As the new year rolls in, January 2024 is not just about fresh resolutions; it’s a treasure trove of Hindu festivals that bring together color, culture, and celestial blessings. For all the devout hearts and spirited souls, here’s a quick list of 6 Hindu Festivals you cannot miss in January 2024 that helps you navigate through the festivities, each promising to make your January memorable:
Hindu Festivals in January 2024
Dive into the essence of each festival, understand their significance, and discover how you can celebrate them with zeal and zest. Let’s embark on this festive journey together.
1. Saphala Ekadasi
Saphala Ekadasi graces us on January 7, 2024, during the dwindling moon phase, a time esteemed by devotees for spiritual growth and reflection. It is dedicated to worship Narayana as Vishnu/Krishna. Observing Saphala Ekadasi is said to be a direct path to success and fulfillment, as the term ‘Saphala’ itself signifies ‘to prosper’. It’s a day when prayers and fasting can lead to the fruitful realization of one’s desires and the absolution of past transgressions.
Ekadasi Tithi Begins – 12:41 AM on Jan 07, 2024
Ekadasi Tithi Ends – 12:46 AM on Jan 08, 2024
2. Hanuman Jayanti
Hanuman Jayanti, in the heart of the revered Margazhi month, falls on January 11th, 2024, aligning with the Moolam Nakshatram. In Tamil Nadu, this day is a special occasion that venerates Pavana putra Sri Hanuman or locally worshiped as Anjanyear, celebrated as Anjaneyar Jayanti, honoring the birth of the mighty and faithful devotee of Sri Rama.
Amavasai Tithi Begins – 08:10 PM on Jan 10, 2024
Amavasai Tithi Ends – 05:26 PM on Jan 11, 2024
Bhogi, celebrated on January 14, 2024, marks the commencement of Sankranti festivities in Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, and Maharashtra. Bhogi marks the day 1 celebrations of 4 days of Makara sankranti festival, especially in South states in India. Lohri Festival falls on January 14, 2024, and is predominantly celebrated in Punjab, Haryana, parts of Jammu, Himachal Pradesh, Delhi, and neighboring regions. This bonfire festival marks the culmination of winter and the harvesting of winter crops.
4. Makara Sankranti/Pongal
Makara Sankranti, falling on January 15, 2024, is a day steeped in spiritual significance and astronomical relevance in the Hindu calendar. It marks the auspicious moment when the Sun transitions into Capricorn or Makara, signifying the end of winter and the beginning of longer, sunnier days. Pongal, coinciding with Makar Sankranti on January 15, 2024, is a vital agricultural festival celebrated in Tamil Nadu. It’s a tribute to the bounties of nature and the life-sustaining energy of the Sun God, Bhagawan Surya.
Makara Sankranti Moment – 02:54 AM
Makara Sankranti Maha Punya Kala – 07:15 AM to 09:06 AM
On this same day, Sabarimala Ayyappa Temple Makaravilakku and Makara Jyothi festival is observed on the first day of the Makara Masam as per traditional Malayalam calendar followed in Kerala. Sabarimala Makaravilakku 2024 date is January 15.
5. Sakambari Navaratri
Sakambari Navaratri, commencing on January 18, 2024, and concluding on January 25, 2024, celebrates the divine incarnation of Goddess Shakti. Sakambari Mata, revered across many Indian regions, embodies the nurturing aspect of the Divine Mother.
Goddess Sakambari is mentioned in the Devi Mahatmya. Sakambari Navratri is a major festival in some parts of Karnataka, Maharashtra, Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh.
6. Thai Pusam
Cap off the month with Thai Pusam on January 25th or 26th (in some regions), a day when the star Pusam aligns with the full moon. A vibrant festival with processions, it’s a time for vows and prayers for strength. It is a vibrant festival dedicated to Deva Senadhipati Muruga, also known as Kartikeya. This auspicious day falls in the Tamil month of Thai, marking a period of devotion and celebration primarily among the Tamil Hindu community. It is celebrated mainly by the Hindu Tamil speaking community in India (especially in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, and Andhra Pradesh), Malaysia, Singapore, South Africa, Sri Lanka and in many other parts of the world.
These 6 Hindu festivals in January 2024 are more than just dates on the calendar; they are experiences that weave the tapestry of timeless traditions. As you step into the new year, let these festivities deepen your connection to each other and the divine.
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