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History Behind the hindu festival Makar Sankranti :- The festival of Makar Sankranti marks the day when the sun begins its northward journey and enters the sign of Makar (the Capricorn) from the Tropic of Cancer. It is like the movement of sun from Dakshinayana (south) to Uttarayana (north) hemisphere. It is the one of the few chosen Indian Hindu festivals which has a fixed date. This day falls on the 14th of January every year according to the Hindu Solar Calendar. The festival is considered to be a day from where onwards all the auspicious ritualistic ceremonies can be solemnized in any Hindu family. This is thus considered as the holy phase of transition.


Date and significance of hindu festival Makar Sankranti :-  Makar Sankranti is perhaps the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day every year: 14 January, with some exceptions, when the festival is celebrated on 13 January or 15 January. Makar Sankranti is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India.

Shankranti means transmigration of Sun from one zodiac in Indian astrology to the other. As per Hindu customary beliefs, there are 12 such Sankrantis in all. But the festival is celebrated only on the occasion of Makara Sankaranti i.e. the transition of the Sun from Sagittarius (‘Dhanu’ Rashi ) to Capricorn(‘Makara’ Rasi). In this case, the zodiacs are measured sidereally, and not tropically, in order to account the Earth’s precession. That is why the festival falls about 21 days after the tropical winter solstice which lies between December 20 and 23rd. Here the sun marks the starting of Uttarayana, which means northern progress of Sun.

Makar Sankranti holds special significance as on this day the solar calendar measures the day and night to be of equal durations on this day. From this day onwards, the days become longer and warmer. It is the day when people of northern hemisphere, the northward path of the sun marks the period when the sun is getting closer to them. The importance of the day was signified by the Aryans who started celebrating this day as an auspicious day for festivities. The reason behind this may be the fact that it marked the onset of harvest season. Even in the epic of Mahabharata, an episode mentions how people in that era also considered the day as auspicious. Bhishma Pitamah even after being wounded in the Mahabharata war lingered on till Uttarayan set in, so that he can attain heavenly abode in auspicious times. It is said that death on this day to brings Moksha or salvation to the deceased.

Odia Makar sankranti dates in 2014 :- 

This year Odia Makar sankranti dates fall on January 14, 2014. Tuesday

Odia Makar sankranti as per wiki :-

                                          Makar Sankranti  ମକର ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତି  is one of the most auspicious occasions for the Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of India and Nepal in a myriad of cultural forms, with great devotion, fervour, and gaiety. It is a harvest festival. Makar Sankranti is perhaps the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day every year: 14 January, with some exceptions, when the festival is celebrated on 13 January or 15 January. Makar Sankranti is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India.

Odia Makar sankranti wishes / SMS :- 

  • Have this 2014 1st  festival of year bring Happiness to your Life. Wish u & ur family a very Happy Makar Sankranti.
  • May this Makar Sankranti brighten up ur life . Wish you all very Happy Makar Sankranti.
  • A beautiful,bright and delighted day, sun entered makar to intense the ray.
    crop harvested to cheer the smiles, come together and enjoy the life.
    kites flying high to touch the happiness,til mangled with sweet to spread sweetness.
    Time to enjoy the moment with full intensity  very happy prosperous Makar Sankranti.
  • ମକର ସଂକ୍ରାନ୍ତି ପରବ ଟି ଆପଣ ମାନଙ୍କୁ ଖୁସି ଭରି ଦେଉ

 Special food during Odia Makar Sankranti :- 

A special semi-liquid preparation called Makara Chaula is offered to the god as prasad and distributed among one and all.

Recipe of Makara Chaula / Procedure for Makar Chaula (Oriya: ମକର ଚାଉଳ ):-

It is prepared by combining semi-pasted rice, milk, scrubbed coconut, banana, chopped cucumber, cottage cheese, sugar, ginger and black pepper – all stirred together

Celebration of Makar Sankranti in Odisha :- 

In Odisha people prepare makar chaula (Oriya: ମକର ଚାଉଳ: uncooked newly harvested rice, banana,  coconut,  jaggery,  sesame,  rasagola, Khai/Liaa and chhena puddings for naivedya to gods and goddesses. The withdrawing winter entails change in food habits and intake of nourishing and rich food. Therefore this festival also holds immense scientific significance. Devotees also worshiped the sun god at great Konark temple with great favour and enthusiasm as the sun started its annual swing northwards, according to various Indian calendars. According to the Sun’s movement, the days from this day onwards become lengthy and warmer and so the Sun-God is worshiped as a great benefactor.

                                        Makar Mela (Fun fair) is observed at Dhabaleswar in Cuttack, Hatakeshwar at Atri in Khordha, Makar Muni temple in Balasore and near various deities in each district of Odisha.

In the temple of Lord Jagannath this festival is observed as Nabanki and ‘Uttarayana Yatra’. In Mayurbhanj ,  Keonjhar, kalahandi, koraput and Sundargarh where the tribal population is more, the festival is celebrated with great joy. They have been celebrating this festival with great enthusiasm. They sing, dance and enjoy. Many tribal in our country start their New Year from the day of Sankranti by lighting bonfires, dancing and eating their particular dishes sitting together.

 How Friends or kids will celebrate Makar Sankranti in Odisha :-

 This is very auspicious and important date for all kids and this day they will do bonding with their close friend as “Makar” and this bond will be for ever like a family member . Kids used to fly kites and they will do competition on the kites.


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