Makar Sankranti 2021: Know When Is Makar Sankranti in 2021 Date and Time and Why Do We Celebrate Makar Sankranti?

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Makar Sankranti 2021: Wondering when is Makar Sankranti celebrated in 2021 Date and Time? Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival. The festival is associated with happiness, charity and prosperity. The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great pomp across the country. This article will provide the complete details about the reason for celebrating Makar Sankranti 2021, What Is The Date Of Makar Sankranti 2021, Makar Sankranti Muhurta, Makar Sankranti 2021 Karnataka, Makar Sankranti activities for preschoolers and many more.

Makar Sankranti 2021

Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival. Every year, the Makar Sankranti festival is observed in the second week of January. On this special day, people express gratitude to the Sun God Surya. They also thank mother nature for the good produce and abundant resources during the winter harvest festival. It marks the starting of a new harvest season and the end of the Winter season.

Makar Sankranti festival is celebrated in different parts of the country in diverse ways. Makar Sankranti is known various names in India like Lohri by north Indian Hindus and Sikhs, Sukarat in central India, Maghi in Punjab, Magh Bihu by Assam, Pongal by Tami Nadu, Pongala by Kerala, Uttarayan in Gujarat, Sakraat in Delhi, Haryana and many neighbouring states.

Why Do We Celebrate Makar Sankranti?

Why do we celebrate Makar Sankranti? On Makar Sankranti, the Northward movement of the Sun will begin. 

Karka Sankranti's period to Makar Sankranti is known as the Dakshinayan and is celebrated on a fixed date 14 January of every year. Officially it is considered as the end of Winter season and the beginning of a new harvest season. It also refers to a specific solar day in the Hindu calendar. On this auspicious Makar Sankranti, the Sun enters Capricorn or Makar Rashi's zodiac sign that marks the end of winter month and beginning of the Magh month. Also, from the day of Makar Sankranti, the Sun begins its northward journey or Uttarayan journey. Hence, this festival is also known as Uttarayan, and that is why we celebrate Makar Sankranti.

Story Behind Makar Sankranti

Sankranti is deemed a Deity. The festival is celebrated as Sankranti killed a devil named Sankarasur. The information about the celebration of Makar Sankranti is available in Panchang, the Hindu Almanac. 

How is the Makar Sankranti date Set?

The celebration of Makar Sankranti is set based on the solar cycle of the Hindu lunisolar calendar. The festival is generally observed on a day which usually falls on 14 January of the Gregorian calendar. Sometimes it falls on 15 January. In 2021, Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on 14 January. Makar Sankranti festival is a day associated with happiness, prosperity and charity. The day denotes the Sun's entry into the zodiac sign of Makar, that is Capricorn, as it travels on the celestial path.

Significance of Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is an important day in the Hindu calendar. The day is celebrated to mark the Sun's movement from Dakshinayan, the Southern Hemisphere, to Uttarayana, the Northern Hemisphere. During the transition of the Sun or Uttarayana, the days get longer and the winter season starts to fall back. It also signals the start of the harvest season in India. As per the Hindu calendar, Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on 14 January in 2021. Makar Sankranti is a sacred and ancient Hindu festival celebrated with great fervour and enthusiasm. During Makar Sankranti, the people across the country prepare delicacies made of til or jaggery or sesame and gur. 

The celebration of Makar Sankranti festival is unique in every state of India. Makar Sankranti is observed with different names in different states of the country. In Gujarat and Rajasthan Makar Sankranti, known as Uttarayana, in Tamil Nadu state, Makar Sankranti is known as Pongal. In contrast, in Haryana and Punjab, the festival is known as Maghi. In the state of Kerala, Makar Sankranti is known as Makaravilakku. 

When is Makar Sankranti 2021?

Know Date, Day and Time of the observation of Makar Sankranti 2021. 

  • Makar Sankranti is on Thursday, 14 January "Magh Krishna paksha Dwitiya tithi"
  • Makar Sankranti Punya Kala (auspicious time) starts at 8:30 am and ends at 5:46 pm
  • Makar Sankranti Maha Punya Kala (most auspicious time) begins at 8:30 am and ends at 10:15 am

How is Makar Sankranti 2021 celebrated in India?

Makar Sankranti is celebrated as the harvest festival in India. The festival is celebrated to marks the arrival of the spring season. The marking of the day is synonymous with kite flying. This special ocassion is associated with happiness, charity and prosperity. On Makar Sankranti, people conduct several activities and rituals, which includes:

  • On this day, when the divine light is seen on the Sabarimala hills, and thousands of visitors come to witness the light.
  • People observe this day by taking a holy dip in the river Ganges
  • Pople offer Naivedya or special food items to the Sun god
  • Distributing food and clothes to the poor

Makar Sankranti 2021 in Karnataka

Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great enthusiasm and happiness in Karnataka. "Ellu bella thindu olle mathaadi" is a Kannada saying which means eat the mixture of sesame and jaggery and speak right words. Makar Sankranti is one of the big festivals celebrated in Karnataka. On this day, people clean their Houses, tie mango leaves to the entrance doors. People celebrate Makar Sankranti by wearing new clothes and praying to the Sun god. In rural areas, there is also a custom of offering prayers to the crops or the harvest. On this day, women and children go from house to house and exchange ellu bella (sesame and jaggery) and other sweets.

