Khamma Ghani is like hello in Rajasthani. You reply it with Ghani Khamma
Among the many shrines of Lord Shiva, the cave of Amarnath is a world-famous destination. The Shivalinga made of ice in the cave is the symbol of people’s faith and trust. The beginning of the journey till this cave has numerous stops in between that are extremely beautiful and increases ones faith in Lord Shiva even more.
Makar Sankranti is a Hindu festival celebrated in almost all parts of India and Nepal in a myriad of cultural forms. It is a harvest festival.
Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India and is a traditional event. Makara Sankranti is a solar event making one of the few Indian festivals which fall on the same date in the Gregorian calendar every year: 14 January, with some exceptions when the festival is celebrated on 13 or 15 January.
In Hindu calendar there are total twelve Sankranti in a year. All twelve Sankranti can be divided into four categories.
1. Ayan Sankranti
2. Vishuva Sankranti
3. Vishnupadi Sankranti
4. Shadshitimukhi Sankranti
In the Shiva Purana, at the beginning of time in the Cosmos, Vishnu and Brahmā approached a huge Shiva Lingam and set out to find where Shiva began and where he ended.
Vishnu was appointed to seek the end and Brahma the beginning. Taking the form of Vishnu’s 3rd avatar; the boar Varaha, Vishnu began digging downwards into the earth, while Brahma took the form of a swan and began flying upwards. However, neither could find the end or begining to Shiva. He was infinite.
Makar Sankranti, the festival of kites and til chikkis is here! And while you’re busy cutting the manjha of your neighbour’s kite while depleting the world’s supply of sesame, think back a little on what all you know about the festival, other than it’s playful and satiates your chikki desires? Can’t think of anything? Read on!