Thoughts on Sankranti or Sankramana, the transition, on the occasion of harvest festival – Makara Sankranti or Suggi.
‘अन्नं ब्रह्म – Food is God’. Probably, each food grain covers an adventurous path before it is gifted to us. The seeds sprout when it rains on the sown fertile land. Further, the seedlings grow witnessing heavy or low rainfalls, and get through insect attacks. Passing over all the hurdles, the crops finally smile humbly bearing the food grains. Farmer’s hard work gets paid off. Surprisingly, it is the time when the Sun enters Makara Rashi. Hence, it has been the reason for a grand celebration to show gratitude to the Sun God and the Mother Nature.
Suggi – Makara Sankranti Celebration
Makara Sankranti is celebrated as Suggi in Karnataka. On the festival day, ladies draw beautiful Rangolis in the front yard of their house. Men bathe their cattles and decorate them. The farmers perform Raashi Pooje to the new grains. Women cook sweet dishes from the farm fresh grains and offer them to the God. Girls exchange Ellu (sesame seeds) or sweets made of it. Kids enjoy flying kites. People observe fire-crossing of cattles to protect them from illness.
My Mission, Sankramana and Festival Greetings
I had to complete a mission that was in progress for past 2 1/2 years. So, I had to keep myself away from blogging and social media. The time has been flying. Lots of things happened around the world. Some days were good, some were not. But, in between, there were number of festivals cheering up. Now, it’s the turn of harvest festival, Makara Sankramana.
Suggi comes after surviving struggles. Similarly, it’s a sankramana (transition) excitement within as I am about to accomplish my mission. So, here I am to share it and greet you for the harvest festival. May the festival bring lots of happiness in everyone’s life. May kids fly kites in joy. Happy Sankranti to all my readers.