Makar Sankranti Punya Kaal Muhurta

Events Date/Time
Makara Sankranti  14 January 2021, Thursday
Makara Sankranti Punya Kala Time 08.30 am to 06.12 pm
Duration of celebration 9 Hours 43 Mins
Makara Sankranti Maha Punya Kala 08.30 am to 10.24 am
Duration of the festival 1 Hour 54 Mins
Makara Sankranti Moment 8.30 am

Makar Sankranti Muhurta

Events Date/Time
Sankranti Karana Bava
Sankranti Day Thursday
Observation Date 14 January, 2021
Transit Date 14 January, 2021
Sankranti Moment 8.29 AM
Sankranti Moonsign Makara
Sankranti Nakshatra Shravana (Chara Sangyaka)

Mahar Sankranti 2021 Wishes

Warm wishes for a Makar Sankranti filled with sweet moments you will cherish forever!

I hope you are blessed with peace, prosperity, and good harvest this Makar Sankranti.

Best wishes for a happy and prosperous Makar Sankranti! Hope the Sun God fulfils all your desires on this auspicious occasion.

Wishing you and your family happiness, warmth, and moments you cherish today and forever. Happy Makar Sankranti

May your life be blessed with love, happiness and wealth. Happy Makar Sankranti!

Makar Sankranti 2021 Messages

May Makar Sankranti brings to your home, rays of joy and hope.

Happy Makar Sankranti!

May the Sun radiate peace, prosperity and happiness in your life on Makar Sankranti and always.

May there be happiness and merriment, May there be success and fulfilment, All this I wish for you, on this Makar Sankranti!

May the Makar Sankranti fire burns all the moments of sadness and brings you the warmth of joy, happiness, and love. Wishing You A Very Happy Makar Sankranti 2021!

Sending my heartfelt wishes to you and your family for a happy and blessed Makar Sankranti!

Hope the rising Sun on Makar Sankranti fills your life with abundant joy and prosperity. Happy Makar Sankranti 2021!

Makar Sankranti 2021 Quotes

Imagination is the highest kite one can fly. Wishing You A Happy Makar Sankranti!

May your life be blessed with love. May your life be blessed with Lakshmi May your life be blessed with happiness. Happy Makar Sankranti!.

Hope the rising Sun on Makar Sankranti fills your life with abundant joy and prosperity.

May you are Filled with Extreme Joy and Happiness and Start a New Year with Great Enthusiasm and Positivity.

A New Beginning, A New Destination, With Happiness or Sorrow, With Pain or Pleasure.

Look at the brighter side of life, it's so pleasant and sees the Sun smiling for you & birds singing for you. Happy Makar Sankranti

With great devotion, fervour and vivacity, with rays of hope and light, we wish you a very Happy Makar Sankranti!

Explore the brightest light coming from the sun rays and enjoy this gentle breeze & cool air with hearty music. Wish you a very Happy Makar Sankranti

Hope this auspicious occasion of Sankranti connect you to some brightest moments just as the kites dot the sky. May you reach new height of happiness and add charm to your celebration.

Worship the Lord Sun, fly the kite and celebrate the day, as this is the season of harvest. Happy Makar Sankranti to all.

Makar Sankranti 2021 - FAQs

1. When is Makar Sankranti observed in 2021?

Makar Sankranti will be observed on 14th January in the year 2021. The festival is associated with happiness, charity and prosperity.

2. Why do people celebrate Makar Snakranti?

Sankranti is deemed a Deity. The festival is celebrated as Sankranti killed a devil named Sankarasur. 

3. By which name Makar Sankranti is celebrated in Tamil Nadu?

In Tamil Nadu state, Makar Sankranti is known as Pongal. Pongal is a 4 day long harvest festival in Tamil Nadu.  As per the Mythology and legends, the significance of Pongal includes the visit of Basava's (bull) visit to earth and the ritual of penance by unmarried girls, praying for a better agricultural season.

4. When does Makara Sankranti Punya Kala time start?

Makara Sankranti Punya Kala is the auspicious time of the festival. Makara Sankranti Punya Kala time starts at 08.30am to 06.12pm.

5. Why is Makar Sankranti celebrated?

Sankranti is deemed a Deity. The festival is celebrated as Sankranti killed a devil named Sankarasur. The information about the celebration of Makar Sankranti is available in Panchang, the Hindu Almanac. 


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