Makara Sankranti is one of the few ancient Indian festivals celebrated across India. If you want to explore India then during Makar Sankranti you can witness the vibrant colors of India.  Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on 14 January

So, plan your trip to explore India during Makar Sankranti festival.

Information about Makar Sankranti: let me share with you about Makar Sankranti

Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious festivals in India according to the Gregorian calendar. It marks the entry of the Sun in the astrological sign Capricorn, which is ruled by Saturn. The festival is celebrated in different ways since India is a nation where different cultures and communities exist.

Different names for Makar Sankranti festival celebrated across India 

Makar Sankranti is celebrated all over India but with different names like Lohri in North India, Makar Sankranti in west India, Pongal festival is celebrated by Tamils in South India, Uttarayan celebrated in Gujarat, Maghi celebrated in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, Khichdi celebrated in Uttar Pradesh.

Celebration of Makar Sankranti festival

Makara Sankranti is regarded as important for spiritual practices and accordingly, people take a holy dip in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna, and Kaveri. The bathing is believed to result in merit or absolution of past sins. They also pray to the sun and thank for their successes and prosperity and offer fruits, food, and khichdi as prasad (a devotional offering made to God) in temple and to seek blessings for Happy life.

Offering made to God
Khichdi

Kumbha Mela is the most famous Hindu fairs which takes place after every 12 years held on Makar Sankranti.

Amazing  places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

These are the places that should be on your list to experience the Makar Sankranti festival in India.

1. Haridwar: If you are visiting Haridwar during  Makar Sankranti then I am sure you will experience Makar Sankranti festival  in extraordinary way. Haridwar is thronged by pilgrims for the most important event of the day–taking a dip in the Ganga river at an auspicious time as per the astrological signs.

Amazing places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

2. Gujarat: Gujarat celebrates Uttarayan which is another name of Makar Sankranti.  This day is considered to be one of the most important harvest day in India. Many cities in Gujarat organize kite competition between their citizens where all the people compete with each other. In this region of Gujarat and many other states, Uttarayan is such a huge celebration that  takes place on 14 January of each year during the Makar Sankranti and continues until 15 January.

Amazing places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

3. Tamil Nadu: Tamil Nadu celebrates Pongal festival which is again the another name of Makar Sankranti. Pongal is a harvest festival dedicated to the Sun God and is a four-day festival starting from January 14 to January 17.

Amazing places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

4. Maharashtra: Maharashtra is one of the states that celebrate Makar Sankranti with great enthusiasm and devotion. Makar Sankranti celebrations in Maharashtra usually last three days which starts from 14 January. People clean their homes well in advance and on the day of Sankranti,they wear ethnic clothes to bring in the festivities.

Amazing places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

5. Assam: In Assam, Makar Sankranti is celebrated as Magh Bihu by the locals which takes place on 15 January. It is a day full of feasts and festivities, and people dress up in traditional garb to celebrate the harvest season. There are delicious meals, bonfires, folk dances, and community gatherings on this day.

Amazing places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

6. Prayagraj: Prayagraj is an important destination to visit in India during the Makar Sankranti festival. It is revered as a blessed city due to the passage made by the Ganga river through it. Lakhs of people bath in the river at Triveni Sangam. Prayagraj is the more attractive place for Hindu devotees and tourists to witness Kumbh Mela which took place in Prayagraj on 15 January 2019.

7. Punjab: Punjab celebrates Lohri festival which is another name of Makar Sankranti festival to celebrate the harvest season for Rabi crops in Punjab. On this day, the farming community as well as the general population wears traditional festive clothes, lights up bonfires, and offers peanuts, popcorn, and sesame sweets as an oblation while singing Punjabi folk songs. In Punjab, the celebrations are incomplete without the beats of dhol, the bhangra. You will have an amazing time in Punjab during this festival.

Amazing  places to experience Makar Sankranti festival in India

In the end I hope you like my blog and please stay tuned to my blog to know more interesting reasons to explore India. Happy Makar Sankranti to all.

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Hello everyone, I am Rahat Arora, I like to explore and capture good travel memories. Being travel lover I am also (travel blogger) through which I share my experience about places with the combination of exploring the place, culture and cuisines. So, I hope you all like my travel experience.

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