Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of several melas including the auspicious Kumbh Mela which takes place in Uttar Pradesh. In South India, several snans and pilgrimage come to an end, including the most one austere pilgrimage of Shabrimala.
The Muhrat of Makar Sankranti
Makar Sankranti – 15th January 2020
Sun Transition in Capricorn – 2:22 am
Maha Punya Kaal – 7:19 to 9:03 am
Snan time – Morning, 15th January 2020
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