Makar Sankranti 2024: Embrace the Positivity with this festival, Everything You Need to Know About the Pongal, Makar Sankranti.

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Makar Sankranti marks the onset of the harvest season and the sun’s transition into Capricorn. This festive occasion not only marks the arrival of spring but also brings warmer weather. Let’s see into the details of this festive occasion, from auspicious timings to rituals and essential items for the puja. 

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Makar Sankranti, observed annually, heralds the beginning of the harvest season as the sun moves into Capricorn. This change represents the conclusion of the chilly winter and the onset of milder, sunnier days. Following Makar Sankranti, the days gradually grow longer, and Uttarayan, the period of the sun’s northern movement, spans around six months. Makar Sankranti is the most significant among the 12 Sankrantis, each representing the sun’s movement. Even though there are different names and traditions in various regions, people all over the country celebrate the festival with a lot of excitement.​ Different states observe Pousha Sankranti, Pongal, Bihu, Uttarayan, Lohri, and Magh Bihu. 

Happy Makar Sankranti 2024 Auspicious Timings: According to Drik Panchang, the shubh muhurat and auspicious pooja timings for Makar Sankranti in 2024 are as follows: 

Makara Sankranti Date Punya Kala is at 07:15 AM to 05:46 PM on 15th January 2024 (Duration: 10 Hours 31 Mins)

Makara Sankranti Date Maha Punya Kala is at 07:15 AM to 09:00 AM 15th January 2024 (Time: 01 Hour 45 Mins) *Makara Sankranti Moment: 02:54 AM 

Items Needed for Makar Sankranti Puja:

To ensure a peaceful puja, gather essential samagri such as a statue or portrait of the sun deity, flowers, fruits, holy water, and customary offerings like khichdi, dahi chura, and til ke laddu.

 Makar Sankranti Puja Vidhi: 

*The individual conducting the puja and other family members take an early morning oil bath on Makar Sankranti. 

*The house is beautifully decorated with Rangoli, especially at the entrance, and doorways adorned with a garland of flowers and mango leaves. 

*In the puja room, set up an idol or portrait of Lord Surya for worship. 

*Makar Sankranti is considered auspicious from sunrise to dusk, and a holy dip during this time holds special significance, particularly in rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krushna, and Kaveri at their sacred locations. 

*The Haldi Kumkum ceremony is for married ladies.

* Little mud pots are revered, and black til with molasses is distributed in temples, among family, and friends, believed to ward off negative effects.

* Shani Shanti Graha pooja at home is common on this day. If the Sun is negatively affecting your horoscope, contributing to the less fortunate is believed to lessen its impact.

* The day is considered auspicious for initiating new projects or undertaking holy tasks and is believed to bring financial prosperity. 

In addition to Makar Sankranti, another significant harvest festival celebrated in South India is Bhogi Pongal. Let’s explore more about this occasion.

Bhogi Pongal 2024: Date, History, and Significance of South India’s Harvest Festival Bhogi. 

Pongal is the first day of the four-day Pongal festival celebrated in South India, and it is fast approaching. This harvest festival involves lighting bonfires, indulging in spicy seasonal foods, and decorating homes with beautiful flower arrangements. The customs associated with Bhogi Pongal are part of a larger celebration that includes Pongal, Lohri, Makar Sankranti, and Uttarayan. In South India, Pongal celebrations can extend over four days, with Bhogi Pongal being the first day.

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Bhogi Pongal 2024 Date: According to Drik Panchang, Bhogi Pongal is scheduled to be observed on Sunday, January 14, 2024. The propitious puja timings indicate the Bhogi Sankranti Moment at 02:54 AM on January 15.

History of Bhogi Pongal: Bhogi Pongal, the first day of the four-day harvest festival known as Pongal, has deep cultural and historical roots in South Indian customs. The word “Bhogi” comes from the Sanskrit term “Bhog,” which means enjoyment and indulgence. Bhogi Pongal is dedicated to Lord Indra, the god of rain, and it represents the discarding of useless items to make way for a new beginning and crop.

This festive tradition dates back to when farmers expressed gratitude to the sun, land, and animals for a bountiful harvest. There’s also a story about Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan Hill to shield the Gokuli people from Lord Indra’s wrath. It’s a gentle nudge to remember how important it is to take care of our natural world and keep the environment safe.

Bhogi Pongal Significance: On Bhogi day, a traditional practice involves disposing of old and unused items through a bonfire, also known as Bhogi Mantalu. Burning these old items in the ritual symbolizes making space for new beginnings. Folks gather around the bonfire, singing, dancing, enjoying the warmth, and soaking in the lively atmosphere together. Homes are meticulously cleaned, painted, and adorned with vibrant rangolis, mango leaves, and flowers. 

Pongal celebrations images of PM Narendra Modi.

In essence, Makar Sankranti and Bhogi Pongal are vibrant festivals that not only celebrate the harvest season but also carry rich cultural and historical significance.

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