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Blessings of Yogi Arka Guruji

A true spiritual leader and a philosopher has an unexplainable influence on my personality. His interaction with love and affection changed my response pattern with the other people surrounding me. He is none other than Sri Yogi Srinivasa Arka Guruji.


His practice focuses on developing Intuitive Conscious Awareness from the heart. He tells us that a change in consciousness occurs from the mind to the heart when we tap into the potential of feeling and the resource of emotion.

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A visit to Heartfulness Research Centre, Mysuru

Heartfulness Research Centre was founded by Sahaj Marg Spirituality Foundation (SMSF). It was recognised by the University of Mysore as a Research Centre in 2012. Aspirants can do a degree of Doctor of Philosophy (Ph. D) in their own subject involving spirituality.

Please follow the following Google Map to visit

Happy Ugadi

Ugadi is celebrated in a grand manner in the states of Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Tamilnadu, Kerala and Telangana. It is the beginning of the new year which is also called as Samvatsaradi. It is observed on the first day of the Hindu month of Chaithra. According to our mythology, Lord Brahma had created this universe on the day of Ugadi followed by days, weeks, months and the years.

     In Karnataka, we see Torana made up of Mango leaves at the doors of every house. People take ritual shower and special puja will be done.  Pachadi and Obbattu are the main dishes during Ugadi. “Bevu-Bella” is the common traditional culture during this festival. 

   In the 12th century, astronomical calculations by the renowned Indian mathematician Bhaskaracharya defined the date of Ugadi from sunrise to sunset as the start of the New Year, a new month, and a new day.

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Happy Makara Sankranthi

Gangu Academy wishes you a happy Makara Sankranthi, a festival of happiness and harvest. Sankranthi is the harvest festival, during which farmers celebrate the season’s harvest.

Makara Sankranthi is grandly celebrated in Nepal also. People welcome the arrival of Spring Season. When the sun enters the zodiac sign Makara, it is known as Sankramana (Capricorn). The auspicious period of Uttarayana begins on the celebration day. It is traditionally observed in January (14th-15th).

People wear new clothes and special puja will be performed to Sun God.

Distributing ‘Ellu Bella’ and talking sweetly is the tradition of Makara Sankranthi. 

‘Kichchu Hayuvudu’ is one of the oldest traditions in the villages of Karnataka.

In the rural areas, people decorate their Bullock Carts and Cows. 

Kite Flying is the beauty of this festival and delicious Pongal is special. Sweet rice is also prepared for the festival.

Names of Makara Sankranthi in different regions of India


Magh Bihu

Andhra Pradesh

Pedda Panduga

North India

Magh Mela

Central India


Karnatak, Goa, Maharashtra, Odisha, Telangana

Makara Sankranthi


Makara Villaku



West Bengal

Poush Sankranthi



Himachal Pradesh

Maghe Saaji


Maghi Sangrand



Gujarat and Uttar Pradesh



Dahi Chura

Uttar Pradesh

Kichidi Sankranthi




Shishur Sankraath

Names of Makara Sankranthi in different countries in the world




Maghe Sankranti






Mohan Songkran

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