Makar Sankranti in Indian States

By - Ravisha Poddar

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Transit to Makara

Makar Sankranti (January 15) is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God, Surya. The day marks the sun's transit into Makara (Capricorn) Rashi (zodiac sign).

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Changing Season

Following the sun's transit, it is a celebration of the change of season.  As the lengthy winter fades away, it paves the way for spring, promising renewed vitality.

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The Harvest Festival

New crops are worshiped and shared amongst each other. Rice, sugarcane, banana, coconut, and sesame are some of the harvests enjoyed during this day. 

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Legends Say

(Representational Image)

Hindu legends say that Sankranti, a deity, killed the demon Sankarasur on Makar Sankranti. The day after, the deity killed another demon called Kinkarasur which is why this day is known as Kinkrant.

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Makar Sankranti 2024

On January 15, 2024, the Makar Sankranti Punya Kala* is from 07:15 am-05:46 pm whereas Makar Sankranti Maha Punya Kala* is from 07:15 am-09:00 am.


UP & Bihar :Khichdi

West Bengal : Poush Parbon

Tamil Nadu :  Pongal

Gujarat : Uttarayan

Punjab : Maghi


Puran Poli

Special delicacies of the day



Sakkar Pongal


Curd & Flattened Rice


Sesame Ladoo

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