Spiritual and Religious Significance of Makar Sankranti

makar sankranti religionMakar Sankranti is India’s major festival. This day, sun moves from Tropic of Capricorn(Dakhshinayan) to Tropic of Cancer(Uttarayana). Makar Sankranti is celebrated in different states of nation with different names. In Tamil Nadu it is called Pongal. In Assam it is celebrated as Magh Bihu and Bhogal Bihu. In states of Punjab and Haryana it is celebrated as Lohri festival. In Uttar Pradesh it is celebrated as Khichdi or Donation festival. In Bihar it is known as Til Sankranti or Khichdi festival.

Makar Sankranti and religious beliefs: The way Makar Sankranti is celebrated in every state of India with faith and joy, it can be guessed that the festival has some religious beliefs. This festival is mentioned in many of our religious text which enlighten about the festival’s religious significance. The religious scripture, “Gita” which is known as the voice of Lord Krishna, illustrates that six months of Uttarayan is the day time of deity.
And, the 6 months of Dakhshinayan is the night for Gods. It is believed that person who scarifies his body(dies) in Uttarayan get a position in ‘Krishna Lok’. That person gets liberation, whereas, the one who dies in Dakhshinayan, has to be reborn.

In the era of Mahabharata, Bhishma Pithama had a blessing of wish death. Although lying on the bed of arrows, he did not sacrifice his life in the Dakhsinayan, and waited for the Sun to go in Uttarayan. It is believed that on the day of Makar Sankranti, when sun entered in the Uttarayan, Bhishma Pithama, discarded his body.

In the case of Makar Sankranti, there is one more religious story which states that, Yashoda Mata kept fast to have Lord Krishna as her son. The story of Gangawatran is also linked with Makar Sankranti. It is said that on the day of Makar Sankranti, Ganga followed Bhagirath Muni and met the ocean. Conjunction of Ganga and ocean is the reason behind crowd of devotees taking bath in Ganagasagar on Makar Sankranti.

Capricorn is a sign of Saturn. On the day of Makar Sankranti, sun enters into the sign of Saturn.Sun God is the father of Saturn. Father goes to meet his son in his home. Saturn and Sun, both are might planets, who's auspicious blessings can make humans achieve great success. Hence, on the holy festival of Makar Sankranti people delight sun and Saturn.

Makar Sankranti: The Festival of Truth, Virtue and Religion

Night is considered as the symbol of sin, false and wrong doings, whereas, day is regarded as the symbol of truth, virtue and religion. So, when it is day for Gods, all work of virtue are performed. The fruit of work is also good. On the day of Makar Sankrati when sun enters the Uttarayan, days become long and night becomes shorter. From this day the doors of Heaven are opened, so people celebrate the auspicious occasion.

Makar Sankranti: The Festival of Blessings

From the day of Makar Sankranti, the sun enters in Uttarayan resulting in long days. Married women pray to Sun God for long life of their husbands and give gifts to their elders, in return take blessing that the way days are getting longer, similarly, the life of their husbands also keep increasing.

Inspired by all these beliefs and feelings people celebrate the festival of Makar Sankranti.

Comment(s) on this article

  1. geeta sinha said on Jan 14, 2012 09:20 PM
  2. shyam maheshwari said on Dec 21, 2012 10:15 AM
    We read that direction of sun changes on 21st Dec i.e. winter solistice. Should that day be taken as begining of uttarayana or makar shankranti whenever it falls?
  3. Sarweshwar Guru said on Jan 13, 2013 09:55 PM
    Very nice articlle
  4. sarita said on Jan 14, 2013 05:22 AM
    VERY NICE & INFORMATIVE .THANKS for putting it all together.
  5. sudhir said on Jan 14, 2014 03:36 AM
    really i learn more about maker sankranti and fulfil my hope. thanks
  6. arvind pandey said on Jan 14, 2014 11:24 AM
    very appropriate information about the THE FESTIVAL but its improving and didactic importance IN MODERN PROSPECT would add more and extra interest.THANKS A LOT.
  7. Debabrata Rakshit said on Jan 14, 2014 04:59 PM
    good one, useful for me & educational,
  8. anita sharma said on Jan 14, 2014 01:08 PM
    Wo derful , very good , capricon seems to be a very auspicious month, makar. Santhranthi indeed teaches us to forget all our ill feeli gs n lets start all fresh with positivity n great energy let this relationship be always positi e n full fillings
  9. sanjeet said on Jan 14, 2014 03:05 PM
    educational point
  10. sudhakar said on Dec 27, 2014 01:36 AM
    surya uttarayan and makar sankranti are two separate events and don't coincide with each other nowadays, wo dont confuse people. When Bhishm patameh left the body, Uttarayan and makar sankranti were on same day but as the time passed they fall on different days.
  11. kodavati srilekha said on Jan 25, 2015 06:04 AM
    i wait for this festival it is always a happy momment in my life it fills my heart with many sweet dreams like flying kites,rangoli,taking photos in the green fields
  12. Hari Parkash Singhal said on Jan 11, 2016 03:56 AM
    why 14 items is donated on Makar sankranti
  13. Raj Shah said on Jan 12, 2016 05:58 AM
    Nice information, these is really good example of pro work.
  14. V R Sarma said on Jan 14, 2016 11:22 AM
    Another important aspect is on Makara Sankramanam, the pithru devathas are also worshipped, and every brahman performs Bahideiva Tharpanam - means not only the parents and grand parents, tarpanam is given to all the deceased family members
  15. Munesh Singh said on May 02, 2016 07:57 AM
    Another important aspect is on Makara Sankramanam, the pithru devathas are also worshipped, and every brahman performs Bahideiva Tharpanam - means not only the parents and grand parents, tarpanam is given to all the deceased family members Thanks for Share ...
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