Makar Sankranti 2023 Date

Makar Sankranti 2023

Makar Sankranti is a very auspicious day in Hindu mythology. Also known by the names Makara Sankranti, Makarasankranti and Makar Sankrant, the festival is of high imortance because of the shifting of the Sun (Surya) into ‘Makara rashi’ – the zodiac sign which relates to Capricorn. When sun goes from one sun sign and enters another, it is known by the name of ‘Sankranti.’ The word "Sankranti" in Sanskrit means ‘to cross into’. Thus, Makar Sankranti is the day when sun enters into the Makar rashi or the Capricorn sign. On this day of Makara Sankrantisun enters into the Northern Hemisphere, it is called as Uttarayana. This Uttarayan festival of Gujarat starts on the Makar Sankranti day and continues for six-month long.

Makar Sankrati is a festival associated with harvest in the whole of India. So people pray for a good harvest. Cows are worshipped and people do charity work like offering food, Moong Dal, rice, ghee, Til etc.to poor persons and needy. One of the most important event is the kite flying in Jaipur, and the whole of Rajasthan, Gujarat.

When is Makar Sankranti 2023? Makar Sankranti Dates

Makar Sankranti 2023 Date and Timings

Makar Sankranti 2023 Date - Sunday, 15th January, 2023
Makar Sankranti Punya Kaal Muhurta - 07:15 AM to 5:46 PM
Makar Sankranti Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta - 07:15 AM to 09:00 AM

Makar Sankranti Punya Kaal and Mahapunya Kaal Time are highly auspicious timings to perform good deeds like offering water and food to sun god, taking bath in the holy river Ganga, feeding and offering food to the needy etc. Mahapunya Kaal time is preferred more than Punya Kaal time.

Happy Makar Sankranti!

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