Makar Sankranti 2020: Date, Puja Timings and significance

Sun God or Surya Dev is worshipped on this day. Makar Sankranti is known by different names in the country. 

Makar Sankranti 2020: Date, Puja Timings and significance
Pic Courtesy: ANI (Devotees offer prayers at Ganga Sagar Mela ahead of the Makar Sankranti festival on Monday)

New Delhi: The auspicious festival of Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on January 15. It marks the transition of the sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path. It happens to be the first change in the zodiac after the winter solstice.

Sun God or Surya Dev is worshipped on this day. Makar Sankranti is known by different names in the country. If Northern belt calls is Makar Sankranti or Maghi, then in Maharashtra it is called Pedda Pandaga, in Magh Bihu in Assam, Poush Sankranti in West Bengal and Pongal (Thai Pongal) in Tamil Nadu, Uttarayan in Gujarat. 

Makar Sankranti Punya Kaal Muhurat: 

2020 Makara Sankranti Phalam
Makara Sankranti on Wednesday, January 15, 2020
Makara Sankranti Punya Kala - 07:15 to 17:46
Duration - 10 Hours 31 Mins
Makara Sankranti Maha Punya Kala - 07:15 to 09:00
Duration - 01 Hour 45 Mins
Makara Sankranti Moment - 02:22

(According to drikpanchang.com)

Significance:

On Makar Sankranti, several fairs are organised where social and cultural activities take place. Children take part in kite-flying competitions, bonfires and delicious food stalls dominate the festival. Usually, Makar Sankranti is celebrated on January 14 but sometimes due to the transition in Sun (Surya) position, it falls a day later, i.e January 15 respectively. 

Here's wishing our readers a very happy Makar Sankranti!