SANKRANTI SUBHAKANKSHALU TO ALL
Sankranti is an importent festival in hindu festivals.Sankranti is a four - day festival in Andhra pradesh.The Bhogi festival is observed on the first day and the second day is the importent day known as Sankranti or Makara Sankranti or pongal.and the third day is Kanuma and the fourth day is Mukkanuma.Uttarayana punnyakalam period begins with Sankranti and the next six months are considered highly auspicious
SIGNIFICANCE OF MAKAR SANKRANTI:----
Makar sankranti is of great significance to a hindu devote and is one of the most importent dates in hindu calender.Lord surya(sun God) is worshiped on this day and also this auspicious day based on the movement of the sun-God As per our hindu calender Surya moves to makara - rashi on this day and Makara refers to Makara -rashi-- the zodiac corresponding to Capricon and Sankranti means to cross in to,so Makara Sankranti means the day when the Sungod enters in to the zodiac Capricon and also known as Uttarayana punyakalam or the entry of surya into the north-east.
So Makara Sankranti is associated with Surya (Sun God), The best way to start the day with Gayatri Mantra and a special puja for Sun god and also a special puja to dhanaya lakshmi, Throughout India this festival is associated with harvest .So people pray for good harvest on this day, and cows are an intregral part of the agriculture so they give bath to cows and aply turmeric,sandle and kumkum and worshipped.Another importentaspect is Daan or Charity not only money people donates what they like food,moong dal, rice, wheat,cloths, Ghee, til (seasame seeds)
SPECIAL DISHES FOR SANKRANTI DAY:----
In andhra pradesh most of the people makes rice based dishes on this event like Ariselu or Appalu made with rice flour,jaggery and seasame seeds and a Elaborate lunch will be served in the after noon
A traditional Andhra lunch menu for Sankranti is...........
Payasam or Palatalikalu
Ariselu(rice cakes, Athirasam)
Pulihora (tamarind rice)
Pappu pulusu (this is almost like sambar )or mudda pappu and bellam pulusu(a tamarind gravy with lots of vegetables and jaggery)
Pandu gummadi kura(pumpkin curry) This is the must on Sankranti menu
Any seasonal vegetable dry currylike eggplant or okra
any vegetable chutney like cucumber or eggplant or Gongura
Some people makes Avadalu or perugu vadalu(dahi vada) also on this menu
There will be a get to gather in the evening on this day and people arange dolls (bommala koluvu) on there houses and they distribute soaked chana and seasame seed ladu.
Enjoy the Festival
I couldn't make any thing to day because I have a heavy feaver and only Lemon rice.curd rice and vada. And a very big thanks to my hubby dear he only made the vadas and also curd rice and lemon rice too