Bhogi festival - First day of Pongal 2020. Image Source: IANS

January 11 : One of the most religiously observed festivals of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh is the auspicious festival of Pongal 2020. This is a four-day festival and the first day of the festival is Bhogi 2020. This year, Bhogi 2020 will fall on Jan 14, 2020, as per the Tamil Calendar . The festival falls on the last day of Margazhi month (Tamil month) and this coincides with dates that fall between Jan 13- 16 every year.

The same festival is observed all over India but by different names. In Punjab, Haryana, Delhi it is called Lohri and Maghi Bihu or Bhogali Bihu in Assam. In some places, Bhogi is also called Bhogi Pandigai. Lord Indra is worshipped on this first day, as devotees believe that this would help them attain good agricultural produce and wealth in the coming year ahead.

The 2020 Bhogi Date & Puja Timings

Sunrise: January 15, 2020, 7:14 am

Sunset: January 15, 2020, 5:57 pm

Bhogi Sankranti Moment will be observed at 2: 14 a.m. on Jan 15, 2020

Additional Information: The above panchang is generated for Ujjain, Madhya Pradesh. To change the date and place, go to Panchang

How to seek blessings from Lord Indra for Bhogi 2020?

The first day of Pongal – Bhogi is dedicated to Lord Indra. Since people pray to the deity of rain and clouds on this day, the day is also called as Indran in some places. To ensure that people get a good yielding harvest, people worship Lord Indra.

For this, they clean the entrance of the home, draw kolam or rangoli designs, discard all old things in the house, pray and ensure that their agricultural equipments are blessed; all the food will be cooked from the grains and vegetables that have been harvested during this time.

People also conduct the Bhogi Mantalu ritual where a bonfire is lit, cow dung cakes are placed in it, and old things are burnt off before the new agricultural season starts. Women deck up in new clothes, sing songs and make offerings to the Sun God and Mother Earth with sandalwood paste and kumkum

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