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Makar Sankranti 2024: Date, Puja Vidhi, and Auspicious Timing

According to the Panchang, the Sun God is expected to make this transition with precision at 2:54 AM on the night of the 14th date, culminating in the joyous festivities on the 15th date, which aligns with a Monday.

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By Prerit Chauhan
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In the tapestry of Hindu festivals, Makar Sankranti holds a unique and profound significance, symbolizing the celestial transition of the Sun God into the zodiac sign of Capricorn. This celebration, marked by acts of charity and purifying baths, is steeped in tradition and is anticipated with great reverence. According to the Panchang, the Sun God is expected to make this transition with precision at 2:54 AM on the night of the 14th date, culminating in the joyous festivities on the 15th date, which aligns with a Monday.

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During the festivities, the Sun will grace the Shatabhisha Nakshatra as it enters the Capricorn sign. This celestial event is meticulously timed, aligning with the fourth date during this transition, adding layers of astrological significance to the celebration.

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As per the Panchang, the auspicious entry of the Sun into the Capricorn sign is scheduled for January 15th at 2:45 AM, setting the stage for the vibrant celebration of Makar Sankranti on the same day.

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In the intricate tapestry of Vedic astrology, Makar Sankranti brings forth the manifestation of Ravi Yoga and Variyan Yoga. The auspicious Ravi Yoga, commencing at 7:15 AM and concluding at 8:07 AM, intertwines with Variyan Yoga, presenting a propitious combination. Engaging in a river bath during Mahapunya Yoga is believed to usher in good fortune, enhancing the spiritual significance of the day.

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The auspicious period for Makar Sankranti extends until 12:15 PM, with the Mahapunya Kala persisting until 9:15 AM. Furthermore, the Abhijit Muhurat during Makar Sankranti is scheduled from 12:09 PM to 12:51 PM, providing a window of time deemed particularly favorable for auspicious activities.

 

Beyond the celestial alignments and astrological intricacies, Makar Sankranti is a day of religious significance. Offering prayers to Lord Surya on this day is believed to liberate individuals from Surya Dosha, bringing spiritual cleansing. Additionally, acts of charity, encompassing contributions of food, blankets, ghee, clothing, rice, lentils, vegetables, salt, and khichdi, are considered not only virtuous but also sources of joy and prosperity.

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