Sankranthi Vachinde Tummeda: A Telugu Album for the Festival of Harvest
Sankranthi Vachinde Tummeda is a Telugu language album released in 2014 by Aditya Music. The album features six songs that celebrate the festival of Sankranthi, also known as Pongal or Makar Sankranti, which marks the end of the winter solstice and the beginning of the harvest season. The songs are sung by popular singers such as S. P. Balasubrahmanyam, K. S. Chithra, Shankar Mahadevan, and Kalpana. The music is composed by various artists, including S.A. Rajkumar, Mani Sharma, and Devi Sri Prasad.
The album title Sankranthi Vachinde Tummeda means \"Sankranthi has come with joy\" in Telugu. The songs are based on folk tunes and traditional rhythms that reflect the festive mood and cultural diversity of the people who celebrate Sankranthi. The songs also convey the themes of gratitude, prosperity, happiness, and unity that are associated with the festival. Some of the songs are from popular Telugu movies such as Soggadi Pellam, Varasudochadu, Pandaga, Murari, Aadudham Padudham, and Sankranthi.
The album is available for streaming and download on JioSaavn[^1^], a leading music platform in India. The album has received over 4 million plays and positive reviews from listeners who enjoyed the catchy melodies and lyrics of the songs. The album is a perfect choice for anyone who wants to enjoy some festive music and celebrate the spirit of Sankranthi.The History and Significance of Sankranthi Festival
Sankranthi is a festival that celebrates the sun's movement from one zodiac sign to another. The word Sankranthi means \"transit\" or \"change\" in Sanskrit. There are twelve Sankrantis in a year, each marking the beginning or the end of a month in the Hindu solar calendar. However, the most important and widely celebrated Sankranthi is Makar Sankranthi, which occurs when the sun enters the sign of Capricorn (Makara) around January 14 or 15. This is also the time when the sun starts its northward journey (Uttarayana), bringing longer days and warmer weather.
Makar Sankranthi has a rich history and significance in Hindu culture and mythology. It is mentioned in ancient texts such as the Puranas and the Mahabharata. According to one legend, Makar Sankranthi is named after the goddess Sankranti, who killed a demon named Sankarasur on this day. The next day, she killed another demon named Kinkarasur, and hence it is called Karidin or Kinkrant.  Another legend says that Makar Sankranthi was initiated by the sage Vishwamitra, who performed a great sacrifice on this day and attained enlightenment.  It is also believed that the Pandavas celebrated Makar Sankranthi during their exile in the forest. 
Makar Sankranthi is also associated with various rituals and customs that express gratitude to the sun god, Surya, for his blessings and energy. People take holy dips in rivers or lakes and offer prayers to Surya. They also light bonfires, fly kites, exchange sweets made of sesame seeds and jaggery, and enjoy feasts with their families and friends. Makar Sankranthi is also a harvest festival, as it marks the end of the winter crop season and the beginning of the new agricultural cycle. Farmers thank Mother Earth for her bounty and pray for a prosperous year ahead.
Makar Sankranthi is celebrated with different names and traditions across India. In Tamil Nadu, it is called Pongal; in Assam, it is called Magh Bihu; in Punjab, it is called Lohri; in Gujarat, it is called Uttarayan; in Odisha, it is called Pana Sankranti; in Bihar, it is called Dahi Chura; in West Bengal, it is called Poush Sankranti; in Kerala, it is called Makara Vilakku; and in Nepal, it is called Maghe Sankranti. Each region has its own unique way of celebrating this festival with joy and devotion. aa16f39245