Thursday, January 13, 2011

Happy Pongal and Makar Sankranti

Back home in India and at the homes of Hindus Worldwide today and tomorrow are being widely celebrated as Pongal and Sankranti. These are basically celebrated and perceived as harvest festivals by most people. There is a greater meaning however, this is the day when the Sun's northward journey aka Uttarayan starts. This festival has been celebrated for several thousand years across the world. Way back it was celebrated in South America by the Mayans, who built the fantastic temples that are still a marvel to modern architects.

Maya is a historical/ mythological character in Hinduism, he is the architect of the gods and demons alike. Legend is that when Lord Shiva, destroyed the three cities built by Maya, he was spared and banished to Patala Loka (nether world). The earth is a globe and if one were to trace a straight path through the earth from India, it would probably end up around South America where Maya was sent. The Mayan people were his descendants. Therefore it was not a wonder that they celebrated the Makar Sankranti also.

Anyway this blog post is a message to all my readers, friends and family wishing you all a very happy Sankranti and may the future be full of revolutionary and positive changes in your life.

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