Makar Sankranti 2020: know the history, story, importance and worship of Makar Sankranti: The festival of Lohri and Makar Sankranti often falls on 13 and 14 January. But this time Lohri is falling on 13 January while Makar Sankranti is on 15 January. Because according to astrological calculations, this time the Sun enters Capricorn on January 14 at 02:07. So Sankranti will be celebrated on 15 January. It is expected that there will be no confusion about whether Makar Sankranti is on January 14 or January 15.
On this day, after taking bath in the morning, people worship Agnidev and Suryadev. Donates to temples and Brahmins and the poor. After this, celebrate the festival of Makar Sankranti with sesame laddus, khichdi and sweetness of the dishes. In many areas of the country including Gujarat and Delhi, people also do kite flying on this day.
In some areas of North India, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as a festival of Khichdi, while in Tamil Nadu and Kerala in South India, it is celebrated as Pongal. The festival of Pongal 2020 will begin on 15 January and will run till 18 January. The festival of Pongal is celebrated in the joy of new harvest.
What is Makar Sankranti?
In Makar Sankranti, the word ‘Makara’ indicates Capricorn, while ‘Sankranti’ means transition. On the day of Makar Sankranti, Sun enters Capricorn from Sagittarius. This displacement process of leaving one sign and entering another is called Sankranti. According to astrological calculations, the Sun will be Uttarayan from Makar Sankranti.
Auspicious time for Makar Sankranti
- Makar Sankranti 2020 – 15 January
- Sankranti period – 07:19 pm (January 15)
- Punyakal-07: 19 to 12:31 pm
- Mastery period – from 07:19 to 09: 03
- Sankranti Bath – Morning, 15 January 2020
History of Makar Sankranti –
According to mythology, on the day of Makar Sankranti, Ganga ji followed Bhagiratha and went to the ocean of Kapil Muni’s ashram. That is why the Ganga bath has special significance on this day. Makar Sankranti is also considered an indicator of change in the weather. From today some heat starts coming in the atmosphere and then after spring, the summer season comes.
According to some other stories, on the day of Makar Sankranti, the gods descend on the earth and bathe in the Ganges. Due to this also, bathing of Ganga is considered to be of special importance today.
Importance of Makar Sankranti
It is believed that on this day Surya forgot his displeasure with his son Shani and went to his house. According to religious beliefs, by bathing, donating, worshiping in the holy river on this day, the virtuous effect of a person increases thousand times. From this day, the auspicious month begins with the end of the Malamas. This special day is considered a day of happiness and prosperity.