Karka Sankranti : July 16, 2021 marks the transition of the Sun into Cancer (कर्क राशि). This also marks the end of the six-month Uttarayana period of Hindu calendar, and the beginning of Dakshinayana, which itself end at Makar Sankranti.
By: Dr. Palash Thhakur (Celebrity Numerologist, Vedic Astrologer, Tarot Reader, Holistic Healer)
What is Karka Sankranti?
On Karka Sankranti, Lord Surya’s will take his journey towards south (southern hemisphere). On this day, Dakshinayana will begin which is the six-month period between Summer solstice and Winter solstice. It will end at Makar Sankranti.
Lord Vishnu is worshipped on this day. Also, people chant Vishnu Sahastra Naam Stotra early in the morning.
Furthermore, one this day, one must donate food and clothes to the brahmins or the needy. This is considered very auspicious.
Lord Surya and Shiva are worshipped as well after taking holy bath in the Ganges. Argha / Jal apran is done to Surya dev. One must chant the following mantra during argh:
ॐ हृां हृीं हृौं स: सूर्याय नम: (Om Hraam Hreem Hroum Sah Surryaya Namah)
Jal, milk and bilva leaves are also offered to the shiva linga. ॐ नमः शिवाय is the mantra to chant.
Karka Sankranti & Astrology
Today will also mark the smooth transition of Lord Surya’s journey from Gemini (Air sign) to Cancer (water sign) Zodiac.
Some astrologers believe that moving into a water sign gives birth to negative forces.
However, this is untrue. Sun being the central energy source of the universe, will always bestow positive energies.
However, during this period and specifically first month, it will benefit few signs more than others.
According to Hindu scriptures, it is believed that during this period or phase, all the devatas go into deep sleep. Interestingly, Lord Shiva takes command of the universe during these few months.
This makes Karka Sankranti period very important for charitable activities. Moreover, on this day, pitra tarpan or shraddha is performed for the ancestors or deceased.
It is believed that people should offer shraddha to the departed souls / pitra. This allows the ancestor souls to travel to a peaceful plane. Hence, the first bhog / prasadam or meal of the day is offered to the pitra.
In 2021, Karka Sankranti will fall on July, 16, 2021, Friday.
Karka Sankranti Punya Kala – 05:44 AM to 03:39 PM (Duration – 09 Hours 55 Mins)
Karka Sankranti Maha Punya Kala – 01:24 PM to 03:39 PM (Duration – 02 Hours 15 Mins)
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