Makara Sankranti is also known as Maghi or Sankranthi. It is a Hindu festival dedicated to Lord Surya.
Makar Sankranti is celebrated every year in the lunar month of January. This year it is on January 14.
It also marks the first day of the sun’s transit into Makara Rashi (Capricorn), marking the end of the month with the winter solstice and the start of longer days.
Check out the Makar Sankranti 2021 auspicious timings below:
Makara Sankranti 2021 Date and Time
Makara Sankranti Date: Thursday, January 14, 2021
Makara Sankranti Punya Kala – 08:30 AM to 05:46 PM
Makara Sankranti Maha Punya Kala – 08:30 AM to 10:15 AM
Makara Sankranti Moment – 08:30 AM
The festival of Makar Sankranti is known with different names in different parts of the country. For example, Magh Bihu in Assam, Maghi (preceded by Lohri) in Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh.
Popular amongst both the Hindus and Sikhs, Sukarat in central India, Thai Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Ghughuti in Uttarakhand Makara Sankranti in Odisha, Karnataka, Maharashtra, Goa, West Bengal (also called Poush Sankranti) and Uttar Pradesh (also called Khichdi Sankranti) or simply as Sankranthi in Andhra Pradesh (also called as Pedhha Panduga) and Telangana.
Significance of Makar Sankranti
During Makara Sankranti people take a holy dip in rivers. Especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna and Kaveri.
It is believed that taking a dip in holy rivers on Sankranti day result in merit or absolution of past sins. It is also believed that those who worship Lord Surya on Sankranti are blessed with success and prosperity.