Kanya Sankranti 2023: Rituals, Key Date, Timing, and Significance Explained

The day’s objective is to pay tribute to the diligent efforts of individuals, along with their tools and equipment.

Kanya Sankranti 2023: Traditions and Significance
Kanya Sankranti 2023: Traditions and Significance

Kanya Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun from Leo to Virgo on the Hindu calendar. Falling in the month of Purattasi per the Tamil calendar and known as Kanni masam in the Keralan calendar, it’s one of the twelve auspicious Sankranti moments for charitable acts.

Celebrated on September 17, 2023, devotees observe Kanya Sankranti by performing various daan, ancestral shradh puja, and cleansing rituals in sacred waters to purify the spirit and body. This day also includes Vishwakarma puja, honoring the divine engineer, Lord Vishwakarma, who is believed to bestow excellence and proficiency upon his followers.

Rituals:

  • Devotees start with morning baths and preparations for the puja.
  • Lord Vishwakarma and work instruments are worshipped and cleaned.
  • Artisans and businesses observe Vishwakarma puja for future prosperity.
  • Machines are revered, garlanded, and prayed for their flawless operation.
  • After the puja, prasad with fruits, sweets, khichdi, and kheer is shared.

Key Timings (Kanya Sankranti 2023):

  • Sunrise: 6:17 AM
  • Sunset: 6:25 PM
  • Punya Kaal Muhurta: 1:34 PM – 6:25 PM
  • Maha Punya Kaal Muhurta: 1:34 PM – 1:58 PM
  • Sankranti Moment: 1:34 PM

The day is also Vishwakarma Jayanti, emphasizing charity and Biswakarma Puja in Orissa and West Bengal.

Purpose:

Kanya Sankranti honors Lord Vishwakarma, the divine Engineer and Architect of Gods, who crafted the universe and designed celestial cities. It underscores the value of labor, craftsmanship, and machinery in achieving prosperity. Temples dedicated to Lord Vishwakarma can be found in several Indian states, celebrating his contributions with devotion and idols in workplaces and factories.