Dhanu Sankranti

Dhanu Sankranti is an important day in traditional Hindu calendar and on the day sun enters the Dhanur Rashi (Sagitarius). The day also marks the beginning of Dhanur Mas. Dhanu Sankranti is of great significance in Orissa and special prayers and pujas are offered to Lord Jagannath on the day. The famous Dhanu Yatra – street play based on Krishna visiting Mathura – is held during the period at Baragarh. In 2012, the date of Dhanu Sankranti is December 15.

In many regions in India, on Dhanu Sankranti day Surya (Sun God) is worshipped. Prayers are offered to Surya and people also take dip in holy rivers. Dhanu Sankranti marks the beginning of the transition through the Dhanur Rashi (Sagitarius) and this particular period ends on the Makar Sankranti day.

In Orissa, a special sweet made of rice known as Dhanumuan is prepared on the day.