Sankranti or Sankramanam represents the orderly movement of Sun from one zodiac sign to the other. As there are 12 zodiac signs, there are 12 Sankrantis in the Hindu solar calendar. Kumbha Sankranti refers to the transition of the Sun from Makara Rasi (Capricorn) to Kumbha Rasi (Aquarius). It is the eleventh Sankranti in a year and thus, the eleventh month in the solar calendar begins on Kumbha Sankranti day.
San represents abundant and good and Kranti refers to radical change. Therefore, Sankranti implies plenty of good change.
Appropriate way to celebrate Kumbha Sankranti and its significance:
• Take a bath with Ekka leaves and follow other rituals similar to Ratha Saptami (Please refer to our article, “Ratha Saptami: The festival of aarogya, aishwarya and praana daata!” ).
• Worship Lord Surya and offer Surya Namaskara
• Prepare dishes with edible pumpkin
• Give edible pumpkin in charity to the learned Brahmins and poor people. This ritual is considered to be very beneficial for one's material and spiritual growth too.
• Cook and offer sweet pongal (traditionally made with rice, jaggery, milk and green gram dal) to Lord Surya.
• Special worship of cows on Kumbha Sankranti is considered to be highly auspicious.
This year, Kumbha Sankranti falls on 13th of February. OnlineTemple.com wishes you all a very happy and prosperous Kumbha Sankranti!