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Pongal Celebrations at Nithyananda Peetham

The Sun turns to the North and the abundance of Bhumi Devi, Mother Earth, is celebrated all over India. The traditional festivities happened at full force at Bengaluru Aadheenam: clay pots of rice cooked over open flames, the Deities were draped in garlands of fruit and vegetables and the music and dancing was lively. As the rice pots boiled over, the devotees and disciples danced around the Temple, His Holiness at their center.

 

Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara on its celestial path, which is the first change in the zodiac after the winter solstice. The festival is celebrated in various parts of the Indian subcontinent to observe the day which marks the shift of the sun into ever-lengthening days.

Makara Sankranti is believed to be a time for peace and prosperity. The day is regarded as important for spiritual practices and accordingly people take a holy dip in rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari, Krishna and Cauvery. The bathing is believed to wash away sins.

The festival is also dedicated to the Sun God, Surya, and marks the six months auspicious period known as Uttarayan. The importance of Uttarayan is exhibited in the Epic of Mahabharata, where Bhisma Pitamah waited for the sun to be in Uttarayan for him to willingly leave the body.