What is Sankranti in the Hindu calendar?
Sankranti in a Hindu calendar is the special occasion that happens when the Sun transits from one Rasi to the next. There are 12 sankrantis in one year. Sometimes it may go up to 13. Vrishabha Sankranti is the occasion when Sun transits from Mesha Rasi to Vrishabha Rasi.
This marks the beginning of the second month of Jyeshta in the Hindu solar calendar. It also marks the arrival of Vaigasi Masam in Tamil culture and Edavam Masam in Malayalam. In southern India, Sankranti is better known as Sankranam. Devotees worship cows and observe vrat on this day.
The 2022 Vrishabha Sankranti happens on Sunday, May 15.
2022 Vrishabha Sankranti Phalam
Vrishabha Sankranti: Sunday, May 15, 2022 Vrishabha Sankranti Punya Kala – 05:59 am to 12:36 pm Duration – 06 Hours 37 Mins Maha Punya Kala On Vrishabha Sankranti – 05:59 am to 08:11 am Duration – 02 Hours 12 Mins Vrishabha Sankranti Moment – 05:44 amSankranti is generally considered to be an inauspicious time. New beginnings or other happy occasions are generally avoided during this time. On the other hand, it is a good time for repentance and shradh rituals. Vrishabha means bull in Sanskrit. Nandi, the pet of Lord Shiva, is the most famous bull in ancient history. That is why cows are worshipped on this day and donating cows on this day is considered auspicious. Lord Vishnu is also worshipped on this day.
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Vrishabha Sankranti rituals
- The cow is considered holy in Hindu culture. Worshipping cows and donating them to Brahmins during Vrishabha Sankranti is believed to bring good fortune to the devotee.
- Those observing vrat sleep on the floor at night and get up early in the morning. After the bath, Lord Shiva is worshipped and Bhog is prepared which is distributed among family members.
- Special prayers are held at Lord Vishnu temples. Devotees pray to absolve them of sins and for attaining moksha.
- People also perform Pitra Tarpan on this day for the peace of their ancestors.
- In Hindu pilgrimage sites, a holy bath called Sankrana Snan is performed by believers. It is supposed to do good for the body and mind. They pray to be able to discern between good and evil in life.
Vrishabha Sankranti significanceAccording to Vedic astrology, Sankranti is seen as a being which is 432 km in length and width. While it is considered an inauspicious time for performing good deeds, doing penance and charity during this time will bring good results. Only a certain time period is suitable for performing such deeds during Sankranti days. On Vrishabha Sankranti day, this period is between 16 ghatis before Sankranti, till the main Sankranti moment. The devotees who observe vrat and pray sincerely at this time will attain peace, happiness and prosperity in life. It is believed they are blessed by the gods themselves and will move one step closer to attaining Moksha.
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