Makar Sankranti is one of the important festivals of Hinduism. It is considered a most auspicious day in Hindu Calendar and it is celebrated throughout the country with great devotion and fervor. Makar Sankranti is also known as Makaraa Sankrānti or Maghi. Sankranti is also marked as the beginning of the harvest season which is basically celebrated by Hindu communities.
The festival of Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the sun into the zodiac sign of Makar Rashi (Capricorn). It is the transit of Sun from Dakshinayana to Uttarayana hemisphere. In other words, Sankranti means the transition of the Sun from one zodiac to another zodiac. As per the Hindu belief, there are 12 Sankranti in a year but the auspicious festival is celebrated on the occasion of Makar Sankranti.
According to the Solar calendar, it falls on the 14th January every year. It is one of the selective Hindu festivals which has a fixed date. This day is dedicated and devoted to Lord Surya. On this day, many of the people take a dip in the holy water of Ganga and pray to Lord Surya for their better life. Taking a dip in the holy water on Sankranti is considered as most auspicious.
Makkar Sankranti is celebrated in Southern parts of the country as Pongal, in Punjab is celebrated as Lohri and Maghi. Sankranti is called ‘Khichiri’ in Uttar Pradesh. On this occasion, “Magha Mela” fair begins at Prayag (Allahabad).
Makar Sankranti Puja Muhurat:
Punya Kaal Muhurat : 07:15:14 to 12:30:00
Duration: 5 Hour 14 Minute
Mahapunya Kaal Muhurat : 07:15:14 to 09:15:14
Duration: 2 Hour 0 Minute
Sankranti Moment : 19:44:29 on 14th, January