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For some interesting `gyan' on Sankranti

Beautiful rangolis, special sweet dishes made of rice, high-flying kites and a great mood, are all you need for the three-day Sankranti festivities. Log on to the following sites and learn more about the traditions and rituals followed.

Rituals and hymns

>http://www.mypurohith.com/Festivals/Sankranti.asp This page talks about the elaborate cycle of the three-day harvest festival, celebrated in India, as one of great importance as it marks the beginning of the period of prosperity. It talks of various traditions and explains the rituals followed in different parts of South India. It has hymns that are recited during the pujas too.

From the states

>http://www.kamat.com/kalranga/festive/jan14.htm How is Sankranti celebrated in various parts of the country and by what name is it called? You will find interesting answers to such questions and get to know interesting facts about the festival.

e-greetings

>http://www.dgreetings.com/makarsankranti/ Send greetings to loved ones from this site and make this Sankranti memorable. It has two pages of beautiful e-greetings in both flash and non-flash categories. You can send greetings with kites, rangoli, corncobs and much more from this page. It has a good blend of traditional and fun greetings.

Kites

>http://www.cobrakite.com/kite_idx.html If you thought a kite is four-dimensional and designed with colour papers, then you are in for a surprise. Ever heard of box kites, kites with tails, special designs for high and low winds, and to suit various terrains? This URL has 27 kite designs.

Rangoli

>http://www.cafepress.com/rangolidesigns Witness the energy of rangoli - a blend of ancient spirituality and creativity passed down the generations. These designs will not only adorn your courtyards, but also make vibrant motifs on clothes.

Virtual designs

>http://www.dltk-kids.com/world/india/mrangoli.htm This page tells you how to design beautiful rangolis that will add colour to the festival and your courtyard. You can learn how to create natural colours from food grains and various natural salts. You can also create designs online before you actually try them out on the ground. It's a fun way to decorate your front yard with the magic of rangoli.

Sankranti recipes

http://www.hyderabadcakes.com/pongal-recipes-02.htm No Indian festival is complete without elaborate dishes. Sankranti, which marks the harvest season, has some unique dishes.

Pongal delight

>http://www.cuisine.com/FestivalMakarSankranti.htm Til poli, pongal, kurmure laddoo, and a few more mouth watering dishes will help transform your festival celebrations into a grand bash. Visit this URL for more lip-smacking recipes.L.S.ROHIT





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