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LOHRI & MAKAR SANKRANTI

13 Jan

WISH YOU ALL HAPPY RETURNS OF LOHRI AND MAKKAR SAKRANTI ON 13TH & 14TH JANUARY, RESPECTIVELY

 

LOHRI & MAKAR SAKARANTI

 

Every festival is linked with some seasons

Or certain well known occasions.

 

Lohri a winter festivals of repute

Falls in the month of ( 13th Jan) Paush

Marks the end of winter season

And beginning of longer – a little hotter days ahead soon

For farmers it is one of the happiest occasions

They start harvesting rabi crops

Start of spring season is a Natural bounty

Adds additional spice to festivities.

(Rabi Crop: Wheat, Gram, Pea, Mustard, Linseed, Barley, Peas)

 

Traditionally on lohri day a bonfire is lit

People congregate around it

And reverently offer, jiggery (gur), sesame seeds (til)

Sesame coated sugar candy and popcorn into leaping bonfire

The skyward leaping fire

Too shows that it is enjoying all acts of hers

Gathering partakes the sacred offering themselves too as (parsad) offering

Satiety writ large in everybody’s face.

Offerings too is made to ‘panj tatavas’ five elements

Fire, wind, water, ether and earth

Going around the bonfire with great reverence

And singing traditional songs with dance makes much difference.

And that too in tune with beating of drums!

 

 

Folklore abound about the origin of Lohori

Legend has it that King Hirnakashap,

An evil and conceited one at that

Wanted his subjects to worship him and not the Holy Being

Had two daughters and one son

Daughters Holika, Lohri and son Pralhada

Pralhada worshiped Lord Naraina

Which angers him to no ends.

 

Holika had earned a strange boon

Of not being destroyed by the bonfire

Evil king put the three in the blazing fire

The ferocious fire had Holika swallowed

While Prablad and Lohri came out of it untouched

That is the glory of our Lord.

 

Some devout make an image of Lohri – the Goddess

Of cow-dung and sing her praises

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Tradition has it that there was a very brave person of repute

Named Dulla Bhatti from lineage of warrior race the Rajputs

In the reign of Mughal king Akbar

He used to rescue poor girls from the clutches of robbers

And got them married to suitable boys

People sing Lohri songs with gust

And shower utmost whilst praising his bravery.

 

Thence other legend of the origin of Lohri

From the wife of Saint Kabir named ‘Loi’

Herself a lady so pious.

 

It is also believed that Holi originated from the word ‘lo’

Meaning light  – Holi fire so holy.

 

Lohri too is linked with Makar Sanranti

Which too is another winter festival very famous

Celebrated one day after Lohri celebrations

A day so fixed

14th January –  indeed very sacred

It marks the beginning of solar maagha masa

Makar Sankranti is start of harvest festival

And beginning of pleasant Spring Season

Celebrated in all parts of country.

 

It has its origin to the movement of the earth

Sun movement begins from (Sankranti) one zodiac sign

Into another – Capricorn zodiac (Makar) sign

Two movements  are termed as Makar Sakranti.

 

This day marks the beginning of warmer days

As the sacred months start from this day onwards

Makar Sankranti  is celebrated with great fervor

In western and northern India

There is a mention of this day in Mahabharata

As, it is the festival of Sun God

Who gives us light and heat

To living beings without bias

And bestows us divinity and wisdom,

Thus holding an eternal meaning.

 

HARBANS KHAJURIA

 

 

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7 Comments

Posted by on January 13, 2014 in Inner Thoughts

 

7 responses to “LOHRI & MAKAR SANKRANTI

  1. Sharmishtha Basu

    January 15, 2014 at 4:52 am

    thanks for sharing the story behind Lohri Harbans, its amazing! I have read about Holika and Prahlad but never read about Lohri. I used to think that it is simply the harvest festival, like our Poush Sankranti (that was on 14th jan) here.

    I have once been invited to a Lohri festival, loved it. 🙂

     
    • Harbans

      January 15, 2014 at 1:16 pm

      We Dogras and Punjabis celebrate these festivals with enthusiasm. These also give us opportunity to clean our houses and make a start for the time ahead.

      Thanks for appraising and giving your beautiful input.

       
      • sharmishtha basu

        January 15, 2014 at 2:35 pm

        I knew a Dogra girl from Delhi, when i lived there, she was very, very beautiful!

        thanks for sharing the inner story of this festival (I love to read these things)

         
      • Harbans

        January 15, 2014 at 4:45 pm

        Sharmishtha ji thanks a lot for your inspiring and motivational words.

        GOD BLESS YOU.

         
  2. Harbans

    January 15, 2014 at 4:42 pm

    Thanks Sharmishtha ji for your motivational response.

    God bless you..

     
    • Sharmishtha Basu

      January 17, 2014 at 3:47 pm

      the pleasure is all mine. waiting for next post.

       
      • Harbans

        January 18, 2014 at 10:34 am

        Thanks. God bless.

         
 
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