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Mithuna Sankranti/Raja Sankranti-June 14th

06/14/2010

Today’s tithi is Tritiya and Nakshatra is Punarvasu and it is also the day Surya moves into the constellation of gemini or Mithuna. The ancient indians timed their calendars very precisely with the movement of the elements and this is also the time rains usually start in tropical India. In way this is a welcome sign to the rains to give new life to the plants and bring prosperity to the farmers and general populace.

Mithuna Sankranti or Sankramanam is celebrated as Raja Sankranti in the state of Orissa. It is a festival marked with much celebration for the farming community in Orissa and some parts of bengal. Rest of the country celebrates the festival with small ceremonies marking the arrival of rains . Bhoomi or Vasundhara is revered as the mother earth in hindu scriptures . Mother earth is also worshipped as Bhoodevi the consort of Lord Venkateshwara and Sankranti is a tradition of praying to the mother goddess to bless the crops and animals so that the land remains peaceful.

Gentle rain to nourish the earth and us

All seasons are various faces of the Kalapurusha and in celebrating these seasons we celebrate the presence of God.

May the Lord bless the land with gentle rain to nourish the earth…

May the rains fall softly without causing any destruction…

May the Indian farmer have a season of plenty.

Sarve Jana Sukhino Bhavantu.

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