Why Is Grinding Stone Worshiped On Mithun Sankranti? Let’s Find Out!

It is explained in the scriptures that Surya Dev (Sun) is considered to be the form of the soul, which is said to be the only source of energy on the earth. On the other hand, in Vedic astrology, the Sun is considered to be the king of all the nine planets. It is the one planet that never retrogrades, it is always in a direct motion. Every month, this planet transits from one zodiac sign to another and this transit of the sun is known as Sankranti. So, Sankranti is celebrated in the name of the zodiac sign in which the sun is transiting. For instance, if the sun is transiting in Capricorn then it is known as Makar Sankranti. Similarly, Mithun Sankranti is celebrated when the Sun transits in Gemini. There are a total of 12 zodiac signs and hence there is a total of 12 Sankranti that are celebrated in a year. Every Sankranti has its special significance.

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It is important to know that in various states of India such as Andhra Pradesh, Orissa, Karnataka, Kerala, Gujrat, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Punjab, and Maharashtra, the auspicious day of Sankranti is celebrated at the beginning of the year. Whereas in states like Bengal and Assam the Sankranti is celebrated at the end of the year. Now, if we talk about Mithun Sankranti then it is celebrated as an annual menstrual phase of Mother Earth in the eastern and northeastern states of India, it is also known as Raja Parba or Ambubachi Mela.

Significance of Mithun Sankranti

In the Hindu religion, Mithun Sankranti is considered an indicator of the change of seasons. It is believed that from this day the Rainy season of the year begins. Taking a bath in holy water like Ganga is considered to be auspicious on this day. It is believed that you can attain Bragmaloka if you take a divine bath in the holy water. On the contrary, in Devi Puran, it is written that a person who does not take bath on this auspicious day of Sankranti, will remain sick and poor for seven births. Sankranti is also considered to be an auspicious day to do charity like Ekadashi, Eclipse, Full moon (Purnima), and New moon (Amavasya).

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Mithun Sankranti 2022: Date, Time and Muhurat

The Sun will transit on 15 June 2022 at 11:58 and will stay until 16 July 2022 in the same zodiac sign. After this, it will transit the Cancer sign.

Date: 15 June 2022

Day: Wednesday

Hindi Month: Jyeshtha

Paksha: Krishna

Tithi: Pratipada

Mithun Sankranti Punya Kaal: From 12:19pm to 7:19 pm 

Punya Kaal Duration: 7 Hours

Mithun Sankranti Mahapunya Kaal: 12 pm to 2:37 pm

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We know that nature has given the boon of menstruation to all the women present on earth. It is because of menstruation that one gets the good fortune of becoming a mother. According to legend, on the day of Mithun Sankranti, Bhoo Devi or Mother Earth had menstruation for 3 consecutive days, which is considered a symbol of the development of the earth. That is why bathing is done considering the Grinding stone as the form of Mother Earth. It is worshiped.

Mithun Sankranti Mythology & Significance of Worshiping Grinding Stone

We all know that Menstruation is a god gift to all the women present on earth. It is because of the menstrual cycle that a female can become a mother. According to Mythology, on the auspicious day of Mithun Sankranti, Bhoo Devi or The mother of Earth had menstruation for 3 consecutive days, which is considered a symbol of Earth’s development. That is why we consider Mother earth as the Grinding stone and clean it with holy water. 

And later it is worshiped. On this day you have to wear clean clothes after bathing and then bathe the grinding stone with milk and water. After this, apply vermilion and Sandalwood, along with flowers and turmeric to the stone.

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Mithun Sankranti Pujan Vidhi

  • On the day of Mithun Sankranti, wake up early in the morning and take a bath in the holy water Ganga. If taking a bath in Ganga is not possible then mix the Ganga water with the bathing water at home and take a divine bath.
  • Wear clean clothes.
  • Pour water into a copper vessel and add red Sandalwood, roli, and red flowers and then offer it to the Sun. Make sure the water from the vessel falls in another copper vessel and not on the floor during the Arghya procedure. Then offer that water to the plant and tree where no one’s feet touch the plant.
  • While offering Arghya, chant the Mantra: “Om Ghrini Suryay Namah” with clear pronunciation.
  • After offering Arghya, pay respect to the Surya Dev and do a Parikrama 7 times by standing in one place.
  • Face towards the east direction and take a seat and chant at least one rosary of this Mantra.
  • On this day you can also recite the Aditya Hriday Stotra.
  • Those who wish to offer fast on this day, after doing Pradakshina, take a vow to fast with your true devotion.
  • Take a plate for Puja and put a lighted-up Diya with Sandalwood, red flowers, and Cow Ghee in it.
  • After worshiping, distribute the offerings (Prasad) of sesame and jaggery.
  • Donate food or clothes to the needy as per your spending capacity. Usually, donating green-colored items on this day is considered auspicious.
  • Feed Brahmins and donate grains or fruits etc. 
  • Those who are observing fast should take a bath with Sesame and Gangajal water in the bathing water. 

Effect of Sun Transit in Gemini On The Gemini Natives

As we have already told you, the Sun will stay from 15 June 2022, Wednesday, 11:58 am, to 16 July 2022 in Gemini. During this phase of Sun transit (for about 1 month), Gemini natives will have an impact on their lives. Let’s discuss this and know more about it.

According to Vedic astrology, the natives of Gemini will have Sun as the owner of the third house in their sign. During this transit period, the sun will transit in your ascendant house. Since the Sun is the symbol of aggression and anger, there can be instances where anger overpowers your good nature.

Those who are in a love relationship or living a married life then they can face rifts and misunderstandings between them, that is why you are suggested to stay calm and try to stay positive because these small rifts can turn into a big family fight.

During this phase, you need to be cautious about your health because the change in weather can lead to fever, Cold, Cough, Headache, and other similar acute diseases.

Remedy: Offer water to Surya Dev every day in a copper vessel.

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