Kathmandu: Today November 22, Tropical sun entered into Dhanu Rashimandal. Dhanu Rashimandal is a Solar Month, when the Sun is in Dhanus (Sagittarius). This rashi (Zodiac Sign) begins with the Moola Nakshatra. The Moola Nkashatra points to the centre of the Milky Way galaxy.
So if you turn to the east and pray at sunrise you are actually looking at Vaikunthdham (Vishnu’s abode). This is a very special time of prayer for Vaishnavaites. Shiva represent the Universe where Vishnu represents the galaxy/galactic center.
Dhanu ends with Makara Shankrnti or the Sun entering Capricorn. This coincides with the harvest festival (end of December). When The sun has reached the southern extreme point and starts rising more to the north for 6 months. This is Uttarayana Punya kala. People who die in Uttarayana, don’t come back to be reborn on Earth. Bhishma waited for Uttarayana before he let himself die.