Thousands Of Devotees Take Holy Dip In Ganga 

Guwahati: Thousands of pilgrims participated in the holy Ganges River bathing ceremony in Varanasi of Uttar Pradesh on Saturday in honour of Makar Sankranti.

On the occasion of the harvest festival, when devotees rushed to the river for the holy plunge, a large crowd could be seen lining up on the Varanasi ghats to worship to the sun deity.

Bath kunds have been constructed on floating jetties to ensure that tourists taking the holy plunge do so securely. Stalls selling handicraft, ODOP, and GI products have been integrated into the tent city, serving as a stable economic base for the neighbourhood.

Hindus celebrate Makar Sankranti, a holiday during which they offer sacrifices to the sun god Surya. The winter solstice, which falls on this day, signals the end of the month and the beginning of longer days. It is also the first day of the sun’s transit into the Makara.

One of the most fortunate periods of the year is Makar Sankranti, which coincides with the Sun’s passage from Dakshinayan to Uttarayan.

The festival, which is celebrated on January 14 each year, is known by a variety of names across the nation, including Pongal, Bihu, and Maghi. Devotees conducted ceremonies at several ghats around the nation.

On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, a number of Hindu devotees and Naga Sadhus from various areas of the nation came to Kolkata’s Babu Ghat to take a holy bath during Gangasagar Mela.

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