Wednesday, January 14, 2009
A Happy Makara Sankranti to all.
Makara Sankranti refers to the event of the Sun entering the zodiac sign of Makara or Capricorn. In Hindu temples bells, drums, clarinets and conch shells herald the joyous occasion of Pongal. To symbolize a bountiful harvest, rice is cooked in new pots until they boil over. Some of the rituals performed in the temple include the preparation of rice, the chanting of prayers and the offering of vegetables, sugar cane and spices to the gods. Devotees then consume the offerings to exonerate themselves of past sins.
This is an evolution of rangoli that has emerged over the years in India. Flower petals are decorated over shallow clay vessels and floating candles are then placed on the water. Makes for an attractive decoration and the fragrance of the candles adds to the festivities.