Makar Sankranti special trains introduced by Indian Railways

Alfred Osborne
January 14, 2018

Considered as one of the most ancient Hindu festivals, Makar Sankranti is celebrated with abandon in different parts of India. This year, Makar Sankranti is set to be celebrated on 14th January. Bonfire and folk songs are a major part of the celebration and a puja parikrama (prayers) around the bonfire is performed followed by the distribution of prasad. The festival marks the onset of summer and an auspicious six months period for Hindus known as Uttaarayan.

"Hearty greetings to the people on the occassion of Makar Sankranti", he said in a Hindi tweet. It is observed in mid-January every year.

Actress Hema Malini shared multiple pictures of the different festivals and wrote, "Festive season coming up!" Meanwhile, people across North India, celebrate the festival of Lohri, marking the onset of spring. We say, Makar Sankranti while in Tamil Nadu, it is Pongal, Punjab calls it Lohri, Gujarat says Uttarayan and so on. Functions were organised at several places to mark the day.

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"Lohri is essentially a festival dedicated to fire and the Sun God". While distributing candies, the famous line "til gul ghya ani god god bola" is used.

Makar Sankranti denotes the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Capricon ('Makara') on its celestial path.

Makar Sankranti is celebrated as a harvest festival, where we thank mother nature for providing us the resources for survival. It is marked by people taking holy dips in rivers and colourful kites adorning the sky. Thirdly, this is celebration time which is extremely auspicious as per the Hindu calendar.

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