Bhubaneswar: People took holy dip in rivers, ponds and tanks and offered prayers in temples on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti which was celebrated across the state today with gaiety and fervour.
Braving early morning winter chill, devotees in large numbers converged on the pilgrim town of Puri to witness the ‘Makara Besha’ of Lord Jagannath and His siblings.
Similarly, devotees in the capital city visited Lingaraj Temple in Bhubaneswar and took religious dip in Bindusagar Lake. Devotees also thronged the Puri districts’s beach town Konark and worshipped the Sun God.
Colourful kites dotted the skyline on the occasion with children, young and old camping themselves on rooftops to enjoy the festival.
Makar Sankranti, the harvesting festival of India, refers both to a specific solar day in the Hindu calendar and an Indian festival in reference to deity Surya (sun) that is observed in January every year on this day.
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.