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Khichdi Parv 2019 date – Makar Sankranti Festival in North India

The popular Makar Sankranti festival in India is known as Khichdi Parv in Uttar Pradesh and several parts of North India. Sankrant is also known as Kicheri. In 2019, the date of Khichdi Parv is January 15. The bathing and other rituals are observed from 8:00 AM on the morning of January 15. Puja and time to make offerings is morning during sunrise on January 15.

People prepare special dish known as Khichdi and offer it to Surya – Sun God. Giving alms and making donations to poor on the day is highly meritorious.

The most important ritual on this day is taking bath at Sangam in Prayag (Allahabad). The day is an important bathing day during Magh Snan.

Millions of Hindus take a holy dip in the icy waters of Sangam at Prayagraj where the rivers, Ganga, Yamuna and Saraswati flow together. Taking holy dip on this day is believed to help in attaining Moksha.

Another highlight of the festival is the sharing of laddus made of Gur and Til (Sesame seeds). In some parts of North India, the festival is also known as Til Sankranti.

Khichdi Parv in Hindu Scriptures - Origin - Importance

As per Hindu scriptures, the tradition of making Khichadi on Makar Sankranti was started by Bhagavan Shiva.

According to scholars in modern time, the tradition of making Khichdi started from Gorakhpur. Baba Gorakhnath, who was a manifestation, used to prepare Khichadi on Makar Sankranti.

Story of Origin of Khichdi Parv

Nath Yogis were engaged in battle against Khilji. The constant battle had taken a toll on the health of the Yogis.

Then Baba Goraknath mixed rice, dal and vegetables and prepared khichadi. He served it to the Yogis. They liked the food and got back their vigor and strength.

This is the story behind the origin of Khichdi as food and Kichadi Parv during Makar Sankranti.

Khichdi Mela in Goraknath Temple in Gorakhpur

Even today during Makar Sankranti, a Khichadi Mela is held during Makar Sankranti at the Baba Goraknath Temple in Gorakhpur, Uttar Pradesh. Khichdi is prepared as bhog or prasad and offered to Baba. This is then shared with devotees as Prasad.