Bhubaneswar: Lakhs of devotees today offered prayers to the Sun god after a mass ritual bath at the Chandrabhaga beach in Konark on the auspicious occasion of Magha Saptami today.

The people who took the holy dip included women, children and a large number of elderly people. They then offered prayers believing that it would cleanse them of diseases and wash away their sins.

According to legend, Shamba, son of Hindu god Krishna, was cured of leprosy after a dip in Chandrabhaga river on the seventh day of the bright half of the Hindu month of Magha.

To ensure safety and security of the pilgrims, the district administration had made adequate security arrangements at Chandrabhaga.