Andhra Pradesh, Telangana celebrate Sankranti for second day
The second day of three-day Sankranti festival was celebrated with fervour and gaiety across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Hyderabad: The second day of three-day Sankranti festival was celebrated with fervour and gaiety across Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.
Colourful 'Muggu' (Rangoli) dotted the residential localities with 'Gobbemmalu" (cow-dung balls) placed on them mainly in the rural areas.
The young and the old dressed in new attires offered prayers at homes and temples. Youth and children celebrated the day by flying kites.
Makar Sankranti marks the transition of the Sun into the zodiac sign of Makara rashi (Capricorn) on its celestial path. Milk, rice mixed with jaggery is cooked and offered to the Sun god.
The harvest festival is celebrated for three days in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana, where it is a major annual event.
The festivities began with 'Bhogi' yesterday when bonfires were lit outside homes and unwanted items like mats and old clothes were thrown into the fire.
Today (Sankranti) is the main festival, followed by 'Kanuma' when cattle are worshipped.
Lakhs of people travelled to their native places from Hyderabad to celebrate the festival at their homes.