Holy dip, prayers, kites mark Makar Sankranti
New Delhi: Tens of thousands of faithful
today took holy dip in rivers and ponds and offered prayers in
temples on the auspicious occasion of Makar Sankranti which
was celebrated across the country with mirth and fervour.
Braving early morning winter chill, devotees in North
India bathed in sacred rivers and ponds and made a beeline to
temples to offer prayers.
Security forces kept a hawk-eye vigil to maintain law
and order and ward off any attack on religious congregations.
In Allahabad, thousands converged at the Sangam, the
confluence of Ganga, Yamuna and mythical river Saraswati, to
take holy dip on Makar Sankranti which marks the decline of
Long-winding queues of devotees were seen outside
temples in the vicinity of the Sangam and near the banks of
Ganga and Yamuna.
The faithful also offered goods made of "til" (sesame)
to the poor, an act of charity believed to bring spiritual
benefit on Makar Sankranti when the Sun enters the tropic of
At the Sagar Island in West Bengal, over eight lakh
devotess bathed at the confluence of the Ganga and the Bay of
Bengal to celebrate the festival.
Colourful kites dotted the skyline of many cities and
towns on the occasion with children, young and old camping
themselves on roof-tops to enjoy the festival.
In Tamil Nadu, harvest festival Pongal was celebrated
with fervour as farmers worshipped the Sun God with their
Skillfully laid out colourful `kolams` (rangoli) on the
streets and houses decorated with palm leaves and flowers
marked the day as people welcomed the auspicious Tamil month
Download the all new Zee News app for Android and iOS to stay up to date with latest headlines and news stories in Politics, Entertainment, Sports, Technology, Business and much more from India and around the world.
More from India
More from World
More from Sports
More from Entertaiment
- DNA: Heart-wrenching reality of Kashmiri pandits
- DNA: Bengaluru's Mount Carmel college students show country's ideology to Rahul Gandhi
- DNA: Aamir Khan clarifies his love towards nation but sticks to previous statement
- DNA: Exiled Kashmiri Pandits share their heart wrenching stories
- DNA: America standing against old nemesis Russia rather than ISIS
- Woman commits suicide after heated discussion with husband over Aamir Khan's intolerance remark
- Eat smart to slow down ageing and increase longevity!
- Intolerance issue: Those attacking me are only proving my point, says Aamir Khan – Read full statement
- Setback to Kejriwal-led AAP as MLA Akhilesh Tripathi arrested in riot case
- 10 interesting facts about Constitution which every Indian must know