Uttarayana refers to the Sun’s movement toward the northern hemisphere. The term Uttarayan is used by the Gujarati community to refer to Makar Sankranti.
It is a two-day festival, the first day is called Uttarayana, and the next day is called Vasi Uttarayana. It is also believed that this day brings Moksha or salvation to the deceased.
The festival Uttarayana falls on Sunday, January 15. Punya Kala, which means the auspicious time for the puja and holy bath will begin at 7.15 am.
Drik Panchang suggests that the Uttarayana Sankranti moment commences at 8.57 pm on January 14 onwards. Meanwhile, Makar Sankranti will be celebrated on January 15.
Dharba grass is used during the puja of Uttarayana, which is to be cut in six pieces each to be 4-inch-long.
Applying a paste of Sandalwood powder, each piece should be placed vertically on a plate and decorated with flowers. Coins should be placed on the top, bottom, and mid-portion of the grass.
A paste of white rice flour and sesame oil should be mixed on the palm of the right hand, along with sprinkles of water.
Then it should be poured on the dharba grass and the coins. Once done, devotees can use the coin or pour it in a water body.