Makara Sankranti Thread
Bheeshma Pithamaha falls gravely wounded on the 10th day of the Kuruksehtra Yudh. He lies on a bed of arrows for 40 days until Uttarayan. It is believed that people who die during Uttarayana merges with the Brahman, thus ending the cycle of rebirth....+
thus Bheeshma Pitamaha attains Brahman on this day.
Sankranti means "movement"....Uttarayana is when the sun crosses(moves - Sankranti) the Makara (Capricorn) into the Northern Hemisphere.
Bhagawan Surya is worshipped on the Makara Sankranti day +
Every living and non-living being merges with the Brahman and Sun is the Pratyaksha-Brahman or the Brahman that can be seen.
Makara Sankranti , denotes the end of winter and the beginning of spring….It is a period when the harvest comes in and the Surya is on the ascendant. +
When the sun is ascending the northern course in the sky it is called as Uttarayana which opens the path of deva yāna. Bhagawan Krishna Speaks about this period as the most auspicious time, those who die in this period attain Brahman(Moksha) in the Bhagawad Gita +
"Agnir jyotir ahaḥ śuklaḥ ṣaṇ-māsā uttarāyaṇam
Tatra prayātā gacchanti brahma brahma-vido janā " [BG - 8.24]
It was on this day that Maharaj Bhageeratha brings Ganga Ma down to earth to give Moksha to his ancestors. This yagna is known as Bhageeratha Prayathnam.....+
Which is why we gather at Prayagya at the Triveni Sangam to offer prayers in such huge numbers, offering prayers to our ancestors - remembering them, and we then celebrate for a month the Kumbh Mela.
Bhagawan Vishnu destroyed the Asuras on this day beneath the Mandara Mountain+
So Sankranti also signifies the end of evil and the dawn of righteousness.
Bhagawan Surya visits his son Shani on this day forgetting previous differences, so today is a day to forget and forgive, and rekindle relationships within the family and the community. +
As far as we know…it is the oldest of Festivals celebrated anywhere in the world…..
All over India we celebrate Makara Sankranti with great reverance and gusto. +
In Bengal, Makar Sankranti is noted for the Ganga Sagar Mela, Tusu Puja and Pithey parban, * Bhogali Bihu and Tusu Puja are celebrated on the occasion in Assam.
* Makar Mela is observed in Orissa. * Ghughuti or Kale Kauva in Uttarakhand. +
* In North India, it is the time of Lohri and Khichadi Parv.
* In Central India, it is Sankranti. * In Tamil Nadu, Makar Sankranti is observed as Pongal. (four day festival).
* In Andhra Pradesh, it is known as Sankranti. (four day festival) +
* In Karnataka - Sankranti or Yellu Balla * In Maharashtra it is known as Makar Sankranti and Til Gul - famous for Bhogichi Bhaji
* In Kerala, the famous Sabarimala Pilgrimage comes to an end with sighting of the Makaravilakku. +
* In Gujarat and Rajasthan, it is known as Uttarayan and is noted for the kite flying event.
•The famous Magh Mela and Kumbh Mela at Sangam Prayag is during this time. +
Did you know that the Sun rays directly falls on the Murti worshipped in many Mandirs on Makar Sankranti day? The most famous among them is the Gavi Gangadhareshwara Temple near Bangalore in Karnataka. +
In Sabarimala the Makara Jyoti is sighted on this day and a Darshan of the same is considered very auspicious +
Dahi Chura - an food prepared from rice flakes and yoghurt - is consumed on the day in many regions. Jaggery, rice, sugarcane, sesame seeds and milk are the common food used on Sankranti in all regions. And Sesame especially helps in maintaining body heat during winter. +
Every where in Bharat …we celebrate the glory of Mother nature and offer our thanks to her and to Surya Bhagawan without whose kripa none whould exisit. It is a time for prayer, thanks giving, joyful celebration and remembrance of our ancestors…

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