According to the Hindu solar calendar, Tula Sankranti falls on the first day of the Kartik month. It is also popularly known as Garbhana Sankranti. It is celebrated all over India with different types of rituals and is observed on the same day as Mahashtami. The states of Odisha and Karnataka celebrate the festival with a lot of vigour. It is a festival to celebrate the success of farmers in growing crops, very similar to how a pregnant mother feels happy and proud of her womb. That’s why the festival is also widely known as Garbhana Sankranti. The day also has a lot of religious, social and cultural significance.
Throughout the Tula month, people take holy baths in Karnataka, Bhagamandala and Mayavaram since it’s considered auspicious. Various rituals are conducted to seek the blessings of Goddess Lakshmi for good crops for the farmers every year. Each farmer’s family performs the Lakshmi puja and prays to the Goddess with a lot of devotion. Then they eat a rice meal with the belief that Maa Lakshmi will never let a shortage of food happen in the future.
Significance of Tula Sankranti
The sun transits into the Tula Rashi during the Tula Sankranti period. Therefore, farmers around the country worship Maa Lakshmi to help them protect their crops from any natural calamities. Various dishes are made and offered to the Goddess. It is believed that this puja can reduce the risk of drought and famine in farm areas so that the harvest remains smooth and plentiful and the farmers prosper. Conducting a Shraddh for deceased souls of the family is considered extremely auspicious on this day.
Tula Sankranti Date and Muhurat
Tula Sankranti 2021 falls on October 17, Sunday.
- Punya Kaal Muhurta : October 17, 9:18 am – October 17, 5:18 pm
- Maha Punya Kaal Muhurta : October 17, 12:54 pm – October 17, 1:42 pm
- Sankranti Moment: October 17, 1:18 pm
Rituals Of Tula Sankranti
- On this day, people worship Goddess Lakshmi and Goddess Parvati in Odisha and Karnataka respectively.
- Goddess Laxmi is offered fresh rice grains, along with wheat grains and branches of kara plants, while Maa Parvati is offered betel leaves, palm nuts, sandalwood paste along with vermillion paste and bangles.
- In Karnataka, Goddess Parvati is represented by decorating a coconut with silk cloth and flower garlands.
- Another special ritual that takes place in Odisha on this day is the measurement of the yield of wheat, rice and pulses to confirm that there will be no scarcity in the future.
- Temples are beautifully decorated on this day and the devotees visit in huge numbers to donate food, clothes and money to the needy people.
- The devotees pray to Maa Lakshmi for their family’s happiness, peace and prosperity. The temples of Goddess Laxmi are also known to conduct special Yagya on Tula Sankranti.
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