Karkat Sankranti (Karkataka Sankranti, Karkidaka Sankranti, Karka Sankramana), the day during when Sun transits to Karka rashi (Cancer zodiac) from Mithuna rasi (Gemini zodiac).
In 2023, Karka Sankranti date is July 16.
Karka Sankranti Sankamana Time – 5.07 AM, 17 July 2023
Karka Sankranti Punyakaala Muhurtham – from 2 PM onwards, 16 July 2023
Karka Sankranti Maha Punyakaala Time – 2 PM to Sunset, 16 July 2023
In Odisha, Karkat Sankranti is celebrated with much gusto. Devotees perform sankraman punya snan and worship Lord Jagannath in Puri.
Dakshinayanam or Pitrayanam begins on Karka Sankranti (July 17, 2023) day in South Indian calendars.
As per Kerala calendar, Karkidaka sankranti marks the beginning of Karkidaka masam which is also known as Ramayana masam. Aadi month begins on same day in Tamil calendar.