We all are going to celebrate the Makar Sankrant on Sunday i.e. on 14th Jan. On this day, I really miss nashik. We used to have sooooo much fun there comparatively Mumbai. But it’s ok, here are some festivals like Ganpati, Dahi handi, which you cannot compare with any other city. Anyway,
We do celebrate many festivals; but do we know about the history or reason behind celebrating that? Here is the quick view on Makar Sankranti…
Tithi (Date) : Makar Sankranti festival, unlike other Hindu festivals, is not dependent on the position of the moon, but on position of the sun. On this day, the sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn. To compensate for the difference that occurs due to the revolution around the sun, every eighty years the day of Sankrantiis postponed by one day.
History : Sankranti is considered a Deity. According to a legend Sankranti killed a demon named Sankarasur. The day followed by Makar Sankrantis called Kinkrant or Karidin. On this day, the female deity (devi) slayed the demon Kinkarasur.
Importance : The northward movement of the sun begins on this day. The period from KarkaSankranti(the passage of the sun into the zodiac sign of Cancer) to Makar Sankranti is called the dakshinayan. A person who dies in the dakshinayan period has a greater chance of going to Yamalok (southward region), than one who dies during uttarayan (northward revolution).
Importance from the point of view of spiritual practice: On this day, from sunrise to sunset, the environment has more chaitanya(Divine conscious-ness); hence those doing spiritual practice can benefit from this chaitanya.
Importance of haldi-kumkum ceremony performed by married women on sankranti : Performing haldi-kumkum (Turmeric powder and saffron) ceremony is in a way invoking the waves of dormant Adi-shakti in the Universe to get activated. This helps in creating impression of Sagun (Materialised) devotion on the mind of an individual and enhances his bhav (Spiritual emotion) unto God.
The period from Makar Sankranti to Rathsaptami is an auspicious period. Any donation and meritorious deeds in this period prove more fruitful.
I found this information from the internet and thought to share with you all. I think, we can enjoy the festival much better if we get the reason behind celebrating that.
Wish you all a very happy Maker Sankrant!!!!!