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Dhanu Sankranti Festival
Dhanu Sankranti is the traditional Hindu Festival and an auspicious day when the Sun enters the Dhanu Rashi (Zodiac Sagittarius). This specific period ends on the Makar Sankranti day. This festival also marks the beginning of Dhanur Mas (lunar Pousha month). Dhanu Sankranti is of great importance in Orissa and special Lord Jagannath Puja is also performed on the day. Muan, the special sweets are offered to Bhagwan Jagannath.
In several regions in India, on this day Bhagwan Surya (Sun God) is worshipped. People take a dip in the sacred rivers and offer prayers to Surya Bhagwan. This auspicious day is one of the important festivals of Orissa. During the entire festival, the Jura River becomes Yamuna, the Bargarh town becomes Mathura and Ambapalli is portrayed as Gokul.
Dhanu Sankranti Date
15 December / Thursday
Punya Kaal Muhurta-12:22 PM - 17:39 PM
Maha Punya Kaal Muhurta-15:54 PM - 17:39 PM
On Dhanu Sankranti Festival, Lord Jagannath is worshipped in different parts of India. Devotees also organize The “Bow Ceremony”, which is also shown in a street play and held as stated in the Bhagwad Purana. Devotees from near and far come to watch this and pray to God. Dhanu Sankranti Puja is considered auspicious to offer a donation (daan) and perform ancestral Pujas.
Apart from donation activities one should also perform sankraman japa, sacred bath and perform rituals like Pitra Tarpan. Believers, especially women fast on this day to receive blessings of Lord Sun. The temple is decorated to please the God as well as increase the zeal among the devotees.
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