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Facts of Makar Sakranti

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Makar Sakranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Capricorn on its celestial path. The festival is widely celebrated by flying kites and relishing the Tilguls. This fun filled festival is lot more than kites and Til chikkis, which can further be explored.

  • Makar sakranti is one of the festivals that are celebrated on the same day every year. Though once in every eight years, the date is postponed due to revolution and solar changes. This year it falls on 15th January.
  • The word ‘Sankranti’ signifies the movement of the sun from one zodiac sign to another. Thus, the name of the festival literally means the movement of the sun into Capricorn or Makar.
  • Makar Sankranti is referred as the ‘holy phase of transition’. It marks the end of an inauspicious phase which according to the Hindu calendar begins around mid-December.
  • Sankranti marks the termination ofwinter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season. Thus beginning of warmer days and shorter nights.
  • The harvest festival of India is called by different names throughout India. Like Makar Sankranti in West India, down south, the festival is known as Pongal and in the north, it is celebrated as Lohri.
  • The sesame and jiggery ladoos are distributed among family and friends as it is considered beneficial in this transition season. It also represents a way of bonding and hoping for good health.
  • The tradition of kite flying began so that the physical body was exposed to the early morning sun rays. Being a critical time for flue and sickness, the warming sunrays proved to be beneficial. Thus kite flying became a fun way to do so.
  • It also marks the beginning of the Kumbh Mela in Uttar Pradesh while in South India, in Kerala, one of the most austere and difficult pilgrimages of Shabrimala ends on this auspicious day.
  • People also celebrate by taking a dip in the holy rivers flowing through states to cleanse themselves of sins. It is also believed that if you die during Makar Sankranti, you are not reborn and attain salvation.
  • It is the festival of Sun God and He is regarded as the symbol divinity and wisdom, the festival also holds an eternal meaning to it. The importance of this day has been signified in the ancient epics like Mahabharata also.

 

Born in January? Know your Astrological Traits!

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The zodiacal sign of Capricorn commences on December 21st, but for 7 days, being overlapped by the ‘cusp’ of the previous sign, it does not come into its full power until on or about December 28th. It is in full strength until January 20th, and is then for seven days gradually losing its strength on account of becoming overlapped by the cusp of the incoming sign i.e. Aquarius. So these people generally partake of the characteristics of both Capricorn as well as Aquarius.

  • They are thinkers, reasoners, and make natural heads of business organizations or any form of government work.
  • They possess strong mental force, but they are, generally misunderstood by others.
  • They must be leaders in whatever they are engaged, or else they are inclined to lose their interest in work.
  • They are independent and high-minded in all their actions, and detest being under the restraint of others.
  • They have strange ideas if love, duty, and social position, and due to this they are often considered ‘odd’.
  • Even when they are not religious they have a deep devotional nature, and make great efforts to do good to others.
  • They often make excellent speakers, but not so much through oratory as by plain speaking; often too much so for their own good.
  • Such people generally feel their responsibilities too keenly, and often worry themselves into bad health.
  • Although they appear cold, they have a warm heart towards suffering, and as a rule they give largely in charities to institutions.
  • If inclined to be religious they usually go to extremes, and become fanatical in their zeal.
  • They worship intellectual, clever people, and are deep thinkers; they rarely interfere with the affairs of others, but they will never stand interference from others.
  • They usually make the best bond with people who are born in their own period or from April 20 to end of May, and August 21 to September 27th.
  • They generally suffer from indigestion, rheumatism, and pains in the feet.
  • Most suited or lucky colours for them are all tones of grey, all ranges of violet and purple, and also black.
  • Birth stones for this period are moon-stones, pearls, and amethysts.