Bhogi Rituals, Customs and Bhogi Puja

Bhogi is the first day of 4-day Sankranthi festival in Andhra Pradesh, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka. In Tamil Nadu, Bhogi is observed as Bhogi Pongal. For a grand celebration of Bhogi, all houses are cleaned and washed. People decorate their houses with “Rangoli / Kolam / Muggu”. Women draw the rangoli with rice flour and […]

Bhogi Pongal 2017 date in Tamil Nadu

Bhogi Pongal or Bogi festival is the first day of Pongal celebrated in Tamil Nadu. The similar festival is celebrated in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka with same name. In 2017, Bhogi Pondal date is January 13. Bogi festival is dedicated to Lord Indra, the God of clouds and Rains. This is the reason why Bhogi […]

Gangireddu & Haridasu: Popular Aspects of Sankranti

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Gangireddu is a sacred bull, which is decorated with beautiful clothes and ringing bells. Haridasulu are the people of a cast who are dedicated to receive charities from other people. Gangireddu and Haridasu are the two important aspects of Makar Sankranti. Haridasu makes gangireddu (bull) to dance. The scene clearly depicts bulls obedience to his […]

Kanuma – Third day of Sankranti Festival

Kanuma is the third day of the festival, Sankranti. According to Hindu mythology, on this day Lord Sri Krsihna lifted the Govardhana Hill (Govardhana Giri – Govardhana Giridhari is one of Krishnas names). Kanuma 2016 or Kanumu 2016 date is January 16. Once Lord Indra, with his headstrong poured a heavy rain on Gokulam (Sri […]

Kite Flying – A tradition During Sankranti

Kite flying is a major tradition during the Sankranti days. In some regions, Kite flying is started in the month of December and is continued till February. In some North Indian as well in some South Indian cities, kite flying competitions are held. During the Pongal, the schools announce holidays for children, they are actively […]

Sankranti Rituals & Celebrations in Andhra Pradesh

Makara Sankranthi is the biggest festival in Andhra Pradesh. Gobbemmalu, Kite flying, Gangireddu & Haridasu, Bhogi Pandlu, Bhogi Mantalu (bonfire), etc are the important rituals and celebrations in Andhra Pradesh. This festival is celebrated for four days – starting from Bhogi.. Gobbemmalu: Gobbemmalu are cow dung balls which are kept on Muggu (Rangoli), which is […]

Mukkanuma – Fourth and Final Day of Sankranti Celebrations

Mukkanuma is the final day of Sankranti celebrations. On this day people arrange huge feasts, invite friends and relatives. Mukkanuma 2016 date is January 17. In some places, on Mukkanuma bullock cart races and cock fightings are held. Mukkanuma is the final day of Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh and some parts of Karnataka.

Bhogi Festival – First day of Sankranti dedicated to Indra

Bhogi is the first day of Pongal or Sankranthi festival and is dedicated to Lord Indra. Lord Indra considered as the “Lord of Clouds and Rain”. When is Bhogi in 2017? In the year 2017, Bhogi is celebrated on 13th January. Significance or Importance of Bhogi: As this is a day to worship lord Indra, […]