Makar Sankranti: History, Significance And Auspicious Time For Holy Bath And Puja
Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on Wednesday 15th January 2020. Fact that this festival is celebrated with much zeal in Delhi, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Karnataka, Bihar, Bengal and Orissa and almost of all north India underlines its significance.
Makar Sankranti celebrations
Usually celebrated on 14th or 15th January, Makar Sankranti brings joy and happiness. On this day, people wear new clothes and fly kites. This year, Kumbh 2020 will start in Prayagraj on Makar Sankranti. Millions of people are expected to congregate at the banks of Ganga to take a holy dip on this auspicious day. Also, this day brings relief from the cold season that starts changing with the festival. It is the onset of Basant Ritu or Spring.
Significance of Makar Sankranti
It is believed that Bhagirathi brought Ganga to the ashram of Kapil Muni on this day. It is for this reason that Kumbha begins on Makar Sankranti.
Makar Sankranti date, time and muhurat
Date: 15th January 2020
Time: 07:19 AM
Punyakal: 07:19 AM to 12.31 PM
Maha-Punyakal: 07:19 AM to 09:30 AM
Holy dip time: Early morning on 15th January
Makar Sankranti Puja Vidhi
There is provision for keeping fast on this auspicious day. People take bath in the water mixed with til. Also, they can pour Gangajal in the water. The puja starts after the snaan or holy bath. This day is also considered auspicious for offering tarpan to ancestors and pitas.