Makar Sankranti is on 14 January. Religiously, this is a very sacred festival. On this day, Uttarayan from Dakshinayan of Sun is considered very auspicious. Bathing, charity, and charity are done on this day. Also, khichdi is specially eaten on this day. Come, know why…
The tradition of eating and eating khichdi on Makar Sankranti is the story of Baba Gorakhnath, who is said to be an incarnation of Lord Shiva. At the time of Khilji’s invasion, the Nath yogis could not get time to cook food due to the struggle with Khilji. This often left the yogis hungry and weakened.
To solve this problem, Baba Gorakhnath advised cooking dal, rice, and vegetable together. This dish was quite nutritious and delicious. This gave the body instant energy. Nath yogis liked this dish a lot. Baba Gorakhnath named this dish Khichdi. Gorakhpur Situation Khichdi fair starts on the day of Makar Sankranti near the temple of Baba Gorakhnath. Khichdi is offered to Baba Gorakhnath in this fair that lasts for several days and is also distributed as Prasad. Another reason behind Khichdi donation and food is that new rice is prepared at the time of the solstice. It is believed that Surya Dev cooks and nourishes all the grains, so to express gratitude, Surya Dev is offered kheer or khichdi made from jaggery.
By the way, urad dal is used in khichdi made on the day of Makar Sankranti which is related to Saturn. It is said that by eating special khichdi on this day, the anger of Saturn is removed. Hence there is a tradition of eating khichdi. From a scientific point of view eating, khichdi on Makar Sankranti is considered very beneficial for health. Actually, the body temperature drops during the winter season. Eating sesame and jaggery keeps the body warm.