Til/Sesame and Makar Sankrant: Know the Significance

Calling India a land of Festivals is not an exaggeration. As this is a place which embraces every caste and religion and celebrates their customs and festivals so there is a lot to enjoy every month. It is January, the first month of year that comes with lots of new beginnings and opportunities. In this month, festival of Makar Sankranti falls. It is customary to fly kites and donate things on this day. There is one more tradition i.e. to eat til (sesame) on this festival. People consume til in different ways like laddu, barfi, chakki and various other sweets. It is a grain that is revered on this festival. But it is always good to know why til or sesame is so important. Know the significance of this little grain.

Mythological significance of Sesame/Til
According to Hindu mythology, the god Yama blessed the sesame seed with immortality. In fact, sesame seed is believed to be originated when drops of sweat trickled from Vishnu and fell on earth.

Medical significance of Sesame/Til
It is magic seed that rich source of copper and manganese. It also has calcium, magnesium, iron, phosphorus, vitamin B1, B6 Thiamin Folate, Niacin, zinc, proteins and carbohydrates. It is good for digestion and helps in relieving the pain. It also works wonder in respiratory diseases.


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