Vrat and Upvaas Sankranti Dates

Sankranti Dates

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Sankranti Tithi

As per the Hindu calendar, there are a total of twelve Sankranti days in a year. In the northern regions, Sankranti tithi is also celebrated as the festival of harvest. Sankranti or Sankramanam means the transition of the Sun into a new zodiac sign. During the Makar Sankranti period, the Sun transits into the Capricorn zodiac or Makar Rashi.

As per the Hindu calendar, there are a total of twelve Sankranti days in a year and they are categorized into four categories:- Ayan Sankranti, Vishuva Sankranti, Vishnupadi Sankranti, Shashitimukhi Sankranti.

Sankranti 2022 Dates

Month Date Day Vrat Name Tithi Time

January

14 January, 2022

Friday

Makar Sankranti

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February

13 February, 2022

Sunday

Kumbha Sankranti

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March

15 March, 2022

Tuesday

Meena Sankranti

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April

14 April, 2022

Thursday

Mesha Sankranti

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May

15 May, 2022

Sunday

Vrishabha Sankranti

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June

15 June, 2022

Wednesday

Mithuna Sankranti

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July

16 July, 2022

Saturday

Karka Sankranti

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August

17 August, 2022

Wednesday

Simha Sankranti

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September

17 September, 2022

Saturday

Kanya Sankranti

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October

17 October, 2022

Monday

Tula Sankranti

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November

16 November, 2022

Wednesday

Vrischika Sankranti

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December

16 December, 2022

Friday

Dhanu Sankranti

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Significance Of Makar Sankranti

Out of the twelve Sankranti days, the 'Makar Sankranti' is of the most significance and it is widely celebrated in every part of India.

Makar Sankranti popularly known as Sakrat or Sankranti is a very significant festival in Hinduism and is devoted to the Sun deity. It is also popularly known as Uttarayan as during this period, the Sun transits into the northernmost hemisphere.

It is believed that Makar Sankranti is observed on the same day each year, January 14, as it is determined in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. However, there lies the exception of a few years when it is observed on the next day i.e. January 15.

It is a four-day festival celebrated in Southern India. On this day, devotees perform Sankranti Puja rites and traditions. This day is considered ideal for charity. However, this day should be avoided to perform any auspicious events.

The occasion of Makar Sankranti reflects a holy period of transition. It is believed that the inauspicious period which started in the mid December ends with the arrival of Makar Sankranti. One can perform the pious rituals as well as auspicious events from the next day of Sankranti.

In different sections of the country, Makar Sankranti is known by different names. It is called Uttarayan in Gujarat, Pongal in Tamil Nadu, Maghi in Himachal Pradesh, Haryana, and Punjab.

In Northern India and the state of Gujarat, on this day, sweets and snacks are prepared at home and devotees fly kites. Makar Sankranti ushers in a new era of life marked by wisdom, purity, and knowledge.