Friday, January 13, 2017

MAKAR Sankrant (Sun transit in Capricorn)

Makar Sankrant and Astrological significance..

Makar Sankrant is the transit of the Royal planet Sun in the zodiac sign of Capricorn. Capricorn is owned by planet Saturn.

Sun is the father of Saturn and here father goes to visit his son Saturn to finish enmity with him. He stays there for a month. Hence this day is considered auspicious to end all differences and enmity.

As Sun transits in Capricorn it's goes north for next 6 months hence its called Uttarayan.

As Sun enters his enemies zodiac sign ie. Capricorn his energy increases hence to protect from the rays of sun particularly on this day we apply sesame seed oil all over the body and for internal greasing of the body we eat it too in the form of sweets.

Sesame is one of the oldest cultivated plant as an oil seed. Even Egyptians used it as a medicine which dates back to 3600 years. Even in ancient Babylon, women used a mixture of honey and sesame seeds to prolong youth and beauty and Romans ate the mixture for strength and energy..

Sesame seed oil has been used for oral health for thousands of years in the traditional Indian medical tradition known as Ayurveda. It is capable of fighting against various diseases like diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer cells. Is also used as Infant health massage. etc.

The day of Makar Sankrant also symbolises the importance of special relationship of father & son. As such father should visit his son and offer him gifts and his blessings.

In Bhagwad Gita Lord Krishna said if one dies in six months from Suns transit in Capricorn gets final liberation (moksha) and at other times one has to come back for rebirth. In Mahabharata, the great Bhishma decided to leave his mortal body on this day while he was lying on the bed of arrows.

It's believed that on this very same day Maharaj Bhagirath brought River Ganga down on earth. On this day Lord Vishnu destroyed all demons.

Wishing you all a very happy Makar Sankrant in advance

Bharat B Bajaj