Does Sun start towards uttarayan today?
With this winter solstice, Sun has started lighting up the north pole more from today and sun will be rising early now on.
I think this is what is called Sun started its direction towards uttrarayan, the day Bhishma was waiting to leave his body?
YEs ,that is the case, however, in India they incorrectly celebrate this on jan 14th, but you should go fly kites today!
But, some (but not all) Indian Panchangams do calculate/mention Uttarayana as beginning today. Which is to say, they're aware that this is a tropical motion.
Yet- they still calculate Makara-Sankranti, the festival, to be around Jan 14th
Do the two things have to be conflated?
Makar Sankranti means sun goes into Capricorn, as per sidereal
Yes, i know. Some online panchangs calculate Uttarayana as Dec (my Panchang.com)
Plus, at the ground reality of celebrating the festival, it isn't really about this, isn't it.
That led me to wonder if the conflation of the two things should even be done