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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Trikke carving vehicles: The new way to stay fit

Trikke has the coolest human body powered carving vehicles on the planet. The Trikke is an innovative three-wheeled vehicle that takes the best of the popular vehicles of today and combines them into a completely new machine in form, function, and riding experience. The patented technology makes it possible for a rider to propel the Trikke forward without pushing or pedalling. If you’re looking for a life-changing fitness machine or a green transportation solution that is a blast to ride, you’re in the right place.

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The ‘tri’ in Trikke stands for the number three and this number is very important. Trikkes have three wheels, three extensions, and are accelerated in three stages. The first stage uses mostly the brute force of your arms, the second stage incorporates more of the entire body and the third stage adds rhythm and momentum into the process. There are even three cardinal rules for operating a Trikke: 1) Know your terrain. 2) Rhythm is king. 3) Protect your momentum.

Carving vehicles operate on principles of propulsion. The key to propulsion is using the momentum of one turn to roll you into the next turn and the next. Lean into the turn, and you’re “carving”. Because of the vehicle’s design, a rider can learn to maximize the velocity generated from making each turn and then transfer that momentum into the next turn, and so on. Propulsion can be so effortless that it feels like magic!

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If there’s an award for personal transportation vehicle with the best storage and portability options, Trikke would win, hands-down. It folds up into a compact, linear bundle. It can easily be stored by hanging from a hook in your garage or storage room. It also stows nicely in the back of most cars & trucks for excellent transporting & portability. This same portability makes it ideal for various commuting options. It fits easily in the storage bays of buses & trains.

Best for use on: Concrete & paved trails or roads, Level to moderate trails/roads, Wider trails

Best used for: Commuting, Recreation, Adventure Sports, Exercise

Not recommended for: narrow trails, busy roads, soft-surface trails

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The following are the health benefits of using Trikke carving vehicles:

Engages Your Entire Body:

From head to toe, riding a Trikke gets your whole body involved. Your arms are moving, your legs are working, your core is turning, all of which translates into a full-body workout like no other.

Engages Your Brain Too:

Because riding a Trikke involves crossing the midline, your brain also gets into the action, helping to keep your noggin engaged and active.

Provides Great Cardio Exercise:

What better way to get your lungs and heart involved than by using your entire body? The Trikke gets you moving in a way that’s natural and intuitive, making you want more!

Good for People from ages 3 to 103:

Whether it’s the very young or the young at heart, Trikkes can be ridden by anyone.

A Great Way to Lose Weight:

Studies have shown that riding a Trikke burns over 650 calories an hour while riding at a speed of 11 mph.

No Impact Exercise:

When riding a Trikke, there’s no jumping up and down and landing on your joints repeatedly. In fact, there’s little or no impact at all!

Combines Strength Training and Cross Training:

Because your muscles and cardiovascular system are engaged, riding a Trikke means you’re getting the best of both worlds: strength training and cross training.

Enhances Balance and Coordination:

When standing on a Trikke, you’re standing on your own two feet, which means, as you ride, you’re also working on your balance and coordination.

No Sports Background Needed:

Riding a Trikke is simple. If you can stand on your own two feet and turn side to side, you too can ride a Trikke.

QUOTES:

“The payoff: A superb full-body toning and fast shedding workout. Body parts worked: Shoulders, arms, abs, glutes, thighs, calves”.  -Men’s Fitness Magazine

“An addictive blend of form and fitness. Good aerobic and all-body toning workout”.Los Angeles Times

The Trikke was named “One of the coolest inventions of the year”-Time Magazine.

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Babolat Aeropro Lite 2013 Tennis Racket- The spin friendly racket

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Our Rating: 4/5

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Our Rating: 5/5

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Kalenji Inclined Water Bottle Belt

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