Story of makar sankranti | Makar sankranti festival
Story of makar sankranti | Makar sankranti festival – India means festival, and our list of festival starts with makar sankranti. This year we are going to celebrate Makar Sankranti 2023 on Saturday 15th January.
If you ask me Makar Sankranti festival is celebrated in which state of India then I would say, you will find people celebrating this festival everywhere in the overall country, just the name of this festival defer state to state.
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Makar Sankranti known as Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh, Makara Sankranti in Karnataka, Telangana, and Maharashtra, Magh Bihu in Assam, Magha Mela in parts of central and north India, as Makar Sankranti in the west, Makara Sankranti or Shankaranti in Kerala, and the names are going on & on.
Here in India, every festival has its own special food type. The special cuisine of makar sankranti is til gul ladoo and Pongal. Til means sesame seeds and gul means jaggery. As we celebrate this festival in January month, this is a time of winter season and sesame seeds provide heat to the body.
Every festival has its own importance and stories. If someone asks me to write about sankranti in english 10 lines, I think it is difficult for me, because not possible to write the importance and makar sankranti meaning in a few lines.
Today, I am going to share one amazing story of makar Sankranti with you. Hope you like the story and enjoy it. Share this story with your friends if you like it.
Story of Makar Sankranti
According to the mythological story of Makar Sankranti, Lord Surya leaves Dhanu Rashi (Sagittarius) and enters Makar Rashi (Capricorn). Shani is the lord of Makar Rashi (Capricorn), so it is said that after entering Makar Rashi, Lord Surya goes to meet his son Lord Shani.
One can read and hear many stories about Makar Sankranti. According to one of those stories, Sagar Raja performed the Ashwamedha yagna and gave up his horse to conquer the world.
Lord Indra tied that horse to Kapil Muni’s hermitage. When the 60,000 sons of the Sagar kingdom reached Kapil Muni’s hermitage for war and abused him, Kapil Muni cursed them and incinerate them all.
Raja Sagara’s grandson, Prince Anusuman went to Kapil Muni’s ashram and requested him. He asked for the salvation of his brothers. Then Kapil Muni said that Gangaji has to be brought to earth for their salvation.
Prince Anusuman swore that no king of his lineage would rest unless Gangaji was brought to earth. Hearing his vow, Kapil Muni blessed him, and Prince Anshuman performed penance and lost his life in it.
Bhagirath was the son of King Dilip and the grandson of King Anusuma. King Bhagirath pleased Gangaji by doing severe penance and persuaded them to go to earth
After this, King Bhagirath performed penance for Shiva, so that Lord Shiva placed Gangaji in his jata (hair), so that the waters of the river Ganga could gradually flow to the earth. Lord Shiva was pleased with Bhagiratha’s severe penance and granted him the desired boon.
Later, the river Ganga got absorbed in Mahadev’s hair and flowed on the earth. Bhagirath took Gangaji to Kapil Muni’s ashram showing her the way. There the Asthi of their ancestors were waiting for salvation.
Bhagirath’s ancestors were saved by the holy water of the river Ganga, After this, the river Ganga merged with the sea.
The day when Gangaji came to Kapil Muni’s ashram was Makar Sankranti. On the day of Makar Sankranti, devotees gather at the place called Ganga-Sagar to bathe and visit Kapil Muni’s ashram.
Scientific significance of Makar Sankranti
Sun affects all zodiac signs. This occasion marks the transition of the Sun from the zodiac of Sagittarius to Capricorn. There is cold weather at the time of Makar Sankranti, so sesame seeds ladoo are made at this time on Makar Sankranti festival in India.
At the time of Makar Sankranti, the process of evaporation of rivers takes place. All kinds of diseases can be cured by this. That is why it is important to bathe in rivers on this day.
This is a festival celebrated on cold days. There is also an importance of eating Khichdi on these days. Making khichdi with peas and ginger makes it easier to digest. Pongal is a Prasad which is like Khichdi
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