From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Jump to navigation Jump to search

Dakshinayana (Sanskrit: दक्षिणायण) is the six-month period between Summer solstice and Winter solstice, when the sun travels towards the south on the celestial sphere. Dakshinayana begins on Karka Sankranti or July 16, as it marks the transition of the Sun into Karka rashi (Cancer).

It marks the end of the six-month Uttarayana period of Hindu calendar and the beginning of Dakshinayana, which itself ends at Makar Sankranti and the Uttarayan period begins.[1]

According to the Puranas, Dakshinayana marks the period when the gods and goddesses are in their celestial sleep.


  1. ^ James G. Lochtefeld (2002). The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Hinduism: A-M. The Rosen Publishing Group. pp. 351–. ISBN 978-0-8239-3179-8. 

Retrieved from "https://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Dakshinayana&oldid=808569373"
This content was retrieved from Wikipedia : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Dakshinayana
This page is based on the copyrighted Wikipedia article "Dakshinayana"; it is used under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License (CC-BY-SA). You may redistribute it, verbatim or modified, providing that you comply with the terms of the CC-BY-SA