Inspirator: His Divine Holiness Acharya Swamishree Purushottampriyadasji Maharaj
The Uttarayan Festival  


The Uttarayan festival, also known as Makar Sankranti, falls on 14th January.

On this day, the sun starts to travel in the Uttar – Northerly direction.

The 10th sign of the zodiac is called Makar – Capricorn. The entry of the sun into any sign is referred to as Sankranti, hence, the name of the festival, Makar Sankranti.

Approximately a century ago, this occurred a few days earlier. In time to come, the entry of the sun into Makar will occur a few days later.

This day marks the decline of the winter season. It also marks the end of Dhanurmas, the month which traditionally, is considered inauspicious for performing social activities such as weddings.

In Gujarat, the day is commonly known as the Kite festival because everyone joins together to show their kite flying skills on this day. Traditionally, the delicacies of Gujarat, especially undhiyu and jalebi are eaten on this day.

Disciples of the Lord bring gifts for the Lord on this day.

View the divine darshan of the supreme Lord's Shanghar at Shree Swaminarayan Temple Maninagar, on the day of Uttarayan by clicking on the link at the top of the page.

Read about the The Lord's request to Celebrate the Uttarayan Festival in Jetalpur in January 2006 edition of Shree Ghanshyam Vijay.

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