Madan Gupta Saptu, Astrologer: Makar Sankranti (Makar Sankranti 2022) festival on Friday Is. When Sun leaves one zodiac sign and enters another, it is called Sankranti and when Sun leaves Sagittarius and enters Capricorn, it is called Makar Sankranti.
Although all the planets have sankrantia, but in all of them, the solstice of the sun is particularly fruitful, that is why in Sanatan Dharma, special importance has been given to the sankranti of the sun and also Makar Sankranti in them. According to the scriptures, during the period of Makar Sankranti, many times the results of bathing, chanting, charity, home, etc.
The preparations for Makar Sankranti are in full swing across the country. The festival of Makar Sankranti is considered very important in religious texts. This time on the occasion of Makar Sankranti, named Mahodari on January 14, the combination of 5 planets is becoming very auspicious. Sun, Moon, Saturn, Mercury and Jupiter i.e. 5 planets will be in Capricorn.
Astronomical Facts of Makar Sankranti
Sun is the only planet among the nine planets around which all the planets revolve. This is the beam of light that provides life on other planets besides Earth. Every year on 14th January, Sun enters Capricorn which is commonly known as Makar Sankranti. This festival is celebrated at the end of Dakshinayana and the beginning of Uttarayan. There are 12 Sankrantis in a year. But it is considered the most important for specific reasons.
Mythological Significance of Makar Sankranti
The mythological significance of this day is also great. Surya goes to his son Shani’s house. It is believed that Lord Vishnu killed the demons on this day as well.
Geographical Significance of Makar Sankranti
The time taken by the Earth to make one revolution around the Sun is called a solar year. The rotation of the earth around the sun is called ‘revolutionary wheel’. By dividing this circumference into 12 parts, 12 zodiacs are made. The movement of the earth from one zodiac to another is called ‘Sankranti’. It is an astronomical event that occurs 12 times a year. The sun stands in one place, the earth revolves. Hence, when the earth enters Capricorn, it is called Makar Sankranti in Astronomy and Astrology.
Similarly, the movement of the Sun from the Tropic of Capricorn to the North Tropic of Cancer is called Uttarayan. The days start getting longer as soon as Uttarayan begins. The nights start getting shorter. On this day, bathing in holy rivers and pilgrimages, doing charity, deity work and auspicious work gives special benefits.
Astrological Significance of Makar Sankranti
From the astrological point of view, the Sun affects Cancer and Capricorn signs especially. India is in the northern hemisphere. The Sun is in the Southern Hemisphere before Makar Sankranti, so the days are shorter in the winter season. On this day, with the arrival of the sun in Uttarayan, the days start getting longer and the end of autumn begins. Due to the increase in life force, the efficiency of work increases, so Indians worship the sun. This coincidence usually comes only on January 14.
What to do on Makar Sankranti?
On this day, bathing in holy rivers and pilgrimages, doing charity, deity work and auspicious work gives special benefits. In the Mahabharata war, Bhishma Pitamah had also waited for the time to give up his life, i.e. till the sun was Uttarayan. After sunrise, after making khichdi etc. Sesame jaggery laddus should be offered to Suryanarayana first and then charity should be done. You should put sesame seeds in your bathing water. This day is considered especially fruitful for religious rituals. It is believed that the donation given on this occasion gives a hundred fold results.
Chant this mantra on Makar Sankranti
‘Om Namo Bhagwate Suryay Namah’ or ‘Om Surya Namah’ Chant the mantra. The recitation of Magha Mahatmya is also beneficial. Surya worship is beneficial. Sun is also the factor of bones in astrology, so those who suffer from joint pain or fractures in frequent accidents, they must offer water to the Sun on this day. The practice of flying kites was also created so that on the pretext of sports, the sun’s rays could be absorbed more in the body.
Donate these things on Makar Sankranti
Donation of sesame, jaggery, ghee, khichdi, blanket and clothes is recognized on this day. It is said that those who donate these things on the day of Makar Sankranti, the blessings of Mother Lakshmi remain on them and they never lack money.
– Praise God, remembering the ancestors and donate sesame, jaggery, warm clothes, blankets etc. to the common, disabled or needy or religious places. Listen or do Magha Maas Mahatmya.
On this day, consumption of khichdi and its donation has special significance. This day is also called Khichdi.
On this day, special importance has been given to the donation of khichdi and food. People of Uttar Pradesh will celebrate it as ‘Khichdi’.
– This Sankranti period is also to avoid the change of season and its infection. That is why by eating and distributing things made of sesame or sesame, energy is transmitted in the human body.
Bathing with sesame mixed water, sesame rubbish, sesame meal, sesame donation, jaggery, sesame laddoos give the human body the ability to fight cold.
People donate sesame in Bihar and Bengal.
In Maharashtra, it is customary to distribute jaggery sesame on this day. Here people will distribute pudding called ‘Tal-Gul’. It is urged to share as well as speak sweetly.
In Tamil Nadu, it is celebrated for four days as Pongal and Kheer is made in an earthen pot and offered to the Sun. The daughter and the young man are given special hospitality.
first published:Jan. 12, 2022, 11:31 a.m.