Makar Sankranti 2017
Punya Kaal Muhurat ~~ 07:50 – 17:57
Duration ~~ 10 hours 7 minutes
Sankranti Moment ~~ 07:50
Mahapunya Kaal Muhurat ~~ 07:50 – 08:15
Duration ~~ 0 hours 23 minutes
Punya Kaal is considered to be the auspicious time for good work. During this Punya Kaal, all Sankranti activities are done such as taking bath, offering to the Sun God, giving charity, breaking fast and performing other rituals.
Makar Sankranti is a harvest festival and is celebrated on the 14th of January every year. It is celebrated as Pongal by the people of Tamil Nadu, as Maghi in Punjab and as Bhogali Bihu in Assam.
In Allahabad, in Uttar Pradesh, on this day, thousands of pilgrims take a dip at the meeting point of the three sacred rivers – Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati.
This holy place is known as the Triveni Sangam. Many pilgrims from all over India attend the Gangasagar fair in Bengal, too. They take a dip in the holy waters, where the Ganga meets the Bay of Bengal, and offer prayers in the temple of Sage Kapil Muni, to free themselves of their sins.
In Gujarat and Maharashtra, people offer each other sesame or ‘til’ balls made with jaggery, and they also make offerings to cows and trees, thanking them for their contribution to mankind. Adults and children, alike, fly kites all day – colorful kites of different shapes and sizes adorn the blue skies. In places like Gujarat and Rajasthan, the kite flying festival draws tourists from all over the world.
Wish all of you a very Happy Makar Sankranti!