14th or 15th January…when will Makar Sankranti 2024 be celebrated? Check the dates

Makar Sankranti 2024 Date and Significance

The festival of Makar Sankranti holds great significance and will be celebrated on 15th January this year, as per the Hindu calendar. This occasion marks the transition of the Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn, known as Makar Sankranti in astrology. 

Makar Sankranti 2024
Makar Sankranti 2024

Auspicious Timing

On Makar Sankranti 2024, the Sun will move into Capricorn at 02:54 am, signifying an auspicious time. This event, known as Sankranti, occurs when the Sun changes zodiac signs, and during the month of Paush, it holds special significance.

Heavenly Significance

Makar Sankranti is considered the commencement of favorable days on earth. As the Sun shifts from the southern to the northern hemisphere, it symbolizes the beginning of the gods’ day. According to religious beliefs, charity on this day is especially fruitful as it is believed that the door to heaven opens on Makar Sankranti.

Saturn’s Blessings on Makar Sankranti 2024

An interesting legend related to Makar Sankranti, where Yamraj, seeing his father Suryadev suffering from leprosy, sought to alleviate it. Sun God, in return, promised to fill Saturn’s house with wealth every time he entered Capricorn. This legend signifies that worshiping the Sun God on Makar Sankranti prevents suffering during Saturn’s dasha.

Agricultural Festivities

Makar Sankranti also aligns with agricultural festivities, marking the time when the Sun becomes Uttarayan, bringing relief from winter. As an agrarian country, India celebrates this occasion as farmers plant Rabi crops and reap Kharif crops, filling their homes with an abundance of food, including money, maize, sugarcane, groundnut, and urad. This aligns with the scientific aspect of Makar Sankranti as a harbinger of seasonal changes.

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