MAY THE FESTIVAL OF COLORS BRING JOY & HAPPINESS
TO YOU AND YOUR FAMILY
Fire of Transformation - by Gaura Devi 4
Theme – Death and Birth – The Cycle of Life
Birth of the World - a Hindu Creation Myth 6
Play your part in life, but never forget - by Gayatri 7-8
‘Kicking the Bucket’ - Festival of Living & Dying 9
Make friends with the Mystery that is Death 10-11
The World Child – stained glass by www.rodfriend.com 12
News from Around the World
United Kingdom 20-21
Haidakhandi Samaj – News from India 25
Shri Babaji’s Charitable Hospitals and Ashrams 26-27
Last Navaratri in Chilianaula –by Kanta, Germany 28-29
Hindu Festival Dates for 2015 30
Jai Haidakhandi Outreach 31-34
Planetbabaji and Radio Haidakhan 38
WISHING YOU AND YOUR FAMILY A VERY HAPPY & BLESSED MAKAR SANKRANTI.
RAVI DEVAY NAMO NAMAH
BHASKAR DEVAY NAMO NAMAH
BHOLE BABA KI JAI
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Makar Sankranti is a major harvest festival celebrated in various parts of India. According to the lunar calendar, when the sun moves from the Tropic of Cancer to the Tropic of Capricorn or from Dakshinayana to Uttarayana, in the month of Poush in mid-January, it commemorates the beginning of the harvest season and cessation of the northeast monsoon in South India. The movement of the earth from one zodiac sign into another is called Sankranti and as the Sun moves into the Capricorn zodiac known as Makar in Hindi, this occasion is named as Makar Sankranti in the Indian context. It is one of the few Hindu Indian festivals which are celebrated on a fixed date i.e. 14th January every year.
Makar Sankranti, apart from a harvest festival is also regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase in Indian culture. It is said as the ‘holy phase of transition’. It marks the end of an inauspicious phase which according to the Hindu calendar begins around mid-December. It is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual can be sanctified in any Hindu family, this day onwards. Scientifically, this day marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights. In other words, Sankranti marks the termination of winter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season.
To Hindus, the Sun stands for knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makar Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to enjoy a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter.
PS, This year due to change in the sighting of the sun, the festival is being observed on 15th January.