Makar Sankranti 2018: Puja timings, rituals and significance of this harvest festival

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Lohri also marks the end of a long night of winter and beginning of longer days of summer as the Sun begins its journey to the Northern Hemisphere

In South India, it is celebrated for three days starting with Bhogi and followed by Makar Sankranti and kanuma. The occasion which marks the transition of the sun into the Makar rashi or the zodiac sign Capricorn, also brings an end to winter solstice. We say, Makar Sankranti while in Tamil Nadu, it is Pongal, Punjab calls it Lohri, Gujarat says Uttarayan and so on.

Actress Hema Malini shared multiple pictures of the different festivals and wrote, "Festive season coming up!"

In Assam, the festival is celebrated as Magh Bihu. It officially marks the beginning of spring or the onset of Indian summer and the days become longer, and nights shorter.

In his message, the Governor said that "Makar Sankranti has a special significance for us in Arunachal Pradesh. On this day lakhs of people take holy dip in the sacred rivers", he stated.

Just like Holi is incomplete without gujiya, Makar Sankranti is also incomplete without til (sesame) and gud (jaggery). In the Mahabharata, Bhishma waited for the sun to be in uttarayan so that he could die.

If you are away from your family and friends, make sure to send them these lovely and warm wishes on Makar Sankranti.

It is a festival of unity, with members of society encouraged to smooth things over with enemies and live in peace. Makar Sankranti is popular for sesame candies and kites, as this auspicious day marks the arrival of spring in India.

Is Makar Sankrant.aapk jeevan ka andhera chhat jaye. Har pal sukh aur har din shaanti, Aap sab ke liye laaye Makar Sankranti. This is the beauty of the festival.

Happy Makar Sankranti to all of you!

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