On 16 July 2021 Sun is entering Cancer sign. The entry of Suryadev into Cancer is called Karka Sankranti. Karka Sankranti marks the beginning of the south journey of the Suryadev, which is called Dakshinayan. Karka Sankranti is considered to be the end of the six-month Uttarayan period. Dakshinayan begins from this day, which continues till Makar Sankranti.
It is believed that from this day the night of the deities starts for six months. Makar Sankranti increases the fire element, while Cancer Sankranti increases the water element.
Lord Vishnu and Lord Shiva are worshiped in the four months of Dakshinayan. Worshiping Lord Vishnu with Tulsi leaves on this day is considered fruitful. Pind Daan is done for the peace of ancestors. Karka Sankranti is not considered auspicious for starting any auspicious and new work.
The blessings of the deities are not obtained in the work done at this time. Offer water to Suryadev on this day.
Worshiping the Sun during Sankranti helps to quench the defects. Pray to Suryadev to stay healthy always.
Recite Aditya Stotra and Surya Mantra. The use of honey is considered beneficial during this time. Donation of clothes and food items and especially oil has special significance on Karka Sankranti.
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