Significance of Ganga Snan on Makar Sankranti
The festival of Makar Sankranti has special significance in Sanatan Dharma. As soon as the Sun enters Capricorn, the Kharmas will also end and auspicious works will start again. Bathing in the holy river Ganges on this day has special significance. By doing this, salvation is attained and the fruit of Akshay Punya is attained. Along with this, the sins of births are destroyed by bathing in the Ganges and the gods and goddesses become happy together. Let us know what the importance of bathing in the Ganges on the day of Makar Sankranti is.
Story About Ganga Snan
On the day of Makar Sankranti, Mother Ganga descended on the earth and followed King Bhagirath through Kapil Muni's ashram and reached Ganga Sagar, there is a legend behind this. According to legend, in ancient times Suryavanshi Chakravarti was the emperor of Sagar. He had two queens. He had one son Asamanjas from one queen Keshani and 60 thousand sons from the other. One day King Sagar organized an Ashwamedha Yagya. For he left his horse, which was stolen by Raj Indra, and tied in Kapil Muni's ashram in Patal Lok.
The king ordered his 60 thousand sons to find the horse and bring it. When he saw the horse tied up in Kapil Muni's ashram, he attacked the ashram. Enraged by this, Kapil Muni burnt 60 thousand sons to ashes with the flame of his eyes. When King Sagar came to know about this, he prayed to Kapil Muni for salvation for him. Then the sage told that he would get salvation only by the water of the Ganges. The king made his grandson Anshuman the successor of the kingdom and went to do penance.
After this King Bhagirath, the grandson of Anshuman performed a severe penance for the peace of the soul of his forefathers. Pleased with this, Mother Ganga accepted his prayer. But how did Ganga come to earth its current was so fast that it could bring destruction to the earth. For this, Bhagirath once again did penance to Lord Shiva and pleaded for help.
Lord Shiva was pleased and helped Bhagirath. He held Gangaji in his hair and asked her to go to earth from there. The Ganga that came out of Lord Shiva's locks reached the earth on the day of Makar Sankranti. Gangaji came to earth from Gangotri and followed Bhagirath to Kapil Muni's ashram, where 60 thousand sons of King Sagar got salvation. It was from here that she got into Ganga Sagar.
Salvation is Attained
On the day of Makar Sankranti, by bathing in the holy water of Mother Gaga, who reached the earth, one attains salvation and all sins are destroyed. Along with this, all the troubles are solved. On the day of Makar Sankranti, King Bhagirath offered tarpan to his ancestors, due to which they got salvation. That's why on the day of Makar Sankranti, offerings are made for the peace of the souls of our ancestors. A fair is also organized in Ganga Sagar on the day of Makar Sankranti.
Do Not Do This Work On Makar Sankranti
One should not eat before taking bath even by mistake on this day. First, take bath and then donate. After this has food.
Tamasic substances should not be consumed on the day of Makar Sankranti.
On the day of Makar Sankranti, do not return any needy person empty-handed from home. Must donate on this day.
There is a tradition of bathing in the river Ganges on the day of Makar Sankranti. On this day, by bathing in any river or sea, a person can get rid of sufferings by doing charity, but according to religious beliefs, by taking a bath in the Ganges on the day of Makar Sankranti, the sins of seven births are washed away. If you cannot go for a Ganga bath, then you can take bath at home by mixing Ganga water in the bath water. It is also important to bathe with black sesame seeds in water on this day. There is a very important mythological incident related to the Ganga bath on this day. On the day of Makar Sankranti, Mother Ganga granted salvation to 60 thousand sons of King Sagar. If you want to know about the benefits of bathing in the Ganges on the day of Makar Sankranti, then take an astrologer phone consultation.