Health Benefits of Celebrating Makar Sankranthi in traditional manner

Apart from ritualistic celebrations, Makar Sankranthi has several number of herbal and health benefits. Celebrating Pongal festival in traditional manner makes us healthy. Here is a list of the items associated with Sankranti festival and their health benefits for us… Regu Pandlu (Ziziphus zizyphus – commonly known as Jujube, Red date, Indian date, Chinese date, […]

Makara Sankranti Punya Snan in Sangam, Holy Dip in Sangam at Allahabad

Makara Sankranti is the most auspicious time to perform Punya snan (holy dip) in Sangam at Allahabad. Sangam is the confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati rivers. Lakhs of devotees throng to Sangam for Sankramana snan on Sankranti day. Kumbh Mela also starts on Makara Sankranti day; hence the devotees come in large numbers. In […]

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 […]

Sankranti 2017 | Makar Sankranti 2017

Makar Sankranti or Sankranthi is celebrated on Makar Sankraman day. Four-day Sankranti 2017 starts on 13 January and ends on 16 January 2017. Bhogi marks the beginning of the festival and the festivities are concluded on Mukkanuma. Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of Uttarayan or Uttarayana Punyakalam (sun’s transition towards Northern Hemisphere). In 2016, Makar Sankranti […]

Surya Pongal 2017, Second day of Pongal in Tamil Nadu

Surya Pongal is the second day of four-day Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu. In 2017, Surya Pongal date is January 14. As the name suggests, the festival is dedicated to Surya or Sun God. Surya Pongal is celebrated as Makar Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka and North Indian states. This is also the first day […]

Uttarayan (Uttarayanam, Uttarayana Punyakalam)

Uttarayan, also known as Uttarayanam or Uttarayana Punyakalam, is the six month period between Makara Sankranti or Makar Sankraman and Karka Sankranti (usually July 14) or Karka Sankramanam. In 2017, Uttarayan starts on January 14. Dakshinayanam is the period between July 14 to January 14. On Makara Sankranti day, Sun transits into Makara Rashi, towards […]

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 […]

Magh Bihu 2017, Bhogali Bihu or Maghar Domahi in Assam

Magh Bihu, also known as Bhogali Bihu or Maghar Domahi, is a harvest festival of Assam. It is equivalent of Makar Sankranti or Pongal and celebrated in Magh Month. In 2017, Magh Bihu date is January 14. This week-long festival marks the end of harvesting season in Assam. It is celebrated with feasting and lighting bonfires. ‘Uruka’ (January […]

Mukkanuma 2017, Fourth Day of Sankranti Festival in Andhra Pradesh

Mukkanuma is the final and fourth day of Makara Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh. In 2017, Mukkanuma date is January 16. Mukkanuma is celebrated on the next day of Kanuma. It is celebrated as Kaanum Pongal in Tamil Nadu. Kanuma and Mukkanuma are also known as ‘Pasuvula Panduga’ (Festival of Cattle) in Telugu. Pasuvula Puja […]

Kanuma 2017, Kanuma Festival during Sankranthi in Andhra Pradesh

Kanuma festival is the third day of four-day Sankranthi festival celebrated in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. In 2017, Kanuma date is January 15. Govardhana Puja or Go puja (worship of cows) is the major ritual during Kanuma. It is believed that Lord Sri Krishna was lifted the Govardhana parvatham (Mount Govardhan) to save the farmers […]