Tula Sankranti is on 17th October in 2013. This is the day when Sun transits into Tula rashi (zodiac sign Libra) and it also marks the beginning of seventh month in the Hindu Solar Calendar. Certain duration of this day is considered auspicious for Dana- Punya activities.
It is the day when Sun transits into Tula Rashi. Tula Sankranti is a major festival of Karnataka and belongs to the Coorg District. Tula Sankranti is a great day for the farmers as then the rice plants (representing Goddess Lakshmi) grow up showing ears of corn in their womb indicating wealth and prosperity.
Tula Sankranti Muhurat 2013
- Punya Kaal Muhurat= 08:05 - 16:05
- Duration= 8 Hours 0 Mins
- Sankranti Moment= 12:05:31
- Mahapunya Kaal Muhurat= 11:41 - 12:29
- Duration= 0 Hours 48 Mins
Worshipping Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth and prosperity)
Goddess Lakshmi is worshipped on this day with the offerings from the paddy field with a belief that huge quantity of corns will be harvested by worshipping the Goddess with faith. The farmers also believe that with this puja they will protect themselves from famine or flood or any loss to their agricultural field and their crops. Various kinds of dishes are prepared and offered to Goddess Lakshmi. With this ritual the farmers satisfy themselves with the hope that there won’t be scarcity of food.
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Kaveri Sankramana celebration in Karnataka
In Karnataka this day is celebrated as Kaveri Sankramana in the month of mid- October. The name Kaveri signifies the river Kaveri which flows through the district, beginning from its source at Talakaveri. On this day when Sun enters into Tula Rashi, a fountain (from a small tank) fills the larger holy tank (at Talakaveri) and thousands of devotees gather there to dip in this holy water, also known as ‘tirtha’. The tirtha or the holy water is collected in bottles and is preserved by every home throughout Kodagu. It is believed that a dying person attains moksha and receives heaven if, given a spoonful of this holy water at the time of death.
Married woman wear silk saris and perform puja to a vegetable (usually, coconut or cucumber wrapped in red silk cloth and decorated with jewels and flowers) which symbolizes Goddess Kaveri. The jewel used is mainly ‘Pathak’ also known as Kodava Mangalsutra and this puja is known as Kanni Puje. Areca nut and three sets of betel leaves are placed before the idol of Goddess Kaveri along with glass bangles. Members of the family pray to the Goddess while throwing rice and bowing themselves in front of the idol. Younger members of the family are blessed by the elder members and an elder married woman takes out water from the well to cook food. Food cooked on this day is dosa and vegetable curry and payasam (sweet dish). Only vegetarian food is cooked this day.