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While we celebrate #MakarSankranti on the same day in 1761, Sadashiva Rao Bhau commander of the Maratha Army , died on the battlefield at Panipat fighting to the end against the Afghans. A true hero who has never really got his due.
Sadashiv Rao Bhau, has often been judged harshly by historians for the failure at Panipat , but he was the same person who also expanded the Maratha empire, consolidating on Baji Rao's conquests.
When one looks at the history of the Maratha Empire, two people who have been judged harshly, one is Sambhaji and the other one has been Sadashiv Rao Bhau. The former had to live up to the legacy of his legendary father, which was not an easy task at all.
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1/9 Are #Uttarayan and #MakarSankranti the same?

2/9 We see both of these events as synonymous but do you know that Uttarayan and #MakarSankranti are two different events?

First, let's understand their meanings.
3/9 Makar Sankranti means the transition of the Sun from the zodiac of Sagittarius (dhanu) to Capricorn (makara).

Whereas, Uttarayan indicates the northward movement of the Sun on the celestial sphere.
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Few facts about our festivals. This is about #MakarSankranti
I have learned -Vitamin D is made by the body with sunlight.
Sesame seeds (til) have the highest calcium (975mg per 100g). Milk has 125mg only.
The body is capable of storing vitamin D up to a year,
and use the reserves.
Lastly, the body is capable of getting its vitamin D reserves full with 3 full days of sunlight.
The best quality of sunlight is end of winter & beginning of summer.
Now join the dots, and see how wise our sages were in ancient India. 2/4
They created a festival of flying kites where by our kids get excited to go in the open, under direct sunlight, throughout the day starting from early morning. And their mothers feed them homemade TIL ladoos.
Are we not a fantastic culture? 😊
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It is believed that an Indian physician, Susruta, used #ladoos as an antiseptic to treat his surgical patients.

#FoodSecrets #festivalvibes #celebrations #betterhealth
In the 4th century BC, he used a concoction of ingredients with nutritional properties like sesame seeds, #jaggery and peanuts to make ladoos that we today fondly call #tilladoo.
The seeds were coated with pure honey, which is known for its antibacterial properties, while jaggery and sesame seeds are considered to have multiple health advantages in Ayurveda, including maintaining blood pressure, indigestion, curing a cold and so on.
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Suvechha for #MakarSankranti .

In 272 CE, Makar Sankranti was on Dec 21. In 1000 CE, Makar Sankranti was on Dec 31, & now it is celebrated on Jan 14. After 9000 years, Makar Sankranti will be in June. Then Makar Sankranti would mark the start of Dakshinayana.
In ancient times Makar Sankranti would mark entry of the Sun into Makara or Capricorn from Sagittarius, & its northward journey/Uttarayan. Now it is celebrated at the end of Poush & the start of Magh month, so it’s Poush Sankranti (Last day of every month is known as sankranti)
Besides the Surya deva worship, Makar Sankranti being a harvest festival is also the day for Paush Lakshmi puja for the West Bengalis.
Bangladeshi Hindus perform Vastu puja today.

Traditional Alpona of Paush Lakshmi.
📸 Sougandha Sarkar
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THREAD: @npr's journalist @lfrayer is an example of the continued problematic representation and structural bias against #Hinduism and #India in mainstream media. A random video of trash and lawlessness in Los Angeles is an opportunity to bash India. 1/n
And this on the holy day of #MakarSankranti, when the country she reports about is honoring the forces of nature--harvest cycles, the rains, the alignment of the sun, the zodiac, traditional local foods & more. But colonial media representatives can only see India in trash. 2/n
@lfrayer seems to be taking cues from Katherine Mayo, a racist American historian, whose 1927 book, "Mother India," was denounced as a “drain inspectors report” by no less a personage than Mahatma Gandhi. #Hinduphobia unfortunately has a long history. 3/n…
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It’s #MakarSankranti! Everywhere in India, Jaggery or sesame is the theme. 😊

It’s believed— if you eat til(sesame) and gud(Jaggery) now, you will not suffer from arthritis later in life.

In Kerala, it’s time for the auspicious Makara-vilakku at #Sabrimala. 🙏
Makar is sign of Capricorn, sankranti means transmigration of sun from 1 sign to another, in this case Capricorn.

This sign is ruled by Sun’s bette-noire Saturn. Both the heavenly bodies oppose each other. Hence you must go out and bask in sunshine.
Kite flying anyone? 😊
There are other Sankrantis too, for example Mesha Sankranti when Sun enters Aries, and is considered Hindu new year—April 14/15 each yr.
In Kerala we celebrate it as Vishu.

Ancient #Sanatani were aware that any change in our sky, impacted our lives.
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#THREAD: In the run-up to #MakarSankranti those involved in the making and selling of colourful kites and manja in Hyderabad were excited to start afresh.

But this time, ‘patangula panduga’ has not turned out the way the traders wanted. | @rahulvpisharody…
Mohanlal has been selling kites since he was 10. Now 75, he says COVID-19 pandemic, months-long lockdown, and the lack of sufficient modes of inter-state transport have added to a shortage of kites in the market and pushed the prices up. Image
Craftsmen usually start making kites meant for sale during Sankranti soon after the end of the previous year’s festival making it a round-the-year activity. In 2020, craftsmen started making kites only in June after the lockdown was eased. Image
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Shubh #Makarsankranti to all.
Surya Devta movedinto Makar, a sign ruled by Saturn.
This is also the day when planet of electricity & technology which ws in backward motion since last 5 months hs turned direct again.
And with that few TECH GIANTS hv landed in hot soup. 😁
2/3 I did not knw how to interpret this transition of saturn when it squares the planet of TECHNOLOGY.
Bt now that i see tech giants being cornered, I think the picture is getting clear now.

We are in an "awakening" mode.

~freedom struggles
~ hopes & wishes
~Big corporates
~out of box solutions (which can be really weird)
~Government establishments

Above given themes will be triggered in next 2.5 years. Bt in next 8 yrs we will see an improvement in how humans treat mother earth and ANIMALS.
Animal "freedom"/ Mother earth will also b a theme.
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Many of you would have made the plan for the celebration. However, there will be very few who know the real meaning of #MakarSankranti.

For us, Makar Sankranti is all about Kite Flying. But, if you would dive deep into this subject, you will find plenty of hidden gems.
While most of our festival takes its basis on the Lunar Cycle. #Makar Sankranti is perhaps one of the few Hindu festivals that takes its basis on the Solar Cycle.
The second interesting facts about Makar Sankranti is that it always takes place on JAN 14. So, it is the only festival of Hindu that matches with the Gregorian Calendar.
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🕉 #Pongal #MakaraSankranthi 4day festival in TN- God Surya enters 'MakaraRashi' frm 'DhanuRashi' -1st day of Holy Uttarayana
Day 1: Bhogi
Day 2: Thai Pongal
Day 3: Maattu Pongal
Day 4: Kaanum Pongal
#Pongal is celebrated from last day of Margazhi -3rdday of Tamilmonth Thai🚩
🕉 2. Bhogi-celebrated on the last day of Margazhi by discarding old clothes/materials, setting them on fire, marking end of the old & emergence of the new. In villages there will be a simple ceremony of 'neem' leaves kept along walls & roof of houses to eliminate evil forces 🚩
🕉 3. Thai Pongal - 1st day of Tamil month Thai starts with the solar cycle when sun starts moving towards the summer solstice -Uttarayana. It is celebrated by boiling rice with fresh milk & jaggery in new pots, topped with brown sugar, cashew nuts & raisins early morning 🚩
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🚩 The Science Behind #MakarSankranti -Today - The Day when Surya Dev moves from Winter solstice towards Summer solstice marking Uttarayana 🚩Vitamin D is made by the body with sunlight.Sesame seeds (Til ) have the highest calcium (975mg per 100g). Milk has 125mg only🚩1/4
🚩2. The body is capable of storing Vitamin D up to a year, and use the reserves.
Lastly, the body is capable of getting its Vitamin D reserves full with 3 full days of sunlight.
The best quality of sunlight is at the end of winter & beginning of summer 🚩
🚩 3. Now join the dots,& See how wise our sages were in ancient India.
They created a festival of flying kites where by children get excited to go in the open, under direct sunlight, throughout the day starting from early morning. And their Mothers feed them homemade TIL ladoos.
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Things to do on Makar Sankranti/Uttarayan

Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious day in year to earn good merit. During the war of Mahabharta, Bhishma Pitamah waited for this day so that he can end his journey on earth. He has a boon to end his life according

to will and he choose this day due to its immense auspiciousness.

Timings for Makar Sankranti In 2021 -
Punyakaal - 08:32 am to 05:46 Pm.
Maha Punya Kaal - 08:32 am to 12:31 Pm.

Some important things you must do on Makar Sankranti:

1. Donation
Donate things related to Saturn such as til and oil. You can also donate silver and gold items. Donation of items such as fruits, steel utensils, rice, jaggery and pulses is also auspicious.

2. Take holy dips in rivers
In our Vedic culture, taking dips in
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Update on rebuilding of Vaniyanur temple Malappuram Kerala

This is the temporary Garbagriha built, where Lord Subrahmanya and Shivlinga will be worshipped till original Garbagriha rebuilt. Daily worship is now happening at the temple.

#ReclaimTemples #KL001
Update on rebuilding of Vaniyanur temple Malappuram Kerala

As per astrologer many Hindus were killed and their blood shed inside the temple in the past. Chief Priest wanted Poojas for their souls before work of Garbagriha started. All rituals are completed now.

Devotees of Vaniyanur temple in Malappuram which is being rebuilt doing Namajapayatra and Deepa Prayanam to nearby Mahavishnu temple, praying for temple to be rebuilt at earliest, removal of difficulties.

Revival of a temple causes revival of Dharma.

#ReclaimTemples #KL001
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