Makar Sankranti Do’s and Don’ts: Donations for Good Luck, Health, and Prosperity

As we gear up for the first Hindu festival of the year, join us as VAMA explores the Do’s, Don’ts, and Donations for each zodiac on Makar Sankranti 2024.

Makar Sankranti Do’s and Don’ts – a guide to this festive occasion that is joyously observed throughout India with grandeur and excitement. Devoted to the Sun god, Makar Sankranti (2024) is alternately referred to as Maghi.

As this time of the year returns, bringing with it the essence of jaggery, sesame, peanuts, and communal gatherings, everyone gears up to celebrate Makar Sankranti on January 15, 2024. This significant day not only signals the commencement of the harvest season but also marks the conclusion of winter. Notably, Makar Sankranti aligns with other regional celebrations such as Lohri, Pongal, and Bhogali Bihu.

Donations made on this day hold immense spiritual and astrological significance. Join us as VAMA explores the Do’s, Don’ts, and Donations for each zodiac on Makar Sankranti 2024.

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Do’s: Things You Must Do on Makar Sankranti 2024

  1. Honouring ancestors: During Makar Sankranti, it is advisable to perform tarpan in the names of one’s forefathers. It is said that this practice helps prevent Pitrudosh from affecting the household. According to ancient Hindu scriptures, Maharaj Bhagirath conducted tarpan in the holy Ganga river on this day to bring peace to the souls of his ancestors.
Araghya to Lord Surya

2. Honouring the Sun with Araghya: Makar Sankranti is a festival dedicated to Lord Surya, so it is recommended to offer special prayers to the Sun on this occasion. Following this, mix kumkum and black sesame seeds in water and present an Arghya to the Sun God. While doing so, recite the Aditya Hridaya Stotra. This ritual is believed to bring blessings from Lord Surya, leading to prosperity, fame, and strength.

3. Dip in Holy Water: It is believed that taking a dip in the holy rivers like Ganga, or sprinkling Ganga jal at home relieves one of their sins and bad karma, and aids in attaining salvation or moksha. This is also done as part of a gratitude ritual towards the water bodies and Lord Surya, for providing a profitable agricultural yield.

Don’ts: Things to avoid on Makar Sankranti 2024

  1. Avoid consuming tamasic food: Refrain from eating vindictive food, as it can have adverse effects on health. Items like meat, garlic, and onions should be avoided on this day. Stick to pure and sattvic food during Makar Sankranti.
  1. Do not insult the poor: Refrain from insulting or mistreating any poor or vulnerable individuals on this day. Such actions contribute to sinful deeds. It is essential to speak kind words and, if someone comes seeking help, do not turn them away empty-handed.

  2. Avoid cutting trees and harming nature: One must refrain from plucking flowers or cutting or pruning shrubs and trees on this day. This is because the day holds spiritual and agricultural significance, wherein, we honour the harvest and thank mother nature for providing us the food we eat.

    Now that you understand the generic do’s and don’ts on Makar Sankranti, let us delve deeper to understand the benefits of customised donations per your zodiac sign.

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Makar Sankranti 2024: Do’s and Donations Per Your Zodiac Sign

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People of Aries zodiac should donate jaggery (gur) on Makar Sankranti. Additionally, donating black sesame seeds (til) is considered beneficial. Donating sesame seeds along with jaggery on Makar Sankranti is believed to be very fruitful.

By making these donations on Makar Sankranti, one sets themselves up for freedom from the negative effects of planets, bringing happiness and prosperity to one’s life.


If your zodiac sign is Taurus, it is advisable to donate white items on Makar Sankranti. For Taurus individuals, donating white sesame seeds, rice, sugar, etc., is considered particularly auspicious.

Donating sesame seeds, rice, or sugar on Makar Sankranti may bring prosperity to your life.


It is believed that on Makar Sankranti, donating black urad dal and rice can free individuals from all kinds of troubles and ensure wealth and prosperity in the home.

In addition to this, people of Gemini zodiac should definitely donate black blankets to the poor on this day. Donating these items on Makar Sankranti is said to lead to success and the accumulation of virtue in life.


If your zodiac sign is Cancer, on Makar Sankranti, donate white grains. Donating any white metal on this day is considered auspicious for you. You can also benefit by donating silver or white sesame seeds on this day.

Donating milk on Makar Sankranti is also very beneficial.


On Makar Sankranti, it is considered very fruitful for Leo individuals to donate black sesame seeds to a needy or poor person. If Leo individuals donate a black blanket on this day, they can attain freedom from all kinds of troubles and find peace in life.

If you donate yellow clothes and black lentils on Makar Sankranti, it will be especially beneficial for you.


On Makar Sankranti, donating black lentils with one and a quarter kilograms of rice will be beneficial for you. On this day, offering khichdi to the poor, along with offering khichdi in the temple, is considered very auspicious.


The ruling planet for Libra is Venus. On Makar Sankranti, strengthening the planet Venus in the horoscope is considered beneficial. Donating sugar, rice, dairy products, white or pink woollen clothes, khichdi, and sesame-jaggery is especially fruitful.

Therefore, individuals of the Libra zodiac should definitely donate khichdi, sesame-jaggery, along with white items on Makar Sankranti.


If individuals of Scorpio zodiac donate khichdi with jaggery on Makar Sankranti, it will be particularly beneficial for them. On this day, feed the poor and offer one and a quarter kilograms of jaggery.

By doing so on Makar Sankranti, one can appease Lord Surya, and individuals born under Scorpio gain merit.


People of Sagittarius zodiac should donate yellow lentils to the needy on this day. Donating books on this day is also very fruitful.

On Makar Sankranti, individuals of Sagittarius may also donate yellow cloth, raw turmeric, etc. By doing this, poverty is eradicated from the home, and there is never a shortage of wealth.


Since the Sun transits into Capricorn on Makar Sankranti, offering Arghya to the Sun on this day is especially beneficial for Capricorns. On Makar Sankranti (2024), you can donate black items and black clothes. Donating black blankets, black sesame seeds, and mustard oil will also be fruitful for individuals born under the sign of Capricorn.


Individuals of the Aquarius zodiac should donate black urad dal on Makar Sankranti. Donating these items will be particularly beneficial for you. Donating black urad dal, black cloth, and black sesame seeds will bring auspicious results for you.


People of Pisces are advised to donate black chickpeas or yellow lentils (chane ki daal) on Makar Sankranti. If you donate these items, you may experience financial gain and prosperity in your life.

Thus, having read this far, we believe that the above information will help you decide and make the donations per your zodiac sign, and act in accordance with the do’s and don’ts of Makar Sankranti.

These donations made according to the zodiac signs on Makar Sankranti 2024 will bring happiness and prosperity to your life and assist you in achieving success in all your endeavours.

We hope that the first Indian festival of New Year 2024 ushers in positivity and marks the beginning of a series of happy and fortunate changes in your life.

VAMA wishes its readers a very Happy Makar Sankranti 2024!!

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