Please join us at Sri Shirdi Sai Temple to celebrate BHOGI on January 13th and PONGAL/MAKARA SANKRANTHI on January 14th. Below is the importance of Pongal/Sankranthi festival and hence request you all to participate in the celebrations and obtain Baba blessings.
Pongal or Thai Pongal is also called Makara Sankaranthi. This signals the end of winter and the onset of spring throughout the northern hemisphere. The period is referred to as Uttarayan Punyakalam and is considered auspicious. Legend has it that the Devas wake up after a six-month long slumber during this period. And so it is believed that those pass away during Uttarayana attain salvation. In fact, Bheeshma is believed to have waited for the dawn of Uttarayana before he gave up his life.
Pongal is a four-day festival celebration. The first day, Bhogi, is celebrated on the last day of the month of Margazhi. On this day, people decorate their homes. New vessels are bought and old and unwanted things burnt.
The second day is Perum Pongal, the most important. It is also called Surya Pongal because people worship Surya. Women decorate the central courtyard of their homes with beautiful kolams, done with rice flour and bordered with red clay.
The third day is Mattu Pongal, celebrated to glorify cattle that help farmers in a myriad ways. On this day, the cows are bathed and decorated with vermilion and garlands and fed. In certain villages in southern Tamil Nadu, a bullfight called manji-virattu is held in the evening.
The last day is Kaanum Pongal. It is that part of the festival when families used to gather on the riverbanks and have a sumptuous meal (kootanchoru). It is also time for some traditional dances such as kummi and kolattam.
Event Information: Bhogi Celebrations At Sai Temple by Sri Shirdi Sai Society Of North East Florida
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