Importance of MAKAR SANKRANTI
On 14 th January 2014 (Poush Shukla Paksha 14, Kaliyug varsha 5115) All over the world Hindu people will celebrate Tithi of Makar sankranti.
Makar Sankranti is the day from which the northward movement of the sun begins. The period from Karka Sankranti (the passage of the sun into the zodiac sign of Cancer) to Makar Sankranti is called the dakshinayan. As per given in Hindu scriptures, A person who dies in the dakshinayan period has a greater chance of going to Yamalok (southward region), than one who dies during uttarayan (northward revolution).
Makar Sankranti festival, unlike other Hindu festivals, is not dependent on the position of the moon, but on position of the sun. On this day, the sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn. To compensate for the difference that occurs due to the revolution around the sun, every eighty years the day of Sankranti is postponed by one day. In the present period Makar Sankranti falls on 14th January.
Makar Sankranti's importance from the point of view of spiritual practice:
a. On Makar Sankranti from sunrise to sunset, the environment is full of Chaitanya. Thus, a seeker doing sadhana (spiritual practice) can derive the maximum benefit of the increased Chaitanya. Due to the Chaitanya, tejtattva (Absolute Fire Principle) also increases in seekers.
b. The day of Makar Sankranti is very conducive for sadhana.
History of Pongal - Significance of Sankranti Festival (Pedda Panduga) By Dr. Anantha Lakshmi
Makara Sankranti is the day when the Sun begins its movement away from the Tropic of Capricorn and towards the northern hemisphere and thus it signifies an event wherein the Sun-God seems to remind their children that 'Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya'—may you go higher and higher, to more and more Light and never to Darkness.
To Hindus, the Sun stands for knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makara Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to enjoy a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter and brighter. We should gradually begin to grow in purity, wisdom and knowledge even as the Sun does from the Day of Makara Sankranti.
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