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Story Behind Distributing the Sesame Mixture On Makara Sankranti

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Story Behind Distributing the Sesame Mixture On Makara Sankranti
Long ago, a demon by name Tilaasura (tila means sesame and asura means demon in Sanskrit), pleased Brahma by his intense penance. Brahma granted him many boons. Tilaasura became arrogant with his immense powers and started harassing everyone in the three worlds.

The assembly of gods prayed to Surya and beseeched Him to save them from the terrible demon. Surya asked his commanders, Makara and Karka to attack Tilasura.

In the ensuing battle, Makara pierced open the demon's stomach and killed him. From Tilasura's ruptured stomach poured out the nourishing sesame grains.

Surya was pleased with Makara for saving the living beings and releasing the trapped grain. The Lord Sun said: "Whoever, on Makara Sankranti day, worships Me and distributes sesame will be blessed with all prosperity!" Ever since, the custom of distributing the sesame mixture came into existence.

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