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Tula Sankranti celebrating lady performing the Surya jal arpan ritual at the river bank in early morning near a temple
Surya (Sun) jal arpan by a lady at the river bank!

Normally Sankranti is seen as just an astrological Sun transition event in which the Sun enters from its existing Rashi to the next Rashi, but its significance is much more.

Tula Sankranti is not observed just for fulfilling the religious ritual, but it is celebrated with thanksgiving for the food and prosperity people get from their God. Its is believed that God not only blesses with the growth of the grain but also keeps them safe by keeping the harmful species and events at bay.

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All About Simha Sankranti

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Simha Sankranti: Quick Glance
Also Known As
Garbhana Sankranti, Sankramanam, Sharad Sampat
Also Spelled As
Tula Sankranthi, Tulaa Sankranti
Significance
Sun Transition, Sun Shifting
Event Type
Indian, Cultural, Religious
Observed By
Hindu(s), Farmers
Observations
Sacred bath, Worship, Visit to temple, Donations and Offerings
Celebrations
Feast after the worship related rituals
Holiday
No
Date and Time
(Varies as per the Hindu Solar calendar)
Occurance/ Frequency
Annual
Other Corelated Events
Other Sankranti(s)

Meaning of Tula Sankranti

The word Tula Sankranti can be splitted into two words- ‘Tula’ and ‘Sankranti’.

Tula is also spelled as Tulaa, and also known as Libra. It is a significant Zodiac Sign which is denoted by the Balance.

Sankranti marks the Sun shifting act from one Zodiac sign to another sign or Rashi.

Simha Sankranti signifies the movement of Sun from Kanya rashi to Tula rashi, that is, from Virgo to Libra zodiac.

Names of Tula Sankranti

Tula Sankranti is also famous as Garbhana Sankranti and is one the important Hindu festival in Karnataka and Orissa states. Other than these, Tamil Nadu, Bhagamandala, and Mayavaram are also some regions which observe Tula Sankranti with great significance.

Garbha is the Hindi word for the womb of a mother. The way a mother feels blissful of conceiving, the farmers also rejoice, seeing the growth of their rice fields which they look after like a baby. They enjoy the achievement of shedding their sweat on the fields for growing the grain. Thus Tula Sankranti holds high value for the farmers and they celebrate it as the Garbhana Sankranti.

Day and Date of Tula Sankranti

As per the Hindu Lunar calendar system, it marks the beginning of ‘Kartik’, the eighth month of ‘Panchang’ Hindi calendar.

People observe Tula Sankranthi on the same day of Mahashtami.

Tula Sankranti Day
Date of Tula Sankranti Observance
Monday
17 October 2016
Tuesday
17 October 2017
Wednesday
17 October 2018
Friday
18 October 2019
Saturday
17 October 2020
Sunday
17 October 2021
Monday
17 October 2022
Wednesday
18 October 2023
Thursday
17 October 2024
Friday
17 October 2025
Saturday
17 October 2026

Shubh Muhurat (Auspicious Time) of Tula Sankranti

Tula Sankranti is one of the Vishuva or Sampat Sankramanam(s); the other one which falls into the same category is, Mesha Sankranti.

Those who follow the right muhurat for Daan-Punya related deeds, they consider the time frame of fifteen Ghati(s) before and fifteen Ghati(s) after the Tula Sankranti.

Tula Sankranti Day and Date: Friday, 18 October 2019
Tula Sankranti Moment: 1:10 AM, 18 October 2019
(Time of Sankraman)
Tula Sankranti Maha Punya Kaal: 6:28 AM to 8:22 AM
(Duration of Muhurat: 01 Hour 54 Mins)
Tula Sankranti Punya Kaal: 6:28 AM to 12:11 PM
(Duration of Muhurat: 05 Hours 43 Mins)

God of the Festival

Devotees offer worships to Goddess Laxmi for getting good crops in the year. Many people perform their puja to Goddess Parvati as well.

In Odisha and Karnataka, the followers specifically perform worship to Maa Laxmi and Maa Parvati respectively.

Rituals

Though Indian people with Hindu religious beliefs follow different rituals in various regions of India, yet the importance of Tula Sankranti is same and the Sankranti festival is observed with great social and cultural significance.

Sacred Bath

We all know the significance of taking bath during Sankranti is very high. In the case of Tula Sankranti, people in Karnataka, Bhagamandala, and Mayavaram consider the whole Tula month important for taking the holy dip or sacred bath in the holy rivers.

Measurement of Yields

In Odisha, one more interesting ritual is performed I which people measure their yield of wheat, rice, and pulses.

Puja

Offerings to Deities

Those who worship Goddess Laxmi, they offer rice grains, wheat grains, and Kara plant branches in front of the image or the idol of Maa Laxmi.

People who worship Goddess Parvati, they present palm nuts and betel leaves to Maa Parvati. They also adorn her with vermillion paste, sandalwood paste, and the beautiful bangles.

Devotees in Karnataka offer a coconut to Goddess Parvati. They decorate the coconut covering it with a red or other traditional colored cloth and garland.

Significance of Simha Sankranti

Tula Sankranti brings along with the Hindi Panchang month Kartik that falls in October.

Mythologies

Worships for Avoiding the Shortage of Grain

The farmers perform different Pujas with the entire family and have a rich meal after that believing that Goddess Laxmi will bestow the grain and prosperity in abundance and there will be no lack of food in their houses. So they celebrate their belief.

Keeping the Spoilers Away

The farmers and harvesters celebrate the Tula Sankranti day believing that the draughts and famines will remain away of their farms and they will get plenty of crops in the year.

Observations

Alike other Sankranti(s), the priests and devotees decorate the temples and visit them in a large number of gathering. Among all, the temples of Lord Surya (Sun God), Goddess Laxmi, and Navgraha temple hold special attention of the devotees.

Other than praying to Gods and Goddesses for abundant grain, prosperity, and no scarcity, they also perform righteous deeds such as giving a donation to the needy people.

Celebrations

Tula Sankramanam celebration doesn't necessarily involve singing or dancing; people find joy in worshipping their deities and thanking them for the growth of their crops. People have a feast after the worship and enjoy the food given by their deity after their hard work. The celebration also includes charitable activities, which is a way of sharing happiness with others through helping them in their needs.


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