Makar Sankranti & Pongal greetings
Makara Sankranti also known as Makar Sankranti marks the transition of Sidereal Sun into the zodiacal sign of Makara (Capricorn) on its celestial path, which is the first change in the zodiac after the winter solstice.
The day also has Sankranti Dosha (Sankranti Dosha occurs when Sun is less than one degree into a Zodiac Sign). So, to offset this dosha on Makara Sankranti elders advised people to consume Sesame and Jaggery sweets or just any other sweet preparation.
The original symbol of Makara or Capricorn in Vedic literature is half Crocodile and half human. People born with Moon in Makara are some who are career oriented, do NOT expect them to take on any duties in household matters.
Unlike general characteristics of zodiac signs (Capricorn is a Movable sign or Chara Rashi) – people born with Moon in Makara are very fixed in their goals. The symbol of half crocodile and half human with the crocodile’s mouth appearing first, half of this zodiac sign is one which truly has a bite to it – planets placed in first half are the ones which are monstrous in their goals and opinions. These people are ruthless when it comes to ambition! The second half is the one which has humane tendencies!!
Makara = Crocodile is also the Vahana or the vehicle of Varuna (Wind) Deva. So, on this day people celebrate Sidereal Sun’s entry into Makara with a kite festival!! In rural India this is celebrated as harvest festival – joy of bringing first harvest to homes – Pongal.
Varuna Deva riding on the back of a Crocodile. Pic Courtesy Wikipedia