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Monday, December 21, 2009

The Meaning of Makar Sankranti

Makar Shankranti 2010
Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj
Come listen to a talk on 'The Meaning of Makar Sankranti' presented by the Hindu Worship Society Temple in Houston, and given by a pracharak of Jagadguru Shree Kripaluji Maharaj.

Date - Sunday, January 10th 2010
Time - 12:00 - 13:00
Location - Hindu Worship Society Temple,
2223 Wirtcrest Lane,
Houston, TX 77055
Contact - Vishnu Divecha (713) 784-1455 OR Renu Seth (832) 816-0169

Makar Sankranti is the first Hindu festival of the solar calendar and is celebrated with great devotion, zeal and fervor on 14 January each year. It falls on the day when the sun enters the zodiac sign of Makar (Capricorn) and when day and night are of equal duration. Offerings of rice and milk are made to Surya Dev, God Sun.

Makar Sankranti is a day of great significance and marks the beginning of auspicious times. The beginning of the period, when the sun travels northwards, is considered highly favorable for auspicious activities. It is celebrated as Pongal in the South, but in the North it is observed as Makar Sankranti. On this day, thousands of devotees take a holy dip in the Ganges and other holy streams. At Ganga Sagar, where the river Ganga enters the sea, a grand fair and festival is held on this day. Devotees in large numbers reach the Sagar Island in boats, and bathe there at a point where Ganga meets the sea. There, the pilgrims also visit the Ashram of sage Kapil, who according to our Puranas had burnt to ashes the sixty thousand sons of the King Sagar of Ayodhya. These sixty thousand dead princes were subsequently revived and made to ascend to heaven by the sacred waters of Divine Ganga, as She flowed over their ashes.

Makar Sankranti is also known as 'Jagadguru Divas' and is extremely special and important to the followers of Shree Kripaluji Maharaj as on this day, in 1957,  our beloved spiritual master, at only 35 years old, was conferred in Varsanasi with the highest title 'Jagadguru' by the Kashi Vidvat Parishat, an apex body of all the supreme scholars and masters of India of the time.

Everyone is invited and encouraged to attend this enlightening event at the Hindu Worship Society Temple in Houston, and to listen to Swami Nikhilanand's speech on this auspicious occasion, or to forward this message to friends and family in Houston Texas and surrounding areas.

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