Vrishabha Sankranti: Significance & Rituals Associated With This Day

Sankranti means the movement of the Sun from one zodiac sign to another zodiac sign. Similarly, when the Sun enters the Taurus zodiac sign from Aries (Mesh Rashi to Vrishabha Rashi) then it is called Vrishabha Sankranti. This festival usually falls in the month of April or May during Vaishakha or Jyestha month. This year, it will fall on May 14, 2021. The word Vrishabha means bull, which is also known as the vehicle of Lord Shiva. This Sankranti is known by different names in different parts of the country such as ‘Jyeshta Mash’ in Bengal and ‘Brusha Sankranti’ in Odisha, etc. As per the Hindu Panchang, the Sankranti signifies the starting of the Vrishabha season i.e. when the temperature goes to its peak. 

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On this day, one must worship Lord Shiva, Lord Sun, and Lord Vrishabha. In Hinduism, the close bond of ‘Nandi’ and Lord Shiva is highly valued, and therefore, the day is considered to be very sacred. On this very day, people long for freedom from the circle of birth and death and desire for salvation.  

Vrishabha Sankranti: Date & Timings

Vrishabha Sankranti on Friday, May 14, 2021

Vrishabha Sankranti Punya Kala – 12:18 PM to 07:04 PM

Duration – 06 Hours 47 Mins

Vrishabha Sankranti Maha Punya Kala – 04:49 PM to 07:04 PM

Duration – 02 Hours 16 Mins

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Significance of Vrishabha Sankranti 2021

The importance of water increases everyday in the summer season and therefore, one must strive hard to make provisions for the availability of water to all and one and therefore, it is said that providing water to the thirsty is equivalent to performing Yagna. Giving donations, serving the needy, and taking a dip in the holy Ganga are considered to be auspicious on this very day. Due to the unprecedented Covid-19 pandemic, moving from one place to another place seems to be almost impossible and therefore, you are advised to mix some drops of Gangajal in bathing water at home and take a bath or you can sprinkle the same on your family members. Similarly, you can serve food to the needy nearby or underprivileged individuals. 

Vrishabha Sankranti: Rituals

  • On this day, wake up early in the morning, take a holy bath and remember ‘Rishabharudar’, the name of Lord Shiva.
  • Some devotees also resolve to fast on this very day. The fast of this very day is also known as Vrishabha Sankranti Vrat. Those who observe the fast must keep in mind to sleep on the floor on the same night.
  • Offer Bhog made up of Payasam and rice to Lord Shiva. After offering Bhog, perform Aarti and distribute the Prasad among family members.
  • Devotees should also visit the temples of Lord Shiva on this day and pray to help them differentiate between good and evil. Most of the people visit Jagannath Temple at Puri.
  • Some people give donations and especially, donating a cow to a respected Brahmin is considered to be very auspicious.
  • Besides this, devotees must perform Shradh rituals for their ancestors.

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