Aum Mitraya namah ||
Aum Ravayé namah||
Aum Suryaya namah||
Aum Bhanavé namah||
Aum Khagaya namah||
Aum Pushné namah||
Aum Hiranyagarbhaya namah||
Aum Marichayé namah||
Aum Adityaya namah||
Aum Savitré namah||
Aum Arkaya namah||
Aum Bhaskaraya namah||
Sankranti is the day when the glorious Sun-God of Hinduism, Soorya,
begins its ascendancy and entry into the Northern Hemisphere. Sun for the
Hindus stands for Pratyaksha-Brahman (Supreme Power, which has taken
such a form, that can be seen by eyes) - the manifest God, who symbolizes,
the one, non-dual, self-effulgent, glorious divinity blessing one & all
tirelessly. Sun is the one who transcends time and also the one who rotates
the proverbial Wheel of Time.
The famous Gayatri Mantra, which is
chanted everyday by every faithful Hindu, is directed to Sun God to bless
them with intelligence & wisdom.
|Sun not only represents God but also
stands for an embodiment of knowledge & wisdom. Lord Krishna reveals in
Gita that this manifested divinity was his first disciple, and we all know
it to be indeed a worthy one too. No Sundays for the Sun, may be because one
who revels in its very 'being', the very essence of his own Self, is always
in the Sunday mood.
Makara Sankranti is a mid-winter Hindu festival of
India and Nepal. The festival is celebrated to mark the transition of the
Sun from Sagittarius to Capricorn during the winter solstice in the northern
hemisphere (or the beginning of Uttarayana). The famous Kumbh Mela
is also held on Makar Sankranti every 12 years. Hindus gather in large numbers
to take a holy dip at Ganga Sagar on this day every year.
The co-relation of cosmic events with
individual life and values is one of the most astounding traits of Hindu Masters.
Once this co-relation is brought about thereafter these cosmic events become
instrumental to remind us the best which we cherish & value. Of all the
cosmic bodies Sun is the most glorious & important, thus every sun-centric
cosmic event became very important spiritual, religious & cultural events.
On the Makar Sankranti day, the Sun begins its ascendancy and journey into the
Northern Hemisphere, and thus it signifies an event wherein the Gods seem to
remind their children that 'Tamaso Ma Jyotirgamaya'- May you go higher
& higher - to more & more Light and never to darkness.