Kites of Makar Sankranti

Jan 13

Kites of Makar Sankranti (By Telly_News)



Although there are incredibly varied ways in which Hindus all over India celebrate the festival of Makar Sankranti, its essential spiritual and religious significance has always remained the same. The journey of the sun symbolizes none other than the journey of our souls across the ocean of life. Just as the solar transition signifies a landmark of progress in the sun's cycle, so too is Makar Sankranti meant to symbolize a day of introspection and rejuvenation of our spirits. The sun is worshipped on this day, as it is the eternal symbol of the luminescence and brilliance of the eternal Self or Brahman. Although the path of the sun changes, the sun itself is ever constant much like the divine essencewhich is within all of us.

More than anything else, however it is the kites of Makar Sankranti which remind us of our existence, as we sway in the winds of life's illusions, seemingly drifting in the open skies, lost and distracted by the environment which is around us. The lesson that we learn from this kite-flying ritual is that like the kite which flies without fear in the sky, so too must we go through our lives, unaffected and detached by the currents that sway us, secure in the knowledge that the string which tethers us to the ground is none other the eternal bond between us and our divine Self.

Celebrating Makar Sankranti is a wonderful way to reassert this profound and timeless Hindu spiritual heritage.



I wish you all an extremely happy and auspicious Lohri, Makar Sankranti and Pongal.

By Gyan Rajhans


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