What Is Makar Sankranti: Makar Sankranti is also known as the Sankranti festival or Makara Sankrant and is also one of the most sacred days in the Hindu calendar. The day of Makar Sankranti is dedicated to the worship of Lord Surya (Sun God). The 'Makar' or 'Makara' refers to the 'Makara rashi' which is corresponding to the capricorn. The Makar Sankranti is the day when sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn. The festival Makar Sankranti is celebrated in the Hindu month of Magh in Bengal, Paush in North India, Dhanu in Kerala and Margazhi in Tamil Nadu.
Importance of Makar Sankranti The festival marks the celebration of Kumbh Mela as the famous bathing date. Everyone worships Lord Surya on the Makar Sankranti day and the major event of the day is the bathing ritual at Sangam (the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati) at Allahabad.
Significance of Makar Sankranti: The festival Makar Sankranti is the festival of great significance and is also the most important in the Hindu festival. On this auspicious day Lord Surya is worshiped. The festival also marks the arrival of the spring season and an end to the winter season. There are also number of myths that are related to the importance of the Makar Sankranti in which one of the myth is the death of Bhishma Pitamaha. Similarly, there is also a myth that on this day Lord Vishnu has buried Asuras under the Mandara mountain. The day also signifies the end of evil and the start of the righteousness.
Makar Sankranti History - The Rituals:
Makar Sankranti Wishes: The festival Makar Sankranti is celebrated in all over India with the little difference in the the method of celebrations. In Tamil Nadu the Makar Sankranti is celebrated as the Pongal- the harvest festival. In Andhra Pradesh it is Sankranti- Pedda Padunga- which is also harvest festival and the duration of the celebration is 4 days.