Kumbha Sankranti means the Sun’s transit. On Kumbha Sankranti, the Sun makes a transit from the sign Capricorn to Aquarius. The 11th Hindu Rashi-sign Kumbha means Aquarius. The word Sankranti means the time of Sun’s transit from one sign to another. There are 12 Sun’s transits in a year, i.e., 12 Sankrantis. In Sankranti, the Sanskrit word San means good, and Kranti means change, proceeding or moving on.
The date of Kumbha Sankranti can vary every year, e.g. in the year 2021, it will fall on the 12th of February. Kumbha Sankranti also generally means the time around the end of the winter season and beginning time of the Indian season Vasant. Vasant meaning Spring. In 2019, the Hindu month Phalguna period is from Gregorian 20th of February to the 21st of March.
Kumbha Sankranti is also related to the ancient Kumbha Mela in Prayag. A divine dip in the holy river Ganga at this time is also considered highly auspicious, but also in the sacred rivers the Yamuna, Shipra and Godavari. It is said to wash away any sins, and enables Moksha, liberation.
The schedule of the Sun’s transits in 2019 is -
From Sagittarius to Capricorn 14th of January
From Capricorn to Aquarius 13th of February
From Aquarius to Pisces 15th of March
From Pisces to Aries 14th of April
From Aries to Taurus 15th of May
From Taurus to Gemini 15th of June
From Gemini to Cancer 17th of July
From Cancer to Leo 17th of August
From Leo to Virgo 17th of September
From Virgo to Libra 18th of October
From Libra to Scorpio 17th of November
From Scorpio to Sagittarius 16th of December
In Astrology, Sun holds a pivotal role in any native’s life. The Sun is the main source of energy and life on earth. The Sun is regarded as the King of all the celestial bodies and Rahu-Ketu. The Sun rules the sign Leo, and the 5th House in the birth chart, Janam Kundli. The Sun is the basic personality and is synonymous with words like courage, intelligence, energy, power etc. The Mahadasha of the Sun lasts for 6 years. The Sun is friends with the Earth’s moon, Mars, Jupiter. The Sun is neutral with Mercury. The Sun is opponents-enemy with Venus, Saturn, Rahu and Ketu. The gemstone for the Sun is Ruby.
Sundays are dedicated to the Sun. Sunday is called Ravivaar in Hindi, Sonntag in German, Solis in Latin etc. Among the hundreds of Sun temples in the world, Konark Sun Temple in Orissa, India, is one of the most famous and is a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A Mantra for Lord Surya, the Sun Lord is -
Om Suryaya Namah
ॐ सूयार्य नमः
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