Bhogi Significance and celebrations, How Bhogi is celebrated?

Bhogi is the first day of four-day Sankranthi festival in Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka. Tamil people celebrated Bhogi as Bhogi Pongal. Bhogi Mantalu and Bhogi Pallu are the main ritual during Bhogi festival. In the early morning, people light a sacred bonfire called Bhogi Mantalu. Children dance around bhogi mantalu, singing songs in praise of […]

Gangireddu & Haridasu: Popular Aspects of Sankranti

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.