KUMBHA SANKRANTI

DATE AND PANCHANG

 Date: 13 February 2022

Tithi: Dwadashi up to 18:3

Nakshatra: Ardra up to 09:24

Yoga: Priti up to 21:11

First Karana: Baalava upto 18:39

Second Karana: Kauvala up to 31:40

Day: Sunday

The Sun is in a transitional phase on Kumbha Sankranti, moving from Makar Rashi to Kumbha Rashi. Kumbha Sankranti is the eleventh of the twelve Sankranti that occur throughout the year. Kumbha Sankranti is a religious festival celebrated by many communities in Eastern India. Kumbha Sankranti is closely linked to the Kumbh Mela, one of the world’s largest and most auspicious religious gatherings. Thousands of people bathe in the Ganga River to wash away all evil and sins from the past and present. Because of the position of the sun, the auspicious time of day is fairly limited and varies from year to year. People in Eastern India are ecstatic about the occasion. It is the first day of Falgun maas in West Bengal, while Masi Masam is the name of the event in Malayalam. Devotees travel to Allahabad, Haridwar, Ujjain, and Nasik to bathe in the Ganges and pray to God for happiness and good fortune.

SIGNIFICANCE:

This event is linked to the Kumbh Mela, and believers place a high value on bathing in the Ganges. It is thought that taking a holy bath cleanses one’s soul, heals diseases, and aids in receiving Goddess Ganga’s heavenly blessings. Worshiping Goddess Ganga facilitates a person’s journey to salvation. Many pilgrims travel to Haridwar and Allahabad to pray on the banks of the Ganges. Several devotees take a holy bath in the Godavari, Yamuna, Narmada, and Shipra rivers, which are also considered holy. On this day, it is also considered auspicious to feed cows.

POOJA AND FASTING PROCEDURE

On the day of Kumbh Sankranti, the devotees wake up very early in the morning and take a holy dip in the designated rivers or at home chanting the mantras of Mother Ganga. During sunrise, water, flowers, and yellow rice are offered to the sun god. Devotees can either do puja at home or visit the nearby temple. The fasting starts in the morning and extends for the whole day till sunset in the evening. The vrat consists of abstaining from any foods or drinks and a lesser form of vrat allows consuming fruits and milk. Kumbh Sankranti Vrat benefits

Fasting and worshipping the sun god on the day of Kumbh Sankranti is considered highly beneficial in bestowing the devotees with long life, prosperity, happiness, and success in all endeavors.

CELEBRATIONS

On this day, many devotees travel to the country’s holy towns, such as Haridwar, Varanasi, Prayagraj, Ujjain, and Nasik, to take a dip in the Ganga. According to some legendary beliefs, if you do this, you will be saved and your sins will be washed away for the rest of your life. Praying to the sun on this important day and seeking optimism and good luck is considered auspicious by both men and women. On Kumbh Sankranti, many people believe in offering clothes, food, and other necessities to the less fortunate.

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