What is Makara Sankranti?

Almost all Hindu festivals are dependent on the position of the moon; however, Makara Sankranti is based on the position of the sun. The sun enters the zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn) on the day of Makara Sankranti. All the tithis (dates) of Hindu Dharma’s festivals vary every year; however, Makara Sankranti falls mostly on 14 January (occasionally on 13th or 15th January). Every eighty years, the difference created due to the revolution of the earth around the sun is made up by pushing ahead Makara Sankranti by a day. Since time immemorial, demons have been troubling humans as well as Deities. When such situations arise, God incarnates and slays the demons. It is said that Sankranti, a Deity, slayed a demon, Sankrasur, on this day. Makara Sankranti is celebrated to let go of our differences with each other and increase love (prema bhava) in us. Spiritually, this day is very conducive for sadhana and to imbibe the Chaitanya in the environment. Sankranti is considered a Deity. According to a legend Sankranti killed a demon named Sankarasur. The day followed by Makara Sankrant is called Kinkrant or Karidin. On this day, the female deity (devi) slayed the demon Kinkarasur. Importance of Makara Sankranti 1. Worldly Importance In Bharat, Makara Sankranti is celebrated to let go of our differences with each other and increase love (prembhav) in us. One way...

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