makar sankranti is one of the most propitious days for the hindus, and is distinguished in almost all parts of india in countless cultural forms, with immense devotion, gaiety and fervour. It is the main festival of hindus and is dedicated to Lord Sun. It also refers to a specific solar day in the hindu calendar. On this auspicious day, the sun enters the zodiac sign of Capricorn or Makar which marks the end of winter month and start of longer days.
This is the beginning of the month of Magh. To recompense for the distinction that happens due to the revolution around the sun, every 80 years the day of sankranti is deferred by one day. makar sankranti generally falls on january 14th. From the day of makar sankranti, the sun begins its northward journey or Uttarayan journey. Therefore, this festival is also known as Uttarayan.
sankranti is deemed a Deity. As per the legend sankranti killed a devil named Sankarasur. The day next to Makar Sankrant is called Karidin or Kinkrant. On this day, Devi slayed the devil Kinkarasur.The information of makar sankranti is available in Panchang. The Panchang is the hindu Almanac that provides information on the age, form, clothing, direction and movement of Sankranti.