Tula Sankranti is also known as Garbhana Sankranti and is the first day of the Kartika month by the hindu solar calendar. It falls on the same day as Mahasthmi and is celebrated all over India with different rituals. The festival is especially celebrated in Odisha and Karnataka to enjoy the achievement of the farmers in growing rice fields just as a pregnant mother rejoices and feels proud of her womb. Thus, Tula Sankranti is also called the garbhana Sankranti. The day is celebrated with social, religious, and cultural significance.
Tula Sankranti 2020 is on October 17 Saturday
Holy dips or bath in Karnataka, Mayavaram and Bhagamandala are considered auspicious not only on the day of Sankranti but throughout the Tula month. Different pujas are performed to please Goddess Laxmi so that she bestows good crop for the farmers every year. The whole family of the farmers get involved during the puja ceremony and pray to God after which they eat a rich meal to believe that their will be no shortage of food in the future.
Rituals of the Day
Goddess Laxmi and Goddess Parvati are worshipped on this day in Odisha and Karnataka respectively.
Goddess Laxmi is offered fresh rice grains, along with wheat grains and branches of kara plants, while Godess Parvati is offered betel leaves, palm nuts, sandalwood paste along with vermillion paste and bangles.
The celebration of this day is known to reduce famines and draughts so that the harvest is plenty and there is growth of earning power among the farmers.
In Karnataka coconut is covered with a silk cloth and decorated with garlands to represent Goddess parvati.
Another common ritual of this day that takes place in Odisha is to measure the yield of rice, wheat and pulses so that there will be no scarcity.
Like other Sankranti days, temples are decorated and devotees come in large number to offer daan to the needy people. They pray to God for a better future and please him with good deeds. On Tula Sankranti, temples of Goddess Laxmi hold special importance apart the Surya temples and Navgraha temples.