Make your Makara Sankranti Merrier!
Makara Sankranti comes after the festival of Lohri in India, usually a day or after two. The festival is celebrated to worship the Sun lord as a dedication to god of the sun- Surya along with another reason also for growing of Rabi crops. People celebrate this festival by singing songs, flying kites and various other rituals changing from region to region. Fairs are also organized in various parts of the country marking the celebrations of Makara Sankranti. We bring you the top places where the festival is celebrated on a large scale and the markets remain crowded due to the celebrations.
1.Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh
Since the river Ganga passes through this city, the city is a famous site for the Makar Sankranti celebration. The tradition is followed to take a bath in the sacred waters of Ganga on the day of the festival. So a huge congregation of people can be witnessed on this day on the banks of river Ganga in the city of Prayagraj. Kite flying competitions too are held during the festival which acts as a merry part of the celebrations.
2. Ahmedabad, Gujarat
Here Makara Sankranti is more of a kite flying fest that is a tradition followed in the state for years. In the city of Ahmedabad, a city of rich heritage, people worship the sun and come out to fly kites on this day. Kites can be seen being sold everywhere in the city, Societies make special arrangements for the fest of kite flying. The sight or view will be as such on the day of Makara Sankranti you can consider the city as the city of kites for that particular day.
3. Haridwar, Uttarakhand
One of the most famous religious cities on the banks of river Ganga located in the state of Uttarakhand. Even though the city gains a massive tourist attraction throughout the year, the celebration of Makar Sankranti is specially held in Haridwar. The renowned site Har kiPauri is also located on the banks of river Ganga. Ganga Arti which is held every evening on the Ganga Ghat is something not to be missed specifically on the day of Makara Sankranti celebrations.
4. Bengaluru, Karnataka
The festival of Makara Sankranti is one of the highly celebrated festivals of the region also celebrated as Ellu Bella in the state. Cows and Bulls are worshipped on the eve of this festival too. Ellu Bella is a ritual that involves the ladies or girls visit the neighbors and relatives offering them a greeting of the festival along with the distribution of traditional items. The items include fruits, flowers, bangles, etc to the married women or young ladies and an eatable made of sesame seeds and jaggery.
5. Amritsar, Punjab
It’s not just the Lohri that is celebrated with full enthusiasm in this city of Punjab, Makara Sankranti is celebrated massively too. As the tradition goes, no celebration in Punjab is complete without performing Bhangra. People dress up in traditional clothes, do the Bhangra to the beats of Dhol exchange, sing famous folk songs, exchange sweets made up of jaggery, peanuts, and sesame thus creating an environment full of energy all around.
6. Hyderabad, Telangana
The celebrations of Makara Sankranti in this part of India is indeed a four-day event. The first-day people take part in activities of burning old things in the Bonfire which is known as Bhogi which also includes people singing and dancing around the fire. On the day of actual Makara Sankranti people cook and eat chakra Pongal, paint their houses, decorate by drawing of rangolis, buy and wear new clothes. The festival also majorly marks the worshipping of cattle and harvest. Thus Hyderabad is one of the best places to visit to witness the celebrations of Makara Sankranti.
7. Kolkata, West Bengal
The famous Ganga Sagar Mela marks the festival of Makar Sankranti in Kolkata. People here follow a traditional ritual of taking bath in the river Ganga that flows through the city or the Bay of Bengal after which they pay a visit to the Kapil Muni Ashram located at Ganga Sagar. This is indeed the second-largest gathering of pilgrims in India after the Kumbh Mela.
8. Mysore, Karnataka
The city of Mysore famous for its rich culture and heritage is among the must-visit places during the festival of Makar Sankranti. The celebrations like in any other part of the country involve beginning the day by worshiping gods and spirits for having a good yield followed by distributing goods. As part of the traditional celebrations, women go door to door distributing bananas, Haldi, and kumkum along with goods that are mostly sweets made up of jaggery, sesame, groundnut, and dry coconut. Cattle parade takes place here too as a form of worshipping them and not to forget the kite flying on the Makar Sankranti celebration which is a big event in the city of Mysore.