Mesha Sankranti marks the beginning of the Sun’s transition from Mesha to Vrishabha or Aries to Taurus. There are 12 Sankranthis in a Hindu Solar Calendar and Mesha Sankranti is the first in one cycle. It is an auspicious day for many communities in Orissa and South India. In 2016, the date of Mesha Sankranti is April 13. Time is at 9:39 PM.
‘San’ means plenty and good and ‘Kranti’ means radical change and Sankranthi means plenty of good change.
Vishu in Kerala is observed during this Sankranti. Mahavishubha Sankranti in Orissa is also observed on the day.