Makara Sankranti is one of the most celebrated festivals in India but astrologically, it is the day when Sun begins its movement away from the tropic of Capricorn and towards the northern hemisphere.
Sun will start appearing to rise towards North-East for next 6 months. This year, Sun moves into Capricorn (Makara Rasi) at 17:15 IST on 14 January 2019
Sun will start rising and setting slightly towards North-East and North-West respecitvely from 14th January 2019. That is why this period of next 6 months is called Uttarayan, which means uttar(north)+ayan(movement) of sun. The remaining 6 months are termed as dakshinayan which means south movement of sun. This is the start of day for devas (gods) in heaven, which will last for 6 months of human time. This is very much similar to the 6 months day at north pole after winter solstice and 6 months night from summer solstice. This year’s Makar (Capricorn), Sankranti (Sankraman = transmigration) occurs on 14th January at 05:15 hours IST (according to K.P Ayanamsa). 5.5 hours from sunrise on next morning is called as Sankranti Punya Kaal Muhurta and Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta is only the initial 110 minutes from sunrise. This is the best time to take bath, offer water to Sun, sit alone and meditate on what has been bothering your mind and body since past 6 months. This is also the best time to spend at a peaceful place and recite Gayatri Mantra in silence. Holi Bath will be start by 14 evening, which end on 15 January 2019 by 15:26:00 IST. This year Five planets goes in one straight line and give Positive impact on our mind and body.
Writer : Chavvi Jee, Patna