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Dhanu Sankranti, 16 December 2018

Dhanu Sankranti, 16 December 2018

Dhanu Sankranti is a holy Hindu event. Dhanu means the sign Sagittarius. Sankranti means the transit of the Sun from one zodiac sign to another. There are 12 Sankrantis in a year. The prominent Sankrantis in India and Nepal are Makar Sankranti,Mesha Sankranti,Mithuna Sankranti, Dhanu Sankranti, and Karka Sankranti. These are also important as they are linked to seasonal changes, harvest time, Hindu Calendar New Year, festivities etc. However, every Sankranti is important especially from the Astrology perspective, due to the power of the Sun, implications in all signs etc.

Dhanu Sankranti is the start of the 9th month of the Hindu calendar. Dhanu Sankranti is followed by Makar Sankranti. Makar Sankranti happens on the 15th of January 2019. 

On the day of Sankranti, many devotees worship Lord Surya, the Sun God. Some devotees also worship Lord Jagannath on Dhanu Sankranti. As part of the worship, many pour water in the direction facing the Sun, in the morning, and perform prayers. This is also to seek the blessings of Lord Surya and to provide favorability in energy, activeness, personality enhancement etc. 

A few devotees, especially women, observe Vrat, fast. Many visit and-or decorate their Surya-Sun temples in their area especially in the Indian State of Orissa. To mention, the ancient Konark Sun Temple in Orissa is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. 

Surya Namaskar is one of the most popular Yoga positions. Lord Surya is one of the prominent Hindu deities. Sun Lord in Greek’s following is Helios, also sometimes referred to as Apollo or Titan. In Astrology, the Sun signifies the basic personality of a human. Sun is the ruler of the sign Leo. Sundays are dedicated to the Sun. Sunday is called Ravivaar in Hindi, Sonntag in German, Solis in Latin etc. 

A Mantra for Lord Surya Dev is—

                        Om Hraam Hreem Hraum Sah Namah
                        ॐ हराम हरिम ह्रौं सह सूर्याय नमः

 

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