Simha Sankranti marks the beginning of the Sun’s transition from Simha to Kanya or Leo to Virgo. There are 12 Sankranthis in a Hindu Solar Calendar and Simha Sankranti is the fifth in one cycle. It is an auspicious day for many communities in Orissa and South India. In 2016, the date of Simha Sankranti is August 17. Time is at 8:31 AM.
‘San’ means plenty and good and ‘Kranti’ means radical change and Sankranthi means plenty of good change.