Kanuma 2016 – Pasuvula Panduga during Makar Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh

Kanuma is the observed on the day after Makar Sankranti in Andhra Pradesh and is also known as Pasuvula Panduga. Kanuma 2016 date is January 16. It is the third day of the Sankranti festival in Andhra Pradesh. Bogi on January 14 is the first day of the festival. Kanuma is observed on the Telugu month of Pushya or Paush. In the neighboring state of Tamil Nadu, Mattu Pongal is observed on the day.

The story of Kanuma celebration is associated with Lord Krishna lifting the Govardhan hill to protect the people of Vrindavan. The festival is dedicated to cows, bulls and other animals that are part of rural economy in Andhra Pradesh. Cattle are bathed and decorated on the day. They are taken to the temples and pujas performed.

Maukkanuma, a day of feasting and merrymaking, is observed the day after Kanuma festival.
It must be noted here that the lifting of Govardhan hill is observed as Govardhan Puja in North India after Diwali.

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