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Makarsankranti messages


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When is Makarsankranti festival



In 2016 Sankranti is on Jan 15, 2016. Generally Sankranti is celebrated on Jan 14 every year

Why Makarsankranti is celebrated


Makar (capricorn) is a Hindu zodiac sign and Sankranti means to change direction. According to Hindu calendar, Makar sankranti occurs when sun changes its direction northwards from Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) to enter the Makar Rashi (Capricorn) in the month of Poush. Makar Sankranti is considered very auspicious day and it is believed any sacred ritual or task can be started or performed on this day and it will be fruitful .It marks the beginning of harvesting season and end of chilly winter season.
Makarsankranti celebration is also tied to end of winter, harvesting season and festival is celebrated to thank God for good harvesting season and providing prosperity.

What is meaning of Makarsankranti


Sankranti is derived from word - Sat + Kranti means good change or auspiciios movement. Sankranti also signify change. Sankranti is a day of month when sun moves from one Zodiac sign to other. Sankranti is considered an auspicious day.
Makar means Capricorn. On Makar Sankranti sun moves from Sagittarius into Capricorn.

What are various names of Makar sankranti


Makarsankranti is celebrated with different names in various part of India and across the workd.

  • Makarsankranti in most of India
  • Pongal in AP, Tamilnadu
  • Makara Sankrama in Karnataka
  • Uttarayan in Gujarat
  • Kichdi in UP, Bihar, Uttarakhan
  • Maghi in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab
  • Bhogali Bihu in Assam
  • Pongal in Srilanka
  • Maghe Sankranti in Nepal
  • Songkran in Thailand
  • Thingyan in Myanmar
  • Moha Sangkran in Combodia
  • Pi Ma Lao in Laos



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