Bhogi 2023 Date

Bhogi 2023 Date, Bhogi 2023, Bhogi Pandigai 2023

The Bhogi Pandigai (Tamil:போகி பண்டிக)festival is celebrated in the southern states of Telangana, Tamil Nadu and Karnataka in honour of Lord Indra who is regarded as the god of rain. Farmers all over India worship Indra God as it is believed it will bring good harvest and prosperity and happiness to the land. 

Bhogi or Bogi is the first day of the four days Sankranti festival when people discard old and worn out items they are not using currently. People get up early before dawn, clean and decorate their homes with marigold garlands and mango leaves and light bonfire, known as Bhogi Mantalu, with wood and other solid fuels and lit fire crackers early morning. The discarded wooden items are offered to the fire as a Bhogi Pandaga ritual. Bhogi Pandaga is observed one day before main Makara Sankranthi day. Sankranti is celebrated for four days in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana and Tamil Nadu. Some rituals are followed during each of the four days which are as follows:
  • Day 1 is known as Bhogi or Bogi Pandigai.
  • Day 2 is known as Makara Sankranti, which is known as Pedda Panduga in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana and Pongal in Tamil Nadu.
  • Day 3 is known as Kanuma Panduga in Andhra Pradesh and Mattu Pongal in Tamil Nadu.
  • Day 4 is known as Mukkanuma in Andhra Pradesh and Kaanum Pongal in Tamil Nadu.

Bhogi Pallu

Kids of three to six age are given with Indian jujube fruit known as Regi Pallu in many Telugu families in Andhra. The children are dressed up in colorful clothes including traditional Langa-Voni for the girls. A potpourri of Regi Pallu, Senagalu (soaked and drained black grams), flower petals, pieces of sugarcane, jaggery and coins are showered on them. It is believed that this Bhogi Pallu ritual protects children from evil eye, bless the children with material abundance and long life.

Ariselu Adugulu

Ariselu Adugulu is also organized for kids along with the ritual of Regi Pallu. Ariselu(s), a sweet dish made of rice, is put on the floor and small kids are asked to walk on them. Ariselu Adugulu is celebrated to mark the occasion when the kid learns to take its first step.

Bhogi Muggulu

Bhogi Muggulu is drawn (Rangoli) and many rangoli competitions are organized and colourful and beautiful kolam (rangoli) are drawn outside home and buildings to mark the occasion of Bhogi. Many people display Bommala-Koluvu at home. Sweets such as 'Bholi' are prepared, offered to god as naivedhyam and distributed among families and friends on the Bhogi day.

Bhogi Pandigai is also celebrated on a large scale in Andhra Pradesh and the same festival is known as Lohri in Punjab and Magh Bihu/Bhogali Bihu in Assam.Tasty meal like Pachadi, Parupu, Kootu, Poriyal, Varuval, Apalam, Vadai, Payasam, Bholi, Rice, Sambar, Rasam, Thayir is prepared and served on plantain leaf on this day.

Goda Devi Ranganatha Swamy Wedding at Tirupati Temple

Goda Devi's (Andal) marriage is celebrated in Tirupati Venkateswara Temple and other Vishnu Temples. It is believed that people who witness this holy marriage would get married soon. Goda Devi marriage with Sri Ranganatha helps in getting peace and happy married life. Thus many couples participate in the marriage of Goda Devi on the day of Bhogi which is the last day in Dhanurmasam.

When is Bhogi celebrated?

Bhogi is the first day of the Pongal celebration on the last day of the Tamil month of Margazhi. Bhogi is celebrated during Makar Sankranti when the sun changes goes from the southern to the Northern hemisphere. As per English calendar, Bhogi always falls between January 13-16. Bhogi is celebrated on the same day in both Telugu and Tamil cultures.

Bhogi Pandigai 2023 Date and Timings

Bhogi 2023 Date - Saturday, January 14, 2023

Bhogi Sankranti Moment - 08:57 PM

Makar Sankranti 2023 Date - Sunday, January 15, 2023

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