Makar Sankranti 2023: Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival that marks the beginning of the sun’s northward journey (Uttarayan) and is celebrated in the Hindu month of Magha (January). It is celebrated differently across India, but generally involves prayers, rituals and the giving of gifts, especially to loved ones and the poor. It is also a major harvest festival in many parts of the country and is celebrated as Pongal in South India and Lohri in Punjab. Also Check; Happy Makar Sankranti 2023 Wishes in Odia Images and Greetings.
Story of Makar Sankranti
The story of Makar Sankranti is linked to the Hindu deity Surya, who is considered the lord of the sun. According to Hindu mythology, the Sun God had two sons, Shani and Yama, who were not on good terms. To bring peace between them, Surya asked his sons to visit each other’s kingdoms. Yama visited Shani’s kingdom and was very hospitable. In return, Shani went to visit Yama’s kingdom but did not receive the same warmth and respect.
Feeling resentful, Shani decides to take revenge by creating an eclipse that will bring darkness and destruction. To stop this, Surya sought help from Lord Vishnu. Lord Vishnu advised Surya to seek the blessings of Lord Shiva, who was the only one who could stop Shani’s curse. Surya worshipped Lord Shiva and succeeded in convincing Shani to stop the eclipse. Also Read; Pongal 2023: Fastival, Date, History, Significance, and Celebration.
As a reward for his devotion, Lord Shiva blessed Surya and promised that from that day onwards the day of Makar Sankranti would be the most auspicious day for him. From that day onwards, it is said that the sun begins its northward journey on Makar Sankranti and is considered a very auspicious day for Hindus. This is the reason why Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great enthusiasm and devotion all over India.