Tuesday, 14 January 2014

Happy SANKRANTI... Our days with Heaven are indeed brighter x

It's that time again...I have spent a few years enjoying this great kite flying festival.It's wonderful to hear the music and see the sky laden with so many colours to mark the beginning of spring here in India!

According to Puranas, on the day of Makara Sankranti, God Sun pays visit to the house of his son Shani (Saturn) who is the swami of makara Rashi (Capricorn Zodiac sign).[3]
Makara Sankranti is the day when the Sun begins its movement away from the Tropic of Capricorn and towards the northern hemisphere and this period from Makara Sankranti to Karka Sankranti is known as uttarayan (northward revolution).[2]
To Hindus, the Sun stands for knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makara Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to enjoy a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter and brighter. We should gradually begin to grow in purity, wisdom and knowledge even as the Sun does from the Day of Makara Sankranti.
The festival of Makara Sankranti is highly regarded by the Hindus from north to south. The day is known by various names and a variety of traditions are witnessed as one explores the festival in different states.
Owing to the vast geography and diversity of culture in India, this festival is celebrated for innumerable reasons and in innumerable ways depending on the climate, agricultural environment, cultural background and location. On this day children fly kites.

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