Makar Sankranti 2021 Date: Celebrated with much zeal and enthusiasm by the people of India and Nepal, Makara Sankranti or Maghi is one of the most popular Hindu festivals. Observed each year in the lunar month of Magha, which corresponds with the month of January as per the Gregorian calendar, it almost always falls on the same date every year (January 14 or 15), except in some years when the date shifts by a day.
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This year, it will be celebrated on January 14, with the Makara Sankranti Punya Kala from 08:30 am to 05:46 pm, and Makara Sankranti Maha Punya Kala from 08:30 am to 10:15 am, according to drikpanchang.com.
Dedicated to the Surya deity (Sun) to convey gratitude to nature for its resources, Sankranti denotes the sun’s transit into zodiac sign of Makara (Capricorn), which marks the end of the winter solstice and the onset of longer days. The significance of Surya can be traced back to the Vedic texts, especially the Gayatri Mantra – a sacred hymn of Hinduism found in the scripture named Rigveda.
According to legends, it is believed that Sankranti–after whom the festival is named–was a deity, who killed a demon called Sankarasur. In India, it is considered to be a date that marks the sun’s transition towards North from the Southern hemisphere. The Hindus believe this period to be the ‘uttaarayan’ or the period of auspiciousness. According to the Mahabharata, Bhishma Pitamah had waited for the sun to be in uttarayan to embrace death.
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On this auspicious day, people indulge in spiritual practices like taking a holy dip in sacred rivers, especially Ganga, Yamuna, Godavari and Krishna. It is believed that this practice will result in the ablution of their past sins. They also pray to the sun to thank him for their success and prosperity.
Apart from the spiritual aspect of this day, Makara Sankranti is observed with social festivities such as colourful decorations, dances, kite flying, bonfires and most importantly, making sticky sweets particularly from jaggery (gur) and sesame (til). This custom of making sweets symbolises peace, joyfulness, harmony and coming together of people, despite their uniqueness and differences.
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Virgo horoscope lifestyle. Upholding the Centre’s claim that relatives of only those private healthcare providers, whose services were requisitioned for Covid-19 duty and died on duty can claim Rs 50 lakh insurance under the Pradhan Mantri Garib Kalyan Yojana (PMGKY) insurance package for Covid warriors, the Bombay High Court on Tuesday dismissed a petition filed by Navi Mumbai resident Kiran Surgade, seeking a direction to New India Assurance Company Limited to immediately disburse her claim of Rs 50 lakh under the scheme.
A division bench of Justice S J Kathawalla and Justice R I Chagla passed a ruling on Surgade’s petition on Tuesday.
The woman, in her plea filed through advocate Ajit Karwande, said that her husband, late Bhaskar Surgade, an Ayurveda practitioner, during the early days of the lockdown on March 31 last year received a notice from Navi Mumbai Municipal Corporation (NMMC) commissioner asking him to keep his dispensary open and warning that he will be prosecuted if he did not comply.
Surgade claimed that her husband had to open his clinic and treat patients, including those infected by Covid-19. He went on to contract the infection, leading to his death on June 10, 2020, the plea said.
Last August, she claimed compensation of Rs 50 lakh under PMGKY. However, the insurance company rejected her claim, stating that the doctor was carrying out private practice and not serving in any hospital recognized by NNMC or government healthcare centre and his private dispensary was not recognized as Covid-19 dispensary, thus, was not eligible under the scheme. Following this, the petitioner moved HC.
The central Government had told the HC that only those healthcare providers, requisitioned to fight Covid-19 under the age of 55 years, and died on duty, were covered under the PMGKY insurance package of Rs 50 lakh.
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Additional Government Pleader Kavita N Solunke representing the state Health Department submitted that Surgade’s services were not requisitioned and therefore, the scheme would not apply to him.
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Dismissing the plea, the bench observed, “Considering that Surgade’s services were not requisitioned as mandated under the scheme, we are unable to extend the applicability of the scheme to persons who fall outside the ambit thereof. Resultantly, no relief can be granted to the Petitioner.”