A Hindu devotees on Makar Sankranti. Image Source: IANS

January 13 : The festival of Makar Sankranti 2020 holds a lot of religious significance in the lives of people. This is the day that is especially dedicated to worship and make offerings to the Surya Deva. The Makar Sankranti festival stands to be the most religious among the twelve Sankrantis that takes place in a year. As per the Hindu calendar , Makara Sankranti will be celebrated on Jan 15, 2020. In Tamil Nadu, the day is called Pongal , in Andhra Pradesh, it is called as Pedda Panduga in Rajasthan and Gujarat - it is called Uttarayana and in Punjab and Haryana, it is called Maghi.

As per the Vedic astrology, the festival date and timings are given importance as that is the period when the Sun enters the Capricorn sign or in other words the Makar Rashi. While most Indian festivals follow the Lunar calendar, Makar Sankranti is based on the Solar Calendar. The festival marks the beginning of Uttarayana – the perfect time for attaining Mukti in one's life.

The 2020 Makar Sankranti Date & Puja Timings

Sunrise: January 15, 2020, 7:14 am

Sunset: January 15, 2020, 5:57 pm

Punya Kaal Muhurta extends between January 15, 2020, 7:14 am and January 15, 2020, 12:36 pm

Maha Kaal Muhurta extends between January 15, 2020, 7:14 am and January 15, 2020, 09:02 am

Sankranti Moment should 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

Spiritual Significance of Makar Sankranti

The eve of Makara Sankranti is celebrated as Lohri. In other places, it is termed as Bhogi and Pandigai. On this day people chant mantras and prepare homes to welcome the Lord Surya. As the Surya enters the Makar Rashi, that time is considered most auspicious to take a holy dip in sacred Indian rivers and also gain Mukti from Lord Surya and also get His blessings.

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