Makar Sankranti is on 14th and 15th Jan this year. Uttarayan of Sun (The movement of Sun moves towards North), starts from this day, this is a very auspicious day. This is a harvesting festival.
Some rituals are followed on this day. If you wish you can adopt them:
- Early morning bath is preferred on this day or Lot of people take early morning holy dip in Ganga.
- Vishnu and Sun prayers are auspicious on this day.
- Argya to Sun is offered. Mix some rice, kum kum, red flower etc in water and offer it to Sun.
- Vishnu Sahstranam , Aditya Hridya Stotra, Vishnu and Sun mantras all are recited.
- Donation of jaggery and sesame laddus, sugar cane and mixture of dal and rice are done on this day. If you wish you can do other donations also.
Nature is worshipped wholeheartedly in Hinduism in the form of Gratitude. Tulsi, Peepal, Banyan, Sun, Moon, Ganga, mountains, Earth, soil, crops all are worshipped.
Our ancestors have shown gratitude to all. It is said whenever we feel gratitude for something that multiplies. May be this is the reason India is so rich in terms of nature. Our land is so fertile. We have so many rivers, oceans, fertile land, and Himalayas etc.
Do you know we were aligned with nature and we were the protectors of nature.
How beautiful this thought of alignment with nature is.
Sun symbolizes discipline, will power and courage. No matter what, sun rises and sets on time. If we don’t talk about religion, then also Sun therapy is given everywhere. Waking up early and sitting in Sun for some time is extremely good for our mind and body.
The mind gets lot of clarity and peace in early morning Sun. Sitting there for 10 minutes will also do wonders. A lot of bright ideas comes at that time. We get D3 from Sun.
Everything which we do by the name of religion, and which is somewhere harming nature, is not the religion which is mentioned in scriptures. Ancient religion was innocent, full of freedom, full of choices.
So wholeheartedly show gratitude to Sun in whatever way you like or feel connected to this cosmic energy. If you can not do anything then simply say “Thank you” with folded hands. You will receive lot of grace and a bright aura.
In advance, I wish you a very happy Makar Sankranti 2022.
May you receive a lot of happiness and brightness in yourself on this day.
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