Simha Sankranti marks the day when the Sun moves from Karka Rashi (Cancer) to Simha (Leo). Simha Sankraman is a significant South Indian festival. The day also marks the beginning of the Simha month which is a part of the various solar calendars followed by Indians. This day starts the Chinga month as per Malayalam calendar, Avni month as per Tamil month and Bhadra month as per the Bengali calendar. Those who have Sun placed in the Cancer sign in their horoscope are going through the dasha period of Planet Sun should get the Sun (Surya) puja done. During this puja special mantras of lord Vishnu are also done.
Significance of Simha Sankranti
Importance of Simha Sankranti
It is said that during the reign of the Chand dynasty, artisans displayed their products in the palace on Simha Sankranti. They were certified by the King for their efforts and attempt. Common men and women of the dynasty also became a part of the celebrations and they offered fruits and flowers to the members of royal family. The tradition of offering fruits and other offerings to the members of royal family was known as Rite of Olag.
Bread made from horse bean poured with butter and ghee was consumed throughout the Kumaun region on this day. The widespread use of ghee on the occasion of Simha Sankranti has earned it the pseudo name of Ghrit Sankranti in Bageshwar region of Kumaun in Uttarakhand.
Rituals of Simha Sanskranti