The festival of Makar Sankranti is celebrated with great enthusiasm across India. This festival has different names across the country. There are many mythological beliefs behind this festival. Makar Sankranti has religious as well as scientific significance. In this article, we will tell you the story behind the festival of Makar Sankranti.
According to astrology, the festival of Makar Sankranti is the meeting of the Sun and Saturn. In Hindu Mythology, Shani Dev or Saturn is the son of Sun or Surya Dev. According to astrological calculations, when the Sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn i.e. Shani Dev, it means that Lord Surya visits his son Shani Dev at his home.
According to religious belief, on the day of Makar Sankranti, Ganga followed Bhagiratha and met her in the ocean via Kapil Muni’s ashram. On this auspicious day, Bhagiratha offered a sacrifice to his ancestors. This is the reason why bathing the Ganges on the day of Makar Sankranti has a lot of importance.
As per Mahabharata, Bhishma Pitamah gave up his life on the holy day of Makar Sankranti. According to religious beliefs, those who give up their bodies or attain death at the time of Uttarayan of the sun attain salvation. Also, Lord Vishnu killed Asuras on the day of Makar Sankranti. This day is also the end of evils and negativity.
According to stories, Mata Yashoda observed a fast when the sun was rising during the Uttarayan period. Since then, the practice of fasting on Makar Sankranti started.