Makar Sankranti is an important day for all Hindus. It is generally celebrated in various forms across the nation. Great fervor, devotion and gaiety is involved in the celebration of Makar Sankranti. Thousands of devotees take a dip in holy rivers like Ganga, Yamuna, Gomti, etc. and offer prayers to Lord Sun.
In south India the day is hailed as Pongal and is celebrated with pomp and enthusiasm, while in Punjab, it is celebrated as Lohri and Maghi. Gujaratis offers not only prayers to Lord Sun but also fly thousands of colorful kites in the sky. Flying kites marks an attempt to reach to Lord Sun and get his blessings and prosperity.
‘It is a day for which Bhishma Pitamah kept waiting to leave his mortal coil.’
“The co-relation of cosmic events with individual life and values is one of the most astounding traits of Hindu Masters. Once this co-relation is brought about thereafter these cosmic events become instrumental to remind us the best which we cherish & value. Of all the cosmic bodies Sun is the most glorious & important, thus every sun-centric cosmic event became very important spiritual, religious & cultural events. On Makar Sankranti day the Sun begins its ascendancy and journey into the Northern Hemisphere, and thus it signifies an event wherein the Gods seem to remind their children that ‘Tamaso Ma Jyotir Gamaya’. May you go higher & higher – to more & more Light and never to darkness.”