Lohri Story, Method Of Worship, And Importance
The festival of Lohri is celebrated before Makar Sankranti. This festival is mainly dedicated to agriculture. It is believed that when the crop is good, then this festival is celebrated with great pomp. Although it is celebrated by people of all religions all over the country, but the Sikh community celebrates this festival with great pomp.
On this day people congratulate each other and popcorn and jaggery are offered. By lighting a fire in a large area, people go around that fire and put popcorn and cereals on it.
Lohri 2023 Date and Auspicious Time
According to the Hindu calendar, Sun God is going to transit in Capricorn on January 14 at 8.21 pm, so this year Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on January 15. On the other hand, the festival of Lohri will be celebrated on Saturday, January 14 this year.
The auspicious time of Lohri is at 8.57 pm. In this Muhurta, if you light a fire and go around it, then it will be auspicious for you. Lohri is mainly celebrated to mark the preparation of a new crop.
Importance Of Lohri
The importance of Lohri increases a lot because it is celebrated in the joy of getting ready for the new crop. It is believed that the effect of winter starts reducing with the fire of Lohri. From Lohri onwards, the days start getting longer and the nights start getting shorter.
The festival of Lohri becomes more special for those houses where a new bride has arrived or a child is born. In those houses, Lohri is celebrated with the whole family. It is a belief that one can get freedom from all sins by taking rounds around the fire of Lohri. From this day, grains start fluttering in the fields and the weather starts getting favorable. On this day Punjabi people dressed in new clothes and decorated perform folk dance, Bhangra with drums and women sing folk songs.
Lohri Worship Method
In the festival of Lohri, a fire is lit outside the house or in an open place, and along with the circumambulation of this sacred fire, sesame seeds, popcorn, peanuts, etc. are offered in it. Special dishes are made in this festival, in which Gajak, peanuts, jaggery, etc. are definitely included.
In the festival of Lohri, fire is given by collecting wood at one place and after that, all the family members circumambulate around the fire. Blessings of happiness and prosperity are sought while circumambulating. People greet each other and forget their old enmity and hug each other. peanuts, Gajak, Pop Corn, etc. are especially consumed on this day.
Story Of Lohri
The story of Lohri is related to a girl named Sundari and a warrior named Dulla Bhatti. According to its legend, there lived a Brahmin in the Ganjibar region who had a daughter named Sundari who was as beautiful as her name.
She was so beautiful that her looks, youth, and beauty started being discussed on every street. Gradually the news of her beauty reached the king of GanjiBar. The king was fascinated by the beauty after listening to her beauty and made up his mind to marry her.
The king of Ganjibar sent a message to Sundari's father asking him to send his daughter to him, in return for which he would be given immense wealth. The Brahmin got scared after hearing the king's message. He didn't want to send his daughter to the king and so he took the help of Dulla Bhatti, a warrior from the same village, and told him the whole thing in detail.
Dulla Bhatti consoled the brahmin after listening to his plight and at night he himself set out in search of a suitable brahmin boy. Dulla Bhatti searched for a suitable Brahmin boy the same night, considering the Sundari as his own daughter, considering Agni as a witness, married her with his own hands, and married the Sundari with a Brahmin youth in the night itself. At that time Dulla-Bhatti had nothing to give to his daughter Sundari, so he sent her to her in-law's house after giving sesame seeds and sugar to the Brahmin youth.
When the king of Ganjibar came to know about this, he became very angry and ordered the destruction of Dulla Bhatti. As soon as the king's order was received, the army reached to destroy Dulla Bhatti, but Dulla-Bhatti and his companions defeated the king's army with all their might.
To celebrate the crushing defeat of the imperial army at the hands of Dulla Bhatti, people in Ganjibar lit bonfires and sang songs and Bhangra in praise of Dulla Bhatti. Since then, there is a practice of Dulla Bhatti songs in Lohri.
Like Makar Sankranti, Lohri is also a major festival in North India. This festival of Lohri is celebrated before Uttarayan. This festival of Lohri is very popular in Punjab and Haryana. On this auspicious festival, a fire is lit outside the house or in an open place with wood or cow dung. The new crop is harvested on this auspicious festival of Lohri. By circling around the fire, everyone wishes for a happy life. On the day of Lohri, sesame seeds, jaggery, Gajak, Rewadi, and peanuts are offered on the fire. If you want to know more about Lohri then talk to astrologers.