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Makar Sankranti January 2008

Makar Sankranti is one of the most auspicious days in a year in the Hindu calendar. It is based on the movement of the Surya (sun) and is the day when the sun enters into the zodiac Capricorn or Makara. It is also known as Uttarayana Punyakalam and the arrival of spring season. In 2008, Makar Sankranti is marked on January 14 in some calendars and on January 15 in some calendars. In Vaishnava Calendars, Bengali Calendars and in some other regional calendars Makara Sankranti is marked on January 15th 2008.

Follow this link for a detail list of State wise date of Makar Sankranti in India.
Lord Surya is worshipped on the Makar Sankranti day. Another major event is the bathing ritual in the River Ganga. Uttarayana Punyakalam, the day time of Devas, begins with the Makar Sankranti and lasts for six months. This period is ideal for all kind of auspicious activities. Makar Sankranti is observed throughout India but with slight variations in the festivities. In Bengal, Makar Sankranti mark…

Katha Upanishad Quotes

Know the Self (atma) as the master sitting within the chariot which is the body (sarira), know again the understanding (buddhi) as the charioteer and the mind (manas) as the reins.

The senses, they say, are the horses; the objects of sense, what they range over..
He who is ever of unrestrained mind, devoid of true understanding, his sense-desires then become uncontrollable like the wild horses of a charioteer.
But he who is ever of controlled mind, and has true understanding, his sense-desires then are controllable like the good horses of a charioteer . . .
The desires are superior to the senses, the mind is superior to the desires, the intuition (understanding) is superior to the mind, the great Self is superior to the intuition. Katha Upanishad (I.3.3-6, 10)
This same chariot, the charioteer and the man sitting within the chariot was much later presented to us in the Mahabharata by Sage Vyasa and their conversation is the immortal Bhagavad Gita.