Makara Sankranti

Makara Sankranti is one of the most auspicious occasions for the Hindus, and is celebrated in almost all parts of India and Nepal in a myriad of cultural forms, with great devotion, fervour, and gaiety. It is a harvest festival.

Makara means Capricorn Zodiac Sign and Sankranti means transition of the Sun from one zodiac sign to another. Thus Makar Sankranti is the day that marks the transition of the Sun into Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path.  The day is also believed to mark the arrival of spring in India.

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Makara Sankranti is a solar event making it perhaps the only Indian festival whose date always falls on the same day every year: 14 January, with some exceptions, when the festival is celebrated on 13 January or 15 January.

Makara Sankranti, apart from a harvest festival is also regarded as the beginning of an auspicious phase in Indian culture. It is said as the ‘holy phase of transition’. It marks the end of an inauspicious phase which according to the Hindu calendar begins around mid-December. It is believed that any auspicious and sacred ritual can be sanctified in any Hindu family, this day onwards. Scientifically, this day marks the beginning of warmer and longer days compared to the nights. In other words, Sankranti marks the termination of winter season and beginning of a new harvest or spring season.

According to Puranas, on the day of Makara Sankranthi, God Sun pays visit to the house of his son Shani (Saturn) who is the swami of Makar Rashi (Capricorn Zodiac sign). To Hindus, the Sun stands for knowledge, spiritual light and wisdom. Makara Sankranti signifies that we should turn away from the darkness of delusion in which we live, and begin to enjoy a new life with bright light within us to shine brighter and brighter. We should gradually begin to grow in purity, wisdom and knowledge even as the Sun does from the Day of Makara Sankranti.

The festival of Makara Sankranti is highly regarded by the Hindus from north to south. The day is known by various names and a variety of traditions are witnessed as one explores the festival in different states. Owing to the vast geography and diversity of culture in India, this festival is celebrated for innumerable reasons and in innumerable ways depending on the climate, agricultural environment, cultural background and location. On this day children fly kites.

In India, the festival is known by different regional names.

Pongal: Tamil Nadu

Makar Sankranti: Bihar, Andhra Pradesh, Chhattisgarh, Goa, Haryana, Jharkhand, Karnataka, Kerala, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Manipur, Odisha, Rajasthan, Sikkim, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand , West Bengal and Rajasthan

Uttarayan: Gujarat

Maghi: Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and Punjab

Lohri: Punjab

Bhogali Bihu: Assam

Shishur Saenkraat: Kashmir Valley

Khichdi: Uttar Pradesh and western Bihar

Makara Sankramana: Karnataka

Makara Sankramanam: Andhra Pradesh

To celebrate this festival in a grand manner, Sports365 launches its special Sankranti offer with additional 10% off on the entire store of products. This offer is valid on 14th and 15th January 2014 at www.sports365.in by using the voucher code S36510.

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Review of Tennis Products

Babolat Aeropro Lite 2013 Tennis Racket- The spin friendly racket

The Babolat brand is best known for its strings and tennis rackets which are used by several of the world’s top players. The racket is best suited to strong juniors or developing adults in search of an extremely user-friendly stick, especially when it comes to adding spin and power. From the baseline, the head heavy balance puts decent mass behind the tennis ball, which increases power and stability. The fast feel at the net makes for effortless preparation and easy put-aways. On serves, the lighter weight and aerodynamic beam allow for a controlled and powerful acceleration through contact.

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Head Nano Ti Tennis Racket- Start off your tennis journey

Head is a sports equipment company mainly known for its tennis rackets. The Head Nano Ti Impulse is a racquet for the beginners. This tennis racquet is powered by AWT (Air Wing Technology) giving it a balanced power and feel. It also comes with new technology called Integrated Frame Dampening (IFD) that results in minimal dampening. It comes with a larger head size with greater shock absorbing technology for those miss hits during the early days of learning.

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Nike City Court VII Tennis Shoes- Blue/ White

The Nike brand is well known for its wide range of sports shoes. The City Court VII offers out of the box comfort with the casual tennis enthusiast in mind. The shoe comes with a foam-padded collar providing it with a snug, comfy fit. A perforated toe-box and side panels aid in great breath ability. This is one of the best tennis accessories one can have coming with a Herringbone tread pattern with flex-grooves offering maximum traction and flexibility.

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Our Rating: 4/5

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Babolat Team Line Tennis Kit Bag – For all your tennis needs

Babolat is one of the most reputed tennis brands worldwide. Babolat Team single pack bag comes with a single tennis racquet compartment which can hold up to 2-3 racquets along with their covers. Carrying of this kit can be done using a single grab handle or using the adjustable shoulder strap provided. This tennis kit bag is ideal for light travel and has enough room for carrying all the basic requirements of a tennis player.

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Contenders at the US Open.

As the world’s best tennis players take on the hard courts of New York for the last Grand Slam of the season, the usual suspects – Nadal, Murray, Federer and Djokovic all enter with expectations of winning this title. There are some things which are quite different about the US Open this year, for starters Federer who has won this title 5 times is seeded 7th in the Men’s draw! Which is his lowest in the past ten years. The finals of this event have been scheduled on a Monday, which perhaps means that only the hardcore tennis fanatics will be around to cheer their favorite player.

In Women’s tennis, something that really stood out was Maria Sharapova’s idea to probably change her name to Maria Sugarpova in order to promote her candy line. It’s a good thing she decided against, fans would have definitely questioned her seriousness towards the game. However, all this because irrelevant when she withdrew altogether due to a shoulder injury. With Sharapova out of the running, there’s one less main contender for the rest of the players. Next in line is Serena Williams, she has always maintained the same daunting presence on court and although there have been a few unexpected twists along the way .

Azarenka won the Australian Open , and the unassuming Sloane Stephens beat Serena in the quarter finals. Similarly Serena lost to Azarenka in the Doha Open. In terms of other major players like Li Na and Radwanska, they have not been very consistent this year. All this points at Azarenka to be be the hot favourite for this year’s US Open.

Having performed quite consistently this year, Azarenka is the favourite in Women’s tennis.

Back to Men’s tennis, it’s quite surprising that Federer is seeded 7th. It looks like the Big Four has one again been cut down to the Big Three. Earlier this year it was Nadal who was left out of this coveted clique, this time around it’s Federer’s turn. This year Federer has won only the ATP title, while the other three main contenders have under their belts one major Grand Slam each. It could be that the US Open title may not see Federer in the finals keeping in mind his performance this year. Murray played some fantastic tennis last year, and it appears that he is the favourite this time as well.

Federer is seeded 7th, the lowest this decade.

Having won this year’s Wimbledon and last year’s US Open, there’s no reason that people should not bet on Murray to win it again this year. But Murray did have a bit of a struggle after the Wimbledon this June,  as he didn’t fare to well in his next hard court tune up and lost to No.6 Thomas Berdych.  Leaving Djokovic out of the fold would be irresponsible, as he is no doubt a worthy contender. Although he hasn’t won a tournament since January (Australian Open) the Serb has an unstoppable power about him which gives his opponents a run for their money. Rafael Nadal is also a force to reckon with, despite his knee injury his performance this year has been nothing short of admirable.

To view the schedule of the US Open click here. The men’s and Women’s draws can be viewed here. Did you miss Day 1 of the US Open? Catch the highlights here.

www.sports365.in has an awesome range of tennis products. From rackets to apparel and accessories, look no further for your tennis requirements. We house the best products from a number of local and international brands that are well known in the sphere of tennis – Prince, Head, Wilson and Babolat to name a few. What’s more, you can avail great discounts on these products while shopping with us.

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The US Open comes with a few surprises this year, like Federer’s lowest seed of 7 in the past decade. Women’s tennis is missing one of the main contenders,Maria Sharapova who had to withdraw because of a shoulder injury. It appears that Andy Murray is the favourite in Men’s tennis but then again the other two main players, Nadal, Djokovic have a fighting chance.

Most Essential Cycling Accessories.

Cycling has been gaining popularity in the last couple of years, not only as a hobby but also as a means to commute to and from work. If you plan to join this bandwagon of cyclists, there are some essential cycling accessories that you just cannot do without. They not only ensure your safety but also make for a more comfortable and smooth cycling experience.

  1. Safety accessories
  • Helmet – The standard accessory that every cyclist must have is a helmet. When buying a helmet, your first consideration should be how it fits rather than the style of the helmet. A good helmet should must fit correctly without any gap between it and your head. Different cycling style require different kinds of helmets, such as sport or multi-use helmets which are used by those who choose cycling as a for f recreation. the second type is a road bike helmet which is designed to provide ample ventilation and is also lightweight. Lastly, the mountain bike helmet is made with an enhanced rear head coverage and secure fit to ensure that it stays on no matter the terrain.
  • Lights – This cycling accessory is a must have if you cycle at night. Front and rear lights must mainly to make you visible to others on the road, rather than to illuminate the way. Brands like Btwin make these kinds of lights. If you do not want to fix lights, an alternative is reflectors.
  • Locks – Having spent a fair amount on your bike you wouldn’t want it to get stolen. You can prevent this by buying a sturdy lock for it. You can either get a  combination lock, or a regular lock which can be opened with a key. Both these kinds of locks are made by Btwin.

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2. Bike maintenance accessories

  • Bike pumps – These days bike pumps are quite user friendly. However, before purchasing one ensure that it is compatible with the valve of your cycle tyres. Be aware of the correct tyre pressure for your cycle before filling air.
  • Repair kits – A repair kit a very important cycling accessory. There are small kits that will fit in the saddle bag of you cycle, and there are bigger ones with more tools which you can keep at home for more crucial repairs. Btwin has a variety of such repair kits which can be found on our online store.
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3. Other accessories

  • Mudguards – Fitting mudguards to your bike is a wise idea as it will prevent water and mud from sticking on the tyres. Most mudguards are easy to install, they can be clipped on to the tyres of the cycle.
  • Water bottle holder – If you are going to be cycling for a long duration , it is always good to stay hydrated. Carry sufficient water with you. By clipping on a water bottle holder to the frame of your bike, it will be easily accessible and you can also make sure that it doesn’t come off while cycling.

Btwin is one of the best brands when it comes to cycling accessories from helmets to repair kits and lights. Apart from cycling accessories you can also shop for the best mountain bikes and road bikes from a number of top brands like Cannondale, Trek and many more on www.sports365.in. Shop with us an avail amazing discounts, and keep watch out for our contests and offers!

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Cycling accessories like fitness gear such as helmets and lights are a must for cyclists. In addition to this there are other accessories like repair kits and mudguards which are essential for the smooth functioning of a cycle. These products can be found on the online and discounts on the same are available.

Pro Kennex Striker Squash Racquet

The Pro Kennex Stricker is ideal for beginner and intermediate level of play, and is great value for money.The racquet is made up of 70% high modulus graphite. This racquet is one of the best in the graphite series. Since the racquet primarily consists of graphite it makes it quite powerful. The racquet is pre strung and comes with a cover. The racquet offers sufficient control along with maximum power generation at the same time.  The racquet has a moderate swing speed. We even have 15% off on this racquet, so if you are looking to change your existing squash racquet check out the Pro Kennex Striker.

To view more specifications about the Pro Kennex Striker click here.

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