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India celebrates Makar Sankranti


ABHISHEK KUMAR/ TSI TEAM | New Delhi, January 15, 2012 17:37
Tags : makar sankranti | hindu calender | ganga | indian astrology | rashi | sun | dhanu rashi |

Makar Sankranti, one of the most important festival in the Hindu calender, is celebrated across the country on Sunday. With a holy dip in Ganges and mouthfull of sweets, everybody wishes good luck to each other.

Makar Sankranti, a combination of two words. Sankranti is the Sanskrit word in Indian Astrology which refers to the transmigration of the Sun from one Rāshi (sign of the zodiac) to another. Hence there are 12 such sankrantis in all. However, the Sankranti festival usually refers to Makara Sankaranti, or the transition of the Sun from Dhanu rashi (Sagittarius) to Makara rashi (Capricorn).

For this purpose, the signs and houses of the zodiac are calculated using sidereal time, not tropical. As such it does not account for the Earth's precession. It is usually celebrated on 14th of January every year

But this year, observing the readings of the charts, Makar Sankranti is being celebrated on 15th January i.e on Sunday. According to Pandit, Shani Maharaj of Benaras, Sankranti will be celebrated on 15th of January only for next 68 long years. And after 3 consecutive years, the time rotation gets shifted to 1 hour more, thus in the year 2089 Sankranti will be celebrated on 16th of January.

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Issue Dated: Feb 5, 2017