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What is Sankranti in Hinduism?

In Hinduism, Sankranti is the occasion in which the sun enters a zodiacal sign or Rashi. There are twelve Rashis through which the sun traverses in a year. Two of the Sankranti are very important – Makar Sankranti and Karka Sankranti. Makar Sankranti marks the beginning of Uttarayan – sun traverse towards north. Karka Sankranti marks the beginning of Dakshinayana – sun traverse towards south.
Mesha Sankranti is also very important in some regions as it marks the beginning of New Year in Orissa, Kerala (Vishu) and Tamil Nadu (Chithirai 1).
There are two methods by which a Rashi is marked – Sayana and Nirayana. In Sayana method rashi and nakshatara starts from the Vernal Equinox – March 21. In the Nirayana method, Zeta Pisum a fixed star in Revati Nakshatra is considered as the starting point.
In the Sayana system – the sun enters Makar Rashi on December 22. In the Nirayana System the sun enters Makar Rashi on January 14.
For a devotee the numerous system and calculations are of no val…

Book - Temple Trips South India by Lonely Planet

Book titled ‘Temple Trips South India’ published by Lonely Planet and is written by Janaki Venkataraman and Supriya Sehgal. History and legends of some of the important and minor temples in South India are detailed in the book. The book is priced at Rupees 495/- Hindu Business Line reports  Titled “Temple Trips South India”, the guide presents an elaborate insight into the sculptural beauty, architectural grandeur and cultural festivals etc across Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh.  In addition to popular temples in Tirupati, Ramanathswamy and Thanjavur, the book also includes comprehensive features on lesser known temples highlighting the importance of each deity, temple’s history and the wealth of its antiquity.  Filled with descriptions of the era of Cholas and Pallavas, the book takes readers through various aspects of Dravidian architecture such as cave temples, structural marvels, innovative usage of granite and more.  Temple historian Pradeep Chakravarthy, archit…

Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamigal Quotes

The greatest impediment to Bhakti is the ego, which repeatedly asserts itself and prevents self-surrender. Thus a man can truly surrender himself to Ishvara only if he annihilates his ego. Repeatedly thinking of Ishvara and practicing spiritual discipline precisely in the manner indicated by the Guru go a long way in effacing the ego and engendering devotion.
Jagadguru Sri Abhinava Vidyatirtha Mahaswamigal – the 35th pontiff of Sringeri Sharada Peetam