MAKKAR SANKRANTI (ON 14TH JANUARY) A TRIBUTE TO SUN GOD (14TH JANUARY 2022)
Makkar Sankranti is celebrated in the month of Paus (January) Makar Sankranti is the day when the Sun God enters the Northern Hemisphere. Hindus like Greeks worship Sun God – the giver of immense energy. Sun God is termed as the manifest God, having all the glorious divinity. It is worthwhile to mention here that mantra OM ADITYA AYE NOMON and many other mantras are recited in order to get the blessings of the Sun God.
The devout also chant Gyatri Mantra, taken from Rig Veda while making final offering to God. which is from Rig-Veda, as Makkar Sankranti is associated with cosmic event which affects the life of humans immensely.
Om Bhur Bhuvaḥ Swaḥ
Bhargo Devasya Dhīmahi
Dhiyo Yonaḥ Prachodayāt.
WE Which means: We meditate and adore thee the Supreme Lord, the Creator of everything, who’s Divine Light illuminates all spheres of activity (physical, mental and spiritual). We pray that this Divine Light may light-up our intellect forever.
This festival is celebrated with immense gaiety and enthusiasm in all parts of India with different names at different places but the keenness remains the same. Devout get up early in the morning, take bath in holy rivers first take the blessings of their elders and then offer prayers in the temples. After having offered prayers, people give alms to the needy according to their capacity. In the afternoon people share a special Khichri (Hotchpotch – a mix of dall-urdh and channa dal).
Makkar Sankranti has its origin to the movement of the Earth
Around the Sun and begins from (Sankranti) one zodiac sign
Into another – Capricorn zodiac (Makkar) sign
Two movements are termed as Makkar Sakranti.
Makkar Sankranti marks the beginning of solar maagha masa
Makkar Sankranti Day is beginning of start of harvest season
Ushers in pleasant Spring Season
Which is, in essence, a pan India celebration.
Factually, Makkar Sankranti has a solid Lohri connect
Both fall one after the other
13th & 14th Day of January every year
Both are considered sacred.
This day marks the beginning of warmer days ahead
As the sacred months start from this day onwards
Makkar Sankranti is celebrated with great fervor
In western and northern India with zeal & gusto.
There is a mention of this day in Mahabharata
As, it is the festival of Sun God
Which gives us light and heat
Thus becauses a cause
Of life possible on our planett Earth
Factually without any bias
And bestows us lifeforce
Thus holding an eternal significance.
For me, this day has a special worth indeed
Since I saw the first dawn of the day in 1951, a day so sacred
With the grace of my Lord
Ever since I have been graced with a life so contended
For which I am really thankful to my God, so very benevolent.
Then there is festival called Pongal
Which is dedicated to Sun God
A huge source of energy indeed
In essence a life giving
To living beings.
PONGAL FESTIVAL OF SOUTH INDIA
The Pongal festival is celebrated in South India (Especially in Tamil Nadu, Puducherry and even in foreign lands such as Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Singapore etc.). This festival is celebrated for four days (14th to 17th January). This is a harvest festival dedicated to the SUN GOD. The Sun is a huge source of energy which helps in growing the crops from sowing to the harvesting season. It also includes boiling of the rice of season sanctified to the Sun which is termed as Surya Mangalyam. Not only this, the natural energy in the form of solar energy is being utilized enormously presently.
BIHU FESTIVAL OF ASSAM
Bihu, in essence is one of the most renowned festivals of Assam
Which too is associated with harvesting season.
Its exclusivity also stems from the fact
That it marks the start of Assamese New Year
Thus giving the entire community pride
To celebrate this day with huge delight
Pride and a lot of pleasure from community feat.
Bihu dance is performed by the young men and women
With joyous abandon
Add-on with fast steps
And hands with fast movements
With red colour attire
And accompaniment with apt music.
BIHU FESTIVAL OF ASSAM
Magh Bihu or Rongali Biihu Festival is celebrated in Assam in the month of January. This year, it is being celebrated on 15th January 2021. It is the prominent harvest festival by the farmers. On this occasion, tasty community feast is organized and all people enjoy this feast on this occasion. This festival is unique to Assamese people since Assamese New Year starts from this day. I offer my felicitations from the core of my heart to the entire Assamese community on this momentous occasion. Like any other festivals like Lohri, Baisakhi, etc. Magh Bihu festival too is associated with agriculture; mainly harvesting.
The people enjoy feasts, play melodious music with dancing. Bihu dance is one of the most important part of Assamese culture. It is a group dance performed by the young men and women with brisk movement of hands and other body parts with beating of drums as enchanting music. The colour theme of the dancers is red which signifies joy and vitality.
There are also local traditional and cultural activities which are organized and conducted. The children wear flower garlands. In fact there are three Bihu festivals each of which have unique feature and significance but common feature in all these Bihu festivals is the participation and celebration by all the Assamese.