About Makar Sankranti 2017 and its date and time:

Makar Sakranti Indian Festival::

Makar Sankranti or Sankranti is the biggest festival of the Sun, This day is most important to worship the Sun, and also it is important for worshiping the Lord Vishnu and Goddess Mahalakshmi, Makar Sakranti a popular Indian festival. It is believed that Sun changes the position from Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) to Makar Rashi (Capricornus) It is celebrated across the country in different ways with great zeal and enthusiasm. It is basically celebrated in the Hindu communities by doing surya pooja and performing some rituals, but every Indian take part in celebrating this festival. On this day it is believed that every person should take cold water bath before the sunrise and worship the Sun with the first light on earth.

Makar Sakranti is known by different name in different states. In South this festival is known as Pongal, In Western India it is known by Makar Sakranti, In East India it is known as In North India it is known as Lohri. Uttarayan, Maghi, Khichdi are some other names of the same festival. Few names are as follows:-

Makar Sankranti :- Chhattisgarh, Goa, Odisha, Haryana, Bihar, Jharkhand, Andhra Pradesh,Telangana, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur,Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar, and West Bengal

Pongal, Uzhavar Thirunal: Tamil Nadu

Uttarayan: Gujarat

Maghi: Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab. The day before, people of Punjab celebrate Lohri

Bhogali Bihu: Assam

Shishur Saenkraat: Kashmir Valley

Khichdi: Uttar Pradesh and western Bihar

Makara Sankramana: Karnataka

Makar Sakranti is celebrated across the south Asia and also known by different names in other countries, few names are as follows :-

Nepal: Maghe Sankranti

Thailand: Songkran

Myanmar: Thingyan

Cambodia: Moha Sangkran

Sri Lanka: Pongal, Uzhavar Thirunal

Makar Sakranti is day to donate and worship on this day many families donate and feed cows with green cow food. Mostly rice dish is prepared across the country and offered to Lord Sun.

Makar Sakranti is celebrated in different ways in different parts like in Gujarat and Jaipur people fly kites and make delicious ladoos with gur (Jaggery) and Til, In UP east and Bihar people send gifts along with chura and Khichdi at their sister’s house. In Andhra Pradesh and Telangna this festival is celebrated for four days namely Day 1 as Bhoghi, Day 2- Makar Sakranti (Main Festival), Day 3 – Kanuma and on Day 4 Mukkanuma, Prior to this day people take their unnecessary belongings out from the house and destroy them. It is believed that by doing this they kick evil out of the house.

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