Surya Pongal 2018 | Second day of Pongal in Tamil Nadu

Surya Pongal is the second day of four-day Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu. In 2018, 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 […]

Lohri, 13 January 2018

13 January 2018 is Lohri Festival. It is celebrated on a day prior to Makara Sankranti festival. It is mainly celebrated in North Indian states like Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Jammu and Delhi. Lohri is celebrated on the eve of winter solstice. It is a cultural extravaganza of Punjabis and Haryanvis. Brahmin communities in the […]

Magh Bihu 2018 | 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 2018, 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 […]

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, […]

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 2018, 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 […]

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 […]

Bhogi Pongal 2018 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 2018, 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 […]

Mukkanuma 2018, Fourth Day of Sankranti Festival in Andhra Pradesh

Mukkanuma is the final and fourth day of Makara Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh. In 2018, 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 2018, Kanuma Festival during Sankranthi in Andhra Pradesh

Kanuma festival is the third day of four-day Sankranthi festival celebrated in Andhra Pradesh & Telangana. In 2018, 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 […]

Pongal 2018 dates | Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal, Mattu Pongal & Kannum Pongal

Pongal is a four-day festival celebrated with lot of gusto in Tamil Nadu. It is observed in the Tamil month, Thai Masam. In 2018, Pongal starts on January 13 with Bhogi Pongal. It is the biggest harvest festival celebrated as thanks giving occasion to the nature. Bhogi Pongal, Surya Pongal, Mattu Pongal, Kannum Pongal are […]

Makar Sankranti 2016 Phala – Predictions, Results of Makara Sankranthi

Makara Sankranti 2017 Phala – Predictions, Results of Makara Sankranthi 2017 Sri Manmadha Nama Samvatsara Pushya Shukla Shashti, Thursday, on 15 January 2016, at 1.25 AM, in Purvabhadra nakshatra, Parigha yoga Kaulava karana, Tula Lagna, Surya Bhagavan enters into Makara Rashi (2nd Pada or Charan of Uttarashada nakshatra). Makara Sankranti marks the beginning of Uttarayana. It is to […]

Sankranti 2016, Makar Sankranti 2016

Sankranti 2016, Makara Sankranti 2016 dates, Sankranthi 2016 calendar, Sankranthi festival in 2016, Makara Sankranti 2016 date. When is Sankranti in 2016? Makar Sankranti or Sankranthi is celebrated on Makar Sankraman day. Four-day Sankranti 2016 starts on 14 January and ends on 17 January 2016. Bhogi marks the beginning of the festival and the festivities […]

Makar Sankranthi, Sun’s Transit into Makara Rashi (Capricorn)

Sankranti, also known as Makar Sankranthi, marks the Suns transit into Makara Rashi. This day marks the beginning of Uttarayana Punyakalam. It is celebrated throughout India with various names. Makara Sankramana Snan is the most observed ritual during Sankranti. Sankranti is celebrated as Pongal in Tamil Nadu for three days. In Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, […]

Sankranti 2014, Makar Sankranti 2014, Makara Sankranthi 2014 date

Sankranti 2014, Makara Sankranti 2014 dates, Sankranthi 2014 calendar, Sankranthi festival in 2014, Makara Sankranti 2014 date. When is Sankranti in 2014? Makar Sankranti or Sankranthi is celebrated on Makar Sankraman day. Four-day Sankranti 2014 starts on 13 January and ends on 16 January 2014. Bhogi marks the beginning of the festival and the festivities […]

Bhogi Pongal, 13 January 2013

Today, 13 January 2013 is Bhogi Pongal. In Tamil Nadu, it is Bhogi Pongal and in Andhra Pradesh it is Bhogi festival, the first day of Makara Sankranthi festival. Bhogi festival is marks the beginning of 4-day Makar Sankranti festival in AP and Karnataka and Pongal festival in Tamil Nadu. Bhogi Mantalu and Bhogi Pallu […]

Bhogi 2013, Sankranthi bhogi date in 2013

Bhogi is the first day of four-day Sankranthi festival in Andhra Pradesh. In 2013, Bhogi date is January 13. It is celebrated on Shukla Paksha Dwitiya (Vidiya) in Pushya masam (Poush Month) in 2013. Bhogi Mantalu or the sacred bonfire is burned during Bhogi to burn or destroy our sins and darkness in life. Bhogi […]

Makar Sankranti, 15 January 2012, Pongal, Bihu, Lohri, Makaravilakku

Today, 15 January 2012 is Makar Sankranti, Pongal, Magh Bihu, Lohri & Makaravilakku or Makarajyothi at Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple. Makara Sankranthi marks the transition of Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn). It is celebrated as Pongal in Tamil Nadu; Lohri in Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and some other North Indian states; as Magh Bihu in Assam. Makara […]

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.