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The Makar Sankranti Festival, one of the Hindus’ major festivals, is scheduled for 14 January this year. When the Sun enters the Capricorn zodiac sign during the Pausha month, the festival is celebrated. The festivals are, according to Hindu beliefs, marked by charity and ‘daan’ giving. In addition to making khichdi in their homes, people donate rice and pulses on this day. In many places, because of making khichdi and doing charity on this day, the festival of Makar Sankranti is also called the festival of khichdi. Know the convictions relating to the Makar Sankranti festival, its auspicious time, what to do on this day, and its related mythology.
Auspicious 2021 Makar Sankranti Time-
In the morning at Punya Kaal – 8:03 am to 12:30 pm
Maha punya kaal – 8:03 am to 8:27 am in the morning
Know what you need to do on Makar Sankranti Day 2021-
Take a bath on this day prior to sunrise
Put the red flowers and Akshat in the Kalash after that, and offer Arghya to the Sun.
While offering arghya, Chant Mantra
Read Shrimad Bhagavad on this day, or Gita
In addition to sesame, grain, and blanket, donate ghee,
Make khichdi in your food
Offer khichdi to the Lord
Eat the grain at night.
If you donate sesame seeds to a poor person in addition to utensils on this day, you will be relieved of all the problems associated with Saturn (shani).
(Story) Makar Sankranti katha-
Lord Surya goes to his son, Lord Shani, on the day of Makar Sankranti, according to the legend inscribed in the Hindu Puranas. Lord Shani represented Capricorn at the time (makar). Lord Shani is Capricorn’s god. This day is being celebrated as Makar Sankranti for this reason. It is believed that on this special day, if a father goes to meet his son, then all his sorrows and sufferings are gone.
Other Makar Sankranti-related mythology—
There is another Makar Sankranti legend that is described in the Mahabharata. Bhishma Pitamah is related to this story. Bhishma Pitamah received, by his will, the boon of death. He was waiting for the Sun to be in Uttarayana to give up his life when he was hit by an arrow in the battle and he was lying on Saiyya. Acquiring life in Uttarayan is believed to lead to salvation.
Makar Sankranti 2021: Why is kite flying an important aspect of flying?
Flying a kite on Makar Sankranti is said to be auspicious because people are exposed to sun rays because of this. Since Lord Surya governs the festival and he is worshipped on this day, it is believed that flying a kite on this day in the sun helps to treat all winter-related skin problems.