Makar Sankranti/ Pongal 2018: Muhurtham and significance

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Thai Pongal, the second day of the four days festivity is also celebrated as Makar Sankranti on January 14th.Thai Pongal in India will begin on  January 14th and ends on January 17.

In North Indian states when people take a holy dip in river Ganges. The day before Thai Pongal is known as Bogi Pandigai. On this day people clean their homes and light bonfire to discard unused items. In Punjab, the same day is celebrated as Lohri by Sikh community.

Bhogi, celebrated ahead of the harvest festival Pongal, involves burning of old articles in a symbolic gesture of bidding adieu to the old and welcoming the new.

Traditionally Tamil Gowri Panchangam is used for checking auspicious time to start new work. Due to its simplicity, Gowri Panchangam can be used for any muhurtham.

All Gowri Panchangam timings, including Nalla Neram, are based on Gowri Panchangam table published in respected Pambu Panchangam in Tamil Nadu. The time between sunrise and sunset is called day Gowri Panchangam. There are five good Gowri Panchangam Amirdha, Dhanam, Uthi, Laabam and Sugam, to start auspicious work. Three bad Gowri Panchangam, Rogam, Soram and Visham, should be avoided.

Tamil Gowri Panchangam

  • 07:19 - 08:37 Uthi
  • 08:37 - 09:55 Amirdha
  • 09:55 - 11:13 Rogam
  • 11:13 - 12:30 Laabam
  • 12:30 - 13:48 Dhanam
  • 13:48 - 15:06 Sugam
  • 15:06 - 16:23 Soram
  • 16:23 - 17:41 Visham
Pongal pots in the making

Pongal pots in the making

A potter engaged in making pots ahead of the harvest festival 'Pongal' near Chennai on Tuesday.

Paddy harvest

Paddy harvest

Workers engaged in reaping paddy at a farm ahead of harvest festival 'Pongal' near Chennai on Tuesday.

Celebrating Pongal at college premises

Celebrating Pongal at college premises

College students celebrating Pongal at their college premises in Chennai on Tuesday.

Kanum Pongal

Kanum Pongal

People gathered at Marina beach on the occation of "Kanum Pongal" in Chennai on Monday.

Pongal celebration in Kozhikode

Pongal celebration in Kozhikode

Woman celebrate ‘Pongal' at Narakath temple in Kozhikode on Sunday.

Muhurat Courtesy: drikpanchang.com

Photo credit: PTI

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