Odisha Celebrates Makar Sankranti With Prayers, Holy Dips & Traditional Fervour

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14 January 2019


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Puri: The festival of harvest and dawn of Hindu New Year is here with the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti today. People thronged temples across the State to offer prayers and take holy dips to celebrate the festival with traditional fervour and grandeur.

Thousands of devotees and pilgrims made a beeline outside Puri Srimandir early today morning to witness the ‘Makara Besha’ of the Holy Trinity. After offering prayers, people went to take holy dips at the Bay of Bengal lining the golden sea beach of Puri. Similarly, devotees thronged Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar and Sun Temple to offer prayers and dips in Bindusagar Lake and Chandrabhaga sea beach respectively.

On the occasion, people also pray to Sun God as the Sun entered "Makar Rashi" on Sunday evening, priests and astrologers said, adding that this would bring a new turn to the lives of people, based on their zodiac signs and placement of planets in their horoscopes.

Many also prepared the special ‘Makar Chaula’ by mixing newly harvested rice, banana, coconut, sugar and ghee to offer to the deities. People also enjoyed delicacies like ‘sooji pitha’, ‘podo pitha’, ‘arisa kakra’ and ‘kakra pitha’ is also prepared. Teenagers were seen rushing to open fields and terraces to fly their colorful kites with fun and enthusiasm.

The festival is celebrated by different names in different parts of the country, Lohri in North India, Bihu in Assam, Pongal in Tamil Nadu and Makar Sankranti in Bengal, Bihar, Odisha and the neighboring regions. Beautifully carved rangolis, traditional bonfires and cultural shows marked the beginning of the festival in different traditions.

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Pandita Suryanarayan Rath Sharma