Makar Sankranti: Thousands brave winter for holy dip
Haridwar, On the occasion of Makar Sankranti, devotees were seen braving the biting cold to take the holy dip that also marked the beginning of the annual month-long religious congregation ‘Magh Mela’.Thousands converged in Allahabad at the confluence of Ganga and Yamuna which is also called Sangam, walking several miles on foot to take the holy dip.
People were seen wading in waist-deep waters to pray and perform pujas. However, tight security was also seen as policemen were seen patrolling on the steps of the ghat as well as in boats.
In Rajasthan, people took holy dip in Puskar and Kolyat lake and Chanderbahaga river in Jhalawar.
Tamil Nadu celebrates Pongal amid ‘Jallikattu’ dampener
The harvest festival Pongal is being celebrated with enthusiasm and traditional fervour in Tamil Nadu today, even though the stay on the bull-taming sport (Jallikattu) had put a dampener on the festivities.
Pongal marks the beginning of the tenth month of the Tamil calendar “Thai” and the festivities go on for three days.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Chief Minister J.Jayalalithaa and various leaders have greeted the people on the occasion.
Tomorrow is “Maattu pongal,” a day to honour bulls for their help in farming. However, the Jallikattu ban comes as a disappointment for the enthusiasts of the adventurous game.
The celebrations end with “Kaanum Pongal” on Sunday when people spend the day together at prominent picnic spots as families.
Also, the Sri Lankan government has decided to release all the 104 Indian fishermen from its prisons in view of Pongal.