Last Updated on 15 January 2023, 6:00 PM IST: Pongal Festival 2023: Pongal is one of the biggest harvest festivals celebrated by Hindus in India. It is majorly celebrated by the people of Tamil Nadu with great felicity and joy. The readers would know the real way of worship, doing which every day will become a festival. Read on further to know the significance and other important details of the festival.
Pongal 2023 Festival: Highlights
- Pongal means “spilling over”. It is known after the tradition of cooking freshly harvested rice in milk along with jaggery in a clean vessel and allow it to boil until it spills over
- The four days of the Pongal festival starting from first till the last day are named as Bogi Pandigai, Thai Pongal, Mattu Pongal and Kaanum Pongal
- Thai Pongal is the second and the most significant day which coincides with Makar Sankranti festival celebrated in Northern part of India
- Know the real way to please the God Kabir Saheb, and get all the benefits in human life, most important to attain salvation
When and How Long Is Pongal Celebrated?
Pongal is celebrated all the span of four days. According to the Tamil calendar, the festivity begins on the last day of the month of Margazhi and ends on the third day of Thai. In 2023, Pongal celebrations will commence on 15th January 2023 and end on 18th January 2023.
What Is the Significance of the Pongal Festival?
The four day long festival marks the onset of Uttarayan, which is the beginning of the sun’s movement from southwards to northwards. It also marks the start of spring and the end of the harvesting season. Thai Pongal is the most auspicious day as on this day Tamil people wake up early. On this day people decorate their cattle and worship them for being the essential part of their farming. The last day of Pongal, Kaanum Pongal, is celebrated by doing family gatherings. The readers should realize that all such worship is against the holy scriptures.
Which Festivals Coincide With the Pongal Festival 2023?
Pongal is celebrated with different names and diverse customs & traditions in other states of the country. In Punjab and Haryana, Pongal is celebrated as Maghi. The day before Maghi, the festival of Lohri is celebrated. In Gujarat , Maharashtra and Rajasthan, the day is known as Makar Sankranti. On the day of Makar Sankranti, devotees take a dip in holy water and worship Sun god. People of Gujarat laud this day by flying kites with paper lamps filling the sky with light.
Worship of God Surya Dev, Lord Indra – Is This the Correct Way of Worshipping?
The worship of Brahma, Vishnu, Shiv and other deities is not at all fruitful. It is completely futile. The readers can get the evidence in our Holy Book Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Adhyay 7 Shlok 15.
It has been said that those, whose knowledge has been stolen by the Trigun Maya (those who are limited to the worship of Brahma Ji, Vishnu Ji, Shiv Ji), such “low men with demoniac nature, evil-doers and fools, do not worship me, Brahm” who is above these three.
Even Brahm or Kaal is not a complete God. He is the owner of twenty one brahmands and we are living in one of them. The Complete God is Purna Brahm (Param Akshar Purush) about Whom it is mentioned in Holy Bhagavad Gita Adhyay 2 Shlok 46.
Sat-Bhakti Has No Substitute
The only relief in this world can be obtained by doing Eternal Devotion or Sat bhakti of Puran Parmatma (Supreme God) Kabir Saheb Who is the Sustainer of all.
In Shrimad Bhagavad Gita Adhyay no. 15 Shlok no. 17
UttamH, purushH, tu, anyaH, Parmatma, iti, udahrtH,
YaH, loktryam , aavishya, bibharti, avyyaH, iishwarH (Gita15:17)
Translation: The Supreme God is, however, someone else, Who by entering the three loks, sustains everyone and is called as Eternal Supreme God. It is also evident that Uttam Purush also known as Param Akshar Purush Who is distinct from Akshar & Kshar Purush mentioned in Gita Adhyay no. 15 Shlok no. 16.
Take Sat-Bhakti From Enlightened Saint Rampal Ji Maharaj
Sant Rampal ji has explained in His Satsang (Spiritual Discourse) that real bliss in life can be obtained by reciting the name of True God Kavir Dev. When the seeker comes in the refuge of Kavir Dev (God Kabir) by means of a Complete Guru, and gets connected with the Satnaam/ Sarnaam, then pain of birth and death end forever, and one attains the real supreme peace in the Eternal Abode Satlok.
Sant Rampal ji is the only Tatvdarshi Sant at present in the entire universe. Recognize Him and get Naam Diksha (Initiation) from Him to get complete salvation so that supreme peace can be guaranteed. To learn more Read The Sacred Book The Way of Living or Download Sant RampalJi Maharaj App from Play Store.
FAQ REGARDING Pongal 2023
Pongal will be celebrated in 2023 from 15th January to 18 January.
Pongal festival is widely celebrated in Tamil Nadu and other southern states of India. It is a popular harvest festival.
The term ‘Pongal’ is derived from the Tamil literature which means ‘to boil’. It is an ancient festival of South India, particularly Tamils. It is basically a harvest festival which is celebrated for four-day-long in Tamil Nadu in the month of January-February (Thai) during the solar equinox after harvesting crops like rice, sugarcane, turmeric, etc.
Pongal festival is celebrated when the rice crop is ready to ripen. According to its meaning ‘to boil’, newly grown rice with sugar is boiled in milk.
Pongal is a harvest festival of the Tamil community. It is Celebrated to Worship and Honour Lord Surya and Mother Nature.