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Happy Makara Sankranti!


Sankranti is a harvest festival celebrated all over India. It heralds the onset of spring. Mythology says that on this day Lord Vishnu vanquished the Asuras by finishing them off and burying their heads under the Mandara Parvata. Thus, this occasion also symbolizes the end of negative and beginning of an era of righteous living. Each region has its own rituals, dishes, and celebrations to mark this auspicious day.

In Orissa, one of the common dishes prepared is Makara Chaula (ମକର ଚାଉଳ). In his book The Cult of Jagannath, Kanhu Charan Mishra wrote, “During the Makar Sankranti day, in the month of Magha…the deities are offered Makara Caula (i.e. fresh uncooked rice, well moistened, mixed with milk, ginger, black pepper, candy, coconut, cheese, camphor, raisin, ripe banana, etc.)


Seema Misra

Seema Misra undertakes freelance projects for illustrations, content creation, copywriting, and social media marketing through her blog Lonely Canopy. To unwind, she watches world cinema or travels across it. She talks to her plants and sometimes people as well. But more often than not … you will find her curled up in her favorite corner reading a book while sipping strong coffee.

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Down in south, this is mainly the harvesting festival and worshipping all that goes with it. Sun, fields, oxen, harvested bounty and so on.. Happy Sankaranti to you 🙂 The sweet and salted versions of pongal fills our day!

The doodle is very nicely depicted.