Makara Sankranti 2017 is one of the most celebrated festivals in India but astrologically, it is the day when Sun begins its movement away from the tropic of Capricorn and towards the northern hemisphere.
Sun will start appearing to rise towards North-East for next 6 months.
This year, Sun moves into Capricorn (Makara Rasi) at 05:15 IST on 14 January 2017.
Sun will start rising and setting slightly towards North-East and North-West respecitvely from 14th January 2017.
That is why this period of next 6 months is called Uttarayan, which means uttar(north)+ayan(movement) of sun.
The remaining 6 months are termed as dakshinayan which means south movement of sun.
This is the start of day for devas (gods) in heaven, which will last for 6 months of human time.
This is very much similar to the 6 months day at north pole after winter solstice and 6 months night from summer solstice.
This year’s Makar (Capricorn), Sankranti (Sankraman = transmigration) occurs on 14th January 2014 at 05:15 hours IST (according to K.P Ayanamsa).
5.5 hours from sunrise on next morning is called as Sankranti Punya Kaal Muhurta and Mahapunya Kaal Muhurta is only the initial 110 minutes from sunrise.
This is the best time to take bath, offer water to Sun, sit alone and meditate on what has been bothering your mind and body since past 6 months.
This is also the best time to spend at a peaceful place and recite Gayatri Mantra in silence.
Makar Sankranti 2017 Phalam
Sankranti Karna : Kaulava
Sankranti Weekday : Friday
Sankranti Date : 14 January 2017
Sankranti Moment : 05:15 IST
Sankranti Moonsign : Karkataka (Cancer)
Sankranti Yoga : Priti
Sankranti Nakshatra : Aslesha (Hydra)
Sankranti Karana : Garija
More details about Daily Panchangam elements
As Makara Sankranti in 2017 happens before sunrise on 14th January, all rituals should be done after Sunrise on same day and completed before noon.
Sankranti Purusha enters as Raakshasa namadheya, on Elephant (vahana).
He arrives arrives with the name of Raakshasa (harmful to labour), by bathing nirmalodaka (frsh water) snana (auspicious), adorning with Neela Vasthra (Threats and Fears), ‘Japaa Pushpa’ flowers (Loss of respect), wearing Gomedhika Abharana (bad for cattle), holding Bow (war and terrific situations for police and army), holding the golden yellow umbrella (prices of Gold will drop), in Lead bowl (health improves across the world) eating Jujube fruits (good), on Elephant (rulers will suffer), in Agneya disha – South East side (earth quakes, floods, terrorist attacks in South East regions).
Vedic Panchang lists characteristic of each Sankranti. These characteristics are omen of coming events in the month. Whatever items are influenced by Sankranti Purusha are believed to go through bad time.
Example : If Makara Sankranti Purusha is adorning with copper then the coming month is not good for those who deal in gold commodity and so on.
In 2017 it will be Lead.
He is travelling faced South and South-East, so East coast of India and Asia-Pacific countries will face tough situations.
Australia will face a situation similar to civil war, due to immigrants.
But he will be looking back in the direction of North-West, which brings terrorist attacks in India-Pakistan border, Pakistan, Afghanistan.
Religious wars, bomb blasts, will happen in Asia.
In general, Makar Sankranti 2016 with Sun in Capricorn and transit of Jupiter, Venus, Mars and Mercury brings good luck, wealth and health for people born in Moon Signs and Ascendants of Leo, Taurus, Scorpio, Aries, Virgo.
It will be an average month for those born in Pisces, Capricorn.
This will be bad for other signs.