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Dhanu Sankranti

Dhanu Sankranti is an important day in traditional Hindu calendar and on the day sun enters the Dhanu Rashi (Sagitarius). In 2024, the date of Dhanu Sankranti is December 16. Time is at 7:38 AM on December 16. 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 Bargarh.

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 Dhanu Rashi (Sagitarius) and this particular period ends on the Makar Sankranti day.

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