Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious day for the Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of the country in myriad cultural forms, with great devotion, fervour & gaiety. Makar Sankranti is the day when the glorious Sun-God of Hindus begins its ascendancy and entry into the Northern Hemisphere. Lakhs of people take a dip in places like Ganga Sagar & Prayag and pray to Lord Sun. It is celebrated with pomp in southern parts of the country as Pongal, and in Punjab is celebrated as Lohri & Maghi. Gujarati’s not only look reverentially up to the sun, but also offer thousands of their colorful oblations in the form of beautiful kites all over the skyline.
Makar Sankranti is also known as Til Sankranti.
This month is called as Pusha or Pausa in Hindu calendar. Pusha masa is ruled by Saturn.
During this period, auspicious events are to be avoided. Native born in this period usually suffer health issues.
The astrological significance of Makar Sankranti is listed below.
This day marks a significant effect on everybody’s personal lives depending on their Zodiac signs.
- All rituals should be done after Sunrise on the same day and completed before noon.
- This is the best time to take bath early morning, offer water to Sun, sit alone and meditate on what has been bothering your mind and body for the past 6 months.
- Til is donated today in order to achieve the auspiciousness from the sun.
- This is also the best time to spend at a peaceful place and recite Gayatri Mantra in silence. Gayatri Mantra, which is chanted everyday by every faithful Hindu, is directed to Sun God to bless them with intelligence & wisdom.
- items made of Til and jaggery are eaten and donated. A special category which can not afford these items, get them as donation. By this, they are also able to eat them.
- Laddus of Gud and Til can be used to remove negative powers from your body by moving them from head to toe 21 times. You can then offer them to black cows.
- Tula daan can be done on this day to ward off health problems and mental issues.
- Offering food to fish on this day is also auspicious.
On Makar Sankranti, changing of sign by Sun symbolises the change of darkness to light. This is the reason why, every state offer worship and prayer to Sun God in different ways.
Makar Sankranti Rituals
· People clean the entire house on this auspicious day.
· The person who will perform the ‘pooja’ should take oil bath early in the morning along with the other members.
· The house is beautifully decorated with Rangoli especially at the entrance and a garland of flowers and mango leaves is hanged in the doorways.
· Time from sunrise to sunset on Makar-Sankranti is auspicious. A Holy dip during this period carries special significance. Those who take a Holy dip in the rivers Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krushna and Kaveri at the Holy places situated on the banks of these rivers acquire the highest merit.
· The person should apply ‘tilak’ of rice flour and ‘roli’ on his forehead.
· Place the idol or Picture of Lord Shani and Lord Surya on a platform in the praying room.
· Black til is distributed in temples, relatives and friends. It is believed that it helps in eradicating the malicious effects of Saturn and the Sun God.
· On this day people also perform Shani Shanti Graha puja at home.
· If Sun is having negative effects in your horoscope then on this day you can donate to the needy to minimize its effects.
· This day is also considered auspicious to attract Monetary power in life.
· This day is also considered to be super auspicious for performing any sacred work or start a new initiative.