Makar sankranti Puja and Naivedya sesame seeds candy Pratibha Jani
Makar sankranti, Thai Pongal or Uttaran,Uttarayan and the kite festival are all different names of one harvest festival in India that falls on Jan 14th each. Traditionally, we make sesame seeds candy and offer as prasad or naivedya. to the family deity, Lord Sun (Surya). You can also recite the Gayatri Mantra/ Typically we are to bath early morning with oil and then perform this puja as a sign of good luck, and ask for blessings-with lighting a lamp or two lamps and incense, fresh flowers and recite the. Offer this Naivedya Prasad (this sesame seeds candy) and recite shlokas, chants, prayers. You can also offer panchamrut along with this prasad. The celebration of upcoming of the harvest festival when the fields will be all ready to seed/plough and at the same time it is also considered as the six months of the Gods/Devas day time. Enjoy this beautiful day with family friends and relatives.
For written recipe of this Naivedya (Prasad) follow my recipe site here Pratibha Jani’s vegetarian recipes
Prayers to lord surya- Surya naman Sanskrit shlok is here
Prayers to Lord Surya in Gujrati is here
Maha Gayatri – Shad devata gayatri mantra is here
Simple Only Gayatri mantra is also good to do if you are short of time.
हरि ॐ श्री गायत्री मन्त्रः
- ॐ भुर्भुवस्वः तत्सवितुर्वरेण्यम् भर्गोदेवस्यः धीमहि
- धियोयोनः प्रचोदयात्
Hari Om Shri Gayatri Mantra:
- Om Bhurbhuvasva Tut saviturvarenyum, Bhargo devasya dhimahi
- Dhuyo yonah prachodayaat.
Remember the kite flying if you and your children like it and are able to fly some kites. Have a very happy Thai Pongal, sankranti, and uttarayan everyone. Make this sweet dish and share the good ness in your heart